Arrow ends the season with a bang

After 22 episodes of Arrow, we finally got the fight between Oliver and Adrian Chase (a.k.a., Prometheus).

Adrian kidnapped Oliver’s team and his son and brought them all to Lian Yu. Oliver knows he can’t take on Adrian and his thugs alone so he recruits Nyssa and Malcolm Merlyn (actually, Malcolm volunteered himself). On the island, Oliver breaks Slade Wilson and Boomerang out of the A.R.G.U.S. prison. The Mirakuru wore off and Slade is sane again, though surprised Oliver would ask for his help.

Oliver and his new recruits meet up with Malcolm and Nyssa on the beach just in time for Adrian to blow up their plane with an RPG. Nyssa and Malcolm go off to check on where the RPG came from. Oliver, Boomerang, and Slade try to track where William’s call came from only to find part of his team and William’s mother locked up in cages.

They figure out that it’s a trap when they notice that there are no guards around and Evelyn appears in front of them. Boomerang pulls out a gun that Adrian had given him. Boomerang gives Slade the choice of changing sides and, at first, it appears Slade is joining Adrian’s side, but Slade then declines. A fight ensues, but Thalia and Boomerang disappear when Nyssa and Malcolm show up.

They get everyone out of the cages and Oliver and Felicity share a tender moment. He has Malcolm take everyone to Adrian’s plane so they can go back to the mainland. On the way to the plane, Thea steps on a landmine. Malcolm pushes her off to take her place and tells all of them to go just as Boomerang and Adrian’s thugs show up. There’s an explosion and we are supposed to assume that Malcolm died. I’m not convinced. He seems to appear out of nowhere so I wouldn’t be surprised if he somehow survived.

Oliver, Slade, and Nyssa find the rest of the team at an old temple. Slade pretends to turn on Oliver and Oliver gets locked up with everyone. Oliver gives Dinah the contraption that Curtis made and it gives Dinah her voice back. She does her thing and frees everyone.

Adrian then shows up and Oliver tells him that he’ll never kill him. They fight, while Oliver’s team takes on Adrian’s thugs. Their fight ends with Oliver’s arms around Adrian’s neck. Adrian urges Oliver to kill him, but Oliver tells him that killing is in his past. It’s not who he is anymore. Oliver lets him go and Adrian escapes by using a smoke bomb.

Oliver tells his team to meet up with the others and he goes after Adrian. The team discovers that the plane can’t be flown and the entire island is rigged with explosives that will go off if Adrian dies. Oliver tells them to have Slade lead them to a supply ship on the other side of the island.

Oliver sees Adrian trying to escape the island on a boat. Oliver runs and leaps onto the boat. Again, they fight and Adrian pulls William out from inside the boat. Adrian basically tells Oliver there’s no way he can win. If he kills Adrian, the entire island will blow up. If Oliver allows Adrian to kill William, Oliver’s friends will live, but his son will be dead.

In the end, Oliver puts an arrow in Adrian’s leg and pulls William toward him. Of course, we couldn’t just have a happy ending though. Adrian pulls out a gun and shoots himself in the head. The finale ended with Lian Yu going up in flames.

I don’t care much for the flashbacks so all I’ll say is the flashbacks showed Oliver kill Kovar. They also showed how Oliver made himself look like he’d been on the island for years and ended up on the boat that took him home.

I’ll be curious in the fall to see which characters didn’t make it. After the kiss Felicity and Oliver shared, I think it’s safe to say Felicity will definitely be back and we might get some Olicity next season.

As far as villains go, Adrian/Promotheus was good this year, but I’m hoping for a bigger and badder villain. Adrian seemed more obsessed with Oliver and bringing him down than in doing destruction to Star City. It would be nice to see a villain that is a bigger threat to the city than Adrian was (e.g., Slade Wilson and his minions in Season 2).

What did you think of the finale? Any thoughts on Season 6?

 

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Arrow: Felicity is dumped by Helix

Arrow decided to pause the action to focus more on the characters and their relationships.

