Usually, tonight or tomorrow I’d be watching Arrow and preparing to write a recap/review for Nerd Bastards. But with summer coming, my recap/review duties have come to an end. For now. I’ve collected here links to my recap/reviews for the first season of Arrow as well as the second half of Doctor Who Series 7.
I ended up enjoying Arrow more than I thought I would, though I won’t argue it isn’t full of excessive, CW-flavored, drama. Lots of focus on love triangles, not nearly enough character development, or superheroes for that matter. I expected a lot more from Laurel, who is juggled between possible love interest, Tommy, and eventual love interest, Oliver. Same for Thea, who’s sole purpose seemed to be meet Roy, fall in love with Roy, then serve as the unseen connection between Roy and the vigilante. Her nickname being “Speedy” got my hopes up, is what I’m saying.
Standouts are Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), an Oracle-ish hacker who’s inability to censer herself is hilarious, especially around Oliver, and Malcolm Merlyn. In fact, let’s be honest, John Barrowman was the best thing about Arrow, period. As amazing as he is as Captain Jack, he’s even more fun to watch as the villain. Sadly, I’m not sure whether he’ll be returning next season or not. :( Same for Jessica de Gouw’s Huntress who was also immense fun, what with her new gig on NBC’s Dracula.
The second half of Doctor Who Series 7 was much stronger than the first half. Which is a real shame because I loved the shit out of The Ponds, but their exit was so messy. Trapped in NYC? The Statue of LIberty a Weeping Angel? Ick, not Moffat’s best. But then Clara Oswald blew into the TARDIS like a breath of fresh air.
Get it? She blew in, on that leaf?
Anyway, these eight episodes were a bit of a mixed bag, but overall, solid storytelling. Especially when you consider the big “impossible girl” mystery first introduced in “The Snowmen” gets tied up nicely with a big, pretty bow. That was unexpected. There were Cybermen and the Eye of Harmony and Ice Warriors and more than one appearance of a past Doctor. Hello, 50th Anniversary! And you can’t deny the cliffhanger they dropped at the end of “The Name of The Doctor” is going to have Whovians buzzin’ all the way to November.
ARROW | Season One
DOCTOR WHO | Series 7 Part 2
What are your thoughts on either Arrow’s first season, or Doctor Who’s seventh?
Yowzah! What a finale! Hope you don’t mind going absolutely bonkers waiting until November 23rd, amirite? For an episode that suffered an awful lot of hype, “The Name of The Doctor” no only withstood it, but completely twisted our expectations. Like a good episode of Steven Moffat-penned Doctor Who should. Moffat has stumbled in the past and I’ll be the first to admit he’s the king of convolution, but in this finale he managed to not only rewrite all of Who history, but at the same time, leave it completely untouched. An impressive feat, indeed. I’m sure most you of sat there, staring at your television screen, mouth agape, just stunned as the credits rolled. And there’s no better compliment than our stunned silence…
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I’m actually in shock I was able to string all these words together in to what is, hopefully, a sensible review. I’m still reeling from that episode! I mean, WOW. November, is a very long ways away.
What did you all think of the finale?
The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special premieres November 23, 2013
Matt and David