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Arrow: Time of Death Review (Article) - 3/1/2014 6:55:35 AM

The largest weakness of this show shone through again - the inability to have any competent writing of the Lance family.  First off, old favorite:  "Lack of knowledge of how law enforcement works."  A beat cop does not get called out to a homicide, or any other crime, while off duty.  Nor would a detective, unless it's related to a case he's working on.  That's why they work shifts.  So there's no reason Lance would get called away from Sara's party. 

Also, can Skeletor do anything but bitch and moan?   She's now on Lori Grimes-level of annoyance for me.  Since it's obvious that Sara will be the love interest, time to kill Laurel off. 

Really enjoy Armell's performance, and think it'd be a huge waste if DC didn't get him into a movie.  The fact that they're doing a Flash series seems to be an indicator that they're at least open to it, as I can't imagine they'd have 2 versions of that character, and he's a must for a Justice League movie. 

Looking forward to Slade.  Hope they ditch the metallic mask and go with the one worn on the island.  Metal one looked goofy and ill-fitting.

Arrow: Blind Spot Review (Article) - 1/26/2014 10:48:46 AM

The show continues to fall flat on its face when depicting law enforcement officials/procedures, to-wit:

1)  A search warrant cannot be obtained unless a law enforcement officer alleges facts constituting probable cause that a crime was committed.  Since Laurel was stealing only her dad's drugs, what evidence would there be to show she illegally possessed drugs?

2)  Even if such probable cause existed, since she's a user and not a dealer, no search warrant would ever be issued.  And the D.A.'s office most likely has a employee policy placing a druggie into rehab first (any H.R. person would tell you it's near impossible to fire an employee with a drug/alcohol problem when first discovered, even if charged with a possession crime).

3)  I'll give them a pass on the SWAT team entrance, as they most likely were called when Green Arrow was spotted.  However, they did get there awfully fast.  SWAT teams do not get sent out on calls; they don't wait around like firemen for a call to come in. 

4)  While it looked cool when Deathstroke took out Blood's aides, how are their deaths going to be explained to their families/the public?  Doubt he's dumping four bodies and then saying, "Gee, don't know where they went."

5)  Since Roy Harper beats the rapist/murdered nearly to death, how is a criminal conviction supposed to occur?  Sin (who looks like one of those crappy sidekicks that'd pop up on Smallville) has no credibility to claim the guy was going to attack her; he'll say he thought he was being robbed and pulled it out to defend himself.  Nice of Sin and Roy to stick around at the hospital, where the guy will be sure to identify him when he wakes up. 

On a side note, not too sure I like Deathstroke's hockey mask.  Much prefer the cloth one worn on the island.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Seeds Review (Article) - 1/15/2014 5:40:14 PM

Skye must die.  Horribly miscast actress.  Looks like she's 12, completely unbelievable acting.  Obvious she's been identified as a huge weak link and the writers are trying to push her to the forefront to salvage her.  Should just own up to their error, kill her off, and develop a new character.

Arrow: Three Ghosts Review (Article) - 12/13/2013 12:20:00 PM

Awesome episode.  Only nitpick is revealing Slade as the major villain without having first shown the transition from ally to foe (presumably) on the island.  Was hoping for Ra's al Ghul, myself, as the major bad guy, particularly with him already being mentioned and the skuttlebutt that Summer Glau is playing Talia.

The Walking Dead: Dead Weight Review (Article) - 11/25/2013 8:29:23 PM

I think everyone is missing a significant part of the episode - when the Governor tries to flee with his new family, only to be forced back by the zombies in the mud pit. I think his saying they had to leave because things were about to fall apart where just as much of a reference to himself starting to lose it as anything else. He killed Martinez because he didn't want to be a leader, as well as Martinez was the only one who could out his past, thus wrecking his changed life. He saw the conflict between the brothers as something he wanted no part of, as it would return him to his old ways. But when he was forced back, he saw he had no choice any more, and in order to protect his new family, he had to go back to being a sociopath/psychopath.

