This week’s Arrow took a bit of a detour from what we’re used to, as the gang went out in search of one of their own rather than spending the hour tracking down a typical baddie. It seems that Roy (Colton Haynes) is not handling his injection of mirakuru well (or subsequent hook-up to a blood transfusion machine), and that has him tripping out on a mindless rage-filled bender. Not good for the citizens of Starling City, and much worse for Arrow & Co. Despite Roy’s behavior forming the bulk of this episode’s conflict, it was a real blindside of an ending that took viewers by surprise. Hit the jump for my recap.
In Episode 20 of The CW series Arrow, entitled “Seeing Red,” the Mirakuru is sending Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) into an uncontrollable rage that he unleashes on the city. When Oliver Queen, aka The Arrow (Stephen Amell), realizes the Mirakuru has taken over Roy completely, he must figure out a way to stop him, and do so before Sara (Caity Lotz) kills him.
During this recent interview to talk about the events of this episode and what’s still to come this season, executive producer/writer Andrew Kreisberg talked about managing what happens to those who get injected with Mirakuru, why some of the Roy Harper scenes have gotten cut, the challenge of juggling so many storylines, why Slade Wilson’s revenge is about more than just the Mirakuru, how Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau) evolved into Ravager, and how once you start down the dark path, it consumes your destiny. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
TV ratings for Wednesday, April 16th are in. Here’s a brief rundown:
- The CW’s Arrow fell 13% from last week’s 0.8 rating to a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.36 million total viewers. That rating ties the show’s series low, which it previous hit in early March. Read Dave’s recap of last night’s episode here.
- Elsewhere on The CW, new drama series The 100 saw a rise of 20% to a 0.6 rating and 2.02 million viewers, improving on last week’s series low 0.5 rating.
- Over on ABC, the new comedy series Mixology was even with last week’s 1.2 rating and garnered 3.7 million viewers.
Arrow went under the hood this week for an hour that was more about advancing character relationships than it was about kicking ass. That’s not to say this episode lacked action; far from it! It’s just that when a show is as consistently high-flying and explosive as Arrow, the relatively quieter episodes tend to stand out all the more. Honestly, we needed it this week, as certain characters have recently struggled to get their screen time when they have to share it with the villain of the week. No more. Slade/Deathstroke is the man of the hour, and it’s going to take the combined efforts of Oliver & Co. to bring him down. Hit the jump for this week’s Arrow recap, “The Man Under the Hood.”
With only a few episodes left, The CW series Arrow is pulling out all the stops, with character relationships, action, big reveals and heartache. There is so much contained in each of the remaining episodes that the finale is sure to keep everyone on the edge of their seats. In Episode 19, “The Man Under the Hood,” Deathstroke brings the battle to Team Arrow’s secret lair, sending one member to the hospital, and Oliver Queen must choose between his battle with Slade Wilson or his family.
During this recent interview to discuss the remaining episodes this season, executive producer/writer Andrew Kreisberg talked about how Laurel Lance will be taking Slade Wilson’s news about Oliver Queen, why she reacts differently from what’s expected, where Oliver and Laurel are at romantically, how long-running the ramifications of the Queens’ financial problems are, why this was the right episode to bring two of the characters from The Flash into the story, that Felicity plays a major part in the season finale, just how insane the finale fill be, and how the show will be changing and evolving in Season 3. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
In anticipation of this week’s episode of Arrow, we thought we were going to see a showdown between the title hero (Stephen Amell) and the season’s big bad, Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett). What we got wasn’t exactly that straightforward, but was all the more exciting for its mysterious cat-and-mouse plot twists. Slade has proven to be a match for the team both physically and intellectually, staying a step ahead of them at every turn and weathering every feeble attempt to defeat him either on the island or off of it. And as we learned in tonight’s episode, he’s got far more in store for Oliver’s family and friends. Hit the jump for my recap and review.
TV ratings for Wednesday, March 26th are in. Here’s a brief rundown:
- The CW’s Arrow rose a tenth from last week to a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.57 million viewers, while The 100 dropped two tenths to a 0.7 rating and scored 2.26 million viewers. Read Dave’s Arrow recap here.
- ABC’s The Middle dipped one tenth to a 1.9 rating and 7.07 million viewers, Suburgatory dropped two tenths to a series low-tying 1.4 rating and 4.87 million viewers, Modern Family ticked up a tenth to a 3.5 rating and 9.69 million viewers, Mixology rose half a ratings point to a 1.7 rating and scored 4.90 million viewers, and Nashville dropped one tenth to a 1.3 rating and scored 5.06 million viewers.
Now that you’ve seen tonight’s episode of Arrow, titled “Birds of Prey”, you can check out series star Caity Lotz’s recent interview without too much fear of spoilers. She wasn’t lying when she talked up the crazy amount of action, stunts, and fight sequences in this hour. While this episode certainly satisfied adrenaline seekers, there was plenty of drama to be found as well. Hit the jump for my recap and review, and for a reminder of why you shouldn’t take rides from strangers.
