Category Archives: TV Recap

Arrow: Oliver’s Identity Exposed

After six season of guarding the identity of his alter ego, Oliver has finally been ousted at the end of the S07 E01, possibly by Black Siren. While this is an important move on the part of the producers’ to marry Oliver the mayor with Oliver the vigilante into one, it sure will have dire consequences moving forward. 

I do blame the people of Star City for being dumb all these years, how hard could it be to ID the man. Deep down, I think they’ve always known, but choose to play pretend. Now that Oliver is doing good with the city job, as Mayor, I want to believe the populace will be more accepting of his secret double life, which wouldn’t be a secret anymore.

This revelation has been a long time coming, the full consequences of this revelation can only be seen as they unfold. As usual, things will only get worse before they start to get better.

Arrow airs Thursdays on The CW

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Arrow: Are Oliver Queen and Slade Wilson Friends Again?

‘Arrow’ returned to our screens this week with so much action, twists, death reveal and even a coma patient – so much for one show, especially one that airs on The CW. Just kidding.

Anyway, I couldn’t help but notice something odd, something I noticed when it was employed in the season six finale to battle Prometheus, that Slade Wilson a.k.a. Deathstroke joined forces with Oliver, again. If you’ve been a long time fan of ‘Arrow’ you’d remember Slade promised Oliver hell on earth as long as he lived in season 2, going as far as killing Oliver’a mom to prove his point. And after they met two seasons later, Slade wasn’t yet calm, to say the least. Some say the reason for Slade’s new behavior is that the mirakuru in his system has been completely flushed out, but I say, one doesn’t return from such a hate journey and remain intend as Slade is. He even shook Oliver’s hand towards the end of the season premiere. What?

When I first heard of the reports involving a two episode Slade-centric arc with his son, I was excited, but I didn’t know it was going to be achieved by friend washing him back with Oliver. Why do I even have a feeling that this is fan-service and that Slade won’t survival this bi-episode adventure? Whatever the case, time will tell.

Arrow now airs on Thursday, still on The CW.

The ‘Once Upon A Time’ Soft Reboot Is A Welcome Development.

OUAT is back! Sort of. After the run of the not so good season six, many viewers were surprised to hear the show was going to undergo a reboot of some sort, with many of its principle casts not returning. In fact, only three of the principle cast + a grown up Henry. As at that time, it seemed like rocket science, I felt the show should have ended with the 6th season since it had lost the magic that once made it special. Haha! But the season seven premiere (S07 E01) turned out to be decent, nice, and had that spellbinding magic that made the show endear to our heart, once.

It turns out there are more realms in existence than the one we’ve grown accustomed to. And possibly, various incarnations of characters we’ve already come across, as we got introduced to another Cinderella (a latina, as played by, Daniella Ramirez). This means, we can have another Snow White, Prince Charming, and even Evil Queen, though I hope the story doesn’t delve in there.

The returning cast members – Regina (who now goes by Ronin), Hook (who’s a sergeant turned detective at the end of the episode), and Rumple (Hook’s new partner). It might take me a while to stop referring to everyone by their old names, so please, forgive me. But I really got excited watching this episode, it held promise, something I haven’t seen in OUAT in a while now.

The main plot revolves around a grown Henry, who set out to discover and write his own story devoid of his family. He met and fell in love with the Cinderella of this new realm and they had a daughter. There’s a new curse, and no one remembers their former lives, save for the little girl. Does this remind you about someone? Yes. Nostalgia’a *****

Various questions pop up now, such as:

– Who cast the curse?

– Where are the other characters?

– How did the Dark One get ensnared by a curse? and…

– What happened to Storybrooke, as the new story takes place in Seattle?

This and many more will certainly be answered as the season goes forward. Until then, enjoy the rebranded show called, ‘Once Upon A Time’.

‘Legends Of Tomorrow’ Is Back!

 The Legends are back on ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’ – third season – still as funny as ever. I for one have missed the shenanigans of the band of misfits gracing my screen. Considering how the shows in the Arrowverse have grown in complexity and story, LOT has been good, especially in its sophomore season. So, you can imagine why I’m happy.

The season three premiere spends a lot of time with Julius Caesar. A pleasant surprise considering how last season ended. The speed with which the time paradox cliffhanger was resolved was alarming, but it made sense. Rip Hunter had spent five years building a new time order, called The Time Bureau, but in ordinary time he was gone for only 15 minutes. Haha! The episode showed how The Legends adjust to ordinary lives after rejection from Rip, because he said they were non qualified to time ride now, and how they try to fit into the new world Rip has created. I enjoyed it.

So far, no central villain has been introduced, but news report gossip it’ll have something to do with Amaya in Zambesi, Africa. PS: Amaya has returned to her timeline in 1942.

