The Flash season 3 is about to premiere, so what better time to hear from the show’s stars about what fans can expect from the new episodes? I had a chance to talk to most of the cast (unfortunately, I wasn’t able to grab Candice Patton — sorry WestAllen fans!) at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con back in July.
Watch the videos below to see what Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Keiynan Lonsdale, and two of the show’s executive producers had to say about The Flash in season 3.
First up, here’s Grant Gustin being all charming and mostly vague about what’s coming for Barry Allen. Flashpoint — the alternate timeline Barry created at the end of season 2 and the title of the premiere episode — figures prominently in his answers.
Next is Carlos Valdes, who has plenty to say about Cisco Ramon. This could be a big year for Cisco, especially since his Flashpoint doppelganger is more than a little different from the nerd we know and love.
Danielle Panabaker’s Caitlin Snow gets her changes as well in the Flashpoint universe (Spoiler alert: She utters a great line in the premiere, “Have I been kidnapped?”). The actress hinted at what might be coming in her interview.
Things will definitely be different for Joe West in season 3. What does Jesse L. Martin have to say about that? See for yourself!
The last of the actors we’ve got here (stay tuned for Tom Cavanagh and new cast member Tom Felton next week) is Kid Flash himself, Keiynan Lonsdale. Now a regular, the actor has plenty to say about what antics Wally West might get up to in the new season.
Finally, two of The Flash‘s executive producers give away more than a few Flash season 3 spoilers in their interview.
The Flash season 3 premieres Tuesday, October 4 at 8pm on The CW.
It’s been a long summer, but Arrow season 5 is about to premiere with new episodes. What does that mean? Well, for the premiere episode, “Legacy,” it means a whole lot of changes for Oliver Queen and company. Remember — most of the team dropped the whole vigilante gig after the season 4 finale.
Oliver and Felicity Smoak are still in the game, a fact complicated somewhat by their breakup and by Oliver’s new job as mayor of Star City. And they’ve got Curtis Holt hanging around the lair, but everyone else is keeping their distance.
Will the team come back? Will Oliver be forced to hire some new blood? Arrow will most likely spend much of the coming season answering these questions. In the meantime, however, here are a few Arrow season 5 spoilers from the premiere.
1. Thea hasn’t gone far.
While Thea Queen may have hung up her Speedy hood at the end of last season, Oliver’s baby sister is sticking close to family — she clearly has a major role in the mayoral office, often covering for her absent brother.
2. The more things change, the more crime stays the same…
Sure, Damien Darhk is as dead as his creepy, subterranean utopia, but other bad guys are happy to pick up the slack. We meet one of them — Tobias Church (Chad L. Coleman) — in “Legacy,” and he’s all kinds of evil-awesome. Another baddie, Prometheus, seems to be in the mix as well. Who he (?) is and what he wants, we’ll be finding out over the next few episodes.
3. Killing is back on the menu.
You know how Oliver hasn’t been doing much in the way of killing over the past couple of years? Yeah, that’s over with. There’s some violence both in flashbacks and in the present-day. Not everyone is OK with this turn of events.
4. Oliver and Felicity aren’t exactly on the same page, relationship-wise.
Things are impressively friendly between these former significant others — think season 1/2 friendliness with occasional reminders of the attraction between them. Interestingly, one of these two may be reading more into this attraction than the other.
5. Always a triangle…
As anyone who has watched the Arrow season 5 trailer knows, Felicity has a new man in her life. The character is more than just a pretty face and appears elsewhere in the episode. Who is he and how does he figure into the new season? The episode doesn’t give a lot of answers. The character is clearly related to law enforcement.
Arrow season 5 premieres Wednesday, October 5 at 8pm on The CW.
GilmoreGirls is getting a revival on Netflix, and the streaming network has released a first teaser video showing the return to Stars Hollow with Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel reprising their roles as Lorelei and Rory Gilmore.
Because it’s important for Gilmore Girls to remain silly (and pop-culture topical), the conversation between mother and daughter revolves around whether or not Lorelei could ever be friends with Amy Schumer. Rory thinks the answer would be “no,” an answer mostly revolving around water-sports. Fortunately for Lorelei’s dreams of celebrity friendship, Schumer herself would be cool with a new buddy.