On Season 2 of the hit CW series Arrow, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has rededicated himself to his mission of being more than just another vigilante, and is attempting to become a beacon of hope for the city’s most vulnerable, as The Arrow. In Episode 17, “Birds of Prey,” Helena Bertinelli, aka The Huntress (Jessica De Gouw), comes back to Starling City to take out her father (Jeffrey Nordling) once and for all, but when things don’t go according to plan, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) gets caught up in the middle of it and the Black Canary (Caity Lotz) will stop at nothing to save her sister.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Caity Lotz talked about how “Birds of Prey” shakes up a lot of relationships and has a lot of really cool action, how much fun it was to do the fight scenes with The Huntress, that her Black Canary costume is difficult to move around in but looks cool, what Sara thinks of Helena, just how much longer Sara can keep her secret identity from Laurel, how much fun it would be to see Black Canary team up with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and The Huntress, whether Sara realizes the extent of Felicity’s crush on Oliver, and why she enjoys the Sara and Sin (Bex Taylor-Klaus) dynamic. Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
TV ratings for Wednesday, March 19th are in. Here’s a brief rundown:
- The CW’s Arrow ticked up 13% to a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.36 million viewers, while the premiere of The 100 whit a 0.9 rating and scored 2.66 million viewers, which is even with the premiere of The Tomorrow People and up 125% over the most recent new episode of Tomorrow People. Read Dave’s Arrow recap here.
- Over on NBC, Revolution dropped 8% to a series low 1.2 rating and scored 4.3 million viewers, Law & Order: SVU dipped 6% to a 1.5 rating and 5.65 million viewers, and Chicago P.D. was down 13% to a series low 1.4 rating and 5.67 million viewers. The network announced some drama series renewals last night, including Chicago P.D., but the fate of Revolution is still in the air.
- ABC’s new series Mixology dropped 20% to a series low 1.2 rating and 3.6 million viewers.
- CBS’ Criminal Minds was down 4% to a series low-tying 2.2 rating and 10.09 million viewers, while CSI was even with last week’s 2.0 rating and scored 10.09 million viewers.
Tonight’s anticipated arrival of the Suicide Squad made for one fast-paced and thrilling hour of Arrow. True to the episode’s title and the nickname of the task force itself, not all of its members made it out alive (or at least we’re led to believe that anyway). The fan-favorite team-up from the DC comics allowed for a plot-driven episode that also let John Diggle (David Ramsey) stretch his legs a bit, while Oliver/Arrow (Stephen Amell) took a relative backseat on the action. And in a change of pace, rather than “Island Time”, we got “Desert Time”! Hit the jump for tonight’s recap.
On Season 2 of the hit CW series Arrow, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has rededicated himself to his mission of being more than just another vigilante, and is attempting to become a beacon of hope for the city’s most vulnerable, as The Arrow. With everything changing in both the present-day and the past, there are sure to be big reveals, lots of action, romance and new secrets, in the remaining episodes of this season.
During this recent interview to promote the remaining episodes of Season 2, executive producer/writer Marc Guggenheim talked about how the number of people who know Oliver’s secret will increase before the end of the season, whether viewers might see any of the Suicide Squad characters again, what made now the right time to bring back The Huntress, that they already have an idea for her return in Season 3, where things are headed for Thea, just how insane Slade Wilson might be, the Harley Quinn rumors and speculation, the appearance of two of the characters from The Flash in Episode 19, the inevitable big showdown between Oliver and Slade, and how many more Olicity moments viewers might see. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
TV ratings for Wednesday, March 5th, are in. Here’s a brief rundown:
- The CW’s Arrow was down 22% to a series low 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.19 million viewers. The Tomorrow People also hit a series low, dropping 20% to a 0.4 rating and 1.33 million viewers. Read Dave’s recap of Arrow here.
- Over on ABC, The Middle was up 12% to a 1.9 rating and 7.15 million viewers, Suburgatory rose 21% to a 1.7 rating and 5.57 million viewers, Modern Family ticked up 6% to a 3.3 rating and 9.01 million viewers, Mixology dipped 6% to a 1.6 rating and 4.48 million viewers, and Nashvile rose 8% to a 1.4 rating and 4.85 million viewers.
- NBC’s Revolution matched last week’s series low 1.3 rating and scored 4.77 million viewers, Law & Order: SVU dropped 20% to a 2.0 rating and 6.03 million viewers, and Chicago P.D. dropped 15% to a series low-tying 1.5 rating and 6.07 million viewers.
- CBS’ Criminal Minds garnered a 2.6 rating and 11.37 million viewers for a rise of 18%, while CSI was down 15% to a 1.7 rating and 9.19 million viewers.
Whoa. So was that a regularly scheduled episode of Arrow last night, or the first half of a made-for-TV movie? The production quality was through the roof! My one mild complaint about the show in recent weeks was that it has become ever-so-slightly predictable and by-the-numbers, even if those numbers are spectacular. My prayers were answered in this week’s episode, “The Promise”, which not only changed up the story structure in a big way, but did it with explosive panache. Hit the jump for my recap and review.
On Season 2 of the hit CW series Arrow, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has rededicated himself to his mission of being more than just another vigilante, and is attempting to become a beacon of hope for the city’s most vulnerable, as The Arrow. In Episode 15, “The Promise,” Oliver is shocked when he learns that Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) is not only alive, but that he has come to Starling City, while back on the island, Oliver, Slade and Sara (Caity Lotz) attempt to take over the freighter from Ivo (Dylan Neal), which turns into a huge battle. As everything changes in both present-day and the past, viewers will not only see Oliver put on the hood for the first time, but also Slade with the Deathstroke mask.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, executive producer/writer Marc Guggenheim talked about how “The Promise” is epic in scope and feels like a movie, why they wanted to shoot Oliver putting on the hood and Slade putting on the Deathstroke mask, each for the first time, in the same scene, why this episode is a game-changer for both the present-day and the past, how the Suicide Squad evolved, setting up potential further stories for them, who The Huntress will be now, when she reappears in Episode 17, and how they let the characters tell them where they’re going, especially when it comes to the romance aspect. He also talked about everything being on the table, when it comes to possible future cross-over between Arrow and The Flash, how terrific and outstanding the pilot script is, and that he’d love to write an episode of that show, as well. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.