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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

'The Vampire Diaries' Without Elena -- Is This Really a Bad Thing?

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By now you've heard that Nina Dobrev is leaving "The Vampire Diaries" at the end of this season. Considering the fact that Ian Somerhalder (Damon) and Paul Wesley (Stefan) have signed on for Season 7, this makes plotting the series a bit difficult. After all, the series began as a "destined to be together forever" romance between Elena and Stefan. Then it turned into a epic love triangle. And then the "destined to be together forever" Elena and Damon.

Okay, so the show has already turned some of its own mythology on its head. But another issue is that Elena has, for the most part, been the conscience this bloodbath of a show sorely needs. She's also part of that whole doppelganger business that has been a constant thread on "TVD." We can only hope that the writers will at least grace us with some sort of an end for Elena that doesn't completely destroy the point of all we've been through.

(Ooops on this promo pic...^^^) 

All of that said, is "The Vampire Diaries" without Elena really so dire? You have to admit, once Katherine was done away with, Dobrev was left with the less interesting character to play. As much as this show needs a moral center, Elena could make that morality seems so whiny and insufferable. Which was partially the writing and partially Dobrev's "huffy spoiled girl" sort of delivery.

I was more disturbed by Caroline (Candice Accola) going dark, because how dare they ruin my perky, sunshine-y, order-keeping Caro? I'd rather see her and Bon-Bon being the high-road-takers on this show, though it looks like Bonnie may have fallen off the good girl wagon as well. So what's good about Elena leaving?

1. Sultry Seductive Salvatore. Whatever Elena's fate, be it death or return to human form or something else, we don't need to see a grieving Damon. And please, no flipping the humanity switch. We've had enough of that to last a vampire lifetime. Ugh.

No, if Damon is going to be single again, let us enjoy our seductive, ridiculously confident, arched-eyebrow Damon. We want to swoon. We want him to go after unattainable women again, so we can watch him work his sexy magic hardcore. If "The Vampire Diaries" only lasts another year, let it be a year's worth of Damon-inspired drool. Thank you.

2. Bonnie on Center Stage. Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Damon stuck in limbo and then Kai's (Chris Wood) witchy "Groundhog Day" prison was one of the best storylines "TVD" has ever had. We got to see Bonnie using her wits (and wit), magic, courage, and intense will to deal with her loathsome frenemy, a psycho killer, and then surviving on her own.

Sometimes there's so much twisting, turning, backstabbing, and violence on the show that you get numb. Graham sucked us into Bonnie's plight so well, and it was refreshing to actually give a damn about a character's fate. Now that her powers seem to be at pretty epic levels, it's exciting to think there's room in the show to let her take center stage more often.

I also loved the unexpected friendship and chemistry that developed between Bonnie and Damon. If Damon's sultry self decides to set his eyes on Bonnie...well...there will be no argument from me. That whole love/hate thing they have going could make for some really powerful angry sex. Just sayin'.

3. Brotherly Love. With so many storylines and so many characters, the brothers Salvatore get separated a lot. The thread of their sibling bond is always there in some form, but it would be nice to get some serious dynamic duo time going on. With the Elena stuff bonding them but now behind them, they could move on to something more entertaining. There's got to be some fun mystery to tackle in their decades of history, and maybe Mommy Dearest is going to provide that. Wherever the story takes them, let's have them do it together.

What do you think, "TVD" fans? Is the show pointless without Elena? Or are you excited to see what such a big change will bring to the series?

"The Vampire Diaries" returns to TV with the remainder of Season 6 on Thursday, April 16, on the CW.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

10 Things We Loved About "Flash Vs. Arrow"

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"The Flash" and "Arrow" exist in the same universe, but the tone of each show is quite different. Bringing the two together for a crossover two-episode event was a challenging proposition, but we gotta say it was a pretty big success. The blend of action, drama, humor, and even soul-searching was highly entertaining, and left us wanting more Barry and Ollie team-ups in the future. Here are 10 of the things we loved best about "Flash Vs. Arrow" and "The Brave and the Bold":

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1. Ollie as the older and wiser sage. Former rich playboy Oliver Queen has been around the Island a few times, in contrast to the naive and nerdy Barry. It was fun seeing Arrow take on the big brother role to The Flash, teaching the young'un a thing or two about battle strategy and the dangers of rushing headlong into a fight. And like any big brother, Ollie didn't pull any punches, shooting Barry in the back just to make a point. Well, two points, to be precise. Ouch.

