Arrow Season 4 Premiere

So, the Arrow is back! I’ve already posted a First Look including Spoilers for the entire Season a couple of weeks ago, click here to read that. But right now, let’s take a look at the episode 1 of Season 4! (If you haven’t watched it yet, this obviously also includes Spoilers!)

The Season starts with Oliver and Felicity in domestic bliss, while everything goes really badly in Star City. As usual, let’s break it down into characters:

  • Oliver wants to propose to Felicity! That was like the best news in my opinion. They are really happy together, if only it wasn’t so boring in the suburbs. Oli’s proposal attempt failed when Thea and Laurel showed up to ask for help. You can see that with them being back in the city, their relationship will also change. For now he has put the engagement off, but I don’t think it’s forever.
  • Thea is out of control! I mean we all knew the Lazarus Pit would take a toll, but she is so aggressive and doesn’t even have a problem with it!
  • Diggle‘s helmet has not fully convinced me yet. However, I do get his lingering animosity with Oliver. He was his best friend and he betrayed him, that’s just not cool. Still, he needs to let it go! They need to be a team now and Oliver is trying. He knows that he can’t call all the shots anymore.
  • Damien Darhk is scary af! He has some sort of mystical blood-magic powers which make him super strong, possibly telekinetic and allow him to kill people by touch. That is freaky! He has a Hive that works for him and that instantly rang a bell for Diggle. I wish he would have told the others about having heard about it before. He can’t be mad at Oliver for keeping secrets and then keep something big like this from the others as well – that’s just him being a hypocrite.
  • Big shocker to me was that Captain Lance is seemingly in it with Darhk. Okay, okay, he has no choice, but that is still a really bad image in my mind …
  • Flashbacks: you know I am not a huge fan of those, but they are now about how Oliver got trapped on the island again.
  • Flashforwards: this apparently confused a lot of people and I can tell you it was a real shocker to me as well! Just to clarify though, the season will not continue from this point onwards. It was a look at the future and we will get there before the Season Finale. However, the Arrow bosses refuse to give any clues about who’s grave Oliver and Barry were standing at. They also won’t mention when the death will occur during the Season in order not to spoil it. That is fair enough but I do wonder who will die. Apparently the person, whoever they are, won’t be revived but is dead for good. I have this bad gut feeling that it’s Felicity, but that would ruin the show for me … I so hope I am wrong!
  • In other news: Oli is now officially the Green Arrow. While people still believe Ray is dead, Felicity is the CEO of Palmer Tech. Also, the Flash Day was mentioned. And greatest sentence ever: “Felicity Smoak, you have failed this omelette.”

So, where you as shocked as I was in the end? Any thoughts you want to add? I think it was really mean of them to do that …

Arrow Season 4 First Look

While Season 3 definitely had a lot more Olicity than usual, I think it was the weakest season thus far. Still, I am somewhat excited about Season 4 of Arrow returning on October 7. I am hoping it will get better again, take a look at what’s coming:

So, what were some things we saw? What can you expect from the Season? [SPOILERS]

  • Apparently Starling City gets renamed into Star City in Ray’s memorial. Guess they haven’t heard of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow yet. The promo also features the return of Sara Lance, who emerges from the Lazarus Pit and turns into White Canary who will be part of  the Legends of Tomorrow cast as well. I am so looking forward to that show. In the unlikely event that you haven’t seen the trailer, click here.
  • The Arrow retired, but is needed again. Obviously … because what else would the show be about. However, it did look mighty cute to see Olicity in a suburban setting. BUT Olicity never gets a break and instead Oli will get a new love interest. I am sorry Elysia Rotaru, but I am afraid I won’t like your character much … so far not a lot of details have been revealed about her, but she’ll be in flashbacks a lot.
  • Diggle gets a helmet, I don’t know how I feel about it. Cristina @MyTinyObsession posted a picture yesterday and it looked very Magneto-ish.
  • There will be a crossover with Constantine. I have to admit that I didn’t watch the show, so I am neither excited nor scared nor any other feeling. If you have watched Constantine, tell me about what you think!
  • Jimmy Akingbola was cast as Arrow’s new nemesis Baron Reiter, who will get a different backstory because they do not intend to let him turn into Baron Blitzkreig in the TV show.
  • Other new cast members include Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk, Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt (aka Mr. Terrific) and Alexander Calvert as Anarky.

I bet I forgot something, but let’s talk about that in the comments. What are your thoughts?

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Didn’t Click With

Okay, you know the drill by now. I am participating in the weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday created by The Broke and the BookishThis week’s theme is “Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With” so, let’s do this!

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(again I just want to remind you that this is not really a ranking, but more of a “numbering”)

1. Quentin from the Magicians Series by Lev Grossman

I’ve talked about this series in the past days because I am currently reading it and I mentioned that I just don’t like any of the characters very much. They are all pretty miserable and a drag, but since Quentin is the protagonist, I chose him.


