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Arrow recap and review episode “Sara.” MAJOR Spoilers ahead
At the end of the season opener we see Sara shot full of arrows and fall off a rooftop, dead. She’s still dead. Laurel knows she can’t report it, nor can she tell her father yet. So she takes Sarah to the only place she can, the Arrow cave. This is how Oliver and the team find out she’s dead, by seeing her body shot full of arrows laying on a table. Way to ease into that one eh?
This episode is slow moving, and mostly a lot of sadness. We do get a motorcycle jousting match though. That opener definitely set the tone for the episode. Throughout we see Oliver coming to terms with his own mortality and the likelihood that he will also die a similar death. Everyone here is grieving in very different ways. That’s what this episode is about.
The team is all a mess. Laurel is all sorts of pissed off. Oliver is questioning his life choices. Felicity is devastated. Roy is upset but mostly just sort of there, and Diggle is trying to make sure Oliver doesn’t go batshit. After some research the team finds that there is another archer in town, this one is an assassin, who calls himself “Komodo.”
Laurel loses her shit and gets all angry and tortures a victim for information. She screams at Oliver, and basically begins what is likely to be her transition into Black Canary. She finds a survivor of the other archer and uses her DA cred to get answers, when that doesn’t work she basically tortures him in his hospital bed until he says something about an oil pipeline being the connection between all the victims. Then the archer manages to shoot him in the chest before he can reveal anymore, in his hospital bed through a window, and Laurel basically says “eh I got what a need” and goes off to be angry some more.
Oliver basically decides he can’t grieve with a great line to Felicity after she accuses him of being heartless and cold. He tells her “If I grieve, then no one else would get to.” It’s his hero complex again, but he’s likely right. Oliver throws himself headfirst into finding this other archer, giving us the aforementioned motorcycle jousting match which saves the next target’s life for now. Komodo gets away after the showdown giving us another opportunity for chase and action. He later turns up at a fundraiser Ray Palmer is throwing, after someone else, and Arrow and team are ready. Culminating in jumps out and through windows until he’s finally cornered where Laurel shows up all ready to deal out death and revenge for her sister, which Oliver stops after realizing he wasn’t the one who killed Sara. We also get some flashbacks to Hong Kong again. Still don’t know what’s going on there.
Felicity is a mess. She’s also angry. After finding that the computer store she’s been working out has been bought by Ray Palmer, so that she has to work for him no matter what, she charges off to give him a piece of her mind. In the end, he says she can work for him at the store, or at Queen Consolidated, and tells her she’s not angry at him (which is mostly true). By the end of the episode she appears to have quit Team Arrow and decided that she’ll go work for Palmer after all. There also seems to be a burgeoning romance happening, but anyone who has read the comics will know that Ray Palmer isn’t exactly what he seems either.
Roy we don’t see much of, but we do find that he knows something about Thea. He has a note he’s never shows Oliver. No one has been able to reach Thea for months. The idea has been to give her her space. Eventually we find that Thea didn’t actually kill Merlyn, but instead decided to join him and train in the league of assassins. Awesome, Thea is going to be back kicking ass soon.
Diggle is basically just being strong and trying to keep Oliver from going insane, he grieves in his own way by naming his newborn daughter for Sara.
This episode is going to have some seriously far reaching consequences. In the end we still don’t know who the hell killed Sara and Laurel is on the war path and keeping her sister’s death from her father. Oliver isn’t going to be the same again, he’s really a lot more messed up than he lets on. Felicity, I have no idea if she’ll be back or not. Ray Palmer has his own secrets that I’m sure will turn up soon enough, and I’m not entirely sure what’s going on with either Roy or Diggle, they’ve both remained firmly in the background so far.
This season is off to a slow start, but the team behind Arrow hasn’t let us down yet. I’m reasonably certain we will be rewarded for out faith soon enough. It was sad, there were lots of feels and tears this episode, so it wasn’t bad, it was just an exhausting ride. I really do believe Laurel is about to become Black Canary, she’s decidedly more stable and tolerable now. Until this point she’s been weak and whiny, that is not what we get from her now. There has been a fundamental shift in her character. I look forward to seeing where this train wrecked team arrow will lead.