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2. The badass fight between Flash and Arrow: Fans were waiting for a really good reason why our two heroes would be battling each other, and we got it. Barry got "whammied" by a metahuman who could bring out someone's anger issues with just a meaningful stare from his glowing red eyes. A simmering Barry got a lot of his inner angst off of his chest, telling off his boss, roughing up Iris' boy toy, and eventually trying to beat the crap out of Arrow with a thousand angry super-speed punches.

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Barry may have superhuman abilities, but as we saw in the training scenes, Oliver has heaps more experience and intuition. It was a worthy battle, where we could see the true power and danger of The Flash's epic speed, but also the way Arrow's ingenuity and intuition could still best the blur in front of him. Entertaining stuff. And best to leave the friendly battle at the end to the imagination....more fun for us to all keep arguing over who would really win a fight to the finish with these two.

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3. Cisco geeking out over the Arrow cave: Cisco is a man who loves his job. It was entertaining as hell to see him squeeing like a fanboy when he got allowed into the Arrow hideout where he could lust over gadgets and sleek leathery outfits. It was also amusing to see Ollie flabbergasted at Roy adopting that whole "Arrow Cave" nonsense the ever-nicknaming Cisco came up with.

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Are we showing *everyone* the Arrow Cave now?

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4. Digg's reaction to seeing The Flash: Since we're so used to Barry, we kind of forgot not everyone has experienced that streaky dude kicking up a cloud of dust (or pile of paperwork) everywhere he goes. Digg's stunned, babbling reaction, "I knew someone who got struck by lightning. He just ended up with a stutter," was pretty hilarious. It's not often we see tough-guy Digg this befuddled.

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5. The teams combining their mad skills: Arrow and Flash get a lot of the glory, but it was cool to see Cisco, Caitlin, Felicity, Digg, and Roy teaming up to get their bosses in and out of trouble. When you've got scientific, mechanical, medical, and tactical skills all coming together, those bad guys don't have a chance in hell.

We also loved that Oliver's Arrow senses were tingling over Dr. Wells...something about that scientific mastermind ain't right for sure, Ollie!

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6. Girl power: Caitlin and Felicity may not be ninja assassins, but it was cool to see them turn that whole "damsel in distress" idea on its head. Lyla fended off their boomerang-wielding enemy long enough for Felicity to literally drop a bomb on the guy. Then Caitlin swooped in to treat Lyla's wounds until Barry arrived to zap her quickly to the nearest hospital. Nice to see the ladies saving their own bacon before the cavalry arrived.

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And we always have to love Felicity for speaking to the fangirl population. We couldn't help sporfling in agreement when Caitlin asked about the salmon ladder in the "Arrow Cave" and Felicity sighed wistfully over the "distraction from work."

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7. Creaking leather boy talks: When Barry and Oliver had their heart to heart, it was tough not to be reminded of the "Supernatural" meta episode that pointed out all those emotional boy talks next to the Impala. It takes metahuman manliness to pull off a scene with two guys in body-hugging leather and masks talking about their feelings. Somehow Gustin and Amell did it beautifully, and we were all better for it. I mean, Barry telling Ollie that he really does have a light inside made our little fangirl hearts expand more than we thought possible.

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8. The light vs. dark: Putting the two heroes together really highlighted their contrasting styles. Arrow has always been hardcore, but he seemed pretty beastly through Barry's more innocent eyes. Like the Time Lord on "Doctor Who," it's not a bad idea for Ollie to be periodically reminded to scale back the violence a bit.

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On the other hand, Barry and his team realized they'd been playing heroes sort of like they'd play a video game, not entirely associating any of this mayhem with real life. They got a healthy wake-up call at the same time Ollie was learning not to take himself so damn seriously. It was a great way to play the different tones of the two shows off of each other.

