the struggle is real…

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I have the urge to post/blog all of the time. And yet I find that I wonder if I should head here to WordPress and try to beat that old horse. Or go to my Tumblr page and blog – but really what I do mostly there is talk about Arrow, and sometimes some other shows. I’m not sure if Tumblr is the place to get “real” or too personal. Seems folks want to get their hits of tv show memes and gifs and then move on. Maybe that makes it the perfect place to get personal and “real” then, as folks are moving to fast to really stop and stare? Who the hell knows. Is that what I want? To be out there but never been seen? Why have any blog in the first place? How will it serve? Will it improve my or anyone’s day or life? What is it I want to say anyway? Why have more than one blog? Is it better to consolidate the places on the internet we have?

The struggle is real.

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Shot through the heart…….and you’re to blame..!

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I’m fairly obsessed with a little show on the CW called “Arrow”. Maybe obsessed isn’t the right word – or hell maybe “fairly” is too light. I don’t know. What I do know is that this show makes me think all of the time. It has turned my brain ON.  The topics raised are varied (from silly to serious).  In the middle of what I call “theory-crafting” I can be brought to an abrupt halt with the simple thought of  “OMG he’s beautiful. Have you ever seen something so beautiful?!” – only to then go right back to crafting my theory and tying clues together. I haven’t really spent this much time mulling/thinking about a TV show since “LOST” broke me and left the airwaves. That is saying something. It is perfect? No. Is it for everyone? No. Do we learn anything from the many flashbacks? Yes! Does it have the awkward and hard to watch teen angst (for me)? Yes – on occasion.   Continue reading

It’s all so . . . Unthinkable

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So I finally allowed myself the indulgence of watching the last 8 episodes of Season 2 of “Arrow” in a lovely marathon. (Frankly it is very hard for me to watch one episode per week – I record and mini-marathon at will!). First and foremost what started out a little weak (in my opinion) in Season 2, finished very very strong and with some surprises along the way that did leave me mouth-agape at times and teary eyed at others. While I do wish to talk about a few thoughts I have, I don’t wish to spoil those that haven’t watched, or are considering watching (and you SHOULD), so be prepared for possible SPOILERS below!!!

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Let’s get the bad out of the way.

I think I might be the only person that doesn’t have a real appreciation for Roy. There are times when in fact, his character fits in well for context and story, but honestly, thus far he has been some sort of meat suit parading around in the WORST hoodie on the planet. And yet, I’m oddly relieved to see he is cured, and did choose Team Arrow in the finale and do his part help Oliver (without any super powers) to stop Slade Wilson. Maybe it is this act, as well as his breaking up with Thea in order to protect her – that will in fact win him a place in my heart. However – please give the boy a little more to do than glare at people and get him a better outfit…yes?!

Sara Lance (Canary – notice not “Black Canary” like in comics…hello Laurel!) is a thorn in my side. I’ve posted about her before and I’m still not a huge fan. I like the fight scenes she is with. I like that she and Laurel actually did more than whine and moan to each other by the end of the season (thankfully to some real growth and better writing for Laurel). I’m glad she removed herself as a romantic interest for Oliver and decided to follow her would be girlfriend back to the League of Assassins. And yet I was glad she came back to help finish Oliver defeat Slade Wilson as she had been part of the origins of that story. BUT….while the actress is solid with other characters; I cringe every time she is onscreen with Oliver unless it has to do with battle. And I don’t think it is because she isn’t Felicity. Laurel isn’t Felicity either, and I don’t have the same problem when they look at each other with a bit of lust. I think it stems back to the fact that this was a sister who willingly betrayed and hurt her sister…there just isn’t any good from that. Is there?! (In terms of love connections I mean)

Some Good…

Laurel Lance is saved. And it’s about time. Let’s hope they get off this weak ass whiny nonsense and have her continue to grow in confidence and be the girl she once was that was awesome enough to have 2 great guys in love with her. There is so much more that the actress can do – give her better story and scripts please.

I cried my eyes out when Moira Queen was murdered. It was a beautifully written arc that redeemed the character in a final act of love and bravery that dropped my mouth to the floor. I will miss you (but not the continues lying) and how much you loved those kids.

