Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Flash season one review

The Flash season one review 


Intro: So we have another Superhero with a tragic back story but he isn't a brute, what are the odds of someone going through a traumatic event and still be perky? Did I just say Perky? Darn it! Now everyone is going to think I grew up watching Teletubbies. When I first learned that CW was going to make a Flash TV show I had mixed feeling about it. On one hand I was excited because they have a chance to make The Flash relevant outside the comics. Despite the fact that this character had a live action TV show over twenty years ago the general public are not familiar with him, I mean they don't know this character like they do Batman and Superman.  

Part of the reason why is because there are so many different versions of this character. With the Justice League movie coming out they have a chance to expose these characters on the small screen instead of us having to wait three or four years for the movies to come out. On the other hand I was worried about this show because the creators of Arrow are also the creators of this show, doing a show like Arrow is hard enough I'm worried that they're biting off more them they can crew. After seeing how season three of Arrow turned out my fears were justified.   

The Flash season one: This show centers on Barry Allen/The Flash who is a forensic scientist at Central City Police Department. One day he gets Super speed after being stuck by lighting from an explosion at S.T.A.R lads, that explosion also created metahumans that use or misuse there powers. With the help of S.T.A.R. lads Barry decides to stop the metahumans and get closure for what happen is his past.  

I'm surprised by how well received this show was, I didn't think people want to see a light hearted show, considering the lack of love Superman is getting these days. You can tell that the creators of Arrow are behind this show, I mean both shows have similar intros, same number of episode per season, flashbacks and the public gave the Flash nicknames. OK it wasn't as bad as Arrow they only give flash two nicknames they are the streak and the blur. Wait! The blur? Is that a Smallville reference? The pilot episode was OK, I wish they would have made jokes about Barry learning how to control his power in the pilot but that would be too cliche. I only like one of the crossover episodes. No! It's not the Flash vs Arrow episode. the fight between Flash and Arrow was contrived. 

There's one villain that stood out to me and that's captain cold, I mean whenever captain cold and the Flash face each other captain cold gives him so much grief. He should have been the main villain, heck he should have been the antagonist to stop in the Arrow and Flash crossover episodes. 

 Barry/the flash is basically DC's version Of Peter Parker, I would like him more if he had a backbone when it comes to women but I digress. 

cisco (one of the members of Star lad.) is the comic relief and inventor. He reminds me of one of the guys from the Big bang theory.  

Caitlin ( another member of Star lads.) is a doctor and a good supporting character. We learn that she was affected by the explosion in a emotional way. 

Dr. Wells ( the head of star lads.) is Barry/the flash's mentor. Also he's the most interesting character on the show, I say that because he's an enigma at first but we learn more about him later on. 

Iris West ( the love interest) is dead weird. Her attitude rubs me the wrong way. I don't get why Barry is into her, I wouldn't touch her with a ten foot pole.  

 Joe West is an Central City Detective and Iris Father/ Barry's Guardian. He didn't make the best impression at first but later on you see that he cares for Barry. 

I don't have much to say about Eddie Thawne ( Joe's Partner/Iris boyfriend.) because we don't know much about him. the only thing we learn about him is that he has a connections with one of the villains. He seems to be a stand up guy. I feel sorry for him because of how he's treated in this season. I like how the love triangle between him, Iris and Barry was handled for the most part.    

The reverse Flash ( the main Villain) is scary and threatening. I like the way he manipulate everyone, well almost everyone. it's hard for me to consider him a villain because he doesn't want what villains want like power, revenge, world domination and destruction. He does want to kill someone but that's not his main objective. 

The problems I have with this show is the reverse flash's plan has flaws, unsure of his motivations, plot holes, episodes can be repetitive and the shows theme. the theme of this season is moving on, some characters in this show have lose someone or something and they have to learn how to move forward, the way this show handle that theme was a hit and miss. Overall this is good season and I'm glad that it's getting another season. I would recommend this if you like mysteries or science. You'll have fun figuring out if the science in this show is legit.       

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Arrow Season Three review

Arrow Season Three review 

Intro: I want to thank the feminine I mean the Olicity fans for ruining this season. This is my problem with feminism it invading our personal space, ladies this is a guy show. I don't have a problem with women wanting to watch this show, however we shouldn't have to change things to cater to women. This is no different if men start watching soap operas and they complain that there's no action in it, so they put action in soap opera just to cater to men. If you want to watch two people talk about how much they love each other watch a Jennifer Aniston movie, leave Arrow out of it. 

Arrow Season Three: This season takes place five mouths after Team Arrow stopped Slade Wlison/ Deathstroke and his army from destroying Starling City and things have gotten better since then. I mean crime has dropped to the point where Oliver is considering having a life outside of being the Arrow, well that dream got ruined when one of the characters is murder. So Team Arrow have to figure out who did it plus deal with the complications surrounding this character's death. 

