It’s time for iZombie season 3 to return with new episodes!
There are a lot of changes coming with the new season — all of the main characters are in on the zombie secret and there are more zombies (friendly and otherwise) on the scene. In order to give some details about what that means for the show, DocBrownTV met up with most of the iZombie cast while at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con last summer.
iZombie season 3 is almost here, and who better than star Rose McIver to preview what’s coming for Liv Moore and her crime-fighting friends?
We had the chance to ask McIver about Liv’s new challenges — including the possible threat posed by the militant zombies of Fillmore-Graves — while at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con last summer. Check out the video below to see for yourself what’s in store.
iZombie season 3 premieres Tuesday, April 4 at 9pm.
Yes, I know that’s technically not good grammar. But it sounds weird any other way. So there.
Arrow season 5 is giving fans a different view of Oliver Queen than before, and it’s not always a view that show’s our favorite arrow-wielding vigilante in his best light. Sure, Oliver is still kicking butt and shooting arrows better than everyone else, but this new season is showing that he isn’t always great at everything else.
The most recent episode, “The Recruits,” showed clearly that Oliver totally sucks at a bunch of things. And they are…
Faced with the task of rebuilding his team, Oliver has reluctantly recruited Curtis, Mad Dog, and Evelyn Sharp. Now he just has to train them… You would think this wouldn’t be so hard, as all three have previously proven themselves to be badasses (even if Curtis can’t salmon-ladder as well as Oliver).
You would be wrong. Oliver mostly just yells at the new recruits and then makes them wear ugly t-shirts. Unsurprisingly, this makes them all quit. They only come back when Oliver reveals his identity and gets off his whole “stand on the line and ring the bell!” kick.
2. Being the mayor
We can only hope that the good people of Star City don’t notice how Thea is the one doing everything in the mayor’s office (including hiring Lance to… not be drunk? His specific job is vague otherwise).
3. Not making deals with people who turn out to be doing bad things
In one of Oliver’s rare attempts to be mayoral, he sets up a free clinic with what seems to be a lovely bit of corporate sponsorship.
They’re evil, of course. It takes many octopus-like attacks by Ragman (or whatever we’re calling them, see point #6) before Thea catches a corporate-type being bad.
4. Getting over Felicity
Does Oliver even know that Felicity is dating the world’s most trusting detective?
5. Keeping in touch with Diggle
Because he’s still a main character, it’s important for Arrow to catch up with John Diggle, even if Oliver does not. Too bad for Diggle though — he’s in Latvia (why not?), where his supposedly decent commanding officer decides to set-up John for stealing a nuclear warhead and killing a subordinate.
Oliver (or maybe his bratva buddies?) may need to help out.
6. Helping the audience get clarity on the various bad guys
Is it just me, or is keeping track of the villains on Arrow particularly hard this season? I mean, I know we’ve got Tobias Church being all crime-lordy. And there’s Ragman, who might be a good guy or he might be a bad guy or he might be out for something else. Also, is he the same person as Prometheus? Dark shadows and face-concealing costumes make that really hard to tell.
7. Keeping other people alive
While Oliver does do a better job of not causing deaths in the present-day (only maybe killing a henchman or two), the same cannot be said of Mr. Queen back in his bratva days. That bell-ringing exercise? However awful it seems in Star City, it was way worse back in Russia.
Oliver did ring the bell, but it cost everyone else their lives. Whoops.
What else does Oliver suck at? We’ll find out in the next Arrow, airing Wednesdays at 8pm on The CW.
The Flash season 3 introduced a new character in Tuesday’s episode — Tom Felton’s Julian Albert. Much to the dismay of a very confused Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), the CSI expert seems like he’s not going anywhere.
But this is good news for fans of Felton, best known for playing Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies. The actor spoke about his new role — and what we can expect going forward — while at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con back in July. Watch his interview video below.
Arrow season 5 promises to be a big one for Oliver Queen and company. After all, at the end of the previous season, most of the team abandoned their vigilante mission for… well basically, anything else. It’s like they don’t want to be in life-and-death situations all the time!
Fortunately, this is Arrow and the whole gang is likely to be back, fighting for justice and their very lives, within the near future.
Who better than to tease when this might occur than the cast of Arrow themselves? Watch these Arrow season 5 video interviews shot at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con in July.
Emily Bett Rickards
Executive producer Wendy Mericle
Arrow season 5 premieres Wednesday, October 5 at 8pm on The CW.
The Flash season 3 premiere ended with a giant question mark, as we are left to guess what has changed in the wake of Barry turning back time. While Flashpoint opens up all sorts of wild new plot opportunities for the show to explore, I hope that they take a few moments to remember to give a proper payoff to these plot threads that they previously set up.
“Suit or no suit that guy is a hero.” (Iris West)
“You don’t need a suit to be a hero” is a theme that has been touched upon in The Flash but not really explored as much as I’d like. The fact is that at the moment, there are more heroes in the show who do NOT wear suits (at least at present) than ones that do. Iris, as a reporter shining light on crime and corruption in the city, is heroic. Though we don’t see it nearly often enough, Joe’s work as a detective is heroic. Wells, Cisco and Caitlin are heroic when they do what is necessary to help the Flash.
