REVIEW: COLD CASE – SEASON 1-7

CAST

Kathryn Morris (Mindhunters)
Justin Chambers (Grey’s Anatomy)
Danny Pino (Law & Order:SVU)
John Finn (True Crme)
Jeremy Ratchford (Angel Eyes)
Thom Barry (Texas Chainsaw)
Tracie Thoms (Looper)

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Recurring Notable Guest Cast

Sherman Howard (Superboy)
Kate Mara (Fantastic Four)
Becki Newton (Ugly Betty)
Brett Cullen (Lost)
Christopher Shea (Star Trek: DS9)
Bree Turner (Grimm)
Isabella Hofmann (Legends of Tomorrow)
Jimmi Simpson (Westworld)
Douglas Smith (Big Little Lies)
Daisy McCrackin (Halloween 8)
Aimee Teegarden (Rings)
Cory Hardrict (Warm Bodies)
Barbara Eve Harris (The Amazing Spider-Man)
Aldis Hodge (Hidden Figures)
Vincent Ventresca (Dollhouse)
Josh Hopkins (G.I. Jane)
Lacey Beeman (Dexter)
Tim DeZarn (Cabin In The Woods)
Summer Glau (Firefly)
James DuMont (Jurassic World)
Brandon Routh (Superman Returns)
Barbara Tarbuck (Walking Tall)
Laura Regan (Mad Men)
Kathleen Gati (Arrow)
Silas Weir Mitchell (My Name Is Earl)
Christina Cox (The Chronicles of Riddick)
Fredric Lehne (Lost)
Jeffrey Nordling (I’m Dying Up Here)
Kaitlin Doubleday (Waiting…)
Blake Shields (Heroes)
Robert LaSardo (Nip/Tuck)
Chelsea Field (Masters of The Universe)
Marc McClure (Superman)
Ray Campbell (Breaking Bad)
Geoffrey Lewis (Deep Impact)
Leslie Silva (Odyssey 5)
Ryan Francis (Hook)
Garrett M. Brown (Roswell)
Molly Cheek (American Pie)
Autumn Reeser (Sully)
Amanda Wyss (Highlander: The Series)
Robin Riker (General Hospital)
Nichole Hiltz (Bones)
Marisol Nichols (Riverdale)
Karen Austin (Bitch Slap)
Amber Benson (Buffy: TVS)
Maggie Grace (Taken)
Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica)
Mehcad Brooks (Supergirl)
Cameron Dye (Smallville)
Lee Garlington (Cobra)
Laura Allen (The 4400)
Michael Paré (Gone)
T.J. Thyne (Bones)
W. Earl Brown (Bates Motel)
Tracy Middendorf (Scream: The Series)
Michael Nouri (The Proposal)
Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars)
Noel Fisher (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
John Mahon (Armageddon)
Sam Witwer (Supergirl)
Indigo (Weeds)
Aloma Wright (Scrubs)
Shirley Knight (As Good As It Gets)
Ian Bohen (Young Hercules)
Joseph Campanella (Mannix)
Jenna Fischer (Slither)
Rance Howard (Far and Away)
Chad Morgan (The Purge: Anarchy)
Stacey Scowley (Date Night)
Nicholas D’Agosto (Gotham)
Roxanne Hart (Highlander)
Chad Lindberg (The Fast and The Furious)
Bruce A. Young (Jurassic Park 3)
Joel McKinnon Miller (Big Love)
Nicholas Guest (Trading Places)
Frederick Koehler (Death Race)
Emma Bates (South Dakota)
Daveigh Chase (S.Darko)
Virginia Williams (Fuller House)
Chad Donella (Final Destination)
Nicki Aycox (Jeepers Creepers 2)
Josh Randall (Ed)
Patrick J. Adams (Legends of Tomorrow)
Bob Papenbrook (Power Rangers Zeo)
Orson Bean (Two and a Half men)
John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise)
Phil LaMarr (Futurama)
Johnny Whitworth (Limitless)
Paul Gleason (Van Wilder)
Robert Baker (The Originals)
Danielle Harris (Halloween 4)
Jordana Spiro (Ozark)
Michael O’Neill (Transformers)
James MacDonald (Roadkill)
Amy Sloan (Timeline)
Scout Taylor-Compton (Return to Sender)
Brigid Brannagh (runaways)
Brent Sexton (God Friended Me)
Audrey Wasilewski (Red)
Michael Shamus Wiles (Breaking Bad)
Andrea Savage (Izombie)
Meredith Salenger (Village of The Damned)
Clare Carey (Maid to Order)
Michael B. Silver (Jason Goes To Hell)
Dee Wallace (E.T.)
