TV: Arrow s3e14: The Return

Arrow — “The Return” — Image AR314B_0118b — Pictured (L-R): Willa Holland as Thea Queen, Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson, and Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen — Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rating: 10/10

Oliver and Thea are tricked by Malcolm to have to fight Deathstroke on Lian Yu. In the past, Amanda Waller makes Oliver do a mission back in Starling City.

I liked the reversal of having the past Oliver back in the city while present Oliver gets stuck on the island he escaped from. I also think bringing back Deathstroke for a one-shot is a good idea and this finally lets Thea ask all the questions she wants of Oliver after discovering he’s the Arrow. Also, I really like seeing Deathstroke again, now that his story his over he works very well as a villain for a single episode like this. They should bring him back again sometime later on.

The stuff in the past, which took up a lot of time in this one, did a few neat things as it showed Oliver seeing how the people he loves deals with his disappearance, while he’s unable to interact with them due to Waller’s strict rules and severe likelihood to murdering everyone he knows if he steps out of line. Also, I like seeing Tommy in this show now. His parts seem to have gotten a lot better since he died.

SCORING:

+10: A very strong, tense episode, Arrow seems to have gotten it’s form back

TV: Arrow s3e13: Canaries

Arrow — “Canaries” — Image AR313B_0207b — Pictured (L-R): Caity Lotz as Sara Lance / Canary and Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance / Black Canary — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rating: 10/10

After Vertigo escapes from police custody, Team Arrow has to deal with readjusting to Oliver being back. Laurel faces Vertigo head on but must face her worst fears when he injects her with his signature drug. In order to protect Thea, Malcolm wants Oliver to tell her his secret.

Another episode in Arrowverse that has a few storylines going on but each has just the right amount of emotionality and tone to create a mix that works. I like Vertigo, even if he’s not quite as charismatic as the original Count but he falls into his super criminal character very well and is perfect as a one-shot villain.

Also, I really like the scene where someone betrays Thea, but Thea’s reaction to all this is perfectly done even with only so much dialogue.

SCORING:

+10: Another great one

TV: Constantine s1e7: Blessed are the Damned

CONSTANTINE — “Blessed Are the Damned” Episode 107 — Pictured: (l-r) Patrick Carroll as Pastor Zachary, Angelica Celaya as Zed Martin — (Photo by: Annette Brown/NBC)

Rating: 10/10

Zed gets a vision in a painting class that leads her and Constantine to a small town with a preacher that’s able to heal with his touch. They have to discover if this is a gift from God or the Devil.

This was a great episode with a really good mystery with one or two twists I hadn’t expected. I’m not really a fan of this type of story but it was presented really well here and wasn’t too over the top or preachy with it’s religious aspect. I mean, it’s a show where you have to accept that Heaven and Hell are real places but it’s not really a religious show outside of that.

Truly a great episode. If you can only watch one episode of Constantine, this would be a good contender for that. It shows the style of the show in a complete episode while also doing something unique unto itself.

SCORING:

+10: Great

TV: The Flash s1e14: Fallout

The Flash — “Fallout” — Image FLA114C_0226b — Pictured: Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Rating: 9.5/10

Ronnie and Professor Stein are safely separated from each other but they attract the attention of an army general looking to make a battalion of nuclear super soldiers. Also, Barry learns he can time travel.

The main plot of the season is starting to come to a head. Barry is shown what Joe has discovered up to this point. It’s pushing into the endgame of this season, though only a little. Still, a decent episode with just the right amount of action, mystery, and drama to do the story right.

My only complaint is that after the cliffhanger at the end of the last episode, I was expecting something more than the “everyone was okay after all” beginning of this episode. It probably didn’t hurt it while it was on the air having a week in between to build suspense, but it’s a bit disappointing having this as the conclusion to the previous episode.

SCORING:

+10: Great episode

-0.5: Lackluster beginning

TV: The Flash s1e13: The Nuclear Man

The Flash — “The Nuclear Man” — Image FLA113C_0211b — Pictured (L-R): Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow and Robbie Amell as Ronnie — Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Rating: 8/10

Ronnie and Professor Stein are permanently merged together in one body. Unable to control their powers, they’re killing people without meaning to. The Flash must put a stop to them before they hurt anyone else. Also, Joe enlists Cisco in helping him to find the murderer of Barry’s mother. Meanwhile, Barry tries to date someone in between being the Flash.

The dating plotline was kind of weak, though it had some funny moments so I’ll forgive it for being a little out of place and not really going anywhere. Actually, this whole episode was kind of slow, as if they were trying to stretch out a single episode’s worth of plot into two episodes, but maybe I’m just imagining things. It was decently dramatic and had some action, though not quite as much as I would like considering they’re filling my time with Barry’s dating life, which actually wasn’t that bad to watch, but still had a few places that could have been cut without any issues to any plotlines, whether the main one or a side story.

