ARROW Recap: “The Magician”

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Felicity’s nowhere to be seen on tonight’s episode of Arrow, but that’s because she’s taking a much-needed vacation excursion to Central City to visit The Flash.  Can Team Arrow survive without her?  Yeah, of course they can, but to help out in her absence, Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) lends her bow in the effort to track down this season’s mysterious murderer.  That case is an enjoyable slow burn in an otherwise fast-paced and action-filled season thus far, but now a new enemy has appeared on the horizon and Team Arrow may have to forge some undesirable alliances to get out of this mess alive.

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THE FLASH Recap: “Going Rogue”

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The Flash may be too hot to handle, but Wentworth Miller’s addition to the show is too cold to hold.  The special guest star turned in a great performance as the episode’s villain, and without giving too much away, I think it’s safe to say that we’ll be seeing him again in the future.  Things continue to heat up for the title speedster outside of his life as a crimefighter when a familiar face shows up and offers a possible chance at romance.  Will there be sparks?  Or will one of them get the cold shoulder?

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GOTHAM Recap: “Spirit of the Goat”

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Be careful, Gotham; you might just start living up to your potential with more episodes like this.  Don’t get me wrong, the show still has plenty of growing pains to suffer through, but tonight’s episode “Spirit of the Goat” revealed just a hint of the neo-noir storytelling it’s hopefully aiming for.  You’ve got your hard-boiled detectives and their dynamic partnerships, a spooky serial killer and his copycat cohort, and even a femme fatale (or two) for good measure.  All that’s well and good, but do Bullock and Gordon get their goat?

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THE WALKING DEAD Recap: “Four Walls and a Roof”

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Are you hungry for more of AMC’s The Walking Dead?  Well then it’s a good thing we’re continuing these recaps which give you a chance to marinate on the show’s happenings and chew on some of the deeper philosophical underpinnings.  Oh yeah, and you get to relive the brutal violence against the undead and the cannibalistic alike again and again!  Tonight’s episode, “Four Walls and a Roof”, certainly sped up the timetable on what was expected to be season five’s central conflict, a turn of events which was equal parts surprising and reassuring that the rest of the season will be just as thrilling.

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CONSTANTINE Premiere Recap: “Non Est Asylum”

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Batman.  The Flash.  Even Green Arrow.  These DC Comics heroes are household names, and though some may be more well-known than others, they’ve all got just a bit more recognition in common circles than the antihero exorcist John Constantine.  So it was that NBC took on the challenge of bringing this conjurer and spellcaster into living rooms with its new series, Constantine.  The blessing and the curse of such a project is that the network can draw on the series’ rich mythology while putting their own spin on the character, though it walks the line of confusing new audiences while possibly alienating fans.  However, if the pilot is any indication, then this series may be the surprise supernatural hit of the season.  Hit the jump for my Constantine recap.

ARROW Recap: “Corto Maltese”

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Pack your bags (but leave your bows), because Arrow’s headed to a vacation destination!  Don’t worry, we still spend plenty of time in Starling City, but the change of scenery was a nice way for Team Arrow to get into the action in a very different setting.  They get a little bit of time to relax in the sun and the sand, but it isn’t long before international espionage and automatic weapons rear their ugly heads.  Oh, wait, while Arrow’s gone, who’s minding the store back in Starling City?

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THE FLASH Recap: “Things You Can’t Outrun”

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Great news for those of you who have been enjoying The Flash on The CW so far: the show has recently been picked up for a full season!  It’s not really a surprising bit of news, but it’s nice to make it official all the same.  Now the news may leave fans of the show feeling a bit misty, while those who aren’t yet on board may walk away feeling … gassy.  And that, my friends, is how we tie in the Villain of the Week featured on tonight’s episode, “Things You Can’t Outrun.”

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GOTHAM Recap: “Viper”

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Tonight’s episode of Fox’s Gotham was particularly difficult to watch for the lactose intolerant.  Yes, a bulk of the episode’s plot centered on a drug that drained the victims of their body’s calcium, leading them to binge on dairy projects before eventually collapsing under their own body weight as their bones crumbled from the inside.  Pure nuttiness.  That aside, there was a good bit of this hour dedicated to young Master Wayne and his ever-present desire to solve his parents’ murder once and for all, now, thankfully, with more help from Alfred.  Robin Lord Taylor’s Penguin continues to steal the show, followed closely by Donal Logue’s roguish Harvey Bullock, but is it enough to keep viewers addicted?

