TV Show Review: Arrow, Season Five Episodes One Through Three

Arrow returns to the CW for its fifth season and it already feels better than last season. Arrow, for lack a better description, is pretty much Batman with arrows. Sticking closer to the street level, crime fighting aspect of the show is largely why this episode feel so much better.

At the end of last season, they just defeated the magic using Damian Dark and saved the city. This season begins with the Arrow squad all but disbanded (except Felicity) and Oliver on his own again, balancing his time between fighting crime and being the mayor of Star City. New gangsters and criminals move in and Oliver must build a new team of crime fighting allies in order to oppose the new enemies in his city.

There are a lot of new faces this season and they each bring new life to the series. Some bring comic relief, some bring a little more drama. I won’t go into the new team members because there hasn’t been enough episodes to explore each one. However, you can be sure that each will get an episode for the purpose of character development.

What I didn’t like was the formulaic stuff. New mystery villain, shoots arrows. Maybe the big reveal will be something more rewarding and less cheesy than having someone die and then having another misleading red herring every episode that someone is going to die.

Score: 6.8/10 Good start to the season. Looking forward to seeing more team dynamics play out, maybe some scenes reminiscent of what Joss Whedon has done.

TV Show Review: The Flash, Season Three Episode One and Two

My goodness Barry, you done screwed up the whole damn universe. The Flash returns and Barry has screwed up every damn thing. Unfortunately, by the end of episode two, most of the status quo return and most things are back to normal. It was still an enjoyable two episodes though.

In case you’re not caught up, at the end of last season, Barry had a nervous breakdown and went back in time, saved his parents, and changed everything. I could go further into what went on, but all that really matters is that by the end of the episode, Barry goes back in time, lets his parents die, and hopes that everything goes back to normal.

In the second episode, we learn that not everything has gone back to normal. Some changes that have occurred are the following:

  • Iris and her dad don’t get along. They make up by the end of the episode.
  • Cisco is depressed his brother died. He gets over it by the end of the episode.
  • The alternate timeline that was created because of Barry still exists somewhat and some people are retaining memories from both timelines.
  • Diggle’s child (from Arrow) is now a boy. Diggle had a daughter before.
  • Draco Malfoy (at least the actor who played Draco Malfoy) now shares office space with Barry and is another forensic crime person. Draco also hates Barry and you can almost hear the words “Potter” whenever he says Barry’s name.
  • Caitlin has ice powers now, but she hasn’t told anyone.

I think those are the most important parts. Oh, there’s a new villain for Barry and gang to fight all season.

Overall, I enjoyed the episode very much. It’s always fun to see what ifs play out and how the characters could be portrayed differently. In fact, I would be perfectly happy if they toned down the crime fighting and turned this into a show a la Quantum Leap. Barry could chase some villain through time and parallel dimensions or something like that.

Score: 7/10 Nice opening episode. I’m not looking forward to seeing more of Alchemy, the new villain. I hope they do more universe jumping and time travel instead.

TV Show Review: South Park Season Twenty Episode Two “Skank Hunt”

What a funny episode.

So Kyle’s dad is back at it trolling people online and photoshopping penises into people’s mouths. Cartman and the rest of the boys pay a deep price for these transgressions.

And while the plot was really funny, what really made this episode hilarious was that over dramatic music that played during each of the ridiculous scenes. They just kept playing horror music anytime something bad happened, which was hilarious and successfully conveyed the ridiculousness and over dramatization associated with technology and social media.

Score: 6.8/10 Great.