All I can really say about that is FUCK YES! I love Harry Potter. Who doesn’t? Only people without a soul, that’s who. We know about the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which is now believed to be split into a trilogy). That’s rather old news at this point. There was an encrypted and complicated tease from JK herself on Twitter (many theories abound The Mary Sue has one) not too long ago, that hinted at such a thing, but The Verge is reporting that it’s looking good for many many more!
It’s a seriously news heavy day today. DC went all out announcing their own 10 movie in five years plan. They are stepping up their game. We’ve all heard by now about “Batman V Superman” starring Batfleck and Henry Cavill. There is going to be a whole cinematic universe starting there. We also know that Gal Gadot will be appearing as “Wonder Woman” in “Batman V Superman” as well. So here goes the new announcements:
The next film will be set to be “Suicide Squad” due out in 2016. It looks as though these will all be recast from the TV universe, sadly.
“Wonder Woman”, again played by Gal Gadot will be out in 2017.
The current cast of Cavill, Afleck, and Gadot will all appear in a “Justice League” Film in 2018
The other announcements have been a stand alone “Flash” film (Ezra Miller has been cast as Flash for the films), an “Aqua Man” film (now confirmed to be Jason Mamoa) in 2018. 2019 will see Shazaam, a new “Green Lantern” film, and the sequel to the “Justice League.” It’s also said that more solo “Batman” and “Superman” films are also on the way.
Let’s take a look at the new casting announcements
Jason Momoa (Aquaman) If you don’t know who he is (Have you been living under a fucking rock?) he’s best known from “Stargate Atlantis” and “Game of Thrones”
Gal Gadot you may recognize from the ‘Fast and the Furious’ franchise.
Ezra Miller best known for his role in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
That’s a look at the casting announcements so far anyway. So there you have it. I will endeavor to keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Agent’s of SHIELD recap and review Spoilers ahead.
This season just continues to get better with every episode. They are doing an amazing job of regrouping after last seasons total collapse of SHIELD.
This episode finds May and Coulson undercover looking for a mysterious piece of artwork that may hold answers to Coulson’s doodling. They must attend a party where a fundraiser for the church in which the painting was housed was destroyed. This man has the painting, and SHIELD aren’t the only ones after it. They find none other than General Talbott attending the party as well. After an almost friendly exchange between Coulson and Talbot things kick off, but not before we get to see May and Coulson work the dance floor as an excuse to case the joint. It’s kind of magical. We see May laughing and flirting, and the team, being back on the bus monitoring the situation. The team’s reaction to May’s behavior is hilarious.
This episode has some great action and loads of laughs. After May and Coulson break into the vault where the painting is being held in order to steal it, they find that Talbot beat them to the punch. Afterwards they get a very friendly and pretty out of character from Talbot, that he will allow them to examine the painting, so long as they do it supervised. Coulson and May agree. May goes to meet Talbot while Coulson briefs the team.
This is where things get hairy, and a little hard to explain, but I’ll do my best. Bare with me. You remember the mask tech that Black Widow donned in Cap 2. Well we see that again here. Turns out Talbot’s strange and friendly-ish behavior isn’t because of his few too many drinks as previously insinuated. He’s not Talbot his the insane Simmons threatening Hydra agent in one of those masks. Once May gets to the hotel room and finds this, she fights the Hydra answer to her, who wins, sort of. This Hydra female badass takes May’s clothes, and dons her own high tech mask and parades as May picking up Coulson, just as they reach the hotel Coulson realizes what she is and punches her in the face, catching her off guard.
We find that Creepy Hydra man has tied May up, and intends to torture some answers out of her. May, left in her undies is understandable pissed. This man is dead, and you know it, just by the look on her face. Enter insane fight sequence. We see May escape, kick the living shit out of creepy Hydra man, and proceed to fight herself, that’s right Hydra badass is still disguised as May. The fight sequence is amazing. Cudos to the fight choreographers. May eventually triumphs, so Coulson and May retrieve the painting, and then inform Talbot of his doppleganger. They also lie through their teeth about the painting.