Arrow: State V. Queen Review (Article) - 11/22/2013 8:06:45 PM

As a prosecutor, let me add to the discussion.  First off, while I greatly enjoy the show, every aspect of it dealing with law enforcement/the court system is ridiculous.  People here have already discussed, for example, the poor writing about the hijacked trucks (why at night & without police escort after prior hijackings).  The Quentin Lance character is a parody - combination of poor acting and poor writing. 

As for the prosecutor, there is no way a District/County Attorney would ever assign a case to someone who has such a personal relationship with the relative of a defendant, as that would call into question the prosecutor's ability to do their job properly.  Also, any defense attorney who would not bring a motion to have that prosecutor removed would be committing malpractice.  As already pointed out, no way a judge let's her stay on.  And there is simply no way a prosecutor would speak with a represented defendant to try to convince that person to not testify at trial.  Aside from being unethical warranting a suspension, it would also form the basis for an appeal if a defendant followed the prosecutor's advice.  

I do disagree with the discovery issue.  Prosecutors are only required to disclose (a) evidence that they would use in their case-in-chief to convict a defendant; and (b) evidence that would be considered exculpatory (i.e., evidence that could show the defendant is not guilty).  The things discussed between Laurel and Moira is for cross-examination purposes, and does not fall under either category.  That being said, I don't know if that is proper cross-examination material - just because Moira and Malcolm had an affair years ago is hardly relevant as to whether she conspired with him.  If the affair were current, then yes.  I don't even think charges would have been brought in the real world.  Conspiracy cases fall apart when a person recants, particularly in the public way Moira did.  Perhaps some less charges, but certainly not capital murder.

I could go on.  Still a great show, but they really need to bring in some law enforcement/prosecutors to help write those scenes.    

Arrow: Broken Dolls Review (Article) - 10/27/2013 10:19:54 PM

The only on-going complaint I have about the show is Det. Lance - both the way it is written and the actor.  Would it hurt the writers to actually consult with a law enforcement officer before writing such tripe?  Telling the lead detective for an escaped serial killer to stay away because of a demotion would never happen, much less having the officer arrested for obstruction.  Dumb, dumb, dumb.  And the number of laws he breaks is astounding.  And the actor simply doesn't convery the grit and grizzle of an experienced detective.  Perhaps that's more to do with the writing.

Highly doubt Laurel's sister gets bumped off - she's League of Assassins-trained, presumably over 5 years.  Very difficult to have someone untrained/barely trained get to that level in any believable amount of time.  Too bad they won't be using the same actress from the pilot.

Supernatural: Im No Angel Review (Article) - 10/25/2013 9:08:50 AM

I wish they would do more to establish exactly how Sam and Dean have the ability to buy things.  Fake credit cards alone simply cannot do the job.  They should be scrambling as much as Castiel does.  The electricity/water for their bunker isn't coming free, either; municipal utlities are not likely to overlook that.  It's also a little disconcerting that they operate out in the open as much as they do after their Leviathon doubles went on a killing spree.  Cops aren't likely to forget that.

I'll confess that these are probably deemed as lame criticisms by most, and it's overall still an outstanding show, but they still bother me.  I'll go back to my basement, now.

Arrow: Identity Review (Article) - 10/20/2013 10:15:40 AM

lazarus - only point I disagree is Felicity's career-mindedness.  An IT person at a multi-national corporation would be highly skilled in developing programs for internal use, in addition to highly sophisticated anti-viral/malware software, not just making sure someone's printer is plugged in.  These companies aren't going to be using Windows and Nortons. 

I was also annoyed by the Left-wing Alderman.  Oh, so now it's okay to act like a Third World country and stoke up a riot against an individual?  Should have been arrested for that crap.  And his smug narcissism is beyond the chart.  Hoping they're taking their cues from South Park's brilliant "Smug Alert" episode.

31 Days of Horror Movies: An American Werewolf in London (Article) - 10/20/2013 9:20:32 AM

One minor correction - the creepy villagers come from the Hammer films, not Universal.  Watch any of the Dracula films and you'll see the fearful, closed-mouth ancestors of this great film.


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