Thursday, 9 October 2014

Arrow Season 3(The Clam)

Season 3. I proud to say I've been watching the show from the beginning. I praised the dark tone, far away from the campiness of Smallville, which aired on the same network. The first two seasons were intense for sure, but the premiere takes things to a whole other level. More on that later. What the audience first sees is Team Arrow as a well oiled machine. We got to see Roy as Arsenal with some sweet archery skills. Not too sure about the costume though. I'm glad that he wasn't involved too much with the other storyline going on here.

The whole relationship issues with Oliver and Felicity are interesting, as she is different from the other women Oliver has been invoked with. She's been part of the team almost from the start, and he knows that he needs her. Detective Lance/Captain has an interesting story too. As what happened to him in the finale, he can't go into the field anymore. His struggles with that is real, as he was very good at it. I'm excited to see where that goes. Ray Palmer, superman's twin, strikes me as a rich goofy nerd who is also going to be a tough threat in Oliver's personal life.

I like where Diggle's story is headed. The man is a father now, so he is going to have to be less involved on the team to take care of his family. It will be interesting to see a softer side of this guy. The flashbacks deserve praise as well. I like how the settings are not on the island. If Oliver just stayed on the island facing a different threat each time, the show would have gotten stale very quickly. I am curious to see more of the tough Amanda Waller. I really don't like her.

Of course, the stand out moment of the episode is the final cliffhanger scene that reintroduces the league of assassins. Sara Lance is back in town, which made me happy we would see more of her. Then, holy crap, she is murdered. Three arrows are shot into her chest. Then she falls off the roof, and the body lands on a garbage can, and hits the ground, right in front of Laurel. I didn't see that coming. Kill off a character in the finale, fine. Mid season, why not. But, in the season premiere, that was a risky and bold move made by the show runners as Sara is a fan favourite.

I like that little cameo of Barry Allen, from the episode of The Flash the night before. The huge crossover is going to be epic. I'm excited to watch next week's episode to see how the characters react to Sara's death, especially Laurel, who may finally become the canary. I guess Diggle isn't leaving the team just yet. This episode starts a new chapter for the show, and it does not fail. Filled with action, drama, and suspense, I am happy with the way things are going. And I have a feeling the best is yet to come.


5/5

Agents of Shield Season 2(Making Friends and Influencing People)

The dark turn agents of shield took after the events of the winter soldier has made the show better, and helped it find its footing. Coulson isn't the same, having to make tough choices for the better of the team. And now, he is keeping secrets from the team, something that he hated from the previous season, having not told anyone that Simmons was a double agent until they were in the field, and not telling Fitz that's why Simmons left.

Speaking of Fitz, he met the man who Skye get her information from: Ward. His former friend that is responsible for his brain damage. Fitz's revenge was coming, but is short lived as Ward has much more useful information. Ward as the bad guy has made the character better in a lot of ways. He became my favourite since his story is heartbreaking, proving not everyone is born evil. I want to see him try and redeem himself. Ward in a cage for a whole season will get boring quick. I doubt he has that much information about Hydra.

I'm not a fan of this new Skye though. She kills for the first time, and has almost no remorse. Ward has not hurt her that much that it is easy to kill people like that. I also hate the fact Triplett is being ignored. We still don't know that much about the character, and he sees interesting enough to have a sole episode or something. I'm not a fan of the whole mind control thing either. Even for Bucky Barnes, I wasn't really sold on the idea, even though that's what happened in the comics. But they could have done something different of the Ice cube character(I forgot his name). The villain isn't interesting, and seems like a real creep. I still don't know what his motivations are, and his power hasn't really been established.

Simmons on the inside is going to be interesting. She is not a field agent, and she is taking an awful risk doing this. I'm is curious what's up with Fitz now that he know Simmons is really gone, and the man who ruined his life is living with him. I want more work with the villain, not an agent carter flashback to explain stuff. (Excited for her show though)

3/5