Stay with me here. I LOVE ARROW. Hands down. Full stop. And last night’s episode was great. It had action and answers in the flashbacks and then a really slow, almost eery burn in present day as Slade Wilson was led around the Queen mansion.
BUT, the quick-cut, much hyped 3 minute trailer had me itching for a showdown. A balls-out, totally insane fight between Slade and Team Arrow. “Let Roy loose!” I cried silently. The trailer made me want it all in one go. Now, now, now. Instant gratification. A big blockbuster-esque blowout. But no, it was a calm, rational, stare down. Two sets of foes metaphorically (and somewhat physically) circling up.
They’re positioned for bigger drama.
Which is actually the point of a build-up, and that trailer. We’re now all poised - tensed up - like a cat ready to pounce. I just don’t have the patience to wait for it. And after the 3-minute preview, this episode felt a bit like a giant stall. A pause before the real climax that was just a little too jarring.
The final episodes may kill us all. So I guess I should say thank you to the Arrow writers, producers and editors. You’re making a high-quality, addictive TV show. It’s tight.
There’s nothing I love more than the love Adam Levine and Blake Shelton have for each other over on The Voice. It’s actually the best thing happening on reality TV this season (okay, and every season).
But last night I’m pretty sure Blake became a ventriloquist for a hot second and Adam was his puppet (doll? dummy?).
So the big G.H. in T.A.H.I.T.I. reveal…
I did a whole “whaaaat is that dude?” and then started to recall the myriad of Marvel movies I’ve watched and started to (sort of) comprehend. The mystery of Skye was always that she was an 0-8-4 “Object with unknown origin” so the appearance of someone from another realm can’t be that surprising to anyone. Nor should her return from the brink of death with only some sort of experimental drug/alien blood. Except that I have no clue where Lila/Leala/Leela/Leila (seriously, someone tell me how to spell it) fits into it. But yay to the arrival of Lady Sif next week!
What do you think about her move to TV: too shark-jumping or some much needed Marvel heft?
ABC’s follow-up hour of The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife boasted a tribute to The Goonies (Goldbergs never say die!) and Malin Ackerman dressed as Jasmine (when she’s Jafar’s slave with the high pony tail and in red) from Aladdin. Basically, someone send champagne to those two shows’ wardrobe/costume departments because they nailed it. Here’s The Goonies:
Here’s The Goldbergs in Goonies mode:
I honestly can’t say this enough to people: YOU SHOULD REALLY WATCH THE GOLDBERGS.
Lastly, what a snoooozy New Girl! They said goodbye to Abby (the person filling the show’s desperate need for more women), moved Schmidt back into the loft (okay, that’s fine) and, just as Jess and Nick decided not to “live together,” forced them to live together. Plus Cece’s whole crazy quest and Coach enabling here was just awful. THUMBS DOWN. GET IT TOGETHER OVER THERE, WRITERS.
"Why are you dressed like a magician?" In an all black suit and shirt combo, with red tie and pocket square, I’d say Rob Ford looked more like Satan in a bad 1990 comedy. Except that it’s real life and not too many residents of Toronto are laughing.
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2.5 million RTs and counting. Ellen broke Twitter (and/or the Internet) with this mid-show selfie (Twitter/TheEllenShow)
In case you used Sunday night to be a productive member of society, here’s Gawker’s rundown of what you need to know happened at last night’s Academy Awards. (Gawker)
But Buzzfeed’s moments might be better. (Buzzfeed)
How did Ellen fair as host this year? I’m with Duana and Lainey in the solid “she was good!” camp. (Lainey Gossip)
20 weirdest things at the 2014 Oscars (Mashable)
The Academy Awards’ hidden gems - Brad Pitt eating pizza seemed to be a favourite of the people. (EW)
If John Travolta had to pronounce everyone’s name at the Oscars (Buzzfeed)
One day I WILL get to the Vanity Fair Oscar fete. Mark my (sleep-deprived and slightly delusional) words. (Vanity Fair)
Slate says these are the funniest tweets from the Oscars, according to their list of critics and comics. So, they probably aren’t… (Slate)
If you - like me - aren’t tired of Jennifer Lawrence, here are her best moments from the night. (Buzzfeed)
Lastly, here are all the Razzie winners from the weekend. (Jezebel)
Your move, J. Law.
(Photo credit:Mike Blake/Reuters)
I recently saw That Awkward Moment with some friends; at the end one of them bemoaned Imogen Poots’ “cool girl” character because it’s basically become the film/TV/real life standard for the girl that all men change and/or commit to because “she’s not like other girls.” Buzzfeed contributer Anne Helen Petersen is now talking about the Cool Girl phenomena - and everyone’s/my love of J.Law - and it’s much more articulate than me. ALSO, I adore that someone had a “nervous breakdown themed” party in the 1930s. We need better parties. (Buzzfeed)
Redditor: Tell us what you did last summer.
SMG: Killed a drifter on the road.
