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GreatOne 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.

WarCry 3/1/2014 7:54:10 AM

 On the issue of Lance getting called out on that call, he IS a beat cop and he was on duty. He stopped by Laurel's house just because he wanted to check on her (and, yes, police officers will occasionally get out of their cars without being on official business, believe it or not). The call came in and was likely in his coverage area, so dispatch sent him as a first-respondant, not as a homicide detective.

As for your reference to Katie Cassidy as "skeletor", I'm pretty sure her look is intentional. Laurel has been going downhill since Tommy died. Have you ever seen someone going through alcohol, drug, and depression issues? Frankly, I think she still looks a little too "Hollywood" to be believable for the circumstances, but it's a helluva lot better than most shows do!

And, come on, can you really blame her for losing her shit? Everything she said was dead on! Sara ran off with her at-the-time boyfriend. Her death (as was believed) led to their parents' divorce. Her return led to her (Laurel) getting drugged and left for dead, her mom kidnapped, and she shows up with Ollie as if to say "Hey, Laurel, remember when you couldn't hold on to this guy six years ago and I stole him from you?"

All things considered, I think Laurel's holding herself together better than anyone in reality would do!

Mooncrow 3/1/2014 8:26:27 AM

 Plus the advert on the side of the bus for the Blue Devil tv show or movie! Cool easter egg for us geeks.

Iridan 3/1/2014 10:36:11 AM

 I figure a B minus is about right. Good episode, but nothing all that stand out. Wednesday night is definitely a packed night with Arrow, Revolution and the return of The Americans. Also The Tomorrow People isn't fairly decent.

GreatOne 3/1/2014 11:00:54 AM

WarCry: We're talking about two different scenes.  I'm referring to when he showed up at Sara's homecoming party - in casual clothes - then got a call to leave, where he meets up with GA and BC - in uniform.  Uniformed law enforcement officers never take their uniforms off while on duty.  And as a uniformed officer, not a detective, he does not investigate homicides as the show has depicted.  He might catch the first call, but he then hands the investigation off to the detectives who arrive at the scene.  Completely separate roles.

I should have clarified that my Skeletor comment was not at the actress, just the whiny character she's portraying.  If it was the show's intention to turn her into a thoroughly unlikeable character, they've succeeded with me.  I find nothing worthwhile about her, like Lori Grimes. Even if that's how a person would naturally react to the events she's experience (and I'm not doubting that), she serves no purpose to the show any longer and seems forced (like Skye on SHIELD).

javaone 3/3/2014 11:08:15 AM

I actually give the episode a B, but I typically grade it higher anyway. I think we could have seen a little more of the Clock King storyline and a little less of the Lance family at dinner drama, but Slade showing up to meet Oliver made the episode so much more worth it.

millean 3/3/2014 2:54:13 PM

It was OK, but the writers do have the Lance's all screwed up.  The most glaring inconsistency was a couple of episodes ago when Laurel had her break-down.  She saw/hallucinated her long dead sister as being in the apartment with her when she blacked out.  When she came to, it gave her such joy and hope.  30 mins later in the ep. when Sara shows up for real and is not a figment of her imagination, she goes bat-$#! crazy and kicks her long, lost sister out of her house.

And this week, Sara invites Ollie to come to a private family dinner for support, but still expects them to be able to keep their relationship a secret.  Puh-lease!  :)

 

Noovtere 3/4/2014 3:59:45 AM

They don't seem to be consistent about whether Lance is back to being a detective or still a beat cop.

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