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A Baronet Is Not An Instrument

Posted: October 17, 2015 by Andi Pants in Reviews
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Hey there guys. Let me just start by saying that I have been waiting for this movie for what feels like forever. My first time seeing a preview for it I was wide eyed and amazed by what I was seeing; I was enthralled and absolutely fan girling. Guillermo has always done fantastic work, both of the Hellboy movies, Pacific Rim, Pans Labyrinth; they’ve all been fantastic movies. Maybe they haven’t been the highest rated, or critically acclaimed, but visually, they have always been stunning. Del Toro has done it again with the aesthetics of Crimson Peak. Seeing other people’s reviews I have seen the same thing over and over; it ranges from great to horrible, but all of them say that it was a visually stunning movie.

The movie starts with one of my least favorite types of opening, its clearly part of the movie toward the end, the main character, Edith Cushing, is standing in a fogged area, blood spatter on her cheek, practically panting while looking absolutely terrified. The following scene is properly the beginning of the movie. Though this is clever in drawing the watcher in, it drives me buggy. Edith lost her mother at a young age, and was comforted by her ghost the same evening; though in true Del Toro fashion the mother’s ghost isn’t an angel that you would think to see, it was something horribly grotesque, meant to make the watcher squirm. Fast forward ten years and a 20 something Edith is on her way to see if someone will publish her book, about ghosts. Which due to the time period was almost instantly turned down because Edith is indeed a female, she was told that the story needed a love story rather than a ghost story and was sent on her way.

In this general time frame you also meet Dr. Alan McMichael, played by Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy). Edith and Alan run into Alan’s mother and there’s talk of a new resident to the area from England, Thomas Sharpe, Baronet. Edith makes a rather snide comment about the title of Baronet; which sadly does prove to be true. Thomas Sharpe and his sister Lucille are as shady as they come. Thomas has hopes and dreams of making his machine to help dig up the crimson red clay and mine it for profit; though Edith’s father dashes those hopes. I can personally say that I was highly amused that her father was played by Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer on Supernatural), though sadly, he did not say “Idjit” at any point in this movie.

Now, for as much as I hate plot spoilers, there really isn’t a way to review this movie without at least dropping a few hints in the process. The plot of the movie is highly predictable, both from the beginning and as the movie is going. If I’m the one telling you that it was predictable, than you certainly know that it was. I did expect more horror out of the movie, more jump scenes than there were, more violence, more gore; and whereas a typical Del Toro movie was missing these things, the visuals, again, were positively stunning. The house, Crimson Peak, which earns its name from when the ore in the dirt stains the snow a blood red color, is a masterpiece in and of itself, though it has fallen into disrepair due to the lack of funds that the Sharpe family has. The house itself is certainly more of a castle, and holds its fair share of secrets.

Upon the sudden death of Edith’s father, she marries Thomas Sharpe and is moved back to England into the grand home that is Crimson Peak. Suddenly Edith finds herself waking, startled, at all hours of the night. When she wakes, Edith wanders the house and is suddenly confronted by a few different ghosts with backgrounds of their own, both tied to the house and to the Sharpe family. Through her own investigation Edith discovers that the ghosts are there for a very specific reason, as well as a warning from her mother from the encounter she had with the ghost at such a young age… “Beware of Crimson Peak.” Lucille has had ill will toward Edith since their first encounter, and the movie thoroughly covers the ‘why’ to that deep within the story, though through her psychosis she is able to make it seem as if she indeed had good intentions for Edith; especially when Edith suddenly falls violently ill, Lucille comes to Edith’s aid. Throughout this entire movie it becomes evident that there are darker motives behind why the Sharpe siblings have made such quick work of making sure that Edith was part of their family. The climax of the movie escalates quickly and it throws the entire story into a tail spin. While I would love to go into the details that are involved in the rapid climax of the movie, I’m going to leave that for ya’ll to see for yourselves.

One a scale of one to ten I personally would put this movie at an 8 or so. I love the visual, the story, though predictable was fantastically told and magnificently done. I don’t see the movie as being one to get any awards for its acting, or best movie of the year. I have a tendency of liking off beat movies though.

Let me know what ya’ll think of Crimson Peak if you have seen it, if you have any ideas of what it would be like if you’d want to see it. If you think that I’m wrong in my assessment.