We find throughout the episode that Coulson’s episodes have been getting worse and he is terrified. He keeps trying to rope May into a conversation about a contingency plan for when he finally does loose his shit. The episode wraps with this heart wrenching conversation finally happening. Coulson tells May she is to shoot him, in the head, and take over as head of SHIELD. May refuses saying she has a plan to tuck him away in a cabin in the outback, to which Coulson tells her that that is not an option, he doesn’t want to end up like Garrett, she is to take him out.
It’s something of a tear jerker, no one wants to see Coulson actually die for good, and it’s obvious that May cares deeply for him, and doesn’t think she will be able to do what he asks. I
This episode was fantastic. We got to see Coulson being a badass in the field again, something I miss greatly. May, as always is vengence personified and rocks it. The rest of the team got into some hairy situations thanks to Hydra-May, and Fitz saved the day with the help of Hunter. Hunter decides that Fitz is okay, and we begin to see Fitz brighten a bit at having some actual friends again. I look forward to seeing more of both Hunter and this new Fitz.
Next weeks episode looks to be an edge of your seat ride when we check in with Simmons back at Hydra HQ again.
Recap and review Spoilers ahead
So we see Barry running into burning buildings, fighting self replicating men, and getting his ass handed to him in this episode. We’re in the early stages of superhero-dom with Barry here, and he’s going to falter, have doubts, and get beat up a lot in the early days. This episode has all of that happening. Barry has convinced Cisco to help him in his quest to be a superhero, but everyone else is against it. He’s lectured multiple times by Detective West, and Caitlin Snow. He is bombarded on all sides to stop the hero business.
In this episode the main plot line follows a less than ethical, but publicly hailed business man and scientist Simon Stagg, as he survives multiple assassination attempts by unknown assailants. We find pretty quickly that it’s one man who is able to split himself into multiple clones. Danton Black, a former scientist in Stagg’s company whose wife died because Stagg stole his research on cloned organs. Black was obviously affected by the explosion at Star Labs, developing the ability to clone himself an infinite number of times. Meaning it’s never one on one when you fight this guy. Detective West is on the case as well, and continually tells Barry he’s not a cop and he’s going to get himself killed.
We see Barry face this guy three times, and every time he gets his butt kicked. The second time, after a pretty good whooping, Barry gets a pep talk, from everyone, including West. Barry had quit. Decided that he can’t be a hero. Everyone rallies and realizes that Barry is their only hope of beating Black. So Barry suits up again to fight this guy. The fight once again sees Barry getting a pretty epic beating, which he recovers from, gets another pep-talk from his crew and eventually wins over by finding the “prime” clone (the one that the clones originate from). He ends up winning, of course because we can’t have the superhero losing.
This was a solid episode, though I felt it was a bit slow. It was there to build up and get the character points that are necessary. It was still good, and we get plenty of classic Flash easter eggs. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. I think it will get even better.
Yesterday it was announced that Robert Downey Jr is signing on for Captain America 3. Why would he do that you might ask? Well if you’re not familiar with the Civil War storyline, stop reading this now and go buy the trade paper backs and catch the hell up, people.
Anyway, In the Civil War story line the two major players heading up opposing sides of the Marvel Universe are Tony Stark/ Iron Man, and Steve Rogers/ Captain America. The recent talks that Marvel has been negotiating for film rights to Spider-Man (another MAJOR player in CW) further the likelihood of this eventuality. There have also been plenty of hints dropped. Coupled with the other announcement my Marvel yesterday that Civil War will be coming again next year, and it looks like it will be taking place in the Ultimate Universe this time. The chances are pretty good we’re going to see Civil War come to the MCU. Brilliant move announcing the day after NYCC. No one expected any major news for a bit, as that sort of thing usually comes at Cons, or at least not directly after. That’s usually a huge press event. Nope, not Marvel, the sneaky bastards announced it through Twitter, fairly quietly, but that didn’t last long. Naturally the internet and Marvel fans the world over exploded in fanboy/girl fits of glee.
Enjoy some Tony v Steve Snarkiness below.