Who else will soon be friends with Lorelei? Fans of Gilmore Girls will find out on November 25, when Netflix releases all four episodes of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
The Flash season 3 trailer makes it clear that the superhero show isn’t playing around when it comes to its Flashpoint-themed premiere.
Thanks to Barry running back in time to save his mother — and later his father — from certain doom at the hands of speedsters, everything in The Flash’s life has changed. Iris and Joe are near-strangers to Barry. Cisco now owns what used to be STAR Labs and is kind of a jerk. Eobard Thawne is alive (and imprisoned?) and angry.
And there is more than one clue in the video — which premiered during the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con — indicating that Barry’s “perfect” world is unraveling around him. It probably doesn’t much help that Wally West is a speedster himself these days.
The Flash season 3 premieres Tuesday, October 4 on The CW.
The Arrow season 5 trailer was released at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. What’s in it? Well, there is a whole bunch of Green Arrow fighting, along with some clues that things will be changing the new season. For one thing, Oliver Queen seems ready to take on some apprentice vigilantes in his ongoing quest to save Star City.
In addition to Echo Kellum’s Curtis Holt, the wannabe vigilantes include Evelyn Sharp (Madison McLaughlin) and Wild Dog (Rick Gonzales). There’s no word on which of these trainees will remain on the team.
The new trailer does make it clear that supposedly departed team members Thea Queen and John Diggle won’t be gone for long. Meanwhile, Oliver and Felicity are still working together to save the city — even while Oliver takes the office of Mayor.
Arrow season 5 will premiere on Wednesday, October 5 on The CW.
Thanks to star Stephen Amell, fans got their first look at Arrow season 5 on Tuesday. And… wow. It’s a rather abs-tacular view.
That’s what happens, after all, when the Arrow star tweets a photo of his character, Oliver Queen, dripping in sweat and naked as far as the camera angle can see. There’s also an unusual amount of hair — a style more in keeping with flashback Oliver than present-day Oliver — so this may be a scene from the Green Arrow’s heretofore mysterious time in Russia.
Whatever the case, Oliver is very muscular and very unclothed. So enjoy!
Arrow returns to The CW on Wednesday, October 5 at 8pm with an episode (directed by longtime fight coordinator James Bamford) called “Legacy.” Keep checking this space for more Arrow season 5 spoilers as we get closer to the premiere!
Woah – UnREAL season 2 is pulling out the big guns very early this year and I’m loving it. Never one to shy away from the scandalous, this week’s episode left me feeling like I’d just taken a spin in a washer and was still, somehow, a little dirty.
It seems that douchebag extreme, Chet, is still living out his Everblasting fantasies involving a bunch of scantily clad contestants competing in an obstacle course, complete with trampoline for those moneymaking slow-mo boob shots. He and Quinn remain at each others throats – but what else is new? In a slightly disturbing turn, disturbing even for Chet, we haphazardly discover throughout the episode that Chet has just lost custody of his baby son yet somehow by episode’s end, he’s seen taking the little guy out of his crib. Has Chet resorted to kidnapping?
Queen Bee meanwhile, is kicking ass and taking names – at other people’s expense of course. Is there any other way in Quinn world? Taking it upon herself to produce contestants this Everlasting episode, she creates a tale so twisted it had me cringing. How is it possible that I’m still shocked by the shenanigans on this show?
Quinn’s victim this week is Brandi, a MMA fighter with a troubled childhood and what appears to be several rage issues. After the obstacle race results in Brandi injuring fellow contestant Chantal, Quinn leads her to believe that the only way to get Darius to understand her is to reveal the sensitive story of her entire troubled childhood. As with all these contestants, Brandi does as she’s very cleverly manipulated to do, and it seems for a moment that Darius will forgive the obstacle course incident. In a moment that is so purely Quinn, she proceeds to hire an actress to play Brandi’s mum and paint the entire story of Brandi’s childhood as a twisted tale of lies. Lucky for Quinn, this creates Everlasting magic as Brandi straight out attacks Darius once he cuts her from the show.
