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A Heartfelt Apology to Arrow

Greetings,

So a while ago I wrote a review of Arrow. I said a bunch of stuff. The dialogue was crappy, the episodes were mostly interchangeable, but I was sticking around for the action sequences.

I guess I learned that it’s always a bad idea to critique a TV show that you haven’t seen all of (which is why I haven’t said anything about Peter Capaldi, by the way. I need to finish the new Doctor Who season first). The episodes increased in diversity as they went, the plot got more interesting, the comics were brought into it more… I overall regretted that review enough to write this post now.

That said, the dialogue is still crappy, and I’ve decided to just watch The Flash instead due to time, and because it’s a better way to get my DC fix. However, I totally recommend Arrow, and suggest you watch for a while. I promise it gets better.

Over the weekend (unless I forget), I’ll be reviewing The Flash, by the way. I’d do single-episode reviews, but I really only like doing that for longer-running TV shows (like Doctor Who or even Agents of Shield), so I’ll refrain until Season 2 or 3. Thanks!

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Holy crap, I haven’t written anything in a while. And now I can’t think of anything good to write. Go figure. I guess I’ll do another review, this time of Arrow, but maybe just the show as a whole as opposed … Continue reading

TV Review: Doctor Who, The Curse of the Black Spot (spoilers)

Hi,

So I’ve been watching a lot of Doctor Who recently on Netflix (great show, look it up if you haven’t seen it, and read no further too), and I recently watched this episode. The plot involves pirates that are disintegrated by a mysterious siren with a hypnotic voice that can teleport through reflective surfaces as soon as they draw blood. Not the best of concepts, but it worked impressively, in my opinion.

The Doctor was as funny, brilliant and dramatic as ever, Matt Smith being sublime. Amy and Rory (his companions for this episode) were well done, with an interesting thing with Rory getting pricked and Amy being jealous of the siren, which Arthur Darvill played masterfully (and Karen Gillan wasn’t so bad either). Meanwhile, the guest-stars, like the pirate captain, crew and the captains son, a stowaway, were mostly spot-on, but one set of lines did make my eyes roll. The captain’s son, who believes his dad to be honorable is told by a mutinying crew member that “we sail under the Jolly Roger.” Seriously? No better way to rephrase that? Come on! Still, the captain in particular was excellent, with him doing the usual thing with the Doctor, bragging about their ships, and a great thing about turning to crime as well. I loved him. Hugh Bonneville triumphant, folks.

The reveal of the siren being a repair system from another universe was pretty effective as well. However, towards the end, when Amy gives Rory mouth-to-mouth, she gives up after like 3 seconds. It takes hours sometimes, Pond. Learn patience. Seriously. All in all, though, excellent episode, and I want to see those pirates again. I can only hope!

Very interesting reveal at the end. My wha? factor is off the scale. I can’t wait to see what transpires…