Jay Acovone (Stargate SG.1)
Daniel Roebuck (Lost)
Bradley Stryker (Smallville)
Barry Bostwick (Spy Hard)
Claire Coffee (Grimm)
William Morgan Sheppard (Transformers)
Piper Laurie (Carrie)
Tom Bower (Die Hard 2)
Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok)
Susan Chuang (Miss Congeniality 2)
Karina Logue (Bates Motel)
Brooke Anne Smith (Too Close To Home)
Sarah Brown (VR Troopers)
Kristin Richardson (Rock Star)
Cheryl White (Major Crimes)
Lindsay Hollister (Get Smart)
Pat Skipper (Halloween)
Nick Wechsler (Roswell)
Mimi Kennedy (Mom)
Hillary Tuck (Life as a House)
Christina Hendricks (Bad Santa 2)
Diane Ladd (Joy)
Natasha Gregson Wagner (Urban Legend)
April Grace (A.I.)
Edwin Hodge (The Purge)
Jon Huertas (Sabrina: TTW)
Phillip Jeanmarie (Power Rangers Wild Force)
Michael Grant Terry (Bones)
Dabier (Black Lightning)
Deborah Van Valkenburgh (Streets of Fire)
Lori Lively (Free Enterprise)
Robin Weigert (Deadwood)
James Handy (Alias)
Christopher Cousins (Breaking Bad)
Michael Mantell (Angel)
Michael Welch (All The Boys Love Mandy Lane)
Skyler Gisondo (Santa Clarita Diet)
William R. Moses (JAG)
Meredith Monroe (Minority Report)
Megan Follows (Reign)
Zachery Ty Bryan (Home Improvement)
Christine Elise (Cult of Chucky)
Laura Johnson (Four Christmases)
Alona Tal (Cult)
Meagen Fay (The Big Bang Theory)
Shannon Woodward (Westworld)
Priscilla Pointer (Carrie)
Tina Holmes (Shelter)
Veronica Cartwright (Alien)
Jeremy Davidson (Roswell)
Brennan Elliott (Cedar Cove)
Benjamín Benítez (Tru Calling)
Zeljko Ivanek (Heroes)
Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead)
Bre Blair (Narcos)
George Coe (The Stepford Wives)
Thomas F. Wilson (Legendsd of Tomorrow)
Laura Bell Bundy (Anger Management)
Eric Lange (Lost)
John Rubinstein (Angel)
Meredith Baxter (Family Ties)
Dean Norris (Breaking Bad)
K Callan (Lois & Clark)
Peter Graves (Airplane)
Michelle Harrison (The Flash)
Stacy Haiduk (Superboy)
Tonya Pinkins (Gotham)
Dale Dickey (Iron Man 3)
Sam Anderson (Lost)
Steven Grayhm (White Chicks)
Mageina Tovah (Spider-Man 2)
Susan Walters (The Vampire Diaries)
Kenny Johnson (Bates Motel)
Jeanette Brox (Still Life)
Kyle Gallner (Veronica Mars)
Will Rothhaar (Grimm)
Michael Trevino (Roswell, New Mexico)
Nestor Carbonell (Ringer)
Lesley Fera (24)
Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood)
Brian Gross (2 Broke Girls)
L. Scott Caldwell (Lost)
Jack McGee (Gangster Squad)
Neil Jackson (Push)
Enuka Okuma (Impulse)
Ryan Cutrona (Sliver)
Brian Bloom (The A-Team)
Mark Famiglietti (Terminator 3)
Jake Abel (The Host)
Greg Cipes (Teen Titans)
Julie Adams (Crooked River)
Rutanya Alda (The Dark Half)
Eric Jungmann (Not Another Teen Movie)
Robert F. Lyons (Roswell)
George Newbern (Justice Leage Vs The Fatal Five)
Robert Pine (Red Eye)
Matthew Glave (Stargate SG.1)
Annie Wersching (Runaways)
John Aylward (Alias)
David Henrie (How I Met Your Mother)
Bobby Hosea (Xena)
Bruno Campos (Nip/Tuck)
Mary-Pat Green (Mom)
Brian Hallisay (Hostel – Part III)
Shane Johnson (Power)
Charles Mesure (V)
Conor O’Farrell (Lie To Me)
Sonja Sohn (Shaft)
Dorie Barton (Down With Love)
Polly Shannon (Lie With Me)
Jake McDorman (Limitless TV)
Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager)
Ernie Hudson (Ghostbustes)
Lucinda Jenney (Rain Man)
Sam McMurray (Raising Arizona)
Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica)
Kelly Overton (Van Hesling)
Sam Trammell (The Order)
Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5)
Sterling Beaumon (Lost)
Obba Babatundé (How High)
John Diehl (Stargate)
Greg Finley (Izombie)
Vanessa Williams (Candyman)
Don Swayze (Passenger)
Paula Malcomson (Caprica)
Holmes Osborne (Donnie Darko)
Faran Tahir (Iron Man)
Darcy Rose Byrnes (Desperate Housewives)
Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)
Tom McCleister (Twins)
Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files)
Sean Whalen (Superstore)
Whitney Able (Monsters)
AnnaLynne McCord (Excision)
Drew Powell (Gotham)
Charlyne Yi (This Is 40)
Erin Cahill (Power Rangers Time Force)
Ellen Albertini Dow (Wedding Crashers)
Carolyn McCormick (Enemy Mine)
Michael Massee (The Amazing Spider-Man)
Brad William Henke (Lost)
Helena Mattsson (Seven Psychopaths)
Vyto Ruginis (Moneyball)
Ksenia Solo (Lost Girl)
Anthony Starke (Nowhere To Run)
Lynda Boyd (Sanctuary)
Justina Machado (Final Destination 2)
Cynthia Ettinger (Frailty)
Terry Rhoads (Hitchcock)
Kirk Acevedo (Arrow)
Jack Conley (Angel)
Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
Mark Rolston (Aliens)
Raphael Sbarge (Risky Business)
Randall Park (Aquaman)
Robyn Lively (Teen Witch)
Shailene Woodley (Divergent)
Danielle Bisutti (Curse of Chucky)
Monet Mazur (Torque)
Justin Bruening (Ringer)
Daphne Ashbrook (The O.C.)
Rodney Rowland (Legacies)
Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther)
Jonathan Scarfe (Van Helsing)
Lawrence Pressman (Dark Angel)
Ralph Waite (Bones)
Aisha Hinds (Cult)
Wings Hauser (The Insider)
Jonathan Keltz (Reign)
Justin Hartley (Smallville)
Diane Delano (Jeepers Creepers 2)
Nikki Deloach (Longshot)
Michele Greene (LA Law)
Deirdre Lovejoy (Bones)
Ian Anthony Dale (The Event)
Patti Yasutake (Star Trek: Generations)
Kim Coates (Goon)
Ryan Kelley (Teen Wolf)
Timothy Omundson (Xena)
Jeffrey Combs (Gotham)
Johnny Lewis (Sons of Anarchy)
Brianne Davis (Six)
Lilli Birdsell (Doom Patrol)
Kevin Cooney (Roswell)
Kathleen Munroe (Patriot)
John Pyper-Ferguson (Caprica)
Joe Nieves (How I Met Your Mother)
Gigi Rice (CSI)
Maury Sterling (Coherence)
Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries)
Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man)
June Squibb (The Big Bang Theory)
Brea Grant (Heroes)
Nicholle Tom (Superman:TAS)
Molly Hagan (No Good Nick)
John Prosky (Hulk)
M.C. Gainey (Lost)
James Karen (Hercules In New York)
Sean O’Bryan (Vantage Point)
Justice Leak (Supergirl)
Cassidy Freeman (Smallville)
Patricia Belcher (Bones)
Adetokumboh M’Cormack (Lost)
Jenna Leigh Green (Sabrina: TTW)
Jennifer Hetrick (Star Trek: DS9)
Vernee Watson (The Big Bang Theory)
Nicholas Braun (How To Be Single)
Richard Herd (Get Out)
Charles Napier (The Silence of The Lambs)
Kim Director (Blair Witch 2)
Ajay Mehta (Anger Management)
Joel Murray (Two and a Half Men)
Elena Satine (The Gifted)
Nicole Bilderback (Clueless)
Erin Cummings (Bitch Slap)
Patrick Fischler (Happy!)
Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther)
Tyrees Allen (Robocop)
Jonathan LaPaglia (Seven Days)
Keith Szarabajka (The Dark Knight)
Christine Woods (Flashforward)
Tania Raymonde (Texas Chainsaw)
Lee Majors (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Adrienne Barbeau (Argo)
Lindy Booth (Odyssey 5)
Taylor Cole (The Originals)
Mary Elizabeth Ellis (New Girl)
Jeff Kober (Sully)
Louis Mustillo (Mike & Molly)
Zack Ward (Transformers)
Courtney Ford (Legends of Tomorrow)
David Starzyk (Veronica Mars)
Bailey Chase (Buffy: TVS)
Brad Greenquist (Heroes)
Wynn Everett (Agent Carter)
Jerry Hardin (The X-Files)
Katherine LaNasa (Two and a Half Men)
Tyler Blackburn (Roswell, New Mexico)
Jeff Fahey (Lost)
Beth Broderick (Sabrina: TTW)
Clayne Crawford (Lethal Weapon)
Brit Morgan (Supergirl)
Jeremy Roberts (The Mask)
Clarence Williams III (The Butler)
Victoria Pratt (Mutant X)
Johnathon Schaech (Legends of Tomorrow)
Alexandra Holden (Dead End)
Shalim Ortiz (Heroes)
Tess Harper (Breaking Bad)
Valerie Azlynn (Julia X)
Channon Roe (Boogie Nights)
Muse Watson (I Know What Youd Did Last Summer)
Michael Ironside (Total Recall)
Jesse Plemons (Game Night)
Daniel Baldwin (Hwaaii Five-0)
Gary Hudson (Road House)
Jessica Tuck (True Blood)
Raymond J. Barry (The Gifted)
Ashley Johnson (Avengers Assemble)
Erin Chambers (Stargate: Atlantis)
Tracey Walter (Batman)
Chris Browning (Supergirl)
Steven Culp (Jason Goes To Hell)
James Earl (Scream Queens)
Cress Williams (Black Lightning)
Meagan Good (D.E.B.S.)
Jamie Hector (Heroes)
Eugene Robert Glazer (La Femme Nikita)
Yara Shahidi (Alex Cross)
Lolita Davidovich (Blaze)
Alan Blumenfeld (WarGames)
Julianna Guill (The Resident)
Sharni Vinson (Bait)
Dakin Matthews (True Grit)
Carel Struycken (The Addams Family)
Rachel Miner (The Nutterfly Effect 3)
Sean Maguire (Meet The Spartans)
Lauren Cohan (Chuck)
Roddy Piper (The Live)
Glenn Morshower (Transformers)
Patrick Gallagher (Glee)
Johnny Messner (Spartan)
Jon Gries (Welcome To The Jungle)
Melissa Ordway (Ted)
Peter Jason (Mortal Kombat)
Azura Skye (28 Days)
Darren Criss (Glee)
Rob Benedict (Birds of Prey)
JR Bourne (Staragte SG.1)
John Kassir (Pete’s Dragon)
Mae Whitman (The Duff)
Dana Davis (Heroes)
Thomas Ian Girffiths (XXX)
Thomas Kopache (Stigmata)
James Black (Anger Management)
Keone Young (Crank)
Jonathan Banks (The Lizzie Borden Chronciles)
Ryan Wynott (The Cape)
Susanna Thompson (Arrow)
Dawn Olivieri (The Vampire Diaries)
Steven Williams (The X-Files)
Loretta Devine (Crash)
Nelson Lee (Blade: The Series)
Chandra West (White Noise)
Justina Vail (Highlander: The Series)
John D’Aquino (Seaquest)

51751707I’m glad I got the opportunity to catch this show. It’s no doubt one of the best shows on TV, between 2003-2010. it was a very well written show. The episodes always has their twist even though the cases, at first sight, might seem pretty much alike. This show captures the individuality of each crime, the persons involved and the surroundings in a very good way.cold caseThe fact that the crimes have been committed years ago and that everything involved has changed over the time, gives this show something different then every other cop show. It also captures the humanity of both the victims the suspects and the investigators. There are a lot of feeling in it and it often gets rather touching. Some episodes might contain elements from the characters personal life. It just gives the characters a life beyond the job and this is good as it never takes over the episode or is used to cover a bad plot. The show involves several investigators and you get to know them as well. They got lives and personalities too, yet they don’t steal the show from Rush, witch in the end is the star of the show.
