This Week in Comic Book Television: Arrow, Flash, and Agents of Shield.

So, as a science fiction/fantasy fangirl, I’ve been following these three shows pretty loyally since they started. (Except for Arrow, which I found mid-season 1, but okay.) I know the storylines. I know the characters.

I also know that if you’re not watching these, this Christmas is the time to catch up, before you miss all the awesomeness that is coming.

[Mind you major SPOILERS ahead for all three shows. So you’re warned.]

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Let’s start with the newbie, the Flash. Barry Allen’s Central City is the fun, quirky, less-jaded cousin to Starling City, and that’s fantastic, because too much dark depressing angst will kill your soul. Furthermore, it doesn’t feel the need to give up on some of those real human moments because it’s happy, and that’s even better.

The real kicker here: Dr. Wells. He purposefully chose Barry Allen. He seems handicapped, but can walk. He beat that one guy up, because reasons. He has the same yellow Flash suit as the so-called Reverse Flash. He also KNOWS THE FUTURE. This whole season has been one big Dr. Wells tease, and you should really get in on this so you can wait in anticipation for the reveal like the rest of us.

Switching networks to ABC, Agents of Shield has been telling us since day one that Skye’s real identity, i.e. her family, was important. So the Obelisk reveal, and meeting her father felt like a good solid pay-off. And then she got super powers. And Triplett died. It was heart-wrenching, almost as bad as watching Fitz and Simmons this season. (Where have the happy days gone, Mutant Enemy? Oh where?) But I will give that as much as I still secretly ship Skye and Ward, as much as I know he’s an evil psycho, there was something very satisfying in watching her shoot him. They might be even now, but I highly doubt he sees it that way. I cannot wait to see where he goes.

Last but not least, this week’s Arrow began by putting a timelock on the “Who killed Sarah?” mystery, something that will only benefit everyone in the long run.  The Thea reveal, much like the Skye reveal, felt natural and accounted for. But then the writers went crazy.

They stabbed Oliver Queen and pushed him off a cliff. In case anyone hasn’t noticed, he’s the Arrow. As in the name of the show. Which means they’re going to either have to come up with some crazy way to resurrect him, play out the rest of Arrow as a flashback (please no, as they are my least favorite bit of this show), or invent some ridiculous “it was all a dream” or “hallucinogens” theory. I’m hoping Thea saves his butt, but one never knows. I will reserve judgement on this plot device until I see its conclusion.


Summer Binge in Review: Veronica Mars, The Guild, Once Upon a Time, & Royal Pains

Ah, summertime. Beaches, barbecues, and binge watching. As per my usual summer fate, I got addicted to multiple shows this year. There’s a month left folks! So if you’re looking for something to watch, look no further. I’ve got you covered.

1. Veronica Mars (Amazon Prime has it for free.) 

Last summer, I happened upon Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a show people had been telling me to watch for years. After Buffy, everyone tells you to watch this show, starring Kristen Bell as the titular Veronica.

You really should watch Veronica Mars. It is, without question, one of the most intricately plotted shows I have ever seen, and the unraveling of the mystery in season one is flawless. Kristen Bell looks like a life-sized Tinkerbell, but that does not stop her from being one of the toughest, wiliest, and complex detectives that television has to offer. Her relationship with her father is sweet and sour in a way that an actual teenager’s would be. Most importantly, Veronica Mars gives you reasons to really dislike most of the characters- including Veronica- and then swings back around to show you that people are not always the thing they did last week. It reminds people that what people say about other people is never the full story.

Season one is the best, but season two builds up some serious momentum at the end. Three lost its touch, which is probably why this show got canceled. I really recommend the film, especially after the sudden halt that is the end of season three. The movie, set ten years later with a grown-up cast, really recaptures the feeling of season one and puts Veronica on the right track.

In summary: If you haven’t seen this show, watch it immediately. Please.

The Guild (Netflix) 

I accidentally found this show while browsing Netflix due to extreme boredom. I then proceeded to pull an all-nighter marathoning it. With the queen of all geeks, Felica Day, as the lead gamer girl, this show is as dorky as it gets.

Despite being extremely nerdy, I really loved this show. I am not a gamer at all, but I connected with these outcasts and their quests to survive outside of the internet. Also, this show gave me a crush on Will Whedon.

In summary: If you like geeky things, or outcast stories, The Guild is for you.

Once Upon a Time: (Netflix through season 2)

This show surprised me. I had been avoiding it for as long as possible, for as a fan of Buffy and Doctor Who, I was wary of ABC Family fantasy fare. Once Upon a Time actually can handle the dark without too much melodrama (generally). While I was underwhelmed by the scenes in the Enchanted Forest, the shenanigans in Storybrook were enough to keep me hooked. (Also, Hook was enough to pull me through all of season three, even considering it was far better written than the previous two.) I really love Emma and her skeptism and logical in the face of a LOT of magic and general silliness. Also, the dwarfs here are way cooler than they ever could be in the actual Snow White.

The fairy tale bits are a little grating, especially in season one, so after a while you can safely skip those without missing any major plot points. This also makes watching it much faster, so you can fly through the first two seasons. Season three you should probably watch fully until it gets to backstory, which you can then skip. Also, shout-out to the character who dies in season one. I liked you. Why did you leave for that stupid movie?

In summary: Entertaining and fluffy fare, Once Upon a Time is great for the casual binge watcher.

Royal Pains (through season 5 on Netflix): 

My brother told me to watch this show. As he’s going through a phase in his life where he’s unenthusiastic about everything, I decided to give it a try. And true to the motto of the USA network, fantastic characters abound. I really love them all, from the enigmatic Borris, to the rich kid with Hemophilia.

The first episode moves a little slow, but give it a chance to get to the Hamptons, and you’ll soon be deciding that Hank Lawson should be your primary care physician. This show gets bonus points for having the best pacing ever in a comedy. Ever.

In summary: Relax and let the doctors of Royal Pains cure your summertime sadness.