Some Awesome!

Team Arrow….yay more Diggle. More Felicity (and even more please). How awesome was it to hear and see Oliver talk about how they went back to their original team and what worked? How great was it to see him lean on Diggle and Felicity and let them guide him towards true hero status and redemption?

Oliver Queen’s continued growth and never ending compassion is a great mix. Stephen Amell is truly in his element and not only is he one beautiful human to stare at – he is utterly convincing in the portraying of Oliver. Fabulous fabulous fabulous (more workouts onscreen yeah?)

Olicity..well is alive and well. That mansion scene stopped my heart, and I like so many others, do not believe that it was all for show. No way Jose. More importantly it was very well written and directed so that not only was Felicity surprised, but we all were. Great twist for the need to trick Slade, while not trashing the idea of them together at the same time. Great care was taken – thank you for that to the writers!! It really was perfect. Ironically I still have a wee bit of hope in my head/heart for Oliver and Laurel (if she stops being weak) as I know it is canon and in the first season you could not get them in the same room together without toweling yourself off. Both of these ladies could mean great things for Oliver – however it is also true that I ADORE Felicity and all that she embodies. Why shouldn’t she have the hero?! Awesome gal that she is.

Slade Wilson was a great villain for this season. That last speech by Oliver telling him how Slade helped him to become a killer and then a hero was beautiful. Full circle. I am sure we’ll see him again, but I’m happy for the break, from his tunnel visioned insanity over revenge for a girl that didn’t love him in the first place.

Season two really was very interesting and engaging even as we dealt with the annoying (Isabel and Sebastian). There was a lot of redemption going on: Oliver, Moira, Sara, Suicide Squad!, Roy. There were some real dark risks that you don’t normally see on television as well as the continued spectaular fight scenes and action sequences in general. And now we have to do the unthinkable and wait for Season 3.

Or you can rewatch your favorite moment like I probably will when it is available on Netflix late summer…..

 

Why do I only like Sara as Black Canary?!

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So there is this little (kind of fun and awesome) show on the CW network, called “Arrow”. So much fun. So much action. So much of the pretty. But dammit. Oliver and Sara? YUCK YUCK YUCK. She is a terrible sister and she is getting in the way of my beloved Felicity. My irreplaceable Felicity. Oh and her mouth (Sara) is funny when she talks…is that wrong of me to say out loud? But I do quite enjoy her as Black Canary (something about the mask and uber blondie wig that blows in the wind*just right*).

Back to my topic – I really dislike Sara and Oliver messing around in the bedroom. Sparring? Sure! She does bring something to the dynamic with her kick butt ways (watching her, Digg, and Oliver compare scars was fun) but their personal relationship is too muddled and riddled with …tragedy and frankly stupidity. Couple that with the strained relationship between her and Laurel (her sister) – and it is just incredibly reckless and selfish for these two to try and have a “thing” they do other than fighting big meanies in the dark.

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Do I love the idea of Felicity of Oliver together? I do. Do I think it will really come to fruition…no. Or at least not the way they are painting this story – and in the efforts of trying to follow the comics (from what I understand). So I just enjoy their little moments and know that romantic or not- their relationship is completely solid and unique in its own way. “Don’t worry Felicity, you will always be my girl”, Oliver assures Felicity in this week’s episode.

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In addition, this season does seem a little bogged down with romance or partners for Oliver. And while the action is still good; it has detracted from solid time spent with Digg (and his own storyline) – and that is not a good thing. They have really beefed up the cast and the “inner Arrow circle”, and I get that they are trying to set up for a more mythic comic-style all out war now that Oliver has found his true calling; but sometimes less is more. And when a show starts to grow and get successful it can suffer from too much expansion.

I would love to see less bed hopping and get a break from the family drama (the Lance family doesn’t own the market on that let me tell you …Thea is WHOSE daughter?!) I actually think that Oliver just needs to RELAX. He needs to not make any decisions of the heart and focus on his new mission and the goals he and his team are working on. He needs to focus on training/helping Roy and figuring out who is in town with the Miraku (sp?). If he happens to have some more Felicity  (or rather “Olicity” moments…well who would complain about that?! 200_sNot me. Not one single bit.