cold_cast_mainThe cast is great. Kathryn Morris does a great job portraying Rush. The cinematography and lightning of this show is just beautiful. It all looks great. Both scenes from past and present. They have given the show a unique look. A kind of white or blue, cold look. They also manage to capture the unique eras in witch the crime was committed. You know just by looking witch decade we’re in. It’s the colors, the way they shoot, the quality and the overall look that make this. The art director, production designer, costume etc. deserves credit for this too. Making the sets and such fit the era.cc4cc1221The original music of this show it catching and good. In addition there is a lot of none original music from the year the crimes are committed. This really gives the right feel and easy gives you the idea of witch year we’re in. The only downside to the use of music of the era means that copyright laws prohibit them being used on DVD and this is why the show has yet come to disc.

REVIEW: ARROW – SEASON 1 & 2

CAST

Stephen Amell (The Vampire Diaries)
Katie Cassidy (Black Xmas)
Colin Donnell (Chicago Med)
David Ramsey (Pay It Forward)
Willa Holland (Legion)
Susanna Thompson (Dragonfly)
Paul Blackthorne (The Dresden Files)
Emily Bett Rickards (Brooklyn)
Manu Bennett (Spartacus)
Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Colin Salmon (Limitless TV)
Jamey Sheridan (The Ice Storm)
Annie Ilonzeh (Beauty and The Beast)
Brian Markinson (Izombie)
Derek Hamilton (Disturbing Behavior)
Hiro Kanagawa (Heroes Reborn)
Kelly Hu (The Vampire Diaries)
Ty Olsson (X-Men 2)
Byron Mann (Dark Angel)
Roger Cross (First Wave)
Euegen Lipinski (Goosebumps)
Michael Rowe (Tomorrowland)
John Barrowman (Reign)
Currie Graham (Agent Carter)
Kyle Schmid (The Covenant)
Sarah-Jane Redmond (V)
Jessica De Gouw (Dracula)
Jeffrey Nordling (Tron: Legacy)
Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica)
Sebastian Dunn (The Other Half)
Andrew Dunbar (Leprechaun: Origins)
Danny Nucci (Eraser)
Ben Browder (Stargate SG.1)
Christie Laing (Scary Movie 4)
Patrick Sabongui (The Flash)
David Anders (Izombie)
Ona Grauer (V)
Adrian Holmes (Smallville)
Agam Darshi (Sanctuary)
James Callis (Battlestar Galactica)
Rekha Sharma (Dark Angel)
Chin Han (The Dark Knight)
Janina Gavankar (True Blood)
Alex Kingston (Flashforward)
Anna Van Hooft (Flash Gordon)
Celina Jade (The Man with The Iron Fists)
Seth Gabel (Salem)
J. August Richards (Angel)
Summer Glau (Firefly)
Dylan Bruce (Heroes Reborn)
Caity Lotz (The Machine)
Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight)
Kevin Alejandro (Ugly Betty)
Bex Taylor-Klaus (Scream: The Series)
Teryl Rothery (Stargate SG.1)
Aubrey Marie Anderson (The Unit)
Jimmy Jean-Louis (Heroes)
Cle Bennett (Flashpoint)
Dylan Neal (Sabrina: TTW)
Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Spartacus)
David Nykl (Stargate: Atlantis)
Sean Maher (Firefly)
James Kidnie (Robocop: The Series)
Katrina Law (Chuck)
Michael Eklund (Bates Motel)
Nicholas Lea (V)
Robert Knepper (Cult)
Tara Strong (Batman: The Animated Series)
Lochlyn Munro (Little Man)
Jorge Vargas (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Carlos Valdes (The Flash)
Navid Negahban (Legion)
Danielle Panabaker (Sky High)

Image result for arrow pilotAfter turning the story about Clark Kent’s evolution from humble teenager to world’s greatest hero into one of the most successful science fiction TV series of all time, what exactly do you do for an encore? The obvious answer would be a series about a young Bruce Wayne. Or maybe a crime procedural starring the men and women of the Gotham City Police Department. Instead, The CW gave us Arrow, a series that simultaneously explores Oliver Queen’s first months as a vigilante hero and the painful hero’s journey he undertook while stranded on a remote island. Even considering Green Arrow’s popularity in Smallville and Justice League Unlimited, it wasn’t the most obvious choice. Nor was it the choice many DC fans wanted. But ultimately, it was a choice that paid off.

