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Arrow Watch: Season Finale - Sacrifice
The first season of The CW's Arrow came to an end last night with a "Sacrifice." And probably not who you would think. That's right. Not all of the characters made it through the undertaking alive and even those who did, it came at great personal cost. It was emotional, action-packed and full of spectacle. Most of all, the finale was a fitting way to conclude the DC series that started out as an homage to (or the green carbon-copy of) Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy before finding its own voice somewhere between the gritty realism and comic-book silliness.
The CW 2013-2014 Schedule Moves Supernatural To Tuesday, Saves Sci-Fi For Midseason
Last among the major networks to unveil their 2013-2014 schedule is The CW. The network has moved a few things around in the new season, in an effort to make room for new series, which include The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, action-adventure drama The Tomorrow People and the new historical drama about Mary, Queen of Scots, Reign.
Arrow Watch: Episode 22 - Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Arrow, The CW's superhero replacement for Smallville is wrapping up a pretty solid first season. After last night's trek into "Darkness on the Edge of Town," only one more episode remains for the vigilante and his ragtag team to take down the big bad and stop "The Undertaking." That's right, the titular event from the previous installment still hasn't happened yet (confusing) and this week continued the recent bout of serious serialization for the comic book series, setting up and even showing Arrow's long awaited rematch with the Black Archer.
Arrow Watch: Episode 21 - The Undertaking
This is the third or fourth episode of Arrow in a row that felt far more concerned with setting up the upcoming finale than delivering a satisfying self-contained installment. There's always a fine line when shows try to find the balance between episodic and serialized storytelling, however, The CW's comic book series has always been more successful when it swayed towards the former. Building towards a season ending big bad isn't a bad idea but the show also can't forget its winning formula.
Arrow Watch: Episode 20 - Home Invasion
After taking a three week vacation, Arrow returned to The CW last night to start the first season homestretch with “Home Invasion.” The twentieth episode of the comic book adaptation picked up right where “Unfinished Business” left off but that unfortunately also meant picking up some of the previous installment’s less impressive attributes. Namely, being a lot of set-up with very little pay-off as the show builds to a big finish. The end of the season is nigh! Strap on your hoods!
Arrow Preview: Episode 20 - Home Invasion
Fans of Starling City’s superhero probably noticed that there was not a new episode of Arrow last night. And Oliver Queen, as well as his ever expanding crime fighting team, also won’t be back at it next week either. That "Unfinished Business" must have really taken its toll on the hero but you don’t see The Batman take time off his quest for justice! Well, except in The Dark Knight Rises. Eccentric billionaire vigilantes, what are you going to do?
Arrow Watch: Episode 19 - Unfinished Business
Arrow has been a very solid action adventure series basically since it started airing but the last few episodes have been especially great. After taking some time off about a month ago, the superhero show came back with an added sharpness and spectacle not to mention much improved, well, everything. Last week's "Salvation" contained several well crafted action sequences and also made our hero reflect on his own choices in the face of another vigilante as well as recruit another ally on the island. This week, it's all about "Unfinished Business."
Arrow Watch: Episode 18 - Salvation
Not to dismiss Arrow's likeable ensemble or the much improved writing, but the gritty and realistic superhero adaptation really shines when it comes to the shooting and staging the action sequences. ”The Huntress Returns” definitely didn't disappoint in that department but this week's "Salvation" might be the most action packed episode to date. And the beginning of another origin story.
Spartacus' Manu Bennett Made Series Regular For Arrow Season 2
At this point, it's more than safe to say that Arrow is one of this season's success stories. It didn't take long for the CW's most recent comic-book inspired show to find a full first year order with the Season 2 renewal not far behind. And that means the next step is locking down cast members for the extended run. First, Emily Bett Rickard was promoted to series regular followed by a similar deal for Colton Haynes and now Oliver Queen's island ally has also been upped to similar status for the next season.
Arrow Watch: Episode 17 - The Huntress Returns
It’s been a few weeks since we saw the Starling City vigilante in action but Arrow finally returned last night to keep fighting the good fight. The CW superhero series took its second brief hiatus of the season, ending “Dead to Rights” with more than a few cliffhangers to drive fans crazy waiting for “The Huntress Returns.” Like Jessica de Gouw reprising her role as Helena 'The Huntress' Bertinelli isn’t exciting enough.
Colton Haynes Promoted To Red Hooded Series Regular On Arrow
Fans of The CW's Arrow haven't been able to get their Starling City superhero fix for two weeks now but at least yesterday's episode absence was softened by some promising casting news. To be fair, the new addition isn't exactly a new addition as much as a guarantee to see more of a previously introduced character who made a brief but significant impression in his one and only appearance.
Arrow Preview: Episode 17 - The Huntress Returns
Many people probably tuned in to watch their new favorite television superhero fight some crime in Starling City last night only to find that Arrow had actually taken the week off. And not to lower audience spirits even further but the series won't be back in its usual slot next Wednesday either, with the network scheduling a two-week hiatus after “Dead to Rights” for Arrow to recuperate.
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