Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Struck By Cupid's Arrow

It's been a while since I've done one of these but here's a look at some of the shows I've been catching up on that I haven't reviewed/recapped.

Arrow: While I have to yet see the final two episodes of 2014 yet, I will admit that this season has been turning out to be hugely enjoyable, even if Oliver himself has been a bit annoying at times. I've liked the introduction of Ted Grant, the returns of Nyssa, Thea and Malcolm, the brief glimpse of Ras Al Ghul and even the bubbling romance with Felicity and Ray has been enjoyable enough. Speaking of Felicity, she's getting better with each passing episode as is Roy and even Laurel's quest to avenge Sara's murder has been interesting too. This has certainly shaped up nicely as a show.

Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD: A genuine difference a season has made. A year ago, this show was fine but sort of treading water and now, it's shaped up and is producing some great moments. Okay, not every character is brilliant (Whitehall is a stereotypical baddie with dull acolytes and Lance falls into the 'cute but bland' category) but the improvement is hard not to notice. Fitz and Simmons themselves are so much richer as characters, both Coulson and May are still total badasses and Skye has become more important than expected. Adding her father into the mix and a shared destiny of sorts with Rayna has done her the world of good and Ward is so much more interesting these days now that he's genuinely unpredictable. The first half of the season and it's ongoing thing with the Obelisk has certainly helped to do wonders for the series. With that in mind, I can't wait to see what the second half will bring. Until then, eight weeks of Agent Carter to look forward to.

Once Upon A Time: I think five episodes have aired since I lasted discussed the show and within those episodes, a lot happened. Namely the resolution to the Frozen arc and the rather surprising self-sacrifice from Ingrid (who has turned out to be most sympathetic and self aware villain the show has had) as well as the downfall of Gold and the rise of the Queens of Darkness - Cruella, Maleficent and Ursula themselves. While this season has suffered from not knowing what to do with certain characters (the Charmings, Belle, Will etc) and the Regina/Robin story has been less satisfying, I still think it's been the strongest in terms of the main villain arcs and the continued growth of Emma as a character too. March really will be a long wait but hopefully the Queens of Darkness and Author plots will be worth it.

Scandal: Wow, that finale, just wow. I never really cared about Fitz and Mellie's kids but even I wasn't expecting one of them to be bumped off during election time. That was seriously unexpected and the fact that it was Olivia's father doing it to get back at Fitz and reclaim his position was totally twisted. I've really loved this season and that finale was a perfect capping off to it as well. Plus, the best news is that SkyLiving will be airing the fourth season from January 8th so I won't have to wait long to see where exactly Olivia and Jake have sloped off to as well.

The Flash: As much as I am enjoying Arrow, I think just maybe, I love The Flash that tiny bit more. Again, I haven't seen the crossover episode of mid season finale just yet but the last few episodes have been bloody fantastic. Whether it's been Captain Cold, Plastique, a former bully turned strongman or a guy who feeds off other metahumans, the range of guest characters have been fun to watch as has trying to figure out what exactly Wells (easily the best character on the show) is up to. Plus, Felicity can stop by Central City anytime she wants and Barry continues to be a rather endearing and fun lead. In terms of other characters, I still say that Cisco and Eddie are my least faves but I don't mind them while Iris is pretty decent though I prefer Caitlin and Joe.

- Nicholas Gonzalez will play Cisco's brother, Dante in an upcoming episode of The Flash. Peyton List will also play the villainous sister of Leonard Snart in the same episode. Expect Mark Hamill as the Trickster as well.
- JoAnna Garcia Swisher will return as Ariel in Once Upon A Time.
- The spin-off for The Walking Dead will be set in LA.
- Marc Singer will be appearing in Arrow in the recurring role of General Matthew Shrieve,
- Both Selfie and Gracepoint have been cancelled.
- UK fans will be able to see both Seasons 9 and 10 of Supernatural from January on E4.
- The TV series Scream will recreate the Drew Barrymore scene from the first movie with Bella Thorne taking on Barrymore's role.
- Blair Underworld will be appearing as May's ex-husband in the second half of Agents Of SHIELD.
- Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons have been cast in the second season of Fargo.
- Broadchurch will return on ITV and TV3 for UK and Irish viewers at 9pm and 10pm respectively from January 5th.

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