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

Colin Salmon in ARROW - Season 1 - "Year's End" | ©2012 The CW/Cate Cameron

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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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Vendetta”

Jessica De Gouw as Huntress in ARROW - Season 1 - "Vendetta" | ©2012 The CW/Diyah Pera

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Writer:  Beth Schwartz & Andrew Kreisberg Director: Ken Fink Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: December 5, 2012 This week’s episode of ARROW focuses on the love life of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell).  Now that Laurel Lance, (Katie Cassidy), the ex-girlfriend Oliver is not-so-secretly still in love with, is dating his best friend Tommy Merlyn, (Colin Donnell), the path is clear for him to start dating Helena Bertenelli, (Jessica De Gouw) the damaged daughter of a mob boss who’s also a gun-wielding vigilante […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Legacies”

Kyle Schmid as Ace in ARROW - Season 1 - "Legacies" | ©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Writers: Moira Kirkland & Marc Guggenheim Director: John Behring Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: November 14, 2012 This week’s episode of ARROW, “Legacies,” has its moments, but mostly I experienced it as a missed opportunity.  After making some headway last week by revealing more of Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell’s) experiences as a left-for-dead castaway on the mysterious island, as well as illuminating more of the criminal conspiracy that surrounds Oliver’s mother Moira (Susanna Thompson), ARROW decided to leave both of those storylines […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Damaged”

Byron Mann and Stephen Amell in ARROW - Season 1 - "Damaged" | ©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Writers: Wendy Mericle & Ben Sokolowski Director: Michael Schultz Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: November 7, 2012 Just when I was starting to get down on ARROW,  “Damaged” put things back on track. By emphasizing some of the show’s more interesting storylines and de-emphasizing it’s lesser elements, (i.e. tepid warehouse fight scenes with generic, disposable bad guys), ARROW has lived up to a lot more of its early potential this week. When we last saw Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) he was being […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “An Innocent Man”

Stephen Amell in ARROW - Season 1 - "An Innocent Man" | ©2012 The CW/Marcel Williams

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Writers: Moira Kirkland & Lana Cho Director: Vince Mislano Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: October 31, 2012 Is vigilante justice ever a bad thing?  In the world of ARROW the answer to that question is, unambiguously, “No.”  Despite Detective Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) complaining incessantly about the dangers of the mysterious hooded vigilante, (whom no one in the series has yet addressed as either “Arrow” or “The Green Arrow”), this vigilante has so far never targeted the wrong person, nor done any […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “The Doctor”

Sarah Bolger in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "The Doctor" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis Director: Paul Edwards Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: October 28, 2012 Vamping is a term from the old Broadway stage which means to play music or do a little dance or something to keep the audience in the mood while the storytelling stops to move scenery or some such thing. You can even see it in the music scores – the vamp is a section that can be played for an extended time, in case something sticks, or shortened quickly if things are […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Lone Gunman”

Michael Rowe in ARROW - Season 1 - "Lone Gunman" | ©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Writers: Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim from a story by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg Director: Guy Bee Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: October 24, 2012 “Lone Gunman” is the most satisfying and successful episode of ARROW to date, and yet it’s the episode that also reveals some of the show’s biggest limitations. Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) maintains a secret life as a vigilante superhero who pursues villains from a list of the most corrupt, wealthy residents of Starling City.  Once he’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “The Crocodile”

Josh Dallas, Meghan Ory and Robert Carlyle in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "The Crocodile" | ©2012 ABC/David Gray

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: David H. Goodman and Robert Hall Director: David Solomon Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: October 21, 2012 I have often complained about the relentless plundering of the Disney canon in ONCE UPON A TIME. While I haven’t flat out said so, I strongly suspect said plundering is the result of the producers’ contract with ABC (which is owned by Disney, the company that made an art form out of synergy). Every now and then, I get the feeling, that the producers grow weary of kissing Mouse backside […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Honor Thy Father”

Stephen Amell in ARROW - Season 1 - "Honor Thy Father" | ©2012 The CW

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Writers: Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim from a story by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim Director: David Barrett Network: CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: October 17, 2012 ARROW is a show about a superhero who shoots people with arrows.  I’m not an emergency room physician, but I suspect that’s not a lot different than a superhero who shoots them with a gun or stabs them with a hunting knife.  Since most of the superheroes who dominate today’s movie and TV landscape don’t tend to […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “Lady of the Lake”

Jamie Chung is Mulan in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Lady of the Lake" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg Director: Milan Cheylov Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: October 14, 2012 If last week’s episode of ONCE UPON A TIME, “We Are Both,” felt like there wasn’t much movement story-wise, this week’s episode, “Lady of the Lake,” makes up for it. We’ve got three locales, two different timelines, plus the usual issues with characters with multiple names. So-o, even though the three main plotlines are inter-woven in the episode, I think it’ll be easier to deal with each one at a time. We’ll […]Read On »

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