Thursday, May 14, 2015

Arrow 3-23: “My Name Is Oliver Queen”


A messy and unpleasant season of Arrow reached a messy and unpleasant end. It's hard to single out one key element responsible for the show's crashing failure, though Felicity's devolution from a quirky, fun, smart character into a weepy, self-involved mess sure didn't help. Nor did the show's inability to elevate the season's main villain, Ra's al Ghul, into anything but a spiteful, capricious enigma. Ditto for Amanda Waller in the Hong Kong flashbacks. In the end, the positive developments--Thea, Malcolm, Roy, and Ray Palmer were all delightful this season, and Laurel finally, finally became downright awesome--weren't enough to compensate for the disgracefully sloppy writing (those Hong Kong flashbacks were pointless and incomprehensible from beginning to end).

Here's my final recap. As ever, click the links for larger images.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Arrow 3-22: "This Is Your Sword"

Hey, last night's Arrow was... kinda good! Yeah, that surprised me, too. Great to see Roy back, albeit for the (probable) final time.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Arrow 3-21: "Al Sah-Him"

Well! That was perfectly awful.

Recap below. Click on the links for larger images.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Arrow 3-20: "The Fallen"

It's a short recap this week, because Arrow padded this episode to death with scenes of Oliver and Felicity moping about their relationship. Nobody on the writing staff has any facility for scripting anything resembling genuine romantic interaction; Felicity the lovelorn and weepy sad sack no longer bears any resemblance to the cheerful and wry Felicity of earlier seasons. (In a similar vein, Laurel has become a much stronger character this season, now that she's no longer romantically attached to Oliver. There's something galling about the way Arrow depicts women in love as clingy, neurotic drips.)

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Arrow 3-19: "Broken Arrow"

Well, crap. 

I don't even know what else to say, so I'll let the illustrations speak for me.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Arrow 3-18: "Public Enemy"

Fun episode of Arrow last night, right? Derring-do and noble sacrifices, plus the tedious interpersonal drama was kept to a minimum.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Arrow 3-17: "Suicidal Tendencies"

Messy interpersonal relationships! Yessirree, that's exactly the reason why I watch superhero action shows like Arrow. I can't get enough of Ray fretting whether he can trust Felicity, or Lyla and Digg wondering if their jobs are too dangerous now that they have a baby, or Oliver trying to rationalize why he doesn't want Felicity dating Ray, even though he has clearly announced he has no intention of dating her himself. Yeah, that's all just fun to watch.

Perfectly wretched episode. Somebody throw Roy a bone and give him a damn plotline already, okay? Or at least fish him out of that puddle and make sure Ray didn't, like, kill him.