Having produced an episode worthy of the TV exec gods, Quinn is convinced that smarmy exec Gary will now call off Coleman and hand her back the Everlasting reins. Unfortunately for her, just like it had been for Rachel an episode ago, things don’t work in her favor and all her grovelling gets her is a front row seat as Coleman is gifted a shiny new sports car. To make matters worse, Gary reveals to Quinn that it was Rachel who turned her in. Oh snap, shit’s about to go down.
Not one to deal with personal drama well, Rachel attempts to make a quick getaway rather than suffer the wrath of Quinn. I must mention that before all of this goes down, Rachel and Coleman spend the episode doing flirty banter really well. Coleman’s proving that he can hold his own among these two incredibly strong women and it’s nice to see Rachel sparring with someone on her own level. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Adam was great, but his character was more about the charm than anything else.
Back at Rachel planning her quick getaway, Coleman utters what we’ve all been thinking in an attempt to get her to stay: “You and me, we can make shows that actually mean something, shows that people need.” High five. Then they full on make out. More high fiving.
Their hot make-out session is short lived though as Rachel is called to Darius’ room where it looks like he’s not doing very well. It will be interesting to see where his apparent injury leaves Everlasting but seeing as though Darius is shaping up to be a very smart bachelor, I’m sure him and Rachel will manage to figure out a very UnREAL way to work around it.
It’s safe to say that, based on this week’s episode of UnREAL and the introduction of the intriguing Coleman Wasserman, I can already tell how the next few weeks are going to go. Can’t I just get all of UnREAL season 2 now?? Waiting is going to kill me.
Coleman who? Let me give you the rundown.
With Quinn and Chet back at each others throats, things are bound to get ugly. It took all of one episode for Quinn to reclaim her position in the driver’s seat and despite her assurances to Rachel that it’s only to get Chet off their backs, methinks the lady doth protest too much. Quinn’s the original Queen Bee of Everlasting. Did we really think she was going to let Rachel take her spot without any interference?
Of course, Rachel reacts to this much in the way I would if the same were done to me – scarfing donuts and hating the world. It’s likely this hating that leads to her getting rid of her meds and, unfortunately for her, we know from past experience that Rachel minus the meds is a surefire road to lots of embarrassment and tears.
Not helping the situation is the fact that Rachel’s one-time true love, Jeremy, seems to be willing to do whatever it takes to make her life a living hell. This includes joining Team Chet in the great Chet/Quinn battle of season 2.
If you’re like me, I’m sure you’ve asked yourself many a time why Rachel doesn’t just leave her gig at Everlasting. I mean, with Quinn and her on the outs again, Jeremy despising her and Adam of the abs long-gone, what’s left?
You know what I think it is. It’s that Rachel can’t survive on anything else. This drama. These constant battles. This is what she thrives on. She literally has nothing else – and that’s pretty sucky.
In a misguided attempt to win back the power, Rachel hopes to usurp both Quinn and Chet by going directly to network president, Gary, and attempting to convince him to make her the new woman in charge. Sadly for her, Gary one-ups everyone by hiring a brand spanking new executive producer for the show – one Coleman Wasserman. He’s snarky, he’s smart and he’s adorable.
If I’m being honest, I measured at least half of my teenage relationships, or lack thereof, on Roswell‘s Max and Liz fairy tale. Sure, Michael and Maria had that whole sizzling, tear each others clothes of thing going on, but Max and Liz, man, they were something else entirely on the teen alien show. Fate. Soulmates. The classic girl next door meets loner boy from another planet.
I know it may seem kind of random to come into this unREAL recap reminiscing about my teenage thoughts on Roswell, but I feel it’s apt, since Shiri Appleby and the journal-writing, science-loving Every Girl she embodied back in the 90s was my go-to point of reference for what the perfect teenage girl should be like. I guess what I’m getting at is, look how far we’ve come.