Felicity worked with Helix to free Cayden James, the Helix founder, from an A.R.G.U.S. black site. The discovery of the black site caused issues for Lyla and John who was afraid Lyla has gone down the Amanda Waller road.

Oliver tried to talk Felicity out of going on the retrieval mission, but Felicity didn’t listen to him. She told Oliver that she fell in love with him because he was always willing to do whatever it took to get justice.

Apparently, Cayden has developed a biometric tool that will allow them to track Adrian Chase. Felicity is willing to do anything to get her hands on that tool so she can  avenge Billy’s death.

She helped Helix free Cayden, but when she returned to Helix’s headquarters, she was surprised that it was cleaned out. Alena, by video, explained that Felicity’s association with the Green Arrow was a liability so Helix decided to shut her out. As payment for her help, they left her the code to find Chase.

Felicity runs the code back at Team Arrow’s lair. The program tracks Chase to their location. Felicity no sooner announces that Chase is inside the lair when an EMP goes off.

I thought the drama was nice. The tension between Lyla and John and Felicity and Oliver kept the episode moving along. But I feel the writers took the easy way out with Helix. I thought Oliver should be the one to pull Felicity back from the edge. Instead of using their relationship, the writers chose to have Helix abandon Felicity, taking the choice for her to leave out of her hands.

The writers could have used Oliver and Felicity’s shared past and Oliver’s experiences to have Felicity choose to leave Helix and to bring Oliver and Felicity back together. It would have made the Helix storyline stronger. Right now, I’m left wondering what the point of the Helix storyline was. It feels like it was filler.

I’m also left disturbed because the writers showed a Felicity who was so far gone that even though Alena killed someone, Felicity still wanted to be part of the group. Felicity used to be the voice of reason. I can’t help but think the writers went completely over the top. It seemed out of character for Felicity. Yes, she was a hacker in the past, but she’s never condoned murder. She was the one who showed Oliver that there was a better way. If Felicity was going to become this dark, Oliver would be the perfect person to pull her out of it.

From what I saw in the preview, it appears the writers are going to rely on a common trope to bring Oliver and Felicity together. They are trapping them together in the lair with Psycho Chase. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with this trope. Writers use it all the time. I just think the writers missed out on an opportunity for a stronger Olicity relationship.

Are you happy with how Felicity was separated from Helix?

 

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Arrow gets a new team and new life

I was wondering what Arrow’s writers were thinking at the end of last season when they broke up the entire team. I thought it was temporary and everyone would return to the team this season, but I was wrong. Instead, the writers gave Oliver a new team and Arrow a new life. Some might argue Arrow has jumped the shark. But I think the writers were smart. A new team means new storylines to explore.

As we know from watching Arrow, Oliver doesn’t trust easily. Last week’s episode was about Oliver learning to trust his new team and Rene, aka Wild Dog, nearly blew it with Oliver.

After Oliver tells everyone to sit tight while he tracks down who is making a new drug called Stardust, Rene goes out with Evelyn, the new Black Canary, and finds Derek Sampson’s operation. A fight breaks out and Sampson falls into a vat and supposedly to his death. Oliver finds out what happened from the new district attorney who had hoped to track down the Stardust supplier through Sampson. Oliver tells Rene that he blew everything and ends up having a conversation with Felicity, which makes him realize that Rene wasn’t the only one who was wrong. Oliver should have trusted Rene’s instincts because they were correct.

Sampson didn’t die from the fall and whatever was in the vat gave him super strength and the inability to feel pain. Oliver takes his team with him to take on Sampson. After they defeat Sampson together, Oliver welcomes them to his lair. The new team had a look of awe on their faces as they looked at the costume cases.

Overall, it was good episode. I enjoyed watching the new team come together. I’m also glad Diggle is still part of the show. I’m hoping this means that he’ll be back on the team. I guess we’ll know more after this week’s episode when the team tries to break Diggle out of prison. So far, season 5 is shaping up to be a great season.

Do you like the new team?

 

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Arrow: Oliver is mayor [Spoiler Alert]

If you haven’t watched Arrow’s season finale yet, be warned that this post has spoilers.

