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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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Friday, 19 February 2016 16:35
In what has been the best season of Arrow to date we have come a long way since the idyllic domestic life that Felicity and Ollie had made for themselves in the opener. In just 12 episodes prior to the latest installment we have seen Oliver and the gang put into practice the difficult lessons of trust and dependence on friends, forgiveness and redemption – not to mention a dirty battle with Damien Dahrk that has had more intrigue than an episode of House of Cards. The unnamed team members have been named and the new lighter tone for Arrow is working. Read more...
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Friday, 05 February 2016 15:37
Welcome intrepid reader to the continuing thematic analysis and plot breakdown of the episodic vigilante crime drama Arrow. Throughout season four I have been lucky to be your host and guide as we discuss the directions and artistic components of this show that has set a template for the other DC superhero shows on TV. Read more...
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Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:46
The DCTVU has been heavy and surprisingly inspirational for the subject matter this week. As usual I get the privilege of also breaking down Arrow as well as Supergirl, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and even Shannara. But Arrow is special to me. It worked really hard to win my viewership and won. It took three tries to get into it for me. So, when in episode 11 this week some pivotal moments and big shocks unfolded I was of course ready to discuss them with you. Read more...
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