Wednesday, May 17, 2017

TV Titanics: Arrow Season 4

And we are back for TV Titanics. Thought we would check in on Starling City's Emerald Archer and crew. This is Arrow Season 4.

Vigilante carpooling is rough.  Bet Batman doesn't have to.

When last we left them, tension was high when even his own crew thought Ollie (Stephen Amell of Hung, Private Practice, Heartland, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Arrow and The Flash) was believed to have join Ras al Ghul (Matt Nable of Killer Elite, Riddick, Son of a Gun and Hacksaw Ridge) and his quest to eradicate evil by the most extreme of measures, including unleashing a terminal virus in his own city. Ollie thwarts and even kills off Ras but the trust of his team has been damaged. He and Felcity (Emily Bett Rickards of Soldiers of the Apocalypse, Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story, Arrow, Arrow: Blood Rush, Normal Doors, Vixen and The Flash) head off to the suburbs to play house and Ollie appears to be genuinely happy.

Knocked, locked and ready to rock.

So of course Thea a.k.a. Speedy (Willa Holland of The O.C., A Summer in Genoa, Legion, Straw Dogs, Tiger Eyes, Gossip Girl and Arrow) and former girlfriend/assistant district attorney/crimefighter Black Canary (Katie Cassidy of 7th Heaven, Black Christmas, Spin, Supernatural, Harper's Island, Melrose Place, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Arrow The Wolves at the Door) so up explaining about high-tech robberies, paramilitary trained and armed men and an end game they cannot predict. They need the Arrow.

Dr. Palmer, (Brandon Routh of Superman Returns, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Fling, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Chuck, Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow) boy billionaire with his high-tech super suit...say that sounds vaguely familiar but I think Robert Downey Jr.did that better.  Oh well.   An experiment caused the top floor of what is now Palmer Consolidated to explode and no sign of Palmer anywhere. Leaving Felicity as the acting head of the company.

Villain monologue, people. Take 5.

Diggle a.k.a. Spartan (David Ramsey of Con Air, The Good News, All of Us, Dexter, Outlaw and Blue Bloods) has reservations with working with Ollie again after his shadow-play with Ras damn near got the mother of his child almost killed. With all this drama, clearly we need a main villain. Enter Damien Dahrk (Neal McDonough of Star Trek: First Contact, The Incredible Hulk, Ravenous, Band of Brothers, Captain America: The First Avenger, RED 2 and Mob City) a man with an organization, drive, ambition and sights on ruining this city and many others.

Will Darhk put the city's lights out? Will Team Arrow be able to recover??

This season gets to expand well on Season 3's existing story line making Thea a weapon thanks to "Daddy" Malcolm Merlyn via John Barrowman and his League of Assassins. Also Team-ups occuring with other DC characters like Hawkman, Hawkgirl, along with the Flash (Grant Gustin of 90210, Glee, Affluenza, Superhero Fight Club, Vixen, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash) being further established. So yeah the budget got upped, performances are a bit over the top, we have magic, metahumans and all thing expected of this comic book universe. And did I mention a new lightweight nomex kevlar body armor and hood combo?

Gimme some sugar, baby.