Slings and Arrows

The CW has announced that its new hit show Arrow will be coming back for a second season.  Arrow has been a rating winner for the CW and one of it’s most popular new shows with the biggest premiere ratings since 2015.  Add that to the slew fan favorite actors making guest appearances,  including alumni from highly successful shows like Doctor Who and Battlestar Galactic (the one that doesn’t suck), it doesn’t look like the ratings are going down anytime too soon.

Of course, like anything, Arrow has its haters who probably watch every episode and are now crying on some message board or blog, or Facebook page (angry meme powers, activate!) about how a show like Arrow can get renewed yet FOX won’t bring back Firefly.  (I don’t want to be the one to tell them about the whole “different network”  thing.)  However, it is the opinion of the Hideout that Arrow rocks the Casbah and deserves another season or four. (more…)

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Veronica Mars movie

You have to give it to TV show fans, they can be as fickled bunch but for Veronica Mars the fans came out in force and just blew away a Kickstarter record.  In the first day of putting up a Kickstater campaign for the making of a Veronica Mars movie, in just half that day fans came on and raised $3 million dollars making the Veronica Mars Movie Campaign a history maker for Kickstarter.

As of this writing there are almost 60 thousand contributors to campaign and they are well on their way to raising $5 Million.  Okay, it’s Veronica Mars, okay we’re talking low budget and there may be a question of shooting schedules (a lot of the cast are in current series.)  This is not the only time Fans got to at least get an ending to a favorite series.  Fan reaction gave Farscape a 4-hour ending, gave Firefly a movie, gave Dollhouse an extra season, saved Community.

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Castle Review

If you want to grab the attention of your audience, start with a suspicious man running down an alley then turning to fire a big ass gun as a van speeding at him only to be hit – then cut to our main characters.  This is an episode that pulls us again to what makes Castle work, tense situation, interesting mystery, and character interaction that works for the serious and the humor that show is know for mixing.
There’s a formula for crime drama.   You have to have the crime, or what you think is a crime only to have clues lead you to the real crime.   For the most part they have to be procedural, which is often said with a bit of criticism and that never made sense to me.  Cop show or detective series, it involves investigation and you can’t do that without procedure.

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Banshee Review

This is one show that when you watch on DVD or Netflix you’re going to regret not catching it earlier.  Every episode steps up the tension to an already tension filled series, and when they bring it, it’s pretty much brung.

The deliciously hot Rebecca plot changes radically, and she has to turn to Ex-Amish turn small town gangster Uncle Kai for help, and that relationship take a full blown “Hustler’s Barely Legal” turn.   Lucas get to confront Carrie about his daughter, and Olec come to town to tell Rabbit’s daughter it’s time to come home or die.   In the history of TV fights, this one turns the volume up to eleven as Carrie disagrees with Olec, violently.   Alex Longshadow gets the family business and it turns out he has a smoking hot sister who pops up to wish pops a good death and will probably be sticking around Banshee for a bit.

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