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9. Ollie's Roy Wonder: Despite the Flash Vs. Arrow focus, we got to see some cool moments with Arrow and his sidekick Arsenal doing damage together. Synchronized ass-kicking is twice as entertaining as the lone wolf doing his thing, must say. And Roy has become quite the sexy little demon in that totally hot red-fade-into-black hooded gear. Even Cisco couldn't find a way to improve on that laced-up costume perfection.

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10. Ollie being Teh Sex: Excuse us while we continue our drool fest. Something about "The Flash" universe seems to make Oliver even warmer and dreamier than usual. Maybe it's the slight escape from his own dark reality that helps.

We get to see a lot more of that winning grin, and that affectionate admiration for Barry's squeaky shiny hero aspirations. It's nice to see the softer side of the man with the killer abs, and we swooned as much as Iris did over the famous Oliver Queen. We would so totally make him a fresh pot of coffee, too.

 What about you, "Flash" and "Arrow" fans? What were your favorite parts of the episodes?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

'Arrow' Finale: Six Things We Totally Hated

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*MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT* This season of "Arrow" built up to an unbelievable finale full of surprises, rescues, meaningful stares, kick-ass fight scenes, 120 ways to stab a guy with an arrow, and that whole "Save the World" kinda thing our heroes are so darn good at. There was so much to love, but we gotta admit, there were half a dozen things we soooo totally hated:

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1. Total #Ollicity fake-out, man. I mean, from a total shocker gasping drama moment it was AWESOME. But for our poor, long-suffering, Felicity-adoring hearts, it was so, so, so cruel.

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No one wants that implied " a sister" after the abs-liscious man of your DREAMS tells you "I love you..." No one, I tell you!

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2. Thea always takes the completely irrational route. Yes, Roy totally shouldn't have lied to her, as usual. And she's had her fair share of betrayals. But to respond by disappearing into the ether with creepy mass murderer dad who's so proud of you for shooting him and still disses Tommy even after he's dead? Oh yeah, that seems like a sound decision.

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Plus, Thea made Roy cry. Now that's just uncalled for.

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3. Killing Isabel. Ollie totally needed to get slow, cruel revenge for her stealing the family company. And ya know, totally creeping Oliver out by sleeping with him...and his dad. Double-dipping in the Queen family line, soooo not cool.

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4. Why does Slade have to stay evil? This buff, pirate-y, gravelly-voiced dude is too hot to be rotting down in an underground island prison. Can he and Ollie get together and play chess like Professor Xavier and Magneto? Can we get a crazy but hot girl in the cell with him for steamy conjugal visits? Give us something in Season 3 of "Arrow," please!

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Sara Laurel Lance

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5. The Lance family send-off. "Byeee Sara! Have fun being a sadistic, emotionless assassin!" How on earth does one go from lamenting her awful bargain to save the city/world to grinning and waving at the pier as you send your loved one off to a life of cruelty? So confused, "Arrow" writers, so confused!

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6. Daddy Lance is in trouble! And we WON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENS UNTIL SEASON 3!! AUGH!!! There'd better be some serious rescuing going on when we get back, no way they can deprive us of all that tall, cynical, hairy-chested DILF goodness.

So, "Arrow" fans...what did you hate -- or love -- about the Season 2 finale??

PHOTOS: "Arrow" finale "Unthinkable" screencaps, 2014, CW, fair use.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

'Star-Crossed,' 'Give Me a Torch' -- 13 Things We Learned almost blew me up!
"Star-Crossed" episode "Give Me a Torch" has more drama than any teenager could ever handle, without a lot of therapy and prescription drugs, anyway. There are explosions, both literal and emotional, ill-advised web searches, evil and manipulating moms, and friends and family working together to get other friends and family killed. It's good stuff. Here are 13 things we learned:

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1. Roman and Emery = #Awkward. Emery still wants to know if Roman is okay, and he thinks it's none of her business anymore. Julia chastises Emery for breaking up with a dude it took her ten years to reconnect with. "It's hard to compete with the future of an entire race," Emery protests.

Star-Crossed Teri Roman

2. Teri apparently thinks "What's a little drugging between friends?" She doesn't understand why Roman can't just let bygones be bygones, and she thinks he should be careful not to alienate her, no pun intended.

