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Arrow – Ah Sah-Him

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2015

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Arrow - Ah Sah-Him

After three weeks of training and brainwashing at the hands of the League of Assassins Ah Sah-Him (Stephen Amell) gets his first assignment from Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable). Ordered to return home to Starling City, Ollie’s mission is to find and neutralize the only rival to his ascension to becoming the next Ra’s al Ghul. Although it takes more than a little convincing, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) finally rallies the remnants of Team Arrow to protect Nyssa (Katrina Law) from the death sentence handed down from her father at the hands of his new protege.

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Arrow – The Fallen

by Alan Rapp on April 23, 2015

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Arrow - The Fallen

Finding Thea (Willa Holland) near death with no hope of recovery other than a dip in the Lazarus Pit, Oliver (Stephen Amell) leads his team back to Nanda Parbat where he chooses to trade his life for that of his sister. Teased a few episodes back, the full introduction of the Lazarus Pit opens the door the the mystical and magical side of the DCU which (other than Constantine) the TV universe has been slow to develop. Keeping with the comics, the Pit renews life but also introduces a temporary madness within those it saves (a madness which has become more permanent for Ra’s given the number of dips he’s taken over the years). “The Fallen” refuses to give us an exact age of Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable), but based on various conversations it’s obvious he’s looking forward to retiring after leading the League of Assassins for a very long time.

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Arrow – Broken Arrow

by Alan Rapp on April 17, 2015

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Arrow - Broken Arrow

Against his wishes Oliver (Stephen Amell) is forced to watch as his Team Arrow teammates work together to help Roy (Colton Haynes) take the fall as the city’s vigilante. With Green Arrow in prison and Oliver still being targeted in random searches and sweeps by an obsessed Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and the Starling City Police Department our hero is forced to sit on the bench and allow Ray (Brandon Routh) to step-up when Starling City gets its first metahuman visitor in Deathbolt (Doug Jones).

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Arrow Season 2.5 #7

by Alan Rapp on April 16, 2015

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Arrow 2.5 #7The current “Blood” storyline continues with Felicity captured by the new Brother Blood, and Green Arrow and Arsenal unable to find her, Oliver agrees to turn himself over to Blood in exchange for her safety. Not trusting the madman, Oliver keeps Arsenal in reserve with a back-up plan should things go wrong by sending his protege to A.R.G.U.S. for some unexpected back-up.

Although we get a couple of scenes continuing the Kahndaq storyline (and likely ending any chance of seeing a Black Adam show up any time soon), the issue mainly deals with the search for Felicity (who spends most of her time tied to a chair insulting her captors) and setting up the surprise appearance of the Huntress as our hero’s back-up.

With Oliver and Felicity both in enemy hands it should be interesting to see Arsenal and Huntress team-up to save them in the storyline’s conclusion. Sadly, I have to admit the apparently imminent death of Khem-Adam makes me less interested to see how that plot thread eventually plays out. Worth a look.

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Arrow – Public Enemy

by Alan Rapp on April 2, 2015

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Arrow - Public Enemy

Oliver Queen‘s (Stephen Amell) world crumbles as the murder of Starling City’s mayor and wounding of Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) by arrows leads Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne) to declare Green Arrow the city’s most wanted fugitive and rally the entire police force for the vigilante’s capture, dead or alive. Realizing Maseo (Karl Yune) is leading Ra’s al Ghul‘s (Matt Nable) army of Arrow killers, Oliver enlists the help of Nyssa (Katrina Law) to track down his old friend believing he can put a stop to the killing. He’s wrong, and when Oliver refuses to accept Ra’s offer again the Demon’s Head lets Lance in on the truth of just who he’s hunting making Oliver Queen, not just the Arrow, the focus of a citywide manhunt.

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News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on March 31, 2015

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news-and-notes-03312015Deadlline is reporting The CW’s still-untitled super-hero spin-off team-up show has cast Ciara Renée as Hawkgirl (whose complicated history and reincarnation will be part of the character)

Variety is reporting Arrow‘s Stephen Amell has signed on to play the role of Casey Jones in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel that absolutely no one is demanding

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Arrow – Suicidal Tendencies

by Alan Rapp on March 26, 2015

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Arrow - Suicidal Tendencies

Ra’s al Ghul‘s (Matt Nable) attempts to force Oliver (Stephen Amell) to accept his offer lead to more dead bodies with green arrows stuck out of their chests. Pledging to bring the vigilante to justice, Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) takes his new A.T.O.M. suit for a spin only to discover the true identity of the man under the hood. Despite a pair of confrontations, both in and out of costume, the heroes eventually come to an understanding although the episode’s closing scene suggests thing are going to get far worse for Oliver and his friends before the situation with the League of Assassins is resolved.

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Arrow 2.5 #6

by Alan Rapp on March 22, 2015

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Arrow 2.5 #6Taking place before the events of Arrow‘s Third Season Arrow 2.5 has dealt predominantly with the fallout of Season Two and a new villain taking on the role of Brother Blood. Arrow 2.5 #6 shifts away from that storyline to focus on the ongoing back-up story involving a madman in Kahndaq who has come to the attention of Amanda Waller and A.R.G.U.S.

With Lyla pregnant Diggle agrees to lead the Suicide Squad into Kahndaq, rescue a group of schoolgirl hostages, and bring Khem-Adam to justice. Diggle’s team includes Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, and former Kahndaq terrorist leader Ravan. However they aren’t the only ones seeking an audience with a terrorist who believed he has been resurrected and empowered by old gods to save his nation. Nyssa and Sara want a word as well.

The shared Arrow/The Flash hasn’t made a decision about where it comes down on magic. Arrow 2.5 #6 teases us with the possibility of Black Adam without making any firm decisions about how powerful the madman has become or what Ra’s al Ghul wants from him. For fans.

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Arrow – The Offer

by Alan Rapp on March 20, 2015

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Arrow - The Offer

Oliver (Stephen Amell) returns home to Starling City with Diggle (David Ramsey) and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) to think long and hard about the offer from Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable). Receiving a frosty reception from Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne), who now knows the truth about Sara‘s death, watching Thea (Willa Holland) continue to struggle with what Malcolm has done to her, and learning about Felicity‘s (Emily Bett Rickards) romantic relationship with Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), combined with the self-doubt of whether or not he’s actually made a difference in the city, lead Oliver to seriously consider Ra’s offer to take his place as the new head of the League of Assassins.

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Arrow – Nanda Parbat

by Alan Rapp on February 26, 2015

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Arrow - Nanda Parbat

Recent revelations and uncovered secrets prove to have consequences which will begin with Thea (Willa Holland) turning Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) over to Nyssa (Katrina Law) and the League of Assassins and lead Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Diggle (David Ramsey) to Nanda Parbat and face-to-face with Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) who, rather than torture the archer (as he’s done with Merlyn), makes Ollie an offer he may not be able to refuse.

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