Hello all ya’ll reader folks on the internet, how’s it going? The name’s Duo and I’m the new writer here at Generation Nerd. I’ll give a proper introduction of myself later, but for now I have a movie to review for ya’ll. Andi has assigned me to review the new Ridley Scott/ Matt Damon film: The Martian. First of all let me state that this will not be a Ebert-like review or any of that, I’m going to review this purely on level of entertainment and maybe touch on a few technical points. Now I’ll state this now before we get into the review, there will be some spoilers below but I will try to limit them as much as possible.

The film opens with the usual space exploration/sci-fi stuff: A crew of astronauts on Mars taking samples of the local soils and rocks, a few jokes thrown around between the crew collecting the samples and the poor guy assigned to checking the return ship. The Martin surface in the film does look like one would imagine the Red Planet, but being a fan of space films I couldn’t help but feel like they borrowed the setting from The Last Days On Mars, a much less known film that I will review later. Typically in this kind of scene you are introduced to the characters in the team; however, in this case it only really lets you see the dynamic between Mark, Damon’s character, Martinez, the pilot and hapless fellow checking the return ship, and really no one else. The film runs through this scene fairly quickly, bringing up the cliché disaster that leads the main character being abandoned. In this case it happens to be a Martian wind storm that Nasa Command has somehow badly misjudged the strength on. This combined with the mind-numbingly stupid decision not to make a stable platform for the return ship to sit on leads to the crew trying to get to the craft and leave the planet before being stranded due to an overturned space craft. What happens next? Glad you asked, during the escape a conveniently loose antenna assembly comes loose and nails Mark, leading to him being abandoned on Mars while everyone else escapes to go home. The next thing you see is the head of NASA Terry Sanders, played by Jeff Daniels in a role that fits him very well, announcing the death of Mark Watney to the world followed briefly by his funeral.

While all of the world mourns the tragic passing of Mark, said astronaut is shown waking up on the Martian surface, partially buried and probably about the go insane at his suit’s absolutely infuriating alarm saying his Oxygen levels are getting low. Once he finally gets the cobwebs shaken clear, he digs his way out of the sand and starts trying to get back the HAB, NASA’s little station, in order to remove the piece of antenna that stabbed into him during the collision and punctured his suit. Ironically it’s also the antenna that sealed the breach and saved his life. After a quick scene where he is able to remove the object from within himself and staple the wound together, we get to see the man voice his thoughts of impending death to a webcam in a bid to let those who come later know what happened to him. I honestly liked this little but because it hits home as a real reaction, even if he seems a little too comfortable with the situation for it to be seen as completely realistic. After a night packing up his former team’s personal effects and neatly placing them in storage, he decides “Screw it, I’m going to live!” and begins planning on how to stay alive as long as possible. This leads to several rational actions such as: counting food supply to ration it, making a list of things he needs to do in order to maximize chances of survival, and planning a trip the site of the next mission (A mission planned for four years later, mind you). This also leads to the ridiculous, yet strangely possible, idea to turn part of the HAB into a potato field using Martian soil and his crew’s biological waste, along with some potatoes they had stored for Thanksgiving. This action leads to a montage showing his building of the potato enclosure, as well as a comical explosion when he tries to make a moisturizing system for the area.

The film cuts back to Earth about now where Mars mission Director Vincent Kapoor is asking Terry to let him send a satellite over the old HAB site to survey it for a future mission back to it due to the original mission being cut short and leaving excess supplies at the site. After a back and forth about why it should and shouldn’t happen, Terry allows Vincent to use the satellite and accidentally revealing that Mark is alive. This starts the third act of the film as NASA begins planning a rescue mission. I won’t spoil any more past this point because I felt it is where the film begins to really get good, and Ridley Scott begins throwing his trademark plot turns and emotion swings the rest of the way.

All in all the film was a very entertaining experience for me. Sure there were moments where it felt like the story faltered, and yes a lot of the science in it made the film feel like an apology for Scott’s previous film Prometheus, but overall the film was very well done. The cast was stellar in my opinion and full of star power. You have Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Eddy Ko, and numerous other talented actors. There were moments of comedy, suspense, futility, fear, desolation, just about any emotion or feeling a human being can get. I also enjoyed a few hidden nods to other franchises, real and imagined. At one point there is a reference to Lord of the Rings, which I feel was done for Sean Bean, in the form of a secret meeting between NASA leaders named Project Elrond. There was a reference to Game of Thrones that I may have imagined or thought too hard about, once again involving Bean’s character, where he decides to go behind Terry’s back and lead a mutiny in order to launch a rescue mission, which is implied to have cost him his job. I really enjoyed this film and would recommend it to other fans of the genre. It is well paced and succeeds in taking you on roller coaster of emotions. Now with all that said I do have one small issue with the film, during the film Damon does a good job of conveying a man doing all he can to survive a hopeless situation and his frustration with the situation, his commander’s terrible taste in music, and his bosses on earth; However, he seems too balanced, his psyche never really shows signs of collapse from despair or loneliness, he never seems to let the planet’s desolate landscape and remoteness get to him which does take a lot away from the experience. Other than that little gripe I don’t really have any real issue with the film and still recommend it to others. Also one last tidbit, between Saving Private Ryan, Interstellar, and now The Martian we have spent way too much money trying to rescue Matt Damon!