You have to go read Sarah Michelle Gellar’s AMA on Reddit. It’s full of wonderful Buffy/Angel love (confirmed: Boreanaz is the better kisser) AND someone actually mentioned Ringer. (reddit)
Here’s your first look at Grant Gustin as The CW’s Flash. (Twitter/AmellWednesdays)
Caffeine plus booze = cocktails I’m most interested in at this very moment. Bonus points to the ones that include ice cream and bacon fat. (Toronto Life)
If you don’t have time to see all the Best Picture nominees before Oscar Sunday, Yahoo’s summarized them if GIF form for you. (Yahoo)
Or perhaps you prefer the nominees in pie chart form? (Vulture)
Olivier Sarkozy put a ring on an Olsen twin. That’s right, one of the Olsen twins is ENGAGED. Do you feel as old as I do right now? (Refinery29)
Chris Harrison is the one true star of The Bachelor. And he’s the only reason I miss watching that show. (Jezebel)
Nice of TVD's writers to give the Stelena fans a hot kiss after a season of all the Delena…even if it is technically Katherine. This whole Katherine pretending to be Elena has been a great showcase for Nina Dobrev's acting talents. Because there has always been a difference between how she's played the doppelgangers, but having to play one playing the other is a whole ball of trouble. And there is a difference. She's not just falling back on “this is how I play Elena.” It's pretty fucking great.
Additionally, this is my favourite Stefan: he’s not broody and whinging; he’s not totally psychotic and ripper-y; he’s the right amount of bad ass but with logic and restraint. It’s hard not to love him. (But I remain a Damon fan for life. Blue eyes make me swoony.) Stefan-Caroline scenes are turning out to be some of my favourites, especially the two of them figuring the Katherine/Elena situation out. I don’t want them to hook up; just be best friends forever.
Community was kind of boring this week (very Britta-centric and not in a fun way), don’t you think? I just didn’t care about Abed bonding with new Chevy Chase - yeah, I’m not learning that guy’s name - nor did I have a big attachment to Britta’s self-crisis.
Meanwhile, The Big Bang Theory was able to make an entire plot line out of Leonard buying a dining room table. The purchase subsequently led to Sheldon deciding to break up with Amy, though she managed to swing the whole thing back in her favour. Can I request these two just make out a little more please?
And I can’t talk about Parenthood or Reign because I didn’t get to them. And I’m upset about it. But it’ll be a glorious weekend of TV watching/PVR purging.
People Magazine has finally used their Photoshop skills for good posing Oscar nominees with their younger selves. Let’s all collectively swoon for 1994-era Jared Leto. Jordan Catalano 4eva! (People)
Bill O’Reilly’s doing his best to quash dreams of young women and also just generally demoralize the female population. Actual quote “Look, the Mullahs in Iran, they think women are like subspecies,” says the man who says a woman shouldn’t be president. What a jackass. (Buzzfeed)
Combining my love of charts and history here’s every Best Actress Oscars dress since 1929. (Cosmo UK)
First selfies, now the Muppet’s released the “Sequel Song” and it’s SO charming and old school. Damn it, guys, we’re all going to have to see this movie. (io9)
I can’t decide how I feel about EW’s their piece about TV writers falling back on rape to make a female character’s arc interesting. I also feel like people are way too focused on the Downton Abbey rape plotline this season. Am I the only one who wasn’t scandalized about something that, historically speaking, frequently happened to women in the service industry? (EW)
This photo on Chris Lowell’s Instagram of all the Veronica Mars guys is my everything. (Instagram/mrchrislowell)
Sarah Jessica Parker’s got a line of shoes at Nordstrom’s now and I’m super into the Mary Janes. (Go Fug Yourself)
Also, I’m interested in several pairs of these sneaks. (The Cut)
Sure it’s sad if this is what you’re throwing a tantrum about, but the graffiti is cool. (I Heart The Street Art)
Mrs. Adam Brody is pretty damn gorgeous sans makeup. (Us Weekly)
Did you die when he caressed her face? I’m not even on the Olicity bandwagon and even I squealed a little in delight. It’s a cheap TV (and movie) trick, but I love it when they make one person all truth-y with the aid of painkillers and/or booze. I think I loved it more when he immediately noticed her workout wear with the whole “what are you wearing!?” (More Olicity gifs here.)
Couple ‘shipping aside, Arrow gave us a solid punch in the teeth cliffhange-y ending with Slade being revealed to Oliver. He obviously reacted with surprise but there are still so many unanswered questions: did he know Slade was still alive? How did they leave things? (Come on island flashbacks, catch us up!) Does Oliver immediately suspect him or link him to the Brother Blood crime ring? Maybe he’s happy to be reunited with Slade? In other words, hold on because the end of season two is going to be all kinds of crazy awesome.
Over on Nashville, Scarlett made poor decisions (tsk, sleeping with Liam..so 2013) while her former (boy)friends formed a trio. Gunnar, Zoe, and Avery singing together at the beginning of the episode = genius. Those three are going to clean up on iTunes. Juliette’s "Don’t Put Dirt on My Grave Just Yet" was top notch too - very apt for her storyline/current career - but it just got The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two” stuck in my head all night. (I think that’s meant to be a compliment.) Actually, the aforementioned trio should totally cover The Band Perry tracks. Yay country music!
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