Most of the finale dealt with Oliver figuring out how to defeat Darhk. When Star City starts to go crazy with looting and fighting, Oliver calms everyone by giving a speech that instills hope. Darhk later takes on Oliver and a crowd gathers, telling Darhk to leave their city. The hope of the people helps Oliver to activate his power to fight off Darhk’s magic.

Without his magic, Darhk can’t do anything but fight Oliver and he loses. He doesn’t believe Oliver will kill him because he’s a hero, but Oliver proves him wrong.

Once Darhk was taken care of, I was waiting for the big hook for next season and was left confused. Team Arrow broke up. Only Oliver and Felicity are left. I’m hoping this is temporary because I really liked the team.

Oliver’s speech in the middle of the chaos was enough for him to be named interim mayor. The finale ended with him getting sworn in.

Where is the story going for Season 5? I have no idea. Even though I’m a bit disappointed with how Arrow ended, I still like the show and will be watching next season.

What did you think of the finale?

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The Flash stretches the imagination

I haven’t written about The Flash, but the storyline lately has compelled me to write about it now.

This season has been about Earth 1 and Earth 2 and time travel. It took a lot for me to buy into the multiple Earths concept, but I eventually went with it and tried to enjoy the story. Then Zoom killed Jay and we found out Zoom is Jay. The obvious question: If Zoom is Jay, how did he kill Jay? This is the part I find hard to believe.

Zoom explains that he found a time remnant of himself and convinced that time remnant to allow Zoom to murder him. Seriously? If Earth 1 and 2 weren’t enough, now I have to deal with a time remnant.

The writers then want me to imagine a world in which the Flash would give his speed to Zoom to save Wally. Everyone knows this would never happen because Zoom would only use that speed for bad.

I’ve liked this show since it started, but now I’m frustrated. The Flash no longer has his speed and Zoom has decided to take over both Earth 1 and 2. I know the Flash will get his speed back, and maybe having him try to get his speed back is supposed to make the show more exciting, but for me it’s tedious.

I wish the Flash could go back to fighting metahumans and we could forget all about time remnants, as well as Earth 1 and 2.

Do you like the direction The Flash has gone in this season?

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Deadpool: A superhero movie for adults

Continuing with my superhero theme from last week, I saw Deadpool this weekend and Ryan Reynolds has finally hit the jackpot. Deadpool is Marvel’s next big franchise.

Wade Wilson is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Instead of staying with his fiancée and dying, he takes drastic measures and opts for a treatment that makes him immortal and disfigures him. He spends the rest of the movie tracking down the man who disfigured him.

This is not your typical superhero movie. Wade Wilson is not a nice guy. He’s sarcastic, he’s got a chip on his shoulder, and he doesn’t mind killing a lot of people to get what he wants.

There’s a love story too. He wants his looks back so he can return to his fiancée. I won’t spoil it for you. You’ll have to see the movie if you want to know if he gets the girl.

Don’t take the kids to this one. It is for adults because of the graphic violence, nudity, and language. If you’re ready for an adult superhero movie, then this movie is for you. Deadpool will make you laugh and thoroughly entertain you for 1 hour and 40 minutes.

I highly recommend it. It’s a definite must see.

Have you seen Deadpool?

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Daredevil: A new TV show for me to watch

I know I watch too much TV already and certainly don’t need to start watching yet another TV show, but I’ve discovered a new show and love it — Daredevil.

It’s a fantastic show and Matt Murdock is the first character I’ve found since Oliver Queen that has awesome fighting skills. Yes, I love superhero TV shows and movies. I guess it’s no surprise that I also love Daredevil.

Daredevil tells the story of Matt Murdock who went blind when he was a kid after having hazardous waste spill into his eyes. When he grows up, he becomes a lawyer (another reason I love this character). But that’s just his day job. At night, he dresses in black, dons a mask, and fights crime in Hell’s Kitchen.

It’s dark and there’s some violence, but it’s entertaining. I have no doubt that this show will help my writing, especially action scenes, or at least, that’s how I’m justifying watching it.

Are you watching Daredevil?

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