TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “City of Heroes”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau Teleplay: Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim Story: Greg Berlanti Director: John Behring Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: October 9, 2013 In a day and age when A) our movie and TV screens are clogged with adaptations of superhero comics and B) the trend in those stories is towards gritty, gloomy, existential despair-fests, ARROW emerged last year as a series that was only halfway committed to riding that particular wave.  It’s first […]Read On »

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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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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 – “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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Exclusive Photos from the SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE Premiere

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STARZ presented the premiere of SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE on January 18th at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. The story: on the heels of the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus that concluded SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, the gladiator rebellion continues and begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic. SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE will premiere on STARZ, January 27th at 10 pm ET. Walking the carpet were the stars of the series: Liam McIntyre, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Katrina Law Peter Mensah, Dan Feuerriegel, Nick Tarabay, Craig Parker, Viva Bianca, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Ellen Hollman, Bonnie […]Read On »

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