Arrow Season 3 Episode 10 Review: The Curious Case of Oliver Queen

SPOILERS GALORE 

How did that happen you ask? How did Oliver Queen return from the dead? How did he survive a Scimitar violating through his lower chest? How did he survive an easy 100 feet fall onto hard rock in harsh winter?

In retrospect, the CGI messed it up in the death scene. The blade clearly went through his lower chest but the prosthetic wounds in this episode show the blow a bit below. Anyway, he is dead as coal. And he ain’t blowin’ hot.

Over the winter break, after the shocking 9th episode, we all speculated…and specifically we all comic geeks were hell bent on on one theory; that when the show returns and consequently so does The Arrow, we will see him scuba dive in the Lazarus Pit. After all, that is the only realistic (in comic terms) explanation to his non-zombified neo-arrow toting-Jesus Christ return from the grave without a tombstone.

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And in this episode, throughout its airing – and before the conclusion – we were seeing almost all of our theories come true.

A) We were excited that Oliver will be gone for a long while and that we will have Ray Palmer and Arsenal suit up for a few episodes and kick some serious ass and have limelight on them.

B) We were excited to finally have the Canary back as Laurel.

C) We were excited that all the Oliver’s corpse dragging will continue up to the Lazarus Pit.

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But no.

While we yet do not know when Oliver will finally return to Starling City – which does not look so starling right now with tons of convicts on permanent release – we do know that we won’t have too much of Atom and Arsenal and Canary being under the theatre lights gaining all the applause.

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But the most disappointing aspect of the episode was…the reveal. With the standard flashbacks I was half expecting for things to go down south from our speculation city.

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And we got what we don’t deserve in the end: It was Katana who brought Oliver back to life. I simply do not know how she managed to do that, but she did it without giving Oliver a warm bath in the magic waters.

What a bummer.

Now I’m waiting for the next episode – as we see in the promo some ass kicking by the Canary. Boy, she learnt the moves under Wildcat!

I expected Oliver to make a late return though…but we cannot always have what we wish for…do we?

Arrow returns next week with the grand reveal: How Oliver did a Coulson and hi5ed Agents of Shield.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis

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6 Reasons Why Spiderman Should Be A Netflix TV Series

I have read far too many Marvel Comics (and a great many DC ones too), and my favourite superheroes lists is always huge and fluctuating. But, Spiderman is this one superhero who is not a favourite superhero of mine, but the one who is very dear to my wee heart. He has always held a special place because of how much I could relate to him ever since my childhood.

And this fondness for the web shooter’s comic series has resulted in me reading almost every single Spiderman comic issue out there. When I could buy no more, I started digital collecting; and well…digital collections are the best because I can have the entire comixology in my pocket, can read anywhere I go.

So here’s the Squealist-er Six!

1) Because We Can Have the Michael Buble Theme Song Every Single Week! *squeals like a little girl* 

IN ALL CAPS:

Spiderman! Spiderman!
Does whatever a spider can.
Spins a web, any size.
Catches thieves- just like flies.
Look out! Here comes the Spidermaaaan! 

2) Andrew Garfield Will Always Be the Truest Spiderman/Peter Parker on the Big Screen

Even though I adored the first Spiderman film trilogy, Andrew Garfield just ripped my heart out and glued it on his web shooter because of his portrayal of Peter Parker. The same reason why I watched the Amazing Spiderman 2 FIVE times in the Cinema and several times hence; it is a film loathed by critics and fans alike for obscure reasons. Andrew-Garfield-Spider-Man-Comic-Con-Video

His portrayal of Peter Parker is immaculate. His dorkiness, and his cockiness and especially the way he weeps: when Uncle Ben dies and when…Gwen Stacy dies. That Gwen Stacy death scene had me in tears as if my tearducts were laced with napalm and needed the spark to explode.

That one scene – and the whole film showcasing Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker….the adorable Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield’s relationship…made the film kind of sacred to me.

And as much as I want Marvel to get the rights back from Sony, I – for the life of me – cannot see a recast of Peter Parker on the big screen happen. If you’re going to reboot Spidey, you just might retire Peter Parker for the big screen.

