Thursday, December 11, 2014
Countdown: Top Season Returns of 2014/2015 - #1 Arrow
And after a bit of a delay, we're back with the countdown of shows that I think made the best return for the 2014/2015 season. I know, I'm a bit slow with this considering the viewing season is now almost half over already, with most shows airing their mid-winter finale. Still, I think the shows I've mentioned have continued to impress right into the middle of the series, and hopefully will continue into the second half when they return in 2015. At number four we had Once Upon a Time. The number three spot was Chicago Fire. And Agents of SHIELD came in at number two.
If you've read this blog recently, its probably not surprising to find I've awarded Arrow the number one spot...
Yes, I have already posted about how awesome I thought the first episode in season three of Arrow was. The subsequent episodes have only made this show more epic. They killed Sarah, and now
We got an awesome Felicity-centered episode (anything featuring Felicity is awesome) however, Oliver is just asking for it, really. Someone punch that guy in the face, maybe it'll knock some sense into him. Seriously. At the end of the Felicity episode, he gave her one of his speeches, something along the lines of no matter what happened to Felicity in the past, he was glad for it, because it had made her the woman she is today. He finished by pointedly saying "and you know how I feel about her." Sure, why not twist the knife, Oliver? Felicity ignored the comment and told him she had to go. What else was she going to do?
Again, who didn't see that coming. After wooing Felicity with an expensive dress, even more expensive jewelry and then taking her out to a "work" dinner (actually, it really was a work dinner) it was easy to see what would happen by the end of the episode. Oliver was displaying an unsurprising jealousy over Felicity's new closeness to Ray, though it seemed he was happy to show it to everyone else, but around Felicity, stayed as stoic as ever. I have to say, it was a little cliche, but I did enjoy how the writers maneuvered the characters in this episode -- Diggle was in Oliver's ear about his true feelings for Felicity and the fact that he was hurting her by denying her the chance to be with him (or something along those lines), so toward the end of the episode, it seemed Oliver had finally decided to open himself up to the possibility of being with her, except when he went to see her at his old QC offices, what did he find? Ray and Felicity kissing.
Meanwhile, I will try to contain my geeky excitement when I state that the Arrow-Flash crossover was easily THE BEST crossover any show has done ever. I don't have words to describe how awesome that was. I really loved that it showcased the differences in the Arrow-Flash teams, but highlighted that they do what they do for the same reasons, even if their methods are a little different. I could go on, but maybe I'll save that for another day and another post.
All I can say in finishing is that if the first half of Arrow season 3 has been this awesome, I can't wait to see what they do in the second half.