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THE WALKING DEAD Recap: “Strangers”

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Now that the group of survivors has been reunited after the chaos at Terminus, what are they to do?  The Walking Dead has spent plenty of time in past seasons bottled up in one location or another (the farm and the prison, notably) but it looked like they were getting ready to hit the dusty trails for good this season.  Not so fast.  In the fifth season’s second episode, we get a momentary glimpse of life on the road for this unwieldy group before a new arrival (and an old foe) turn a possible sanctuary into a probable death trap.

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ARROW Recap: “Sara”

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Warner Bros. went a little crazy with the movie news today, but nary a word was heard on Green Arrow’s appearance on the big screen.  That’s fine.  We’ll continue to join the Emerald Archer on The CW’s Arrow.  The action takes a bit of a backseat to the drama in this week’s episode, which makes sense considering the shocking conclusion of their season three premiere.  That’s not to say there isn’t plenty of fighting, feuding, and flying out of buildings to be found, because if it’s one thing Arrow does better than most it’s balancing heroic action beats with strong character dynamics, even when the team is bidding farewell to one of their own.

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THE FLASH Recap: “Fastest Man Alive”

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The Flash got off to a great start in last week’s premiere, but time will tell if it has the legs to go the distance.  If you doubted Grant Gustin’s ability to portray Barry Allen, or the new-found powers that give the title hero his meta-human status, then you fell into lock-step with this episode’s central theme.  Yes, it seems that doubt is currently The Flash’s biggest foe, since Barry is rather green when it comes to fighting other super-powered foes. He’s just beginning to learn the limits of his powers, but The Flash is quickly establishing its own identity; there’s no doubt about that.

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GOTHAM Recap: “Arkham”

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Hot off the news that Fox’s Gotham will be adding six episodes to their premiere season, we get to enjoy the fourth installment titled simply, “Arkham”.  By rights and by design, the first season should be exactly one-quarter of the way through their planned story arc by episode’s end, but now that pre-plotted landscape may be in for a shake-up thanks to the new episode orders.  Will we get some bottle episodes?  Some spin-offs featuring side characters that were tossed out of early edits due to time constraints?  Whatever we end up with in the long run, at least we get a chance to take a peek at the original design for a few episodes.  After all, there’s a war coming.

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THE WALKING DEAD Recap of the Season 5 Premiere: “No Sanctuary”

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Season four of AMC’s The Walking Dead ended with one hell of a cliffhanger that saw the fan-favorite group of survivors biding their time in the Terminus folk’s make-shift railcar prison cell.  Thankfully, season five kicked off more or less from this same spot, so viewers didn’t have to hang on too long to find out the fate of Rick & Co.  Now that it’s arrived and the wait is over, just how good was the premiere?  In a word: Perfect.

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ARROW Season 3 Premiere Recap: “The Calm”

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The Flash got off to a fantastic start with its series premiere last night, so I was curious to see how Arrow would follow it up with its own third season premiere.  Since it’s first episode was titled “The Calm”, I honestly didn’t expect much beyond a bit of catch-up with the cast and a setup for where the show will go this season.  And that’s pretty much what we got from the first 58 minutes, right up until that very last gut-wrenching moment which Arrow has become known for.  As for how that surprising moment will impact the rest of the season, well we’ll just have to wait and see.

Hit the jump for my Arrow recap for tonight’s season three premiere.

THE FLASH Series Premiere Recap: “City of Heroes”

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The excellent premiere of The Flash deserves better than speed puns, so let me just say it plainly: This show is really, really good.  And not just The CW good, but good across the board.  “City of Heroes” nails its comicbook source material, brings home the dramatic feels, and freshens up the action scenes in a fun new way.  So what’s the downside?  The premiere was so strong that it has set an incredibly high bar for the rest of the series’ episodes going forward. That not only puts the pressure on the network’s brother-show Arrow, but other small-screen ventures into the world of superheroes.  This is the way you kick off a signature series.

The Flash recap follows after the jump.

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