Rick Approves: Arrow, The Flash, and Chad’s Super Hero Boner

Written by guest writer Rick Boykin

            Last Wednesday nights' “Draw Back Your Bow” episode of Arrow was its best of the season, and probably one of its best ever. What made this episode so much better than the 40 or 50 something episode before it? It focused on Roy Harper, aka Speedy (not in the show), aka Arsenal. Roy Harper’s character development has inched along at a frustrating pace since his introduction into the show, but finally we get an episode focused on the fan favorite. To be honest, half the reason I watch the show is I’ve come to like Roy Harper’s character (from another DC comic focused, animated show). Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen has become increasingly uninteresting, though that’s probably more due to the shows repeated use of the same story-telling method. It doesn’t matter though, because we’ve finally got Roy Harper, and he’s cool enough. Let’s just hope he sticks around.

            The CW’s newest DC spinoff, The Flash, has easily become one of my favorite shows on television, not to mention one of Chad C. White’s. What makes the show so good, aside from the fact that it’s the Flash, is that Barry Allen is “learning” how to be a superhero. He’s still this naïve super-geek whose insecurities shine through. We’re also being introduced to other infamous figures, most recently having seen an allusion to Gorilla Grodd. That, and like, the girl he works with is super cute. If The Flash can avoid the pitfalls that have plagued Arrow (overused & worn-out flashback system, cliché protagonist-protagonist’s friend super complicated romance, and storylines that are built too similarly) then it can continue to be super awesome.

 

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