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April 23, 2014  admin No comments Arrow, Photos, Videos

After Slade (Manu Bennett) threatens to take everything Oliver (Stephen Amell) loves away, Oliver decides the fastest way to stop further bloodshed is to surrender to his enemy. Knowing that surrender will surely lead to Oliver’s death, Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) go to extreme measures to keep Oliver from confronting Slade. Meanwhile, Thea (Willa Holland) considers leaving town, and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) resumes her crusade against Sebastian Blood (guest star Kevin Alejandro). Finally, Slade unleashes his assault on Starling City.

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December 10, 2013  admin No comments Arrow

A- Arrow Season 2

In “Identity,” the second episode of the excellent second season of Arrow, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is chasing his frequent adversary, gang leader China White (Kelly Hu). Having recently declared a “no kill” edict for himself in honor of his slain best friend, the Arrow chooses to incapacitate his foe rather than go for a kill shot, eliciting Hu to snidely declare that despite his new philosophical aversion to murder, he’ll still never be seen as anything but a criminal to the very people he’s trying to protect.

The Arrow’s response—that as long as his city is safe, it doesn’t matter what its denizens think of him—is significant, because it puts a perfect capper on the show’s journey up until that moment, while also offering an exciting jumping-off point for what’s to come. Although Amell had been donning the hood and chasing bad guys for more than a season, it was in this moment that a superhero was born and that Arrow officially established itself as one of the most satisfying shows on television. The most satisfying thing of all is that it did so by respecting its characters.

A superhero show on The CW is inevitably forced to face an uphill battle with public perception, especially from the very comics fans that most want it to be successful. Will the leads be too pretty? Will the stories be too soapy? Will the character’s rich mythology be ignored? Arrow smartly deals with these concerns by using them to the show’s advantage, respecting the character’s comic-book roots in its overarching plotlines, all while using the network-appropriate soap-opera stories to do the heavy character lifting. This was best exemplified by last season’s love triangle between Oliver and longtime friends Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Tommy (Colin Donnell), an arc that started as bland nonsense, but slowly and effectively evolved into something much deeper for all three parties. It did this by essentially making Amell the bad guy and betrayer—not because he stole his best friend’s girl, but because he kept his secret identity hidden, a secret identity that Donnell could not bring himself to even comprehend, let alone accept.

At its heart this is basic superhero stuff, but what Arrow always recognizes is how to take these tropes and use them to resonate beyond their traditionally narrow scope. When Tommy dies while trying to save Laurel from an earthquake machine that’s threatening to destroy a whole neighborhood (an earthquake machine placed there by his supervillain father—this is a comic-book show after all), it informs everything about Oliver and Laurel in season two. Arrow uses ripple effects such as these to create a world where every action builds upon itself, every personal choice has consequences, and the past is just as important as the future.
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November 04, 2013  admin No comments Arrow, Videos

Stephen Amell posted raw video footage of him and Katie Cassidy filming a scene on set of ‘Arrow’.






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