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Armchair SDCC ’14 — Here’s Our First Look at Roy Harper as Arsenal from ‘Arrow’

armchairSDCC14If anyone had any doubts after last season about the direction that Roy Harper was taking heading into season three of Arrow, this picture should definitely put them to rest.

With Thea out of Starling City, Harper has fully embraced his new alter ego of Arsenal.  Entertainment Weekly had the exclusive first look of Colton Haynes in his crimson uniform which is entirely badass.

On Saturday night Warner Bros. will be having their huge television panel hosted by Arrow’s Stephen Amell.  I’m sure we will get our first look at Arsenal in action when the first footage from season three is screened for the fans for the first time.


[via Coming Soon]

Four Questions We Need Answered Next Season on ‘Arrow’


After having watched the season finale of Arrow a second time I cannot understate how much I enjoy this show.  The finale paid off with big action sequences and resolved the season long buildup with Slade Wilson in heroic fashion.  The last half of the season was filled with so much plot development with quite a few unresolved story lines.

Will Olicity Become A Thing?  Longtime fans of the show are well aware of Felicity feelings towards Oliver. Since Felicity has joined Team Arrow viewers have watcher her make sad puppy eyes as Ollie has maintained his various romantic entanglements.  That came to a head in the second season finale, when Ollie confessed his love for Felicity in what turned out to be a set up to turn the tables on Slade Wilson/Deathstroke.  That scene had me leaping from the couch, arm outstretched wanting to shout “FINALLY!”.  There’s something there, but I’m sure we will have to wait and see.


One Canary. Two Canary? Sara Lance made a deal with Nyssa Al-Ghul to come to Starling City with her band of ninja assassins to help Team Arrow defeat Deathstroke’s super-human army.  To make good on the deal Sara had to leave Starling City only to give up her leather Canary jacket to her big sister, Laurel.  Up to this point in the series Laurel has been good as three things: getting kidnapped, getting drunk, and being a terrible person.  Will Laurel take up the mantel? More importantly will Katie Cassidy fill out the Canary uniform as nicely as Caitty Lotz did?


Will Roy Harper Finally Ditch The Hoodie? In the comics, Roy Harper started as Speedy (Thea’s nickname) and later took up the name Red Arrow and then became Arsenal.  With Thea leaving Starling City with her undead father Malcolm Merlyn it seems as though Roy is going to be full on hero next season.  Will he get a proper uniform? We already have confirmation that he will in fact be Arsenal, but seriously Roy … ditch the hoodie!

FLASH. AH-AHHHH! Barry Allen made an appearance this season on Arrow and will soon be starring in his own series later this year on The CW.  What remains to be seen is how integrated the shows will be, but it’s clear from the first teaser that Oliver Queen is clearly the Tony Stark of the DC Television Universe.

The good news is that Arrow returns this fall for season three, so the wait will not be completely awful; but more importantly what are you looking forward to the most next season?


The Last Man On Earth Will Be The Funniest Apocalypse

Some may say that the dystopian/apocalypse genre is wearing thin, but I am eagerly anticipating Will Forte’s The Last Man on Earth coming this fall from FOX.

The year is 2022, and after an unlikely event, only one man is left on earth: PHIL MILLER (Forte), who used to be just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job at the bank. Now, in his RV, Phil searches the country for other survivors. He has traveled to every city, every town and every outpost in the United States, Mexico and Canada, and has found no one, which leads him to the painful realization that he is almost certainly the last living being on the face of the earth.

Now this being broadcast television, I have a hard time believing that Forte will be alone for the full first season on The Last Man on Earth.  We might get three episodes before he starts talking to someone over the radio or encounters an equally despondent survivor.


I don’t care how everyone else disappeared, or if there is a prevailing conspiracy.  I just want to watch a guy enjoy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on Pop Tarts while defacing priceless pieces of art.

Now being that this is a science fiction show on FOX … what’s the over/under on cancelation?

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And Here’s Our First Real Look At Star Wars Rebels

WonderCon is in full swing this weekend out in California which over the years has built a reputation as a more intimate and fan-friendly experience than its big brother San Diego Comic Con.