"We're goin' to the dance, right?"
3. Julia enjoys her no-frills no-drama boyfriend Eric until he ditches her at the dance to go drinking with a bunch of other nerd-haters under the bleachers. We can't help wondering if this is code for Eric being on the down-low.

Great. I look like an idiot now.

4. Parents lie just as much as teenagers do. Drake's mom Saroya promises she'll be a witness when Roman tells the council all about Caster's evil ways. She doesn't show, leaving Roman hangin' out there like a petulant boy trying to get back at his uncle for outing him. Drake also rightly suspects Mom's still making that scary weapon for the Trags she said she wasn't going to. She finally tells him this was just a necessary evil to keep him safe, but he's not impressed.

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5. Instead of pickle and midnight ice cream cravings, Atrian pregnancy means weeping glowing blue tears and drinking 2 gallons of water a day. Why do we know this? Well, apparently Drake and Taylor did not believe in safe Atrian sex. Taylor is understandably freaked out about potentially deadly hybrid baby drama. And even worse, "cankles!"

6. Being the leader of a "kinder, gentler, Redhawks" group is hard work. Especially when Vartan shows up, "encouraging" Grayson to take a harder line against all Atrians. He's dangerously peeved when Grayson tells him to step off--and to leave Emery alone. This girl has some crazy Siren song, dudes everywhere just can't resist protecting her at all costs.

Smug SOB.

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7. Vega is one of those impossible-to-please mothers. Even starting a hurricane so mom can get her bomb-making materials together wasn't good enough from Teri. Now she's got to get the key to operate the thing from Caster. She interrupts his concubine party and bugs his pod so she can eavesdrop and learn the location of the key.

8. You should always clear your browser history! Taylor and Emery look up scary, inaccurate info on Atrian pregnancy on the computer-equipped tables at their favorite restaurant hangout. The lurking Vartan checks what they've been surfing and immediately comes to the conclusion that Emery had a little too much fun with Roman. So, naturally, he kidnaps her at knifepoint.

Teri on Mom's shit list again...

9. Some mothers do come through for you. Roman's mom Maia stalls Caster while her son and Drake search his pod for that stash of bombs Caster's been hoarding. Mom's not too fond of her brother now that he sent his hit man to try and blow up her son. The boys grab a few explosives to destroy the scary new bomb Vega's been building, and as hoped, the Trag leader assumes Caster is the culprit. Even though Teri saw the real perpetrators on her nanny cam, she keeps silent.

Fight! Fight!

10. Teenagers appreciate noble gestures. Grayson saves Emery from being Vartan's hostage, and gets the guy hauled off in cuffs by police. Emery has never heard of PTSD, so her response to this knife-point drama is "Let's dance!" Meanwhile, Eric saves Julia's singing debut up on stage by jumping up during her hella nervous performance and turning it into a charming karaoke duet. We're really glad Julia's going to be a scientist. Seriously, girl, don't give up your future day job!

11. Caster is always a man with a plan. Turns out that all his schmoozing of Teri has paid off. When Vega's men come after him with murderous intent, Teri helps him escape their clutches. But is it his sexy pecs she's after? Approval and respect she doesn't get from her mother? Or is she still after that key, which happens to be hanging around his neck?

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12. Emery loves forgiving Grayson as much as she loved making out with Roman. She believes Gray's new Redhawks have the same mission she does, to stop the Trags and keep both humans and peaceful Atrians safe. Roman doesn't know this is the goal, however, so when he follows Emery to a Redhawk meeting and she announces herself as an Atrian informant, he's understandably drowning in a horrific "WTF?" moment.

13. Nothing every goes the way teenagers expect. Roman and Drake are feeling good about their master plan, but there was one tiny hiccup. The bomb they blew up was actually just a bunch of shielding around the actual weapon--which remains intact. Damn clever Vega, always one step ahead.

You might also like: "Star-Crossed," "And Left No Friendly Drop" -- 13 Things We Learned

Watch "Star-Crossed" on The CW, Monday nights at 8/7c.

PHOTOS: "Star-Crossed" Episode 11 screencaps, 2014 The CW, fair use.


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