Exclusive Interview: Paul Blackthorne on ARROW Season 2

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On ARROW, now in its second season Wednesday nights at 8 PM on the CW, Stephen Amell stars as the character first seen in D.C. Comics as the Green Arrow. To the world, Oliver Queen is the wealthy heir to the family fortune, returned to claim his birthright after spending years supposedly lost at sea (actually, going through hard times and a warrior’s education on an island). To those in the know, Oliver is really a vigilante, cleaning up big-time corruption and peculiar evildoers. Oliver is still in love with Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy), whose father is law officer Quentin […]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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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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ARROW Review – Season 1 – “The Huntress Returns”

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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, Janina Gavankar Writer:  Jake Coburn & Lana Cho Director: Guy Bee Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: March 21, 2013 ARROW takes a break from its major storyline involving the list of Starling City’s criminals this week and instead spends an episode focusing on the love life of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell).  Fortunately, the story of Oliver’s love life also involves crossbow murders and motorcycle chases, so “The Huntress Returns” doesn’t represent much of […]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 – “Burned”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey Writer:  Moira Kirkland & Ben Sokolowski Director: Eagle Egilsson Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: January 16, 2013 When we last left ARROW at its midseason break, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) had just found himself on the receiving end of a brutal beat-down at the hands of a mystery villain in another hooded archer costume, and Oliver’s stepfather, Walter Steele (Colin Salmon) had just been abducted by the cronies of Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), who, not coincidentally, was also revealed to […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Year’s End”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Teleplay: Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim Writer:  Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim Director: John Dahl Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: December 12, 2012 I was worried when “Year’s End” began with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) spending most of the first quarter of the episode asking his family members why they stopped celebrating Christmas after he and his father were lost at sea and presumed dead.  I was worried because A) the answer was bleeding obvious, (family gatherings were suddenly kind of a […]Read On »

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