ARROW: Paul Blackthorne on Season 4 – Exclusive Interview

Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance in ARROW | ©2013 The CW/Mathieu Young

On ARROW, now in its fourth season Wednesdays at 8 PM on the CW, Paul Blackthorne’s character Quentin Lance has been a police detective, a police captain, demoted, reinstated, alcoholic, sober, fighting against the vigilante hero, aka Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), allied with him, and at various points in between. Blackthorne, who played supernatural private detective Harry Dresden in Syfy’s THE DRESDEN FILES, is also a documentary filmmaker when he’s not acting. The Englishman talks about both careers here. Note: This interview was conducted before the airing of the episode “Eleven-Fifty-Nine.” AX: What is happening with Quentin Lance when Season […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “Three Ghosts”

Danny Dworkis in ARROW - Season 2 - "Three Ghosts" | ©2013 The CW/Cate Cameron

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Kevin Alejandro, John Barrowman Teleplay by:  Geoff Johns & Ben Sokolowski Story by:  Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg Director:   John Behring Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: December 11, 2013 I’m impressed with “Three Ghosts,” the mid-season finale of ARROW’s second season, both for putting a Dickens reference into the show’s de facto Christmas episode, and for greatly exceeding the expectations I had coming in, based on last week’s underwhelming set-up episode.  […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “The Scientist”

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen in ARROW - Season 2 - "The Scientist" | ©2013 The CW/Cate Cameron

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Kevin Alejandro, John Barrowman Teleplay by:  Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns Story by: Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg Director: Michael Schultz Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: December 4, 2013 ARROW’s transformation into a show that inhabits a pure comic book universe is largely complete with this week’s episode, “The Scientist.”  The titular scientist is Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who fans of DC Comics will recognize as the secret identity of “The […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “State vs. Queen”

Seth Gabel in ARROW - Season 2 - "State v. Queen" | ©2013 The CW/Katie Yu

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Kevin Alejandro, John Barrowman Writer: Marc Guggenheim and Drew Z. Greenberg Director:  Bethany Rooney Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: November 20, 2013 If you are a fan of hard-hitting courtroom drama, you probably got very little satisfaction out of the latest ARROW episode, “State vs. Queen.”  If you’re a fan of all things DC Comics, however, this episode was probably a revelation.  After all, we’re now seeing ARROW take a turn […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “Keep Your Enemies Closer”

Michael Rowe in ARROW - Season 2 - "Keep Your Enemies Closer" | ©2013 The CW/Diyah Pera

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Kevin Alejandro Writer: Ben Sokolowski & Beth Schwartz Director:  Guy Bee Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: November 13, 2013 My criticisms of ARROW since this season began, (nay, since this series began), have fallen into two general categories.  They are, invariably: “X is too dark to belong in a TV show based on a comic book” or “Y involves too much comic book ridiculousness to belong in a TV […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “League of Assassins”

Caity Lotz and Navid Negahban in ARROW - Season 2 - "League of Assassins" | © 2013 The CW/Michael Courtney

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Kevin Alejandro Writer: Jake Coburn & Drew Z. Greenberg Director: Wendey Stanzler Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: November 6, 2013 ARROW takes on issues of guilt, forgiveness and redemption in this week’s episode, “League of Assassins.”   And while the episodes’ two main storylines nicely illustrate the agony and self doubt that result from a guilty conscience, I find myself wondering once again whether it’s wise for ARROW to keep […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Paul Blackthorne on ARROW Season 2

Paul Blackthorne in ARROW - Season 2 | ©2013 The CW/Mathieu Young

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 2 – “Crucible”

Caity Lotz in ARROW - Season 2 - "Crucible" | © 2013 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Kevin Alejandro Writer: Andrew Kreisberg & Wendy Mericle Director: Eagle Egilsson Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: October 30, 2013 In case you’d forgotten ARROW was based on a comic book, this week’s episode, “Crucible,” went out of its way to remind you by doing something that usually only works in the comic books.  But even though this episode features more suspension-of-disbelief issues than normal, it does a fairly good […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “Broken Dolls”

Stephen Amell in ARROW - Season 2 - "Broken Dolls" | © 2013 The CW/Cate Cameron

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 Writer: Marc Guggenheim & Keto Shimizu Director: Glen Winter Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: October 23, 2013 ARROW gives us a serial killer rather than a comic book super villain this week, but despite the much grittier undertones, “Broken Dolls” finds a way to be an entertaining episode that doesn’t overdo the ugliness. When we last left Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) he had donned the Hood of his crime fighting alter […]Read On »

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

Stephen Amell as The Arrow in ARROW City of Heroes | (c) 2013 Cate Cameron/The CW

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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