I hope ya’ll enjoyed this review and that it was helpful. I look forward to talking to all ya’ll wonderful folks again. Until next time, have a good one.

There are so many things that I could have titled this one… But I really am deeply, and truly torn about how I feel about this entry. It is positively true though if you really look at it… All fingers are beginning to point that television is stuck on repeat. There are a billion and two cop dramas. Seventeen thousand hospital dramas. Forty-two hundred and seventy two comedies that are all basically the same thing. (These are not real life numbers for the record). They all have the same plot at their base line. Catch the bad guy, save a life, make fun of the in laws… In an earlier post I had broken down what shows would be released this fall, and not only were there more of the same slop that is already on television, they’re now breaking down movies and recycling them for the TV audience. I can think of things that they could do with all of that airtime… (Cough-firefly-cough) I’m sure if they were to spend time, or even hire someone to do it for them, they could peruse the internet long enough to find that someone has put a short story on a website somewhere that could spark fresh life into the television game. The internet is full of wonderful writers who are just begging to be seen, they’ve done all of the work for the networks, they’ve already created the characters, the places, the time line, the entire plot… But TV would rather have more crime solving dramas. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy binge watching NCIS, or that House isn’t one of my all-time favorite shows; this isn’t to say that I hate the shows that are on TV now… Just that they need a little help.

So, why do I think that they are truly running out of ideas, minus the above stated? Well… A good friend told me that they were working on doing a Xena reboot. Mhm, that’s right… The Warrior Princess (Which I can say I’ll now be binge watching on my day off… Thank you Netflix) is trying to work her way back onto the airwaves. There isn’t a whole lot of detail around it yet, but lets get into what I did find out.

For those of you who have lived under a rock, Xena, Warrior Princess was a television show that ran from 1995 through 2001. It follows a princess who didn’t want to be the a-typical damsel in distress type of princess, instead, she goes out, gets herself some armor, and beats up on the bad guys. Along the way she has run ins with Gods, Goddesses and even Demi-Gods. (Those of you who know the show know where the next sentence is going) Along with the show Xena, there was also Hercules, the two shows often ran together in a similar sense to what Green Arrow and The Flash do on the CW currently. Now… Personally, I could have not cared any less about Hercules, I’m a huge mythology nerd and so I knew all about him, his trials, his stories; why would I want to watch it on TV? On the other hand, there was Xena, frickin butt whoopin bad ass with a shrill war cry and these awesome chakram weapons that would expertly bounce off of their surroundings to take out the bad guys. I can remember coming home from church with my mother on Sunday’s and either playing Legend of Zelda (N64) or watching Xena completely wide eyed and fully engrossed in the show.

Though everything surrounding the project is just rumor currently, there have been whisperings that it would be a modern day version, but I really don’t see how that would work… I can’t imagine Xena shrieking her famous war cry around New York City and busting up some bad guys while flirting with Ares and laughing at Aphrodite. If they could find a way to work it… It would still be a cool twist.

If they were to do it, I would like to see an honest to goodness real reboot. Take it from season one of the original show and work your way up. Though, I would suggest avoiding what ended up being the shows downfall, in my own opinion. They brought the modern world into it (Ha. See there?) I can remember Lucy Lawless’ character going to a shrink to talk about her past life, as Xena…. Hmm… What? Yeah… I’m all for self discovery, and past lives and what have you… However, the show itself was set way back in the day, when Gods and Goddesses still spoke to people… That’s where it should have stayed. Re-casting the characters would be quite the undertaking though. I can say that having a not so tacky version of the show would be frickin’ sweet…

Again, everything is only rumor… Sadly. Though I imagine that if they bring Xena back, they’ll have to bring Hercules back as well; and I only say ‘sadly’ because I wasn’t a fan. Both shows had, and still have a great following (Seeing as I’m spending all day watching Xena…) but some just loved one over the other. Whereas I was more of a fan of Xena, I have friends who were all about Hercules.

