ARROW 203: BROKEN DOLLS

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I might never look at face cream the same way…

As you can tell we are a little behind this week in posting.  This is partly due to busy work weeks (I know, CJ and I are forced to have jobs) and partly due to busy evening schedules that prevented us from watching this week’s episode of Arrow until last night.  Having to wait an entire day to watch episode 3 did force me to have a pretty important revelation though…Arrow is the show that I look forward to watching more than anything on TV right now (except for The Walking Dead).  That’s right, I like Arrow more than Scandal.  There, I’ve officially said it.  I’m sorry Kerry Washington, but it is true.  So, let’s get to talking…

1.  Three’s company, but four is a party – I could not be more excited that Detective Lance (I know, he isn’t a detective anymore, but he always will be to me) has decided to willingly team up with Ollie, Dig, and Felicity.  It shows some growth on his part and frankly makes him a far more interesting character.  It’s nice to see that he is no longer seeing the world in black and white and is beginning to realize that Ollie can actually do some good, especially when they are working together.  I also thought it was important to show that Lance and Laurel have effectively switched positions when it comes to Arrow.  And, it was interesting to see Lance try and help Laurel figure out what her fixation on Arrow is actually about.

2.  Say what? – Ummm…did you really just say “Ra’s al Ghul?”  Because that definitely caught CJ’s and my attention.  This week we got to see more of Black Canary–Starling City’s newest vigilante and Arrow’s sometimes crime fighting partner.  We got a little more of her origin story and a surprise at the end with the mention of Ra’s al Ghul.  It seems fitting given the similarities between Arrow and the Dark Knight, but man can I not wait to see how much of the League of Shadows makes an appearance on this show.  Did anyone notice that the ninja’s costume at the end looked very similar to Malcom Meryln’s darker archer costume?  Perhaps we will learn that there is a link between Meryln and Ra’s.

3.  Not Crixus! – Ok, so the actor that plays Slade in Ollie’s flashbacks also played Crixus on Spartacus, which really makes it hard to call him by any other name.  The flashbacks were intense this week with the discovery of the ship (I know we had seen it before, but Ollie and Slade had not) and the rockets flying.  Should we assume that Shado is dead?  Hopefully, Slade isn’t.  Also, my mind virtually exploded when we saw Ollie wake up as a prisoner aboard the boat.

4.  Work that camera – Did anyone notice how great the camera work was this week? And, the lightening.  With so much impressive action sequences happening in Arrow, especially in this episode, I think we often don’t focus on the work that it takes to put those scenes together.  But, this week’s episode also showed great camera work in the subtle moments as well.  My favorite moment, by far, was the scene where Ollie and Detective Lance break into the villain’s hotel room and the phone rings.  The shot of Lance standing alone answering the phone was magic.  Also, the lightening totally mimicked the lighting of an interrogation room…which seemed fitting since Lance was questioning the Dollmaker over phone.  Seriously, impressive stuff.

What did y’all think??

-LJ

ARROW 202: IDENTITY

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“Healthcare has enough problems without you punks!”

Seriously, CW.  You had to include that in there, didn’t you?!  Other than that incredibly cheesy line, Arrow was back with a vengeance this week with Oliver continuing his new strategy of stopping the bad guys, but not killing them.  Let’s get to talking…

1.  Oliver’s got a new enemy – The Triad gang made it’s first appearance in season 2 this week in which we saw them stealing FEMA medical supplies that were bound for the Glades hospital.  While I wish we would have gotten more backstory on why the Triad was so intent on stealing the medical supplies (I assume it was to sell on the black market, but a larger purpose might have been interesting), our reunion with the Triad also introduced the audience to Bronze Tiger.  Think Wolverine-like.  Bronze Tiger is interesting in that he is one of the few opponents of Arrow’s that can stand up to Oliver physically, but I also would have liked to know why BT was so interested in taking Oliver down.  Maybe more will develop in the upcoming episodes.

2.  Laurel is the worst – Ok, that is what CJ said during last night’s episode.  I don’t share that same opinion.  I still like Laurel a lot.  And, I still want her and Oliver to get together.  But, I am a little concerned that this “Laurel blames Arrow for Tommy’s death and must take him down” storyline could get a little old.  It’s been only 2 episodes and I am already kind of over it.  Also, when you compare Felicity and Laurel side by side, it is clear in this episode which character is more likeable at this point.*  I hope they expand the Laurel storyline a bit more this season and show her working at the DA’s office taking down other criminals besides Oliver.

*To be fair, Felicity isn’t dealing with the death of her boyfriend, so it is a little easier for her to be light-hearted and jokey.