Shiri Appleby as Rachel Goldberg on unREAL is pure television gold. To see an actress you’ve so long associated with one type of character, first in Roswell and then in the very entertaining, sadly short-lived Life Unexpected, stray so far from that good-girl image and do it oh-so-well, makes for the best kind of TV. Rachel Goldberg is so multi-faceted and so real, that it’s often hard to pinpoint if you love her, want to be her, or want to throw her off a cliff. She reminds me a bit of another strong female role-player in that sense – Annalise Keating. Both strong, both unapologetically who they are, both able to hide their vulnerabilities so well it makes watching the cracks start to appear even more entertaining.
I’ve gotta hand it to Rachel though – in the season 2 opener of what was undeniably the best show of 2015 and what is sure to be one of the best of 2016 – she appears uncannily put-together. Sure, there are a few questionable moments where she flirts precariously on the line between semi-sane and morphing back into the aahh-mazing train wreck of season one, but she holds it together well. Even in the face of sometimes-mother-figure, most-times-straight-up-ice-queen-Quinn doing a Jekyll and Hyde on her faster than you can blink.
Here’s basically how it goes down in the unREAL season 2 premiere.
Everlasting, or as the noticeably slimmer, still creepy Chet so lovingly calls it, EverBlasting, is back, this time with Rachel at the helm and Quinn filling Chet’s old spot.
Adam’s long gone, after being screwed on all fronts last season. I’m slightly sad to no longer see his pretty little face. Thankfully, we have a new pretty face to ease the pain. This year’s series stud, in addition to being Everlasting’s first black suitor, is also a mystery – flitting between egomaniacal football star to slightly sensitive mamma’s boy for much of the episode. I can’t quite figure him out which means that he is sure to be fire on screen.
Jilted ex-fiance and he of the beard, Jeremy, is back from his trip to Rachel’s mum’s last season and appears to be hell-bent on ruining Rachel’s life. Lucky for him, she’s done pretty well with that herself, so it’s going to be interesting to see who wins in their sticky battle.
Slimy Chet is fresh off a people-with-too-much-money-would-fall-for-anything retreat, clean, sober, and a good few pounds lighter. Too bad his period of enlightenment didn’t do much to help his general dickishness and he spends most of the episode trying to one-up Quinn. Speaking of the Queen Bee, she’s not having any of Rachel taking the reigns and by episode’s end she’s stepped in and reclaimed her throne. It’s going to be electric to watch.
Throw in a bunch of bachelorettes even more screwed up than last season’s, a few down and dirty montages and a reference to tanned balls, and it’s safe to say that UnREAL’s back, and better than ever.
Arrow has been something of a roller coaster this year, what with strange subplots and death and magic twists all over the place. What does this mean for the Arrow season 4 finale? Keep reading to find out!
Evil Guy Isn’t Done Eviling
Damien Darhk’s grand plan may have been reduced to Stepfordian rubble in the previous episode, but he’s got plenty of evil left. And where does one direct evil when short on time? At Felicity Smoak, of course!
A bunch of threats from everyone later and Curtis Holt is bleeding on the floor while Darhk gets away with his scowling daughter (appropriate for the only child of an evil demigod, I guess). Oh, and he got all the Rubicon access info too, so that nuclear apocalypse scenario is back on.
Yes, he’s cool with just destroying the world. No, that makes no sense. But Damien Darhk is eeeeeeeevvvvviiilllll so don’t overthink it.
It’s Bad, In Case You Missed That
“We only have 45 minutes.” Conveniently, the time until Star City finally meets its maker is roughly the amount of time left in the Arrow episode at this point.
While the loved ones hunker down in bunkers, the heroes sit around being all hopeless and despondent and stuff like that. Even an ARGUS attack on Darhk does little to dispel the negativity, particularly after they all die horribly off-screen.
Then a bunch of people with machine guns infiltrate the secret lair. Does anyone not know where that place is now? Fortunately, those with guns are henchmen whose bullets are guaranteed to miss most of their targets. The good guys therefore fend off the attack, with surprising assists from Malcolm Merlyn and a club-wielding Felicity.