SCORING:

+8: Decent episode though lacking in places

TV: Constantine s1e6: Danse Vandou

Rating: 8/10

After staring into a zoetrope, Zed has a vision that leads her, Constantine, and Chaz down to New Orleans to investigate a murderous demon. Unfortunately, a detective who doesn’t believe in magic suspects John of being the murderer. Zed has to prove to the detective that ghosts are real while Constantine track downs Papa Midnite to find out what’s really going on.

This had a decent mystery and the solution wasn’t bad though it felt like it came too soon and the focus is forced to shift to something else, hinting at something for a later season that never happened. Outside of that, this was a very entertaining episode, though it feels a bit like they were trying to make this one especially scary but it kind of just comes off as gimicky.

SCORING:

+9: Pretty good, though the end is a bit drawn out

-1: Not as scary as I think they wanted it to be

TV: Arrow s3e12: Uprising

Arrow — “Uprising” — Image AR312A_0294b — Pictured (L-R): Katie Cassidy as Black Canary, John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn and Colton Haynes as Arsenal — Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rating: 9/10

Malcolm discovers that Brick killed his wife. He wants to join Team Arrow to avenge her once and for all, but the team has to question if they can trust him.

I kind of love it when heroes and villains team up for a common goal. It’s probably one of my favorite comic book tropes, actually. Actually, comics are one of the few places we get to see villains fleshed out into real characters and not just an evil force of nature which is so often the case in other mediums. Then again, comic book movie villains are a different story…

Anyway, the great team up I want to see isn’t exactly what happens here, but I do enjoy seeing the more human, though not exactly likable, version of Merlyn, the Big Bad from the first season.

I liked the focus on Malcolm in this one, and that this episode humanizes him, at least a bit. Sure, he’s evil but it’s not just a gun full of hate pointed at whatever angers him that week and actually has a purpose and a character.

Oh, something stupid happens at the end of this episode that I can’t mention without spoiling too much.

SCORING:

+10: Very good episode with villain focus

-1: Really, it’s just stupid…

TV: The Flash s1e12: Crazy For You

The Flash — “Crazy for You” — Image FLA112B_0225b — Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as The Flash and Britne Oldford as Shawna Benz — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Rating: 7.5/10

Cisco continues his search for Ronnie, even recruiting a supervillain to do so. Meanwhile Barry deals with a new villain called Peek-a-Boo and her murderous boyfriend. Also, Barry and Caitlin go out drinking.

It was a decent episode, though the side story with Barry and Caitlin maybe wasn’t entirely necessary it was still fairly enjoyable watching these characters do things that isn’t trying to save the city at every turn. Also, I really liked the villain and watching fight scenes with a teleporter is pretty cool. This one felt more like three separate stories going on at the same time than an actual cohesive episode, but still pretty enjoyable to watch.

Short again but I’m back to work and trying to binge-watch through these a little.

SCORING:

+7.5: Had some issues but still pretty good

TV: Arrow s3e11: Midnight City

Arrow — “Midnight City” — Image AR311B_0349b — Pictured: Vinnie Jones as Danny “Brick” Brickwell — Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rating: 9/10

While Oliver is recovering in the Himalayan Mountains (and everyone still thinks he’s dead) Laurel tries to be a vigilante as Roy does his best to convince Felicity to help him finish his super suit and Brick makes a play to take over the city.

What the hell? Last time I complained about overdoing everyone’s mourning but here it feels more like what I would expect from a comic book series when they were going for a darker, sadder tone after the death of someone major. Some action, a coherent plotline, a villain who thinks he can get away with anything because the city’s hero is gone. People are dealing with the loss of Arrow, both physically and emotionally, in every way possible, without being over the top with the melodramatic mourning. Also, great use of the villain this time. It’s like we didn’t even need the last episode…

I like this episode quite a bit. I like that instead of flashbacks we have it cutting between Oliver’s recovery on the other side of the world and Team Arrow as they try to fight off Brick and learn to cope as a team without their leader.

Okay, the only complaint I have for this episode is that the lying to Detective Lance for about his daughter’s death has run its course. She’s been dead for two or three months now, it’s just getting ridiculous the lengths they’re going to in order to keep lying to him.

SCORING:

+10: Great episode

-1: Just tell Lance about his dead kid, geez…

TV: Constantine s1e5: A Feast of Friends

Rating: 10/10

An old friend of Constantine’s arrives at his house with a problem, he seems to have unleashed a demon on the populous that infects people with an incurable hunger. What lengths will John go to in order to contain this malevolent spirit?

This episode had a really good how-catch-em mystery, though the “culprit” is really a demon. I like the solution a lot too, though it’s a bit gruesome and shows how John can be quite cold-hearted when he has to be. I also thought Manni’s parts were quite interesting, though brief. Not really any complaints with this one.

Still working so short again.

SCORING:

+10: very entertaining with a dark tone