Man O man this season was a mass. I'm not that angry because the creators of this show was also working on The Flash, now that's not a good reason for how this season turn out, however I knew they were biting off more then they can crew. The problem with this season is the writing, I mean in order for this season to justify itself the writers have to make the characters stupid. The killer and Ra's al ghuls plans makes no sense. Team Arrow trying to figure out who killed there friend wasn't a good mystery because A there wasn't a lot of suspects, and B the mystery only had red herring. The mystery in the Flash was better then this, but I digress. 

Another issue with this season is the plot holes for example at the end of season two Oliver is broke and he's still broke but we see him travel in some episodes, what is he doing for money? In case you didn't know I have a love - hate relationship with this series, I mean this show keeps doing things to make me not want to watch it and this season was no exception. Here are the four things this season did, one episode 9 play with my emotions and insult my intelligence, two we lost three other characters this season were about to lose another one, Third this season feels rushed towers the end. Finally they're playing the hokey pokey with the world this show set up. This show is part of a world that has superpowers and super natural elements in it but they still want to keep the realistic tone are you kidding me?    

I want to talk about the romance between Oliver and Felicity this bugs me. No! it's not because I'm anti-romantic which I'm not it because this romance came out of nowhere with no build up. WOW! Just like Bruce and Natasha in Avengers Age of Ultron. The reason they are doing this is because the creators of this show are wimps, I mean they saw pictures and videos from Olicity fans wanting them to be together. Plus they didn't like Laurel, the love interest Oliver was suppose to be with, don't worry I'll talk about her later. Look I don't mind the idea of Oliver and Felicity dating, however I don't like that the writers are dragging out this romance by making it an on again off again relationship. Whenever these two are together this is what I hear.  

Oliver: I love you. 

Felicity: Me too. 

Oliver: But we can't be together. 

Felicity: I agree. 

Oliver: I can't live without you. 

Felicity: I want your Bod. 

Let's talk about the characters. 

I have good news and bad news about Laurel. Good news is that she's useful this season, the bad news is she does things that makes her unlikable. Come on guys this is the third season and y'all still can't make Laurel likable, I bet the fan wish she had died instead of Tommy. 

I don't like the idea of Diggle having a child because it turns him into a Mr. mom, plus his subplot wasn't resolved or continued in this season. This also created conflicted between Oliver and him about should Diggle still be a part of his crusade now that he's a father? 

I was annoyed with what the writers have done with Thea, I mean they set her up to serve a purpose but she didn't become useful until the end of the season. 

Roy/Arsenal is now Oliver/The Arrow's partner in crime. The subplot with him was pointless. 

Quentin Lance is this shows version of James Gordon now that he's captain of the Police department. Wait! How did that happen? I mean how did he go from detective to captain in a few mouth that's a big leap.  

Felicity is annoying this season, besides doing what she does best all she does is complain.  

I like how Ra's al ghul is presented in this season, however I don't like what was done with him. I always saw Ra's al ghuls as a mobster of ninja that's how this show portrayed him. Sidenote Bruce/Batman is out of his mind to cross a guy like Ra's, I don't care who you are you must have a death wish if you want to mass with someone who has an army of assassins. Also there's two moment where Ra's is intimidating, one of them is a scene where his killing eight assassins by himself. I would have been impressed if he did it unarmed but I digress. It's hard for me to consider him the main villain because the Killer manipulated the conflict between Ra's and Oliver. 

As far as the flashbacks goes I was outraged that Oliver didn't spend the whole five years on the island. 

I was hoping this show would borrow elements for the show Lost. People were already comparing this to Lost plus this show borrow Batman stories and villains. The Flashbacks are about Oliver helping a Government agency in Hong Kong. The problem I have with the flashbacks ( besides the story being contrived.) is the way most of them connected to what's going on in the present, it feels convenient. Also the lessons he learn in those flashbacks contradict what he had learned before. 

OK here are the things I liked about this season. I like that it started off with a mystery, I like the relationship between Roy and Oliver, they kind of have a big brother little brother relationship. I like the crossover episode called the Brave and the Bold, in fact that's the only crossover episode I like. This episode is about The Arrow and The Flash trying to stop a renegade A.R.G.U.S agent. (Argus is DC's version of Shield.) I like how this show continues the theme of family, they tried to make identity a theme it didn't work, and I like how Ra's manipulate Oliver. 

Bottom line is this is bad season. The way this season ended feels like a series finale, the reason I said that is because almost everyone has a happy ending. This wouldn't have bothered me if this was the series finale. Now I'm really worried about season four.