3) Spiderman Has Always Been a TV Adaptation Character

Now, that sounded weird, didn’t it? Yes, I guess it came off slightly wrong but that’s how it is. Even though Spiderman – until very recently – was the most bankable and famousest Marvel name (yes, that is a word – the Hobbits use it. I’m a Hobbit/Dwarf…hybrid…part Took).

Spider-Man19671-610x427But in terms of his storyline, he has always been best for TV, which is why the Spiderman television cartoon (the old school one) is the best Spiderman adaptation out there. [I do not count the Disney’s Ultimate Spiderman cartoon as a spiderman adaptation. It is a load of crap…because it uses the too gimmicky nu-marvel/nu-DC kiddy kiddy animation style.]

A great yet short lived almost-live action television series was the Ultimate Spiderman adaptation for cartoons..the one with real high graphics remember? Yeah. couch_comics_spiderman_coffee_redheads_mary_jane_watson_sitting_marvel_comics_j_scott_campbell_rip_wallpaper_1280x1024_www-wall321-com-the

The thing is, people are not satisfied with either Spiderman movie adaptations because the films try their best to include all things Spidey into really short screen time and have to end up making it too dramatic.

While, the true beauty of Spiderman is in the boy next door dramedy. Wouldn’t it be great to see Spidey in live action be just like Spidey in comics?

To see him romance both Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson, have the former live with him and the latter go jealous and make out in his basement while Aunt May eavesdrop? Them really being teens even though it is a dangerous world out there.

To see Peter’s school life, his extreme cockiness in full steam, and his many exploits around the Big City.

If there is a Spiderman tv show coming up, it will knock the Flash, The Arrow, Gotham, Agents of Shield, and every superhero show out of the park…because home is where Spidey makes the biggest impact.

2430639-screen_shot_2012_06_26_at_3.15.50_pmI would really love to see the uber flirty yet awkwardly geeky Peter Parker, and him dealing with J. Jonah Jameson and well…the innumerable awesome things that are in the comics. No need of a rush, no need of a calm-danger-spike-peak-calm plot track….just good old campy boy next door spidey going about his life doing what he does best: dealing with the awkwardness of his life.

We can have so much more of Mary-Jane and Gwen (yeah, I’ve always had a crush on those two) and Black Cat and loads of Aunt May motherly goodness. And his interaction with other street fighters of Manhattan.drinking-glasses

4) The Defenders Are On Netflix!

Aye, as is common knowledge by now: Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones are all getting their own series on Netflix…with a super team series as the Defenders added. Now, we all know Spiderman is as much of a defender as he is an Avenger. 8865.spiderman disney xd.jpg-550x0

It would be great to see both Daredevil and Spiderman tackle Wilson Fisk from time to time.

5) The Spiderman Rogues Gallery In Its Entirety

The best thing about any superhero show, and a reason why I prefer superhero shows over superhero movies, is the display of the superhero’s entire rogues gallery. That’s the downside of superhero movies, we only get to meet the big bad. All other rogues that we so love….no chance for them. So that’s the best part about a Spiderman show.

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And it isn’t like Marvel cannot afford to pull of a Spiderman show featuring his rogues in full splendour….The CW – with a really modest budget – have been pulling off Flash week in week out with terrible effect! (I love saying terrible effect…its a phrase used by Gandalf a lot…I love Gandalf…well, I am Gandalf and Gandalf is me!)

So, it will not be an issue for billions minting Marvel Entertainment to give us a high end Spiderman show.

6) One Craves For More & More Spidey!

Yep. That was the sixth point. I mentioned it in bold because: its imperative to do so as its more & more spidey! and because I really wanted to use that 6th bullet point because it feels nice (to that irritated mind). So, yeah…here’s a subjectively pointless 60 more words; a-yep it is reaching the number, aaaand it does!

So, in conclusion… C’MON STAN THE MAN, SPIDEY IS THE DARLING OF YOUR LIFE AND OF THIS FAN….SO TELL FEIGE TO GO TO THE BANK AND GIVE US A NETFLIX SPIDERMAN!

Okay, I’m done.

Bye.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis/Rafi