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Arrow Review: The Canary Sings

I have to say - the fight choreography with Arrow and Canary is just STELLAR. It is SO fun watching them fight together; it makes me wish that they could always be partners. It's interesting that you think that we're supposed to hate Laurel right now. Because if that's true, the writers are doing a fantastic job. I was never much of a fan of the character (or the actress, really), but now we're at the point where I audibly groan whenever she's on screen. If they really do have great plans to redeem her character, well, that will have to be super exciting. Sarah's time on the boat really didn't make any sense. Her entire flashback seemed kind of contrived until they brought in Professor Ivo (OMG are we gonna get AMAZO?!? Will Ivo connected to Starling City's S.T.A.R. Labs?!?). Also, is anyone else hoping that Quentin Lance joins Team Arrow?

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Wow - Nathan Fillion won Best Dramatic Actor (or was it Crime Drama Actor) two years in a row, and this year didn't even crack the nods. Also - YEAH for Emma/Hook for Best On-Screen Chemistry!

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Once Upon a Time Round Table: "Ariel"

1. I think my favourite scene was Regina's pep talk with Rumple. It was kinda sad that the Dark One had to be reminded that he was the Dark One, but I loved Regina's confidence. 2. Meh, why not. It's not like Emma actually considers them "parents,", and they'd do a good job. 3. Rumple would be a better teacher, but Regina would definitely be more fun to watch. 4. Charming's for the group. But I'm with Christine - Hook's confession broke my heart. Realizing that he loves Emma, and KNOWINGLY put himself in the situation where he had to tell her that, knowing it was a means to reunite her with the man she actually loves - that's heartbreaking. 5. I'd honestly forgotten about Storybrooke, but I'm okay with a revisit. On another note, is anyone else finding it harder to ignore that dude that posts random questions about random family members of random characters on random shows?

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Castle Review: The Good Guys Win

I wasn't too big a fan of this episode. The minute the cop opened his mouth in the cafe I knew it was him - it was a tad too predictable. HOWEVER, I do like that they're continuing to make Castle remain a competent "detective", with an eye for detail and a flair for story. We missed that guy for a couple seasons! My highlight was Beckett and Lanie chatting. I loved their girl talk in the first & second season, and I wish we got more of it. As always, Lanie has the best, most realistic advice. EVERYONE should talk to Lanie. Alexis is still a problem for me, sorry. She didn't help her case when she went into her dad's office practically demanding he help her while still being rude to him. The apology she gave wasn't enough, because she didn't acknowledge how wrong she's been; she only apologized because she was vulnerable and Castle was there for her - as he ALWAYS is. He deserves better from his daughter, and he needs to stop trying to be a "friend" and be a father with authority every once in a while. That being said - I hate how the writers have made Castle the butt monkey of everything. Alexis is mad...it's Castle's fault. Beckett is mad...it's Castle's fault. Castle gets mad...he has to compromise everything. I'm perfectly okay with the amount of PDA on the show. They're a realistic working couple.

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Arrow Round Table: "Crucible"

1. I'd say the final reveal surprised me the most. I saw the Black Canary reveal coming (though I was surprised at how soon it was). 2. Absolutely loved it. I didn't think the show would go there that soon, but I'm so happy they did. 3. I think she will - probably her dad. The character of Quentin Lance is becoming so much more likeable and involved, I see it going that route with him. 4. It'll basically be the same cycle that the Queens went through. 5. Who knows? I like the surprise. I'm in for the ride!

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Once Upon a Time Review: Start With Hope

So these secrets...Charming revealed he'd been lying for a week and will have to desert his family, Hook revealed that he was actually vulnerable and pining for a woman who would likely never love him, Emma wishes the man she loved was dead. Snow White's worst secret - I want a baby!! Gah - no wonder Regina can't stand her... I didn't love this week's episode - especially coming after last week's. Ariel's story was a bit lacklustre. Also, I don't like seeing Rumple so out of control; I miss the Rumple that always had a plan. I am glad that he's with Regina now though. I'm really, really curious to know his backstory with Pan. The way I see this ending - Hook's going to die for Emma (because they'll never put her with him instead of Neal), and they're going to somehow make Pan old and break his hold on the island.

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Once Upon a Time Review: Start With Hope

YES. A million yesses to this. How was Neal never going to stop fighting for her when he's never fought for her to begin with?
I almost shed a tear for Hook, realizing how vulnerable he was at that moment, and how much he's given up for Emma. Your comment is bang-on.

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Grimm Review: The Walking Dead

I remember a while back, when we were still unsure of how Hank and Juliette would ever fit in on the show, there was one episode where the review was titled, "The One Where No One Was Useless." I think that certainly applies to this episode! I enjoyed this episode. It's great seeing how cohesive a unit Team Grimm has become. Even though we still don't know Renard's full agenda, it's clear that whatever his agenda is, he cares about these guys and REALLY wants them on his side. As for Nick, he likely would have been acquitted of the killing, but honestly, what would they say in court? Although, I find it strange that Nick didn't leave any fingerprints or DNA on the scene; he's a cop and his identifiers would be on file... There's no way Eric Renard is dead. He probably saw that coming. I also don't trust the Captain's guy...how is he the only ally that's still alive? Also - Adalind...again, EWWWW. Almost lost my dinner. On that note, did anyone else think that Cap's mom sounded exactly like Stefania? My only complaint about this episode was the lighting. The fight scenes looked SOOO amazingly choreographed and badass, I wish we would have been able to see it better. That barn was so dark!

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Nashville Review: The Girl Code

I'm not sure if I'm enjoying this show as much as I used to. The music - yes. The characters - not so much. Juliette's stupid decisions used to be a result of her brokenness, but now they're just stupid for no reason other than she's stupid. And the whole love quadrilateral between Scarlett and Co. is just really, really silly.




The only characters that are continuously being written well are Deacon and Avery. Their actions are purposeful, whether for the right or wrong reasons. I love how Avery has grown. The reviewer is right - but I don't know if it's just the reformed bad boy. I think it's great to see when people are cognizant of their mistakes and repentant, and finding redemption as they work to make it better.




I'm not sure how much people care about the politics of the show - the whole Teddy/Peggy/fake pregnancy/marriage thing is stupid, and I'm not sure if we've been allowed to be invested enough in the sisterhood of Rayna and Tandy to care when that erupts.




Great review, Dan.

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Arrow Review: Not For The Weak

1. EXCELLENT work by team Arrow in the acting department, especially Stephen Amell. I believed everything he was saying.


2. The award for most improved character goes to Quentin Lance.


3. Laurel is the worst. She's seriously the worst. I dislike her more with every episode.


4. Roy's concern for what's-her-name just didn't make any sense - he'd only met her once by chasing her through the city. Also, he didn't actually save her life - there were tons of people shot and the EMS would have come there anyway. That whole thing made no sense to me.


5. Fantastic action scenes with Arrow and Canary. I LOVED when they switched weapons, absolutely amazing.