All in all, I still don’t know if I want to see this happen. I’d have to wait until there are solid details surrounding the remake, reboot, continuation; whatever they decide to do with it. All I can hope for, is that if they go down that road, that they do it properly.

What do ya’ll think? Should they go down this path, or leave it where it is? Would you be excited to see Xena return to television?

And The Results

Posted: August 6, 2015 by hieiyyh2 in Reviews
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With the embargo lifted the reviews came pouring in and DAMN were they terrible.  IGN labeled their review of Fantastic Four as Fantastic Dour.  Rotten Tomatoes gave it 9%.  Nerdist dot com gave the movie 2 Burritos. Being blasted by fans and casual movie goers alike. Each of the major reviewing sites gave a consistent.  “Where is the family values of this movie.”  So until we can get a good view of the money that was made by this film.  I highly doubt Fox (if they are smart…. and that usually isn’t the case) will be behind a sequel for this reboot.  Or oooo oooo I know they will go the Spider-Man route and reboot it again. -_-‘

Everyone wonders why I hate The Fox/Sony X-Men Movies.  It is because of stuff like this.  The quality, the love, the faith that Disney and Marvel have placed into their movies isn’t present in The Fox/Sony movies.  Fox/Sony and their underwhelming directors take too many liberties with the source materials.  The Studio has to much sway over how the movies should be made.  It leaves for a bad taste in your mouth.  Seeing how Fox/Sony gave Spider-Man to Disney Marvel (with some strange bargaining thing that kept the web-slinger in their pocket for money.) They should pull out all the Marvel Franchises they own and give it to Disney and Marvel and let them handle the movies.

In all honesty Deadpool is my last shot for Fox/Sony in any marvel movies.  If they screw up Deadpool I will be majorly pissed.  Not only have they been teasing Deadpool fans for a long time about a movie, they gave us a funny leaked footage and the comic-con trailer was amazing and so was the Official trailer trailer was hilarious.  So seriously if they screw this up.  I am quitting on any HOPE for fox/sony marvel movies.  (Thats saying a lot.  I am a self proclaimed Blue-Lantern)

PleasANTly Surprised

Posted: July 25, 2015 by Andi Pants in Reviews
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Haha, see what I did there?I am so tacky sometimes I feel physical pain when I do those things…

As I’m sure you can already guess, this is going to be my review on Ant Man. When I first heard that out of all of the Marvel Universe that they were going to make Ant Man into a movie. There are hundreds of other characters that could use a movie in my opinion; and they picked Ant Man. I couldn’t roll my eyes any harder when I heard about it.
Now… Firstly… I will admit to not knowing a lot about Ant Man or his background, his story, anything dealing with him. Minus the fact that Ant Man eventually becomes one of the Avengers… Which, yes it ties in with the whole cinematic world that they’re creating… But… It’s a movie, about a guy, who gets a suit and can shrink down to the size of an ant.
Paul Rudd’s character Scott is a guy who has fallen on some bad luck, was in jail for 3 years and paid for the crime that he committed. Now that he’s out he wants to change his life around and be one of the good guys, but it is hard for someone that got out of jail to hold down a job. Scott wants to be a better father to his daughter also; Cassie is a big motivation factor for him.
Michael Douglas plays Dr. Pym, the man who created the Pym Particle and the suit that Scott eventually steals. Scott’s character is quick thinking and seems to be able to get out of any jam with his quick thinking and super awesome agility. Pym allows for Scott to steal the suit, all while watching him from a security room, because Pym needs someone like Scott to help dismantle the organization being run by someone from Pym’s past; Darren Cross. Darren had made it a life goal to ‘dust off’ the research that Dr. Pym had done in regards to the Pym Particle and using it to shrink things to a fraction of their size. However, Darren, and the rest of the world didn’t already know that Pym had done this ages ago and once wore the suit to help fight in wars. Pym’s daughter Hope, is the only one who knows. Hope works with Cross as his right hand woman, in order to keep an eye on him to see how close they were to getting at her father’s technology. Hope is also a little grumpy pants because her father refuses to let her use the suit despite her understanding how it works, how to use it, and already have an existing connection to the entire situation.
Gonna cut the details there because I’m sure you can either guess, or… You can go see it. (How’s that for helping sales, Marvel… Where’s my cut?) All in all. I’d give the movie a 7/10, and that 7 is still partially due to my bias against a guy who wears a suit to shrink. Though the way they played it out in the movie, and using the strength that the ants can possess was really awesome. Not to mention the way that they can ‘talk to’ the ants; and make friends, and pets out of them.

