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TV Review: Arrow S4E8 Legends of Yesterday

arrowA crossover episode that began on The Flash concludes with Oliver and Barry taking Kendra and Carter to a remote location to keep them hidden from Vandal Savage, while they figure out how to defeat him.

Arrow concludes this season’s two part epic crossover with The Flash with the team pretty frazzled and not sure how to defeat Vandal Savage.

There’s a lot for geeky fans including some time travel and Nth metal as well as an origin of sorts for Hawkman and Hawkgirl.

The episode is an interesting one in that a large chunk of it is used to hearken back to a plot point from the first season (maybe the second), and then with time travel, its brought up again in an odd way.

Hawkman too is a bit of a dick in the two episodes. This one he really comes off as a bit misogynistic making comments about Kendra and her ideas/role as Hawkgirl (such as his comment about her ideas). I never really liked Hawkman in the comics as he came off as a testosterone filled ass, but in live action in comes off as really dickish. He’s just not really likeable.

The battles too are a bit weak. There’s been an issue this season with battles in Arrow and the various heroes moving weirdly, and posing in obnoxious ways. The episode ends in a rather idiotic way too with how Savage is stopped, especially since he was built up so much in the previous episode.

The final moments are interesting, but in no way make up for the rest of the episode. The first episode of this two-parter was great, the second just didn’t stick the landing at all.

Overall rating: 6.6

DC Comics Announces Tons of Additions to Arrow, Flash, & More!

With the fall television season quickly approaching, there’s tons of news coming out for this coming seasons of Arrow, The Flash and more!

Keiynan Lonsdale

Bummed that Constantine was cancelled? Well, the character is back from the dead. Matt Ryan will be guest starring as John Constantine on an episode of Arrow in this upcoming season. There was an effort to get the show moved to The CW when the series was renewed by NBC. Could this be a test to see more of Ryan’s fan favorite Constantine?

Wally West is coming to The Flash! Warner Bros. and The CW have cast Keiynan Lonsdale as West. In comics, the character is also known as Kid Flash! With Iris and Joe West it’s not a surprise the character would eventually show up, but his role, or if he becomes Kid Flash, remain a mystery. Lonsdale is a series regular, so chances are good we’ll see exactly that!

We know DC’s Legends of Tomorrow‘s villain is Vandal Savage, but who is bringing the classic character to life? We won’t have to wait for the team to assemble in 2016 to find out. It has been announced that Casper Crump has been cast in the role.

Actor Casper Crump

Vandal Savage is immortal, having spent the past 6,000 years moving like a virulent disease through history, whispering in the ears of despots and dictators, all leading to his eventual domination of the world.

First introduced in 1944, Vandal Savage has been one of the DC Universe’s biggest heavies for over 70 years, frequently going up against the Justice Society and most recently fighting alongside Etrigan the Demon and Madame Xanadu in The New 52’s Demon Knights. However, he’s never been brought to live action life before (though he’s appeared in animated movies and shows, including Justice League: Doom and Young Justice).

Falk Hentschel

Crump will first be seen in the role in the crossover episodes of Arrow and The Flash, before continuing onto DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

We know Hawkgirl is part of DC’s Legend of Tomorrow, but we now have a Hawkman too! Falk Hentschel will be taking on the role of Carter Hall.

On DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Carter Hall is the latest reincarnation of an Egyptian Prince who is fated to reincarnate throughout time along with his soulmate, Kendra Saunders. Like Kendra, Carter can access the powers of the Hawk God, Horus, transforming him into the winged warrior known as “Hawkman.”

The character will first appear in crossover episodes of Arrow and The Flash.

JennaDewanCCJuly08While her older sister Lois may still be hunting down stories in Metropolis, it appears that Lucy Lane is heading for National City. It has been revealed that Jenna Dewan-Tatum has been cast in the recurring role of the younger Ms. Lane on CBS’s upcoming Supergirl. Described as brash, funny and as beautiful as her older sister Lois Lane, Lucy is strong, smart and successful in her own right. She’s got a history with Jimmy Olsen and she’s come to town to right a previous wrong. She’ll first appear in the third episode of the show.

While not as well known as her sister, Lucy Lane was first introduced back in the Silver Age, where she worked as both a flight attendant and an air traffic coordinator. She also initially served as a sometimes love interest for Jimmy Olsen, so her “history” on the show with Brooks’ Olsen isn’t all that surprising. However, she’s probably best known to DC Comics fans as the most recent iteration of Superwoman. In pre-New 52 storylines, Lucy obtained powers similar to a Kryptonian by wearing a mysterious suit. Whether we’ll ever see this take place on Supergirl, however, remains to be seen.

The character has previously shown up on Superman: The Animated Series, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Smallville.

The Arrow/Flash Spin-off Gets Two New Heroes

hawkgirl_keyartThere’s lots of buzz over the spin-off to The Flash/Arrow that’ll see new heroes be focused on. Already announced, the series will feature Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer, Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory, Victor Garber, and Caity Lotz.

Added to that is Ciara Renee, a Broadway actress, who will be playing Hawkgirl, one of three new comic characters on the show.

The character for the new spin-off show is described as a young woman that starts to learn she has been reincarnated over centuries and when she is provoked, the ancient warrior persona within her manifests itself, which includes wings growing out of her back.

Also joining the show is Doctor Who alumnus Arthur Darvill, who played Rory Williams in the series. Darvill will be playing Rip Hunter.

The character is described as:

The former Doctor’s Companion will play DC comic book character Rip Hunter, a roguish time traveler who hides the strains of being responsible for history itself behind a facade of charm and wit.


So what are folks’ thoughts on this proposed show?



iZombie Debuts Strong

normal_izombietv_s01promo_001-1~0It would seem that iZombie‘s debut was a strange one. The latest television show to be adapted from a comic series kept 75% of its lead-in audience, those watching The Flash.

As reported by Variety, the show had 2.3 million viewers, and a 0.9/3 in the 18-49 demographic. That means the show did better than the previous show in that slot.

The Flash still remains The CW‘s top show, but it actually saw a ratings low this week after it returned from a break. It had 3.6 million viewers and a 1.24/4 in the 18-49 demographic.

You can check out my review here, and my gut says the show is going to quickly become a cult favorite.

The Flash, Arrow, and Gotham Get New Seasons. Constantine in Doubt.

theflash_full_costumeJust before the Golden Globes, The CW confirmed it was renewing both The Flash and Arrow for new seasons. It’s not much of a shock considering both series have been juggernauts and a bright spot for the network.

Fox made it official that Gotham will also be getting a second season. The show based on Batman has had consistent and decent ratings making this not surprising at all.

The other comic turned television show Constantine isn’t looking as solid. NBC discussed the series’ future. The show has its Friday timeslot changed to an earlier 8pm from its 10pm time when the show returned from its winter break. That switch actually led to lower ratings and didn’t help.

NBC president Jennifer Salke at a TCA press tour said:

Still talking about [whether to renew the show]. We wish the show had done better live. It has a big viewership after [live airings] in all kinds of ways, and it has a younger audience. The live number is challenging. It hasn’t kind of come out of Grimm the way we wanted it to. We love the show. I think it’s fair to say we’re really still talking about it.


Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt added:

We got on the bandwagon of these shows based on comic books, and maybe there are too many of them. It’s a popular series of comics, but it’s not The Flash. It’s not Batman, so maybe it suffers a little bit there. But as Jen said, it’s a show we really liked. We love Matt Ryan, who is the star of it. I think we did right by the fans who didn’t like the film that was made of it, and I think the future is still up in the air on that show.

Not encouraging at all for fans of the show.

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