One thing this episode got right was spiking my emotions, I was naturally anxious, afraid, thinking how the world would be if Julius Caesar knew too much about the future to effect a change of it for himself. Luckily, it was a one episode plot, and history was preserved and the future untampered with. Excellento! The premiere also gave us what could be shots of Sarah fighting side-by-side another female, something we haven’t seen since her time on Arrow.

I really enjoyed the episode, and I hope this season surpasses the second – I really enjoyed the second season. Welcome back Legends. Welcome back Waverider. Here’s to hoping Mick Rory and Sarah get it off this year… they’ve got mad chemistry!

DC’ Legends of Tomorrow airs on a new timeslot at 9p.m., Tuesdays on The CW.

9 Thoughts I Had After Watching ‘The Gifted’ Series Premiere!

1. The Xmen shows are on fire. First ‘Legion’, and now ‘The Gifted’, they’re killing it back to back.
2. The Gifted puts Marvel to shame by virtue of the critical flop that’s Inhumans.

3. Lauren Strucker’s ability looks like Jean Grey performing air bending. Her brother, Andy, reminds me of Lance from ‘Xmen:Evolution’.

4. Give me more Polaris and the spider-like Sentinels.

5. I want more shows based on the Xmen franchise. I WANT MORE!

6. With the success of this show, Marvel and Fox might be more unlikely to partner on the big screen due to envy.

7. I’ve missed Stephen Moyer so much. I wish his real life wife, Anna Paquin, can make an appearance as Rogue, on the show.

8. The Gifted tells a familiar story about family, only this time, there’s powers involved, which is a good thing. Family over everything.

9. The show having just ten episodes is good: a short and concise story, with action, intrigue, suspense, and more action.




‘The Gifted’ Premiere Is Intense And Beautiful

Any movie/ TV show weaved from the Xmen continuity is a must watch for me; having followed the movies diligently and early this year’s Legion, Gifted was naturally anticipated by me. And I was not disappointed.

The Gifted tells the story of fear. Fear of an uncertain future, one laced with prejudice, discrimination and stigma for being different.


The Strucker family, whose patriarch, charges mutants to jail for a living, finds out his two children are mutants, and like most people clouded by love and other emotions, he goes against everything he had ever believed and work for to protect his children. Running a similar thread, are The Undergrounds, a bunch of misfits bent of fulfilling the wish of their missing leader, Magneto, to sibdue the world instead.

The Strucker Family

The premiere was a strong one. Even though experience has taught us not to judge an entire show by its first episode, I can’t help but predict this is going to be a wonderful ride. Bryan Singer does a great job using TV budget to begin a promising story that is visually stunning as it is entertaining. The cast is right in all ramifications, so far, everything points to this show becoming a hit for Fox.

The story continues next Monday on Fox. Tell me what you think of the show.

Marvel’s Inhumans Isn’t As Bad As They Say

After about a month of waiting after the IMAX premiere, Marvel’s Inhumans have arrived on TV.The Inhumans property has been troubled for many years now. It was first billed to appear in the phase three of the MCU, but for reasons best known between the two bosses at loggerhead – Ike Permulter and Kevin Feige – the project never moved forward. Later it was announced the show will premiere on TV, ABC, instead, with an eight episode order for a short and concise story. Then came the real issue… from the release of the first trailer to all the screenings that followed, the show was accused of being cheap, and Marvel of cutting corners. Add that to the array of lacklustre reviews from critics, of which the show has a very poor standing on Rotten Tomato. To cut ling story short, Marvel Inhumans makes Iron Fist (season one) look good. After watching the two episodes premiere myself, trying hard to avoid being biased by premeditated views of others, I can confidently say the show isn’t so bad.

Medusa and Blackbolt

Yes, I enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to the third episode. This may or may not come as a surprise to many, but it’s my own view.
The costumes are cheap, very cheap, and unimpressive. I had a big problem with Lockjaw, as the CGI used to portray his existence kept rubbing on my face, announcing it was of low quality. But I tried to overlook all these, and keep an eye on the actors and the story.

Marvel’s Inhumans

The show boasts a very good cast. Take Iwan Rheon’s Maximus away (because ‘Game Of Thrones’ has shown us how good he is as an actor), I really got into Anson Mount’s Black bolt. For a character who didn’t utter a word, that says so much about the actor. Serinda Swan’s Medussa also impressed, enough for me to trace her TV background and realize she was Zatanna on Smallville. The bulk of the actors that made up the royal family were good enough, I enjoyed watching them move on screen. 

While the first ten minutes of the premiere wasn’t that impressive, the show soon really gets a hang over itself, and successfully establishes its plot. I do hope the story improved as it continues, as only word of mount (positive) can resurrect its dead bones.

Marvel’s Inhumans airs Fridays on ABC