3.  Sometimes being Oliver Queen is important too – Oliver does not yet seem to fully realize the value and impact he can have on Starling City as Oliver Queen in addition to being Arrow.  At a critical moment in this week’s episode, Oliver chose to go off and fight the Triad, instead of showing up at his benefit for the Glades hospital.  Wouldn’t Oliver been able to help more people by drumming up support at his fundraiser than in fighting a few criminals intent on taking down a single FEMA truck?  Also, Oliver’s lack of attendance gave Sebastian Blood an opportunity to once again slam the Queen family and make Oliver out to be the bad guy.  I don’t know what Sebastian’s ultimate goal is, but I can tell that he is up to no good.

4.  All’s not perfect in paradise – We got more flashbacks to Oliver’s time on the island with Slade and Shado.  The best thing about these flashbacks is the dynamic between the group.**  However, it does appear the Shado may be driving a wedge between Oliver and Slade–something that I don’t want to happen at all.  Also, I am becoming increasingly concerned about what happens to Oliver’s friends, since we know that Oliver ends up completely alone on the island before he is rescued.

**Plus, every time I see Slade, I am reminded of Spartacus and that makes me happy.

5.  BFFs?? – So this week’s episode made the partnership between Roy and Arrow a reality.  I imagine that the only reason Oliver is willing to team up with Roy is to “protect” his sister and hopefully reduce the chances that Roy gets himself killed.  It will be interesting to see whether Roy is able to curb his anger and actually serve as a helper for Oliver or whether Oliver will even let Roy help.  Teaming up with Roy does give Oliver a way to figure out what “things” in Starling City need a fixin.

What did y’all think??

-LJ

ARROW 201: CITY OF HEROES

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“…so what do you wanna be called?”  GREEN ARROW bitches!

Ok, so that is not exactly what Oliver said in response to Dig’s question, but it is what I screamed out loud.  Let’s just say that by the end of the season premiere I was a little pumped up.  Yes, I am excited to have Arrow back on TV and I am even more excited for what this season has in store.  Let’s get to talking…

1.  The black book is gone – I didn’t necessarily dislike the episodic nature of Season 1 of Arrow.  But there was something a little routine about each week tackling a new bad guy in Oliver’s dad’s book.  In the season 2 premiere, it appears that Oliver is done with the name checklist and seeks a higher purpose for his crime fighting escapes.  I like this idea.  First, it sets up the ability for the show to have more a season long story arc when it comes to the big bad.  It also feels like a completely relevant and proper way for Oliver to be dealing with Tommy’s death.  Tommy definitely called Oliver out when it came to Oliver’s killing spree last season (even if Oliver was trying to kill the “bad” guys), so it seems appropriate for Oliver to take his departed friend’s criticism and use it to potentially change for the better.  It will be interesting to see if Oliver is forced to kill anyone this season and how he handles being put in that predicament again.

2.  Thea gets some lines – I was happy to see the writers of the show actually use Thea in a real and relevant way.  This season she might actually have a purpose beyond being Oliver’s partying little sister.  It appears that the destruction of the Glades and learning of her mother’s role in the undertaking has forced Thea to grow up some, and we now see that she has been running Oliver’s club in his absence.  Thea is also given an emotional story arc this episode as she attempts to come to terms with her mother’s role in the killing of hundreds of innocent people.  I like this more mature and grownup Thea.

3.  Three’s company – I was happy to see the dynamic trio of Felicity, Diggle, and Oliver reappear at the beginning of the episode.  Following the destruction of the Glades, Oliver retreats to his island and Felicity and Diggle are forced to hilariously go retrieve him.  This show would be nothing without Felicity and Diggle.  They are funny and serve as a good sounding board and grounding tool for Oliver.  And, let’s just take a minute to remember the kick ass bow that Felicity made for Oliver.  Awesome.  Seriously though, how did the three of them get off the island and back to Sterling City??

4.  Walter is back – I must admit I was very excited and surprised to see Walter at the end of this week’s episode.  I hope he continues to reappear throughout this season.  With Oliver’s dad dead and his mom in prison, I think Oliver needs a go-to adult, especially when it comes to the business side of Queen Consolidated.  I have a hunch that Oliver is going to need all the help he can get from trying to prevent Isabel Rochev from taking over the family business.

5.  Laurel’s been working out – I don’t know exactly what Laurel has been doing since Tommy’s death, but dang girl.  You look awesome.  Laurel has moved over the DA’s office after the destruction of her workplace and seems to be determined to bring down the Hood (aka Oliver).  It is interesting to see Laurel take on the role of capturing the vigilante this season, instead of her dad (who now appears to have come to terms with the fact that he could use Oliver’s crime fighting help).

What did y’all think?

-LJ

**I would like to take this moment to once again say, if you are not watching Arrow, something has gone horribly wrong in your life.  Seriously, stop what you are doing and start watching.  This show is awesome.  You will not regret it.  I promise.  (This will probably not be the last time I say this, apologies in advance).