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Arrow: City of Blood Review (Article) - 5/2/2014 9:47:06 AM

Lazarus makes some really good points. The writers spend SO much of their time on this mini-flashbacks to the island, that they end up having to rush the primary focus/plot of the episode in present day. And after having had his ass kicked by Mirakuru-juiced bad guys on multiple occasions now, including having his leg broken, why does he still insist on trying to engage these roid-monkeys in melee? He should be blasting these fools with all sorts of trick arrows to try to find a way to take them down without getting into brawls that he KNOWS he is outmatched in.

Starling City cops are possibly the most useless fodder and inept law enforcement I have seen in television ever. They are all over the map as to how they treat the vigilante, they never show up to deal with ANYTHING that happens, and they can't even decide on whether they like or hate one of their own: Quentin Lance. Seriously, the writers need to start putting more thought into their environmental cast (aka. all the background people who need to be more than just fodder/victims of convenience to the resident supervillains).

While I love Caity Lotz and can't stand Katie Cassidy's "acting," if we are going to move towards Laurel Lance as the real Black Canary, then I'm glad we're starting to move in that direction already. I don't want to spend the next 4 seasons with her going back and forth between bitchy ex-girlfriend and bitchy drunk. She needs to evolve as a character (she really seems to be the last one-note character in the entire show - even Alex Kingston as Dinah Lance is a deeper character and she's only been on the show as a cameo for 5 episodes!). Hopefully this episode was the first step towards Laurel's character evolving into the superhero she will eventually be.

Thea's eviction also went entirely too fast. I hope that she moves away to Bludhaven, Gotham, Metropolis, or some other DC city so that she can just leave the show. She is a terrible character who, while deeper and better developed than Laurel Lance, has become just a machine for whining and perpetual distraction to Oliver. While the realities of her eviction were compressed for time, I have to say that I was glad to see her get booted out of house and job as a result of her stupid refusal not to sign the trust documents that Oliver and Moira had brought to her a few weeks ago.

Tim, I think you are being too generous with this show, especially compared with how harsh you are with MAoS.  This episode was good, but it was a solid B good.  A- is a little too kind for this episode that was a lot of rushed elements, lacked thorough conceptualizing, and was not fully thought out by the writers.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Nothing Personal Review (Article) - 5/1/2014 9:41:24 AM

Tim, I think you need to pay slightly closer attention on these reviews:  This episode takes place after Captain America: Winter Soldier, so Maria Hill DOES know that Nick Fury is alive.  Remember in the movie, how she was the one who brought Cap and Black Widow to see Fury and help in the attack on Alexander Pierce at the Triskelion?

In "Nothing Personal," May states that Fury is dead, and Hill just doesn't refute that statement, since she doesn't trust anyone with that info.

FOX CANCELS ALMOST HUMAN (Article) - 4/30/2014 9:35:20 AM

Shocking.  Fans get Firefly'd again.  I really liked this show, even with the episodes being shown out of order.


Daredevil & Defenders in Marvel Cinematic Universe (Article) - 4/30/2014 8:40:46 AM

At the current level of everything Marvel that is being put out, I will devour these as fast as they are released.

Justice League Movie Announced (Article) - 4/28/2014 3:02:01 PM

Marvel continues to curb stomp DC at the box office, and now DC/Warners suddenly feels the pressure and will rush to compete.  I smell an unfinished, unrefined product heading our way.

If they were smart, they'd do as kinetoscope suggested, and tie in Arrow and Flash from the TV shows to bring in a wider, more developed audience.  Sort of a "reverse MAoS" situation.  Stephen Amell has proven himself to be a leading man, and Grant Gustin seems to have sufficient charisma to aquit himself on the big screen.  I don't think it'd do anything but help the DC in their efforts to play catch-up to Marvel.


Arrow: Seeing Red Review (Article) - 4/25/2014 10:03:32 AM

B/B-.  Aside from the last 5 minutes and Moira's death (which, I agree, really ratchets up the genuine, meaningful drama and emotion in the show, and should serve to catalyze Oliver), the rest of the episode was blah.  We spent most of it watching Thea have these emotional canniption fits that were beyond annoying.  The balance of the episode was Roy acting like a psychopath with Oliver stuttering around with no thought as to what to do.  I felt like it was 50 minutes of filler junk just to lead us into the last five minutes of WHAT-THE-HELL-JUST-HAPPENED.

Cyborg Cast in Batman vs. Superman (Article) - 4/25/2014 9:58:39 AM

W.  T.  F.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Only Light in the Darkness REVIEW (Article) - 4/24/2014 9:35:21 AM

Overall, I liked the episode (B ), and the review is solid.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Only Light in the Darkness REVIEW (Article) - 4/24/2014 9:33:54 AM

One mistake, Tim:  I think you misheard what Koenig said when he was talking to Agent Triplett:  He said that if HE were related to a Howling Commando, he'd have it tattoo'd on his chest.  This infers that Koenig is NOT related to the Eric Koenig of the comics Howling Commandos, but it also infers that Triplett is the grandson of Gabe Jones.

Just had to be persnickety and correct that one point... cuz I'm geek like that.  Sorry.  :D



Batman: Arkham Origins -- Cold, Cold Heart Launch Trailer (Article) - 4/22/2014 2:50:55 PM

Not really excited about this.  I don't like Batman in a power suit.  He's Batman... not Iron Man.  I'm also not thrilled about him having tech in this prequel time period that he doesn't have in the later games.



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