2. Eadlyn from The Heir (Selection #4) by Kiera Cass

22918050I just do NOT like this girl. For the matter, I didn’t liker her mother much either, but seriously? Eadlyn is a spoiled brat with not a trace of empathy in her body. If the book hadn’t ended with a cliffhanger, I wouldn’t want to continue the series with her as main protagonist. But since I am too curious to stop now, I will have to.


3. Sutter Keely from The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

sutterI like that the book isn’t like every other teenage story out there. It is a lot more cynic than that, but I just did not click with Sutter (not even when he was portrayed by Miles Teller in the movie …). He drinks way too much, is an immensely selfish person and is not nearly as funny as he thinks. Maybe I was just really disappointed with the outcome of the story though …


4. Harriet from Geek Girl by Holly Smale

13621089What is that girl’s problem with being called a “Geek”? I would embrace the heck out of that, but she is just embarrassed about it and let’s it drag her down. Also, she’s too naive for my taste.


5. Greg from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

The book was fine, but I just really couldn’t connect with Greg. He was mopey and in complete denial. Why couldn’t he just say that the others are his friends? What on earth is so bad about caring?


6. Bianca from The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

As much as I like the message behind the story, snarky Bianca is not my kind of person. Her voice definitely wasn’t for me.


7. Teresa from the Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

Seriously? What was the point of that girl? She was supposed to be Thomas (to whom I also couldn’t really connect) soulmate or something but she was barely even there. In book one she was basically in a coma most of the time, in book two she has a couple appearances and in book three the end? Come on!!! If that was her sole purpose and I was supposed to be sad, you should actually have made her do something important during some point in the series before.


8. Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins

Everybody seems to love Lola or at least prefer her a lot over Isla, but I am not one of those people. As much as I love the series as a whole, Lola was way too eccentric, selfish and also a bit annoying. I clicked with her the least of all three girls.


9. Laurel  from Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

18140047Maybe it was the fact that her whole story was pretty much an identical female version of Charlie’s story from the Perks of Being a Wallflower or maybe it was something entirely different. But I did not really enjoy her as a protagonist. But for the record, I didn’t exactly bond with Charlie either …


10. June and Day from Legend by Marie Lu

I’m sorry, okay! I know how many people love this series, but I just can’t. It’s totally not for me and I did not like either of them very much which is probably the reason I never read farther than volume 1 in the series.

 

 

 

What are some of the characters you just didn’t click with? Leave a comment and let’s talk!

Arrow Season 3 Finale

So, another show that’s over for now is Arrow. They’re already planning/shooting Season 4, but let’s talk about the Season 3 Finale “My Name is Oliver Queen” first. Beware of Spoilers!

It is with shame that I have to say that I wasn’t as invested in this Season as I’ve been before. I don’t really know what the reason was, but everyone just kept dying and being resurrected. Also, it frustrated me to no end that Oli kept pushing everyone away that tried to help him. I guess they finally put an end to that – seen as he “retired” during the Season Finale and finally acknowledged that he needs his friends and family. Let’s break down the events of the episode:

  • Oliver is still Oliver and not the heir to the demon. I suppose that’s pretty important to mention. He managed to finally kill Ra’s and escaped his fate of having to become the new one. I don’t think his retirement will last long, but good for him being happy at last. I couldn’t have taken it any longer if he pushed Felicity away … again. They drove off into the sunset together, I should just be happy.
  • Is Oliver still married to Nyssa? Is a Nanda Parbat wedding legitimate? That’s like a real issue for my Olicity-heart.
  • We all knew Malcolm probably didn’t save everyone out of goodwill. I never fully comprehended his actions, but since he’s the new Ra’s al Ghul I guess he finally got what he wanted.
  • Thea is officially Speedy now and while I am no fan of that particular red colour, her disguise looks great on her!
  • Poor John … he’s not really getting the most out of this finale. He technically has his friend back but there is a rift in their friendship and it will take a lot of time to mend it.
  • Ray is seriously one of the best people on the planet. I mean of course I’m a Olicity advocate, but Ray’s just too good to be true. He’s intelligent and really understanding. He supports Team Arrow and holds no grudges and he only ever wants the best for Felicity. That explosion at the end though … I don’t really see him being dead but I want a good explanation as to how he survived it. Maybe his nano tech helped? I don’t know …
    (Sorry, slight update on that: They revealed how he survived in the First Look for Legends of Tomorrow, click here to see the promo – couldn’t stop laughing when Arthur Darvill said he was a Time Master …)
  • A short appearance of the Flash never hurts, especially since it’s often coupled with some really funny statements from Barry or Felicity.

You probably noticed that my enthusiasm wasn’t at it’s peak. Maybe I’ll get more excited as soon as Season 4 approaches. Any thoughts?

Arrow Mid-Season Finale

All the shows are going on a break and Arrow is no exception. This is a little recap/review for the Mid-Season Finale of Season 3. Beware of Spoilers!

