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Arrow 2-12: “Tremors”

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Some dude gets himself arrested and thrown in prison, where, conveniently for his purposes, he ends up sharing a cell with Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White). Turns out a mysterious benefactor has paid him a great deal of money, to be used to provide for his son after his death, to smuggle in Bronze Tiger’s metal claws. The dude extracts the claws from inside his body and dies.
Bronze Tiger promptly uses the claws to kill a whole bunch of guards, then escapes. He meets up with his mysterious benefactor, who turns out to be a black-market arms dealer. The arms dealer offers to pay him ten million dollars to break into Malcolm Merlyn’s repossessed mansion and steal the prototype of the earthquake machine used to destroy the Glades last season.

Prayer of the Rollerboys

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There are dystopic B-movies about roller-skating teens that are so bad they’re good (Solarbabies, represent!), and there are dystopic B-movies about roller-skating teens that are just plain good. Defying all reasonable expectations, 1990’s Prayer of the Rollerboys falls into the latter category.
Prayer of the Rollerboys, which was directed by Rick King, takes place in Los Angeles in the near future, following a epic market crash that left the United States financially crippled and deeply in debt to various foreign powers. The job market’s been gutted, homelessness is rampant, the top universities have been transplanted overseas, brick by ivy-covered brick, and violent gangs rule the streets. Chief among the gangs are the Rollerboys, a gaggle of fresh-scrubbed rollerblading teens with automatic weapons and insidious white-supremacist leanings. Led by charismatic psychopath Gary Lee (Christopher Collet), the Rollerboys are both influential and hyper-organized; for crying out loud, they’…

Arrow 2-11: “Blind Spot”

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Hey! You know what? This is a really fun episode! All kinds of interesting things happen: Roy and Sin team up and create havoc, Slade debuts his cool new costume, and Laurel—Laurel, of all people—saves the day, sort of. Or maybe she makes things worse. It’s hard to tell. But in any case, Laurel gets to do stuff for the first time in a very long while, and that alone makes this episode noteworthy.
Sebastian Blood visits his mother, Maya, in the asylum to grill her about Laurel’s recent visit. He then dons his skull mask and murders her in some never-detailed way; since her death will later be attributed to her preexisting heart condition, it’s possible he scared the life clean out of her. Upon hearing of Maya’s death, Laurel, who is still popping stolen pain pills, asks Quentin to arrange a rooftop meeting with the Arrow. Laurel and Oliver are both bristly and bitchy to each other at first—Laurel because he showed up late, Oliver because she sicced a SWAT team on him at their last mee…

Arrow 2-10: “Blast Radius”

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Arrow is back from its winter hiatus. Good news first: This is the strongest episode for Laurel in a very long time. She’s lively and sneaky and fun to watch, and her storyline actually—wait for it—helps advance the main plot. Congratulations, Arrow writers. Job well done. Please keep it up.
Bad news: Well, pretty much everything else, but chiefly this: Oliver, you are such a dick.

Happy 2014! Here's some more Bias Cut!

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Happy New Year, everyone. May 2014 bring everyone health and happiness.

So... the two main characters in my book Bias Cut, Laurie Sparks and Nicola, have Twitter accounts, and since their Twitter handles are named in the book, I did the sensible thing and made sure to claim those handles before the book was published. Laurie is here and Nicola is here.  And, y'know, I've had ideas, but I haven't really done much with either account (Laurie mostly tweets drivel, which seems about right, and Nicola really doesn't tweet at all, which... also seems about right). I've been using Nicola's account, half-heartedly, as the official Twitter account for my company, Luft Books. It's all been a little... well, lame, frankly.

But! That all changes tonight!