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Sunday, 12 June 2016 16:54
Legacy in comics is important. Legacy in all epic fictional sagas is VERY important. Just look at the response of Star Wars: The Force Awakens compared to let’s say...the new Ghostbusters remake so far. Force Awakens was all about continuing the story we all grew up with, at the same time as adding an excellent cast of new and exciting 2nd generation characters that will keep the adventures in a galaxy far, far away going strong. Ghostbusters is a whole new reboot of a story that many feel is a cheap remake of a movie that still to this day holds up for many of us. If they were to make this movie with the all-female cast of new characters that are the daughters or protégées of the original Ghostbusters, well, I bet more fans would enjoy that. Read more...
Published in Let's Talk Comics
Friday, 20 May 2016 19:26
The last entry in our episodic journey into Arrow was two weeks ago. As with Flash this week I withheld my review last week in order to do a thematic side by side comparison with this week’s episode. All season long, dear readers, you have helped me explore the tropes, themes, devices and narrative of not only Arrow but Supergirl and Flash as well. All season we have focused on these things rather than the content or the wish list of every fan of the show. I have intentionally avoided the whole “too much Olicity” cries of the internet because I felt that all season it was important to look underneath the whimsy of details, (after all, what is preference but whim?) and take what the creatives gave us. Besides, how can you critique for content until all the content is given? Read more...
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Tuesday, 10 May 2016 17:42
Barreling into the darkness at a rapid pace is never wholly comfortable, even if you are just a witness to it. With each installment of season 4 the creative team at Arrow seems to be doubling down on Ollie’s commitment to the light and with each installment the narrative demands that life kick mud all over the team – what is left of it.  We have explored in detail the thematic balancing act the show has maintained between the scripted and intentional narrative and the implications that serve as undertones for the thematic heart of the show. Read more...
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Friday, 29 April 2016 18:15
It is never easy when a loved one dies, even if they are fictional. For Arrow the death has been far less permanent and far more fluid than we can hope for in real life. Yet grief fascinates us as a culture because it is so powerful in us. When grief over takes a human being it changes the filter and scope of all we do for a time until the cycle has passed and scars have formed over the once too painful wounds of loss. Read more...
Published in Movies & TV
Friday, 08 April 2016 17:59
There is a time in every series where the rules change and a show becomes something completely different then what it was. But there is also a time in every season where the creators want you to think the fundamental change has arrived in order to swerve the viewer for the sake of entertaining them. The problem I am now faced with as your weekly guide through Arrow season 4 is that with show it happens a few times each season and frankly, it is easy to be cynical and still get swerved. Read more...
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Friday, 25 March 2016 19:05
Of all the shows in the DCTVU, it is the template for them all that makes me the most frustrated to date. Sure it could be from the fact it has run the longest or that it had the hardest time finding its voice but more likely still what vexes me about Arrow is what ultimately makes it great. When Arrow experiments, or more importantly, clings to its own rules, it creates waves of aww and gasp but also the knowledge I don’t get my way as a viewer all the time. Read more...
Published in Movies & TV
Thursday, 25 February 2016 18:10
For three seasons Arrow was a very dark vigilante crime drama full of bleak Nihilism and little hope. But for 14 episodes, Oliver’s commitment to the light and hope of a hero has yielded new and fantastic results for his new life. But in his failures, since the dawn of the show’s first season, comes his hardest lessons. Now his earliest flaw of keeping secrets could change everything for the season’s direction as episode 15 “Taken” resets the Arrow Template that has been used to build so many successful shows since. Read more...
Published in Movies & TV
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 17:24
Remember last week, after two weeks of fast paced world hopping superhero goodness I noted that there was less of a focus on theme and trope and more of cocktail of making new facets of them to be explored at a later time? No? Well check last week’s Flash breakdown. In any case I had no idea (I should have) that the payoff exploration of those facets would come immediately upon the airing of episode 14 King Shark. While we get the promised good guy versus bad guy fight the title promises this episode finishes what the last two began with the intense jamming of so much content into one episode I could barely contain it in one review. Read more...
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