Of course, the show has touched upon this theme on occasion. However, it is something that I think they would do well to highlight more significantly in the future. I always enjoy when any Superman series focuses on Clark’s ability to make a change as Clark Kent, a reporter for the Daily Planet. That you don’t need a cape – or a leather suit – to be a hero is a vital lesson in any superhero story.
Barry has a legion of supporting characters who aren’t superheroes (or aren’t superheroes yet). I would love to see an episode where the Flash is running around doing his thing, but the actual focus is on the ways the non-powered people in his life are also being true — if unsung — heroes. While we’ve had snippets, I would like the occasional spotlight.
“[H]e can do no wrong. And yet, they never fail to remind me that I can do no right.” (Cisco Ramon)
Cisco is one of the most interesting characters in the show to me, in the way he broke out of a rather bland and forgettable role as comic relief early on to become one of the best parts of the series.
At this point in the show, it’s hard to argue that Cisco doesn’t deserve a little love. He’s been a strong, steadfast friend to Barry and the rest of the team. He injects a little much-needed humor into every situation. And he has occasionally provided the pragmatic viewpoint that helps keep the team grounded. He has been, in his unwavering support and inventiveness, a true hero, but he likely doesn’t think of himself as one.
In the last season, Cisco has started to embrace his powers, which have even helped the team a time or two. He has also begun to mend the rift with his brother, extending an olive branch that I personally would prefer to use to beat some sense into Dante. And, of course, as part of Flash’s support system, he’s usually out of the spotlight.
For all the good he’s done, I think Cisco still thinks of himself as the less-favored brother. Moreover, I suspect he doesn’t see himself as a hero. This year, I would love to see him realize that he is a hero, even if he isn’t the one in the spotlight. Even if Cisco didn’t have his powers, his heart, along with his desire and ability to do whatever he can to help, make him a hero – and certainly make him the kind of son of whom any parent should be proud.
Also, get that man a girlfriend. Let’s be honest: he’s a hell of a catch.
“If Dr. Wells is who you say he is, then everything I’ve done since I’ve set foot in S.T.A.R. Labs has been a lie.” (Caitlin Snow)
It always annoyed me that Caitlin didn’t get a payoff to this line in the first season. After everything that happened in the last two years, it is even more important that the sentiment behind this line be addressed.
Everyone close to the Flash has had trials and tribulations in the past two years, and certainly Caitlin has faced her fair share. From the beginning, it was established that the life she was living was not the life she would have chosen, once upon a time. Losing Ronnie and facing Jay’s betrayal had to be bitter blows.
She has been more than one villain’s pawn, and her trust in the wrong person cost her a promising career and the man she loved. The show tried to sweep the latter under the rug last season, in her inexplicable and poorly developed romance with Jay. It’s time for the show to face these things head-on, and for them to give Caitlin’s character the respect of a proper payoff (and perhaps even character growth) for the things she’s been put through.
“[E]verything that’s happened to me the past few days is the best story I can never write.” (Linda Park)
For two years, fans have been clamoring for the show to give more highlight to Iris’s role as a reporter. As I’ve explored in other articles, she can play a key role in a story like The Flash, and as a reporter, she’s a hero in her own right.
But in a superhero story like this, being a reporter is a double-edged sword. True, her stories can help expose crime and corruption, every city’s more everyday (but in their own way, no less dangerous) villains. She can also continue to give the city hope in heroes like the Flash, giving them someone to look up to, to trust, to admire. It was, after all, what got her into reporting in the first place.
That said, she is no longer a reporter on the sideline, an outsider looking in. She not only knows the Flash’s identity, but she loves him. She knows his secrets, and she wants to protect him. Sometimes that will be at odds with the stories she needs to tell.
This push-and-pull was touched upon in the second season, when Scott wanted her to write a negative article about the Flash. She refused to do it then, but this will not be the last time she will be faced with such a task. She will also likely face moments in the future when she is privy to information that the people would feel they have a right – or even need – to know, but exposing it could put the man she loves at risk.
Seeing her struggle with her own dual identity, as the woman in love with Barry (and thus the Flash) and as a reporter, would be fascinating to watch. After all, heroes are defined by the way they respond to adversity, and Iris is a hero in her own right. Just as Barry has to balance his private life with his life as the Flash, so too does Iris have to balance her need to reveal the truth with protecting the man she loves.
“If Zoom finds out who you care for, who you love, who you live for, he’ll take them from you.” (Harry)
Talk about a line that had no payoff! Harrison Wells gave Barry this rather dire prediction last year, but it never came to pass, outside of a dream sequence. True, Zoom ended up using Wally to steal the Flash’s speed, and he did kidnap Caitlin. However, his motivations for kidnapping Caitlin were unequivocally to suit his own needs, his own desire for her. And was Wally the best way to pay off this line? I don’t think so, given that Barry and Wally were not terribly close at the time this happened.
Every superhero story has dealt with the question of how heroes keep the people they love safe. Everyone in Barry’s life has been endangered at one point or another because of their closeness to the speedster. However, there is certainly more depth to this plot than has been explored in the past. Just as I would like to see an episode focused on the team’s heroism, I would also love to see a sustained threat against the people closest to the Flash. I would love to see them have to acknowledge that what they are doing puts them in personal danger over the course of several episodes if not a decent chunk of a season, and for them to