I was genuinely surprised with how much I enjoyed the movie. There was a great amount of action in the movie but it certainly wasn’t overplayed. There were a few name drops throughout the movie as well as a few good comedic moments. If you payed super close attention to the movie there were a few hints toward future Marvel projects, those sneaky sneaky Marvel people. I am happy that Marvel has gotten away from their messy past with the slip up movies and are only bringing out super good, awesome badass movies now.
P.S there was a trailer for the new Fantastic Four… Which, looks Fantastic. Though I can’t really get passed the whole Johnny Storm/Sue Storm hiccup there that they’re having…

If you’ve seen the movie, let me know what you think. Or if you’ve seen previews for the new Fantastic Four movie and have some opinions on that. I’d love to hear from ya.

TV Land

Posted: July 15, 2015 by Andi Pants in Reviews, Television
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I can be a bit of a television junky… If that isn’t already evident based on my posts on our new fancy site here… That being said, I’ve done a great deal of research into what is going to be coming to our televisions this fall. Please keep in mind that in reading this, there are plenty of shows, even channels that I haven’t mentioned. The shows that are going to mentioned in the post that follows will not be shows that have been renewed for follow-up seasons, these are all fresh shows that will be debuting their pilot episodes this fall.

ABC.
They don’t have a whole lot of room in their roster this fall, so they aren’t bringing out too many shows, however what shows they are bringing out, to me, are a lot of the same type of shows. Reading through what they’re doing I saw a lot of police related shows, as well as courts and lawyers. Chevy Chase will be returning to television with a comedy show. As will Johnny Knoxville with a show based off of his childhood.

I’d like to point out now, that there are a few reoccurring themes throughout the various channels… You’ll see. Maybe you’ll feel like me about them.

CBS.
It looks like they’ve got a slew of medical, crime, and court shows that are coming this fall… This is just the beginning of the reoccurring theme that I’m talking about…
Limitless – Yes, like the movie with Bradley Cooper… That’s because it’s based off of it. Our main character will be helping the FBI solve crimes with his expanded brain, a lovely gift from the same drug that Bradley Cooper had been on in the movie.
Rush Hour – Yes, another movie spin off… Sadly, Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker will not be joining the cast for this one
Super Girl – Okay, so… Admittedly I would have much rather seen a Wonder Woman show, finally, but after seeing the extended preview for this show. I’m actually interested in watching it. Kara isn’t the socially awkward alien that she was in Smallville, she lives and works in the big city and is working on accepting her powers and using them for good.

The CW.
A channel that I can say has a lot of shows that I watch… Sadly… Looks like they’re dropping the ball with what they’re bringing out this season. Another show where someone died/had a near death experience and now they can talk to ghosts… As was done on IZombie… And previously before that, I believe on Fox, with Tru Calling… An overplayed theme that can’t last more than one season in my honest opinion.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – Another DC show based around Rip Hunter, who has seen the future and will do anything that he can to change it. It is in the same realm as Arrow and The Flash, which could lead to yet another crossover… My only fear is that they’re bulking too many shows in one realm with all of the crossovers it could leave some people out if they don’t watch one of the three shows involved.

Fox.
In my research and notes Fox has the most paper space… I think that is a sign of a good thing, right?
Lucifer – Lucifer decides that he was bored of ruling hell and comes top side. Residing in L.A… The city of angels… Ya’ll see that irony right there? In any case, he uses his unique talents to help the police solve certain crimes. There are also scenes of an angel telling him to go back to hell basically… It seems like it is going to be set up to be very predictable but that the writers may have a few good plot twists planned.
Minority Report – Another movie spin off, set 10 years after the movie happened. A recog gets very interested in a police officer and her work.
X-Files – I’m personally not a fan, and have never been a fan, but yay for them? They’re coming back for 6 episodes that are new and fresh. I’d much rather see 6 episodes of Firefly… But I’ll have to dream on.
Detour – A TV show based on Weezer singer Rivers Coumo’s decision to leave the band in his 30’s and return to college.
Scream Queens – This is literally advertised as a comedic take on American Horror Story… At seeing the casting involved, I’m already turned off from this whole show, not to mention the thought of all of these young actresses screaming for an hour long each week just doesn’t seem that appealing to me.