“A sane person wouldn’t live here.”
Everyone makes it through the attack OK, but they’re even more mopey than before. Felicity even confronts Oliver on the fact that he has given up hope completely.
On the plus side, Curtis isn’t dead. Near-fatal injuries notwithstanding, he’s got hope to spare — along with the rather astute observation that only crazy people still live in Star City, what with the near-destruction that happens weekly.
It’s enough. Oliver immediately rushes into a riot-ish street and stands on a taxi to give a rousing speech to the masses.
OK, is it just me, or does the setting of this particular speech seem a lot like a similar scene in Sharknado 2? Only without sharks and chainsaws.
Instead of a flying shark, a nuclear missile comes flying at the city. Did you know that you can just disarm those things with some basic electronics and witty banter? Apparently you can, which is something Felicity and Curtis should maybe tell the rest of the world before all the rest of the nukes arrive.
Darhk Just Wants to End the World in Peace… Not Gonna Happen
With the speeches and nuke-stopping tech over, it’s time to move on to some other stuff. Oliver decides to head to City Hall. Diggle wants to go to, but Oliver wants him to stay behind and rally the troops. That can only happen after Lyla pep-talks him a bit though.
Oliver and Darhk go fight at the same time. Although Oliver gets beaten up for a while, most of this is just a set-up so that the citizens of Star City can rise up en masse against Darhk. There’s a bunch of magic involved with this, effectively cancelling out Darhk’s typical advantage.
It quickly devolves into a street brawl.
Down in a bunker somewhere, Felicity finds Cooper, who’s still running Rubicon because he hurts or something. This is kind of vague, but the important thing is that Felicity inspires her ex to save the world instead of ending it.
Then he dies horribly, because that was Darhk’s punishment for the “weak-willed dust mite.”
Back at the rumble, everyone brings back-up — Ghosts and Team Arrow and random city-folk with clubs — and the whole thing goes nuts. Darhk even manages to shoot Oliver with one of the hero’s own arrows, but it doesn’t take. Oliver has to win now, after all.
Alas, to win, Oliver does need to go back to his old, killing ways. It’s fair, I suppose, to say that Oliver really has no choice but to kill Darhk, considering that the man is a magic-wielding, nihilistic, genocidal immortal otherwise.
Adios, Damien Darhk!
Oh yeah, and Curtis and Felicity stop all the other nuclear warheads from hitting targets by… Honestly, I have no clue how they do it. It involves computers.
The team meets up after Darhk’s defeat and complains briefly about the mess in the lair before the goodbyes begin. Lance is off to a much-needed vacation with Donna Smoak. Thea follows suit by pointing out that she really, really needs a break from the killing. Diggle wants a break too, which is totally fair when you consider that he probably hasn’t been paid in a couple of years and never gets vacation days. Of course, Diggle’s idea of a vacation seems to be going back to active military duty.
Felicity’s cool with staying though and gets practically giddy with the idea of going back to Team Arrow OG.
Meanwhile, On Evil-Foreshadowing Island
Baron Reiter and the Russian-chick-whose-name-I-still-keep-forgetting (Taiana, actually) have a death-magic stare-off that ends in Reiter dead and Taiana all death-crazed nutty. She almost kills Oliver before demanding her own death.
He does it — remember, this is pre-“I’m not going to kill people” Oliver, and he kills people sometimes.
The remaining former prisoners on the Island briefly threaten Oliver but they all agree that it’s OK, because Oliver’s radio to ARGUS is the only way to leave this place. ARGUS grabs the Evil Mask of Doom, and everyone gets to go home.
Except Oliver. He’s going to Russia now.
Oliver finishes up the episode back in the cemetery, talking to Laurel’s tombstone and being all sad. On the plus side, Felicity’s still hanging out and being cheerful. She points out that Oliver has an internal schism, fighting his dark and light sides.
Then Oliver gets appointed mayor.
That’s what happens when you give a rousing speech in a crisis. And when every other possible candidate is very, very dead. He’ll be a busy guy next season, what with running a city and stopping crime with only Felicity still by his side…