To their credit, they succeeded. Even right off the bat, there were many notable elements that he writers introduced into the Green Arrow mythos. Generally a loner in the comics, here Ollie was given a full family and circle of allies. Some were inspired by characters from the comics, while others were entirely new creations. Probably the most successful new addition was John Diggle as Ollie’s personal bodyguard-turned-ally in his war on crime. Watching the dynamic between Ollie and Diggle morph from cold and hostile to warm camaraderie was a treat. And the two sequences featuring Diggle in the costume rather than Ollie suggested that this show could have a life beyond that of its lead character.Image result for arrow pilotAmell’s performance grew stronger over time, and the subtle ways in which he distinguished his performances during the present-day and flashback scenes stood out.With other characters, it was more a question of the scripts shedding light on motivation and relationships before they really came into their own. This was certainly the case with Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson), who was a bit of a hard sell as a sympathetic mother figure until viewers came to understand her role in “The Undertaking.” Similarly, Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell) came across as a fairly flat and unimportant character at first. But by the end of the season, Tommy had emerged as the emotional heart of the series and Donnell’s one of the strongest performances.Jessica De Gouw in Arrow (2012)Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) was endearing, her instant charm made fans fall in love with her making her a regular was the best choice when they headed into season 2. As Laurel, Katie Cassidy was excellent as future Black Canary, dealing with her emotions of seeing her former boyfriend back from the dead and the lost of her sister.  Structurally, the season started out strong and finished even stronger. The writers managed to weave together an overarching narrative as Ollie slowly uncovered the truth of The Undertaking and his own parents’ involvement while contending with various smaller villains and conflicts. Anchoring the series throughout were the frequent flashbacks to Ollie’s five years on the island. The pilot episode offered a tantalizing glimpse of what had transpired over the course of those five years with the Deathstroke mask discarded on the beach. Various plot twists revealed just how complicated that story is, teaming Ollie with Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) and Shado (Celina Jade) in an ongoing guerrilla war against mercenary leader Edward Fyers (Sebastian Dunn). Particularly once Slade entered the picture and his bond with Ollie became a major focal point, the flashbacks emerged as one of the strongest elements of the show.

Everything in Season 1 culminated in two climactic episodes as Ollie fought for the survival of Starling City in the present and to stop Fyers from sparking an international incident in the past. These episodes offered a satisfying blend of big action scenes and emotional character showdowns. In particular, the final scene between Ollie and Tommy that closed out the season was perhaps the best the show has delivered so far.

Right off the bat, “City of Heroes” set the tone and direction for Season 2. We saw a despondent Ollie still crushed by the death of his best friend, Tommy, and having retreated to the island in a self-imposed exile. Though Colin Donnell only briefly reprised his role as Tommy this season, his character was very much a lingering presence driving the actions of Ollie and Laurel throughout the year. And his death formed the crux of Ollie’s renewed mission. It was right there in the revised opening sequence – “To honor my friend’s memory, I can’t be the killer I once was.” And that, more than Ollie’s battles with Slade Wilson or Sebastian Blood or Isabel Rochev, was the core conflict of the season. It’s easy enough to fight criminals by shooting them dead. But could Ollie muster the strength and the courage not to kill, even if it meant putting himself, his family, and his city in greater danger? It was a struggle, but the most satisfying element of the finale was the way Ollie definitively answered that question and established himself as a better class of vigilante.Manu Bennett in Arrow (2012)Overall, Season 2 was a good showcase for Stephen Amell’s acting talents.  Ollie was haunted by demons and shouldering heavy burdens throughout the year. He suffered more often than he succeeded, and Amell conveyed that pain well. Most impressive was the way Amell was so capable at portraying Ollie at different periods in his life. We saw plenty more of Ollie’s life on the island in the various flashback scenes. Having already spent a year fighting for his life against men like Edward Fyers and Billy Wintergreen, flashback Ollie was closer to the man he is in the present, but not all the way there. And we even caught glimpses of a pre-island Ollie, most significantly in “Seeing Red.” More than the changes in hairstyle or fashion, it was Amell’s purposeful shifts in vocal intonation and body language that differentiated the different versions of Ollie.Having established himself as one of the better supporting players in Season 1, it was very gratifying to see Manu Bennett step fully into the spotlight and become the big antagonist of Season 2. That’s despite