So far one of the biggest pieces of news to come out of WonderCon is that attendees got a first glimpse of Star Wars Rebels, the new animated series which bridges the original trilogy and the three other shitty ones that George Lucas directed.

While I only watched a handful of Star Wars: The Clone Wars during its substantial run on Cartoon Network, I’m more apt to check out this series due to the fact that the pre-Original Trilogy time period has always been on interest to me.

Star Wars Rebels will air on Disney XD in Fall 2014.  With the busy convention season getting underway expect to see more from this highly anticipated entry in the now Disney owned LucasFilm galaxy.

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Five Reasons Why You Should Be Watching The 100

Having successfully conquered lustful vampires and hooded heroes The CW has set its sights on the ever popular dystopian future with The 100.  It still is too early to call it a hit but the premiere episode drew in 2.7 million viewers, making it one of the most watched shows on The CW in nearly three and a half years.

The setup behind The 100 is pretty straight forward, for 97 years the remainder of the human race has been struggling to survive on a space station called The Ark in orbit over an Earth that was ravaged by nuclear war.  With resources dwindling, the ruling body of The Ark decides to send 100 juvenile delinquents to the surface to see if conditions are favorable to human life.

If you’re on the fence about jumping on The 100 bandwagon I’ve prepared a list of five reasons why you should be watching the best new show on The CW:

William Shatner Live Tweets The 100It’s no joke, apparently Captain Kirk loves this show so much that he live tweeted the most recent episode.

It’s Lord of the Flies meets The Hunger Games – So far they haven’t pulled any punches when it comes to injuring and/or killing people …. both on the surface and back in orbit on The Ark.  In space, crimes are punishable by “floating” the offender (or in Battlestar Galactica terms “airlocking”).  Meanwhile, back on Earth, the youthful settlers have found themselves in a gang mentality, leaving even the youngest criminals susceptible to mob rules.

Oh, Hi Paige Turco! – I’m not going to lie, I’ve had a thing for Paige Turco ever since she was cast as April O’Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.  It’s nice to see her on screen again.

Earth SkillsSomething Survived The Nuclear Fallout – In what I’m sure will be a mystery that will be explored later in the first season humans did survive on the surface … but are they still human or have they devolved into cannibalistic neanderthals?  Remember how “The Others” on LOST seemed like a real threat early on? That’s where we are at right now with the “Grounders” and it’s a lot of fun.

Eliza Taylor, Marie Avgeropoulos, & Lindsey Morgan – It wouldn’t be The CW if it weren’t full of overly attractive people in lead roles and these three ladies are ridiculous.

the100girlsAnd with that I think I’ve stated my case …. The 100 airs Wednesday nights on The CW.


Game of Thrones Promises That This Isn’t The End

The fourth season premiere of Game of Thrones is fast approaching and on the heels of the premiere in New York City on Tuesday night HBO has released yet another trailer for the greatest television series of all time.

There’s even more footage and glimpses of prevailing plot lines for the coming season, which I did not even think was possible at this point.  The great thing about Game of Thrones is that the characters and that acting is such that you find yourself rooting for characters that you previously despised (i.e. Jamie Lannister & Tyrion Lannister).

Who will emerge as the standout character this season? Will Ser Bron of the Blackwater return? Who is getting naked?  There are many, many questions but the civilized world will have to wait until April 6th when the first episode “Two Swords”  airs.

via [ Tor ]

I’m Calling It Right Now … The Flash Is The Best Show of 2014

Only having recently fallen completely and madly in lust with Arrow, I can now say with the utmost certainty that The Flash will fall into the same category.  Recent on set images of star Grant Gustin in full Flash costume have me totally on board for this spin-off which is set to debut later in 2014 on The CW (I still have a hard time believing I’m so into a show that airs on The CW).

Image via Bleeding Cool

Image via Bleeding Cool

The same creative brain trust that is responsible for Arrow have a hand in The Flash, and I like so many other fans are anticipating great things from this latest offering of the Arrow-verse.  More images and a short video of Gustin taking a practice run can be seen over at Bleeding Cool.

via [ Bleeding Cool News ]

Vengeance Is Assured This Season On Game of Thrones

I’m going to take a break from the Toy Fair 2014 news so that we can collectively marvel at the latest trailer for the fourth season of Game of Thrones.  Set to premiere April 6th, the season will be based primarily on the second half of A Storm of Swords, the third book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin.

