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Unexpected Simple Pleasure – Arrow

Been watching several episodes of Arrow, and several things came to mind:

  • It’s not a bad show. It starts off well enough, and is done in an interesting way with good action.
  • If you’re binge watching, as I was, especially several episodes in a row, you’ll notice some inconsistencies when it comes to the character’s behaviour, especially for Thea and Oliver.
  • Oliver comes back from the island all serious at first, but then deciding he needs a cover so as not to be suspected for a vigilante, attempts to play up his former playboyish tendencies. However the transition from irresponsible skirt-chasing brat to serious crimebuster and back again is not convincing, and his family seem like idiots not to pickup the fact that he’s super serious in one scene, and playing dumb in another. I suppose this wouldn’t be noticed as much if you watch the episodes in the way it was intended – with a week’s gap in between, time enough for your memory to glaze over minor details.
  • Thea is one of the most inconsistent character here – she seems centred and matured on episode, then brattish on another.
  • There’s a scene in one of the earlier episodes where Oliver fools Diggle to try locked door before gets him into a stranglehold, in order for him to escape Oliver’s own party to fight crime elsewhere. Amazingly, there was no explanation on the effect the stunt Oliver pulled had on Diggle, and the next time they both appeared on screen together it seemed as though nothing has happened. I’d have expected Diggle to have fought and gotten into Oliver’s face for that, because as at that time Oliver hasn’t yet revealed his secret to Diggle, but no. This was super strange and bugged me.
  • I’m not convinced on superheroes on TV. They’ve upped the smoothness factor by improving production quality, but if you take all that away it’s still almost campy. I wasn’t all in for Agents of SHIELD either, and stopped at Episode 5 for that one.

As I write this I seem to have broken the spell Arrow had on me. I’m on episode 10, and I think I’m pretty much done. I’ll move on to something else.

Review: Bellwether

Bellwether by Connie Willis
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Willis is undoubtedly a brilliant author, and has a way with words. However the story too way to long to get to the point, and as much as I’m interested in science the research of fads really wasn’t fantastically interesting. I liked how everything unfolded in the end, but overall, the story, while competently written, just wasn’t very interesting to me.

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Review: A Dog’s Heart (Unabridged Fiction)

A Dog's Heart (Unabridged Fiction)
A Dog’s Heart (Unabridged Fiction) by Mikhail Bulgakov
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After Frankenstein, which set a very high bar, I’m very interested in man-created creatures. This was a short but very interesting book. Apparently when you’re an asshole, you’re one even when you’ve been transposed to a dog.

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Review: The Neverending Story

The Neverending Story
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For some reason I kept being reminded of Norman’s Gor books while reading this. The almost campy fantasy elements were very reminiscent of Talbot’s adventures. However, this book has a layer of complexity and is infinitely more interesting.

I’m looking forward to the movie now.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finished reading it to Max, then capped it off with the movie. Max was frightened at certain parts of the movie, but it was cool to see him excited as well. He was particularly excited about meeting the characters for the first time, after having spent about a month with the book.

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