TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Sacrifice” – Season Finale

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Manu Bennett Teleplay: Marc Guggenheim & Andrew Kreisberg Story: Greg Berlanti Director: David Barrett Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: May 15, 2013 As season finales go, “Sacrifice” was satisfying enough.  The scope and scale of the episode was larger, and everything in it moved faster than what we’ve seen before.  Compared to any of the 22 ARROW episodes that preceded it, the lighting was starker, the camera moved more fluidly, and the action sequences were […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Darkness on the Edge of Town”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Manu Bennett Writer:  Drew Z. Greenberg & Wendy Mericle Director: John Behring Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: May 8, 2013 ARROW is normally at its strongest when it operates in shades of grey, but “Darkness on the Edge of Town” gives us a black & white, good vs. evil battle between Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman).  This is not necessarily a bad thing, though, because, while both men are hood-wearing vigilantes […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “The Undertaking”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Manu Bennett Writer:  Jake Coburn & Lana Cho Director: Michael Schultz Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: May 1, 2013 ARROW surprises a little this week by revealing the entire conspiracy that’s driven its narrative throughout its debut season.  With another two episodes remaining, I didn’t expect this big reveal until the season finale, but since what they were revealing was not particularly unexpected, I didn’t have a problem with the refusal to let it continue […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Home Invasion”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Manu Bennett Writer:  Ben Sokolowski & Beth Schwartz Director: Ken Fink Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: April 24, 2013 Despite the high body count, “Home Invasion” is an episode dedicated to romance.  Specifically, it delves deeper into Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell’s) romantic feelings for his ex-girlfriend Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) and how they’ve been complicated by his secret life as the hooded vigilante, and the fact that his best friend Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell) is […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos From the 1960’s BATMAN CLASSIC TV Series launch of products

Adam West at the Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Junk Food Clothing Launch 1960's BATMAN CLASSIC TV Series Product Line at Meltdown Comics | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Recently Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Junk Food Clothing held an event at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood for the launch of products inspired by the 1960’s BATMAN CLASSIC TV Series. The BATMOBILE was parked in front of the store where Adam West posed when he first arrived. Some of the stars took turns posing in the car. The black carpet was setup outside Meltdown and the stars that walked the carpet to join Adam West on this special night were wearing BATMANtees (well, most of them) included: Caroline D’Amore (the DJ for the night), Katherine Web, Tim Jo, Kate Kelton, […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Unfinished Business”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Manu Bennett Writer:   Bryan Q. Miller & Lindsey Allen Director: Michael Offer Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: April 3, 2013 This week’s episode of ARROW doesn’t bludgeon us with unrelenting bleakness the way last week’s did.  In fact, “Unfinished Business” is a fairly slight episode overall, and most of it doesn’t leave much of an impression.  But one thing it did do quite well is continue the difficult conversation it began earlier about the appropriate […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Dead to Rights”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman Writer: Geoff Johns Director: Glen Winter Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: February 27, 2013 “Dead to Rights” is another action-filled ARROW episode, but its most engaging scene is action-free.  Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) takes his best friend Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell) out for Chinese food and the two of them discuss whether or not Tommy will attend an awards ceremony in honor of his estranged dad, Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman).  This scene was moving in […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Dodger”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards Writer: Beth Schwartz Director: Eagle Egilsson Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: February 20, 2013 There’s nothing overly terrible about “Dodger,” a competent ARROW episode that features James Callis (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s Gaius Baltar), playing a sadistic jewel thief who’s nicknamed “Dodger” because he forces others to commit his crimes by controlling them with explosive collars, thereby dodging the law enforcement response himself.  (Now that I think about it more, though, isn’t it sort of dumb that the cops […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “The Odyssey”

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Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards Teleplay:  Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim Story: Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg Director: John Behring Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: February 13, 2013 In “The Odyssey” episode of ARROW we finally see how the plan Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has devised to confront his mother, Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson) about her possible involvement in a sprawling criminal conspiracy works out.  The answer is:  It works out terribly.  In an exciting opening sequence, Oliver, disguised as his hooded […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Betrayal”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey Writer:  Lana Cho & Beth Schwartz Director: Guy Bee Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: February 6, 2013 On the plus side, this week’s ARROW episode takes great strides in building towards the confrontation between Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and his mother, Moira (Susanna Thompson) we’ve all been waiting for.  On the downside, as a stand-alone episode, “Betrayal” feels utterly generic in every other way, and doesn’t do anything else that makes a particularly strong impression. Cyrus Vanch (David Anders), a […]Read On »

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