There was so much in that trailer it is almost too much to process.  I’m still recovering from the Red Wedding and I can only imagine what showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have in store for us this season.


Five Of The Most Unlikely Cartoon Voice Actors From The 1990s

The decade known as the 1990s was a boon for animation as broadcast networks were still programming blocks of animated programming on Saturdays and cable networks were starting to really develop their own properties. Some were reboots, other were spinoffs and of course this being the 1990s …  some of these properties were of the extreme variety i.e. Extreme Dinosaurs, Extreme Ghostbusters, G.I. Joe Extreme.  With all of these series in production there was need for voice actors, many of which came from the live action side of Hollywood and the roles they chose may surprise you.

5) Robert Patrick as Race Bannon on The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (1996)

In the early-90s Turner Broadcasting acquired Hanna-Barbera, and hoped to reinvigorate classic characters, one of which was Jonny Quest.   The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest premiered in 1996 on three of Turner’s networks with Patrick as Dr. Quest’s all around go to guy.  The show was plagued with production issues and was essentially rebooted for the second season and all of the voice actors were replaced with John De Lancie (Star Trek: The Next Generation) taking over the role of Race Bannon.

4) Luke Perry as Sub-Zero on Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (1996)

As part of the USA Action Extreme Team block of animated programing, Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm lasted only 13 episodes.  It served as a psuedo-sequel to the live action Mortal Kombat film released in 1995, but its toned down violence and cartoon catch phrases such as “It’s Kombat Time!” proved to be its fatality.  Perry voiced Sub-Zero, which is arguably one the franchise’s most popular characters, and the results are frigid at best.

3) Neil Patrick Harris as Max on Capitol Critters (1992)

Well before he was tripping majors balls en route to White Castle, Neil Patrick Harris voiced the main character in ABC’s attempt for prime time animation in response to the success of The Simpsons.  While I pride myself of having a significant pop culture memory bank, this entire series about the various creatures that live in the bowels of the White House is completely unknown to me, and after watching an episode that’s probably a good thing.

2) Ian Ziering as Wildwing Flashblade on Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series (1996-97)

Yet another resident of 90210 did some voice over in a series which can only be described as the absolute nadir of corporate synergy. Ziering starred as Wildwing Flashblade, the leader of the titular Mighty Ducks.  At the time this series was on the air, Disney founded the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, which was named after the movie The Mighty Ducks. Logically, Disney created a cartoon in which humanoid ducks come to Earth to defend it from evil reptilians, only to become a co-ed hockey team that played against humans.  And naturally they wore the same jerseys in the cartoon as the actual NHL Mighty Ducks.

1) Sting as Zarm on Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990-92)

zarmWhen he wasn’t plucking his lute or having tantric sex, Sting found time to do voice over work for the environmentally conscious cartoon of the 90s.  Here’s a piece of trivia, Sting wasn’t the only A-lister to voice a character on Captain Planet and The Planeteers: Jeff Goldblum, Meg Ryan, Martin Sheen and Elizabeth Taylor all did some voice work during the course of the series.

Now I’m wondering if Sting had any input into Zarm’s costume.  The bikini briefs seem to be eerily reminiscent of his wardrobe from Dune, but less … oily.  Now Zarm was a recurring character through the series’ run but Sting was vacated the role after the 1992 season with Malcolm Macdowell stepping into the cape and bikini briefs.


How I Stopped Being A Hater And Learned To Love Arrow

Despite its rather favorable status among critics and fans alike, I have been largely ambivalent to The CW’s hit superhero drama Arrow. And then when a slot opened up in my Netflix Binge Queue I figured … what the hell.  I was completely surprised by what I found, a grounded and compelling take on one of DC Comics venerable heroes, Green Arrow. My appreciation for the character really grew during the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited series (which admittedly most of my DC knowledge is derived from).

In an effort to better serve my fellow nerds I broke down why Arrow should be central to your weekly television viewing habits:


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