him not even being revealed as the secret mastermind of Brother Blood’s uprising until the mid-season finale, “Three Ghosts.” But it was crucial that the show spend so much time, both this season and last, in building up the brotherly bond between Ollie and Slade and the island. We needed to feel the pain of seeing them broken apart and Slade become a vengeful villain hellbent on tearing his former friend’s life down. And it wasn’t until much later still that we saw how that rift occurred and Slade turn his wrath against Ollie. It’s a testament to both the writing and Bennett’s acting that the character never quite lost his aura of sympathy even as he murdered Ollie’s mother and tried to do the same to Felicity. This was a man driven half-mad by the loss of the woman he loved and an injection of a super-steroid. But conversely, I appreciated how the finale took pains to establish that it wasn’t just the Mirakuru fueling Slade’s anger. Even now, super-strength gone and exiled back to the island, Slade is a clear and present danger to Ollie’s world.Three GhostsThe show introduced Sebastian Blood and Isabel Rochev as Slade’s subordinates, with Blood serving as the most visible villain for much of the season. I really enjoyed Kevin Alejandro’s portrayal of Blood. Alejandro’s Blood was so disarmingly charming that it was often difficult to reconcile him with the masked man kidnapping drug addicts and turning street thugs into super-soldiers. Ultimately, Blood became the sort of villain who does the wrong things for the right reasons. He had an honest desire to make Starling City a better place. And when it became clear to him that Slade Wilson wouldn’t leave a city left for him to rule, Blood did the right thing and aided Team Arrow.Most of the increasingly large supporting cast were given their moments to shine in Season 2. I was often disappointed that Diggle wasn’t given more to do, but at least he was able to take a starring role in “Suicide Squad.” Diggle’s backseat status was mainly the result of Sara Lance stepping into the limelight early on and eventually becoming the fourth member of Ollie’s vigilante crew. The Arrow had his Canary finally. Sara’s own struggles with the desire for lethal force and reuniting with her family often made for good drama. But among Team Arrow, it was often Felicity Smoak who often had the best material.  Emily Bett Rickards had much better material to work with this year, whether it was her unrequited love for Ollie, her burgeoning relationship with Barry Allen, or her desire to pull her weight alongside her more physically capable allies. The final three episodes all featured some standout moments for Felicity as she established herself as a force to be reckoned with.
Elsewhere, Roy Harper was often a focus as he transitioned from troubled street punk to superhero sidekick. Roy’s temporary super-strength powers were a welcome story swerve and a fitting physical manifestation of his inner rage. His character arc received a satisfying conclusion in the finale when he proved himself worthy and received his own red domino mask, but lost Thea as a result.As for the various women in Ollie’s life, Felicity and Sara aside, Season 2 was a little more uneven. Moira definitely had an interesting ride. She started out Season 2 fighting for her life while on trial for her role in the Undertaking. Then, in an unlikely turn of events, she was spurred to run for mayor. And finally, her life did end when she became a pawn in Slade’s cruel game. It was a terrific finish for Moira, proving once and for all that, whatever wrongs she committed, she was only ever trying to ensure her children’s survival. Thea was more up and down throughout the season. She was often underutilized, but received a boost late in the season when she learned the truth about her parentage. Laurel’s character  had her own crucible this season, spiraling into into drug and alcohol addiction and losing her job before hitting bottom, rebounding, and playing her part in saving Starling City.The Mirakuru drug served as a plausible, pseudo-scientific way of introducing super-strength and allowing Slade to transform into Deathstroke. And even when it came time to introduce the Flash midway through the season, Barry Allen never felt too out of place alongside the more grounded characters. Season 2 really opened the floodgates as far as drawing in characters and elements from other DC properties. Barry Allen’s debut was the most high-profile, but we also saw plenty more of Amanda Waller and A.R.G.U.S. “Professor Ivo became a recurring villain, along with a very different take on Amazo. And in a welcome twist, it turned out that even the Batman franchise is fair game with this show. Early on we learned of Sara Lance and Malcolm Merlyn’s connection to the League of Assassins. Nyssa al Ghul appeared in a couple of episodes, and we know her father is out there in the world, leading his shadowy organization in the hidden city of Nanda Parbat. Even Harley Quinn had a brief cameo.And beyond the introduction of all these new elements, the scope of Arrow really opened up in Season 2. The action was bigger and better choreographed. The scale of the conflicts was bigger. The producers simply seemed to have more money to throw around. And whether that was actually the case or just the result of experience and planning, the end result was the same. Arrow became a bigger, more cinematic TV series this season.