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"Arrow" S2 and S3 (and Happy New Year!!!!)

Oh Arrow, there is something off about you... To start things off my favorite character is Malcolm Merlyn and I miss the dubious Mama Queen. In a nutshell, the "kids" just aren't that compelling, yet somehow the villains and part-time villains like Deadshot feel real to me in a way Team Arrow never has.* Look, I understand Oliver's dark and gloomy characterization but his perpetual ambivalence hurts his effectiveness as lead character and so the entire premise is always hanging by a very fine thread. Arrow may be a sophisticated warrior but he lacks instincts and passion as he is either too angry or too melancholic to come across as complex and/or interesting. In fact, the endless flashbacks have done little to flesh him out and usually end up propping up his enemies, Slade especially, who besides becoming an irrationally sadistic murderer still managed to feel heroic, strangely. Sebastian Blood was terrible, but you could see the ambition in his eyes. You could also exactly tell the moment his entire world came crumbling down and the reasons his conviction wavered in the end. In my opinion this narrative imbalance is the result of casting excellent actors in the "bad guy" roles while continually saddling the "good guys" with enough bland internal conflict to last a lifetime. How is it that most of the conflict comes from Oliver's prolific love life? SpoilersCollapse ) It is deja vu all over again, every episode, not to mention gross. Oh and the fact that I'm supposed to believe that Shado fell for Island Oliver in that ridiculous haircut/wig instead of Slade is crazy, but credit where credit is due because the one thing the show has been consistent about is that no one can resist Oliver and that Oliver is even less adept at resisting anyone, and I do mean, anyone. Again, gross. Also disappointing is the fact that I love Katie Cassidy (I even considered watching the Melrose Place reboot just for her) but can't stand Laurel. Ok, that's harsh because I have sympathy for her, especially when she had to take the fact that Sara was back with Oliver again, because excuse me, that was super messed up. I just wish the show had done better with her from the start. Then there's Felicity and Diggle, waiting for the rest of the show to finally wake up and become about something.

Oliver's sad confession to Felicity SpoilersCollapse ) about how his life can only end one way was thematically legitimate and yet still managed to feel hollow, or hasn't Oliver realized that everyone will die at some point, regardless of manner, and that Felicity isn't exactly immortal? The show continually sets up this crazy dichotomies between the masked characters and everyone else as if the stakes are higher for the so called super heroes, when in reality all they do is fight each other for mostly personal reasons leaving the "normal" people to deal with the fallout of their ongoing war. Felicity and Diggle are braver than the super trained because they refuse to fear the predictable outcome of going up against impossible odds. But I shouldn't equate Felicity with Diggle when Diggle should be ahead of Oliver after two and a half years of training with him as well as watching all the other assassins that have come to Starling City over the years. I mean, if Thea can become a deadly ninja assassin in the span of six months Diggle should be heading his own League of Assassins by now. But of course this is only my personal take on the show, a show many people love for different reasons, so who knows.

*By "team Arrow" I mean the good guys not the original Diggle, Felicity and Oliver trio which has always been nothing short of delightful.
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"Arrow"

Season 1 is almost done and I still can't quite pinpoint what is it about this show that really bothers me. Ok, so I'm never going to be 100% fine with someone who isn't Justin Hartley playing Oliver Queen/Green Arrow on the CW, but other factors also weigh in. For example, while I usually buy the threat coming from the villains I rarely buy the take down. By the way, Felicity is amazing. Her character came alive from the moment she was introduced. Don't watch Torchwood so I only know Captain Jack from Doctor Who and I have to say that John Barrowman's presence has been a saving grace so far, same thing with Susanna Thompson's pitch perfect performance.
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"Homeland"

Yes, Homeland was really good last night, yay! The best part however was the sudden and unexpected apparition of Bradley James playing the pilot in the middle of the premiere's controversial bombing. Great scene too. Love watching the Merlin cast in good shows.
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Summer TV: "The Divide"

As far as I'm concerned the best show this summer is The Divide on WeTV. It isn't mind blowing, but it's gripping and beautifully shot. Britne Oldford plays Jenny Butler, which was a nice surprise after ABC Family canceled Ravenswood (I insist that the show's main problem was making Miranda the lead character, not only did the girl die in the Pilot, she became increasingly dull and whatever chemistry she had with Caleb vanished rather quickly. Besides, Caleb should have never been interested in anyone but Hanna).

The last episode of The Divide left me heartbroken so we'll see how the rest of the series goes. Right now I'm just sad for Jenny, Terri (that family blow up was so real and frightening) and our no longer fierce prosecutor Page. Christina possibly failing the bar was so bleak. Get it together girl!
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"Extant" Series Premiere

Extant 1x01
It's a Summer show! I loved it. The Pilot even managed to freak me out during the dead husband visitation/hallucination sequence. I'm looking forward to the next episode. If nothing else, it's leagues better than the silliness that turned out to be Under the Dome. Ok, that comparison may not even fair because the Extant Pilot was pretty decent IMO.

Murder in the First
Not great, definitely not great, but it's entertaining.

The Wire 3x09, "Slapstick"
This show proved elusive for a long time. It wasn't until I signed up for HBO Go that I was able to resume watching it (now it's on Amazon Prime as well, heh). THIS SHOW. This show has bewildered me, angered me, and it has made me cry. It has also broken my heart; this episode was one of those times. Oh Prez. :( You were so happy investigating and doing your Sherlock Holmes thing. Whyyyyyyy?
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'Pacific Rim'

Very cool and infuriatingly predictable. Who didn't know character B would die ten minutes in as soon as he was introduced, or that the system would fail at the last minute causing characters X and Z to sacrifice themselves? 90% of Pacific Rim is basically every alien movie ever. I still liked it, though. Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) was pretty great and Charlie Hunnam was simply wonderful in this, so charming. The last five minutes were adorable. Idris Elba was awesome as the stoic Stacker Pentecost.

For me the most effective sequence was hands down Mako's memory/flashback. That little girl was fantastic. I was terrified for her. The moment Stacker comes out of his Jaeger and her face lights up with hope and relief nearly killed me. What a lovely thing after such a scary sequence. I don't care how derivative a movie is when a child is crying out for her parents while a huge monster chases after her.

I need icons.
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TWoP is closing

Waiiiitt, I just started reading The Wire and Bates Motel recaps. (Again: we think we have all this time...) I'm so sad. I didn't always love the prevalent poster atmosphere but I loved discussing shows at TWoP. Ah well. If anyone reading this (oh me, the eternal optimist) knows a place to discuss TV shows (outside of my FanForum.com home base I'm at a loss, I have to admit), please let me know. I know certain shows have their discussion forum, but outside of TWoP and FanForum I'm not too familiar with forums that discuss every show. If only LJ still had an active TV community!

All those recaps I'll never get to read. Blah. :(
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Who can tell him how it will be?

The Good Wife 5x15, "Dramatics, Your Honor"
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The Walking Dead 4x15, "Us"
Ah, Glenn and Maggie. For some reason, I don't feel much for this couple. But hey, glad they found each other. Perhaps now Maggie will spare a though for sister Beth.

RICK!!! MICHONNE!! CARL!! Those glorious two minutes were the best thing about the episode. I'm so scared for next week. Maybe I'm a little biased.
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