There’s only one thing to say about the mid-season finale: WTF!? I have no idea how they are going to salvage this, because I am aware that in superhero genres logic is often dispensed in favour of entertainment, but that would just be beyond credible. But let’s start from the beginning:

  • Nissa is not happy that no one has been punished for Sara’s death yet and threatens to kill 50 innocent civilians every day until Oliver punishes someone. That threat certainly works.
  • The guy from the flashbacks from Hong Kong, Maseo Yamashiro, who was Oliver’s handler now works with Nissa. Interesting to say the least.
  • Alex Kingston is back! I always like to see her and she instantly realises that something isn’t right with Sara. It was time someone found out about her death.
  • Felicity and Ray … what can I say? I find them cute, but not as cute as Olicity. Ray tells Felicity about why he rushed off after their kiss and also shows her his Atom exo-suit. I can see him becoming Atom soon. That’s so exciting. And I totally cracked up when she said, “Why does this keep happening to me?”
  • Oli is totally naive when it comes to Thea. I understand why he wants to protect her, but why is she so loyal to Merlin? I’m getting frustrated with her.
  • Before Oliver goes off on his climb to Ra’s cave, he has a talk with Felicity. He tells her that he loves her and melted my heart. I ship those two so much!
  • In order to protect his sister, Oliver takes the blame for Sara’s murder and therefore has to go and duel Ra’s al Ghul. That fight was … over quicker than I thought and Oli didn’t stand a chance. That’s what I meant when I said I have no idea how they intend to salvage that. How on earth could Oliver survive this? Getting severely stabbed (twice) and falling off a mountain? I mean come on! There better be a reasonable explanation.

I know this was rather short, but I didn’t have much to say. I just want to know how Oliver could possibly survive this.

Arrow Season 3 Premiere

Arrow has returned and I was just as excited about it (maybe even more) as I was about the premiere of the Flash. So, this is my review of the first episode of Season 3 of Arrow – beware of Spoilers!

I’m a little torn about this episode, not because it was bad or anything like that, but because it was a roller coaster for my feelings. We start right back in Starling City with Oliver/Arrow hunting some criminals and cleansing the city. Detective Lance is now Captain Lance and he decided to finally thank the Arrow for the things he’s done for the city and stopped the task force that was assigned to tracking Oliver down. Other than Oliver being broke, things finally seem to work out for the entire team (except for Roy, who clearly misses Thea) and Oliver even considers dating Felicity (finally!!!), but it wouldn’t be Arrow, if everything didn’t go downhill from there. Of course, the villain of the episode, Werner Zytle, who has claimed the mantle of Count Vertigo, has to go and ruin everything. Here are my more detailed thoughts on what’s happened:

  • We’ve thoroughly established that Felicity is one of my favourite people on the planet and that I ship her with everyone. So, I was overjoyed with happiness when Oliver finally asked her out, but of course he can’t date her after she’s been endangered because of him (her wounds vanished way to quickly by the way!). Seriously, stop leading that poor girl on! He then proceeds to tell her that he can’t say that he doesn’t love her, he just doesn’t know if he’ll ever be ready to be with her. So, is she just supposed to sit around and wait for him to decide when it’s safe for them to date? She now knows that he loves her, but still can’t be with her – that doesn’t make any sense! Although it made me super sad, I am with Felicity and I think it’s a wise choice to say they are over for now (which they are clearly not anyway).
  • We got our first look at Ray Palmer aka future Atom. I like the guy and I detect a possible romance with Felicity. I’m not just imagining that! He was pretty much stalking her!
  • Diggle got his baby daughter and she’s super cute and perfect! He’s going to be a great father and has to dial down on the dangerous jobs he’s taking; I’m looking forward to seeing more of that!
  • The little insert of Barry Allen calling Oliver was totally unnecessary in my opinion. I got why they did it on Flash, but it didn’t do anything for the story or episode in Arrow.
  • Still no fan of Laurel
  • We got Sara back, just so that they could kill her!? What on earth were they thinking? And who was the person shooting her? With arrows? They better explain all that really soon.

So, that’s it for this episode. Happy to discuss it with you in the comments! Tell me what you thought about it!

First Look: Arrow Season 3

It’s that time of the year: Comic-Con in San Diego brings us all sorts of amazing teasers, trailers and sneak peeks for our favourite TV shows and movies. This post focuses on Arrow‘s First Look at season 3.

While I do think that the show itself had it’s ups and downs I was always drawn to the superhero-genre and couldn’t resist devouring the past two seasons of the show. I like what CW has done with the character of Arrow and think that they had a lot of luck with the amazing cast that they’ve managed to get together. The First Look that we got for the new season promises a lot of action, new villains and problems to conquer, more background on what happened to Oliver during the five years he was gone, Diggle and Oliver fighting and (for all Olicity fans like me) a lot of Felicity and Oliver interaction. But I swear I am going to freak out if you kill Felicity just when they seem to get together! I will quit watching the show! (No, I won’t … I might delay watching a few episodes to make a point, but that’s all …). Interestingly, we get to see Brandon Routh who’ll be playing Atom in the show. The only thing I am totally missing in this trailer is Thea.

What do you guys think of the little Sneak Peek we got? I for one, cannot wait for the next season and the start of Flash!