NBC.
Another channel dishing out the medical, lawyers, crime and cop shows.
Blindspot – A show that has already had a bunch of press and attention brought to it. The main character wakes up covered in these mysterious tattoos, with no memory of herself or how she got them. Somehow the FBI becomes interested especially when those tattoos start helping to solve crimes.
Coach – Yes, the show that ran from 1989-1997 is making a comeback, of sorts. This is moreso going to be a reboot with Coach Hayden Fox coming out of retirement to help a college in Pennsylvania.
Problem Child – Yet another movie that is making its way to television.
Heroes Reborn – Sadly, it is only going to be a 13 episode reboot of the original show that dealt with normal people learning and understanding the extraordinary powers that they suddenly seem to have.

Now, like I said when I started, there are plenty more shows that are scheduled to drop in the fall, some midseason as well. And many channels that I didn’t even touch. But just from what I’m seeing from the 4 channels that I did review… There is going to be a lot of cops, hospitals and court rooms. Not to mention the sudden flood of movies that are making their way to television. Are we really running out of ideas? I do know that on ABC Family they are taking The Mortal Instruments and bringing it to TV; I believe that is scheduled for 2016 though… I’ll be watching that one for sure.
My biggest gripe is taking movies and bringing them to television. We’re running so short on ideas that the people who make millions off of approving what makes it to TV feel that it’s okay to just pull a movie, and make it into a television show… I am positive there are many, many more things that could make it to TV other than movies.

Let me know your thoughts on the shows. What show(s) are you excited to see? If I missed something that you’re excited for, fill me in.

DC Hits The Target

Posted: July 12, 2015 by hieiyyh2 in Reviews
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In the annals of history the creator of The Green Arrow drew his inspiration from a series of books of the time known simply as The Green Archer (By Edgar Wallace).  On the surface you would look at Oliver Queen A.K.A The Green Arrow and think.  Oh great another Bruce Wayne/ Batman.  Detective who moonlights as a playboy billionaire.  Their only difference comes in the form of what they specialize in.  Oliver Queen specializes in archery and in later renditions of his origin Torture.  Green Arrow has had darker undertones to his stories.  From dealing with a Drug addicted sidekick, to having a side kick that has HIV from being a former prostitute.  The Emerald Archer has a more mature undertone in terms of what he deals with and the types of villains that comprises his rogue gallery.  Up until recently The Green Arrow only appeared in the comics and cartoons…..

That is until CW’s

ARROW

Arrow takes everything I enjoy about the comic and character.  Than it brings it to a new medium.  FINALLY!  Green Arrow gets some time in the sun and not have to share it with an ensemble cast of heroes that overshadow Oliver Queen.  DC outside of films have found a formula that works for their TV shows.  With Arrow came The Flash and with the constant use of Ferris Air in both Arrow and The Flash.  It will be more than likely that you will see Hal Jordan showing up. The casting for the show is amazing.  Stephen Amell ( @amellywood on Twitter) as Oliver Queen was a great choice of actor.  He really took the character and made it his own.

Each season the show gets better and better.  With the second season came the on screen appearance of my favorite DC villain Deathstroke.  With the third you got Ras Al Ghul and the beginning to Ray Palmer (The Atom).  With Ras Al Ghul in the mix it will be I believe only a short time until the Dark Knight makes an appearance.  With each season we get more and more insight into the origin of how Oliver Queen, went from Billionaire Playboy.  To crime fighting masked archer.

“Each person goes through a crucible.  You either die under the pressure or you live long enough to see how you were made better by it.”  Sebastian Blood (Brother Blood)

Oliver’s time on the island and the adventures that he went through, was Oliver’s crucible.  But it took a lot from him.  It has been the on going task of his team, to make Oliver more human again and less emotionless crime fighting machine. The banter between Oliver and Team Arrow is amazing.  Felicity I feel has made the most impact on Oliver over the past few seasons and I hope she continues to do so.

But for every positive…… You have the negative.  For this show that comes in the form of the casting of The Black Canary A.K.A Laural Lance.  I find her to be the unneeded aspect of the show.  Her dialog delivery, feels forced and the actress (Katie Cassady) tries to hard to make the character like her Supernatural Character Ruby.  Her performance doesn’t feel natural to me.  Despite this aspect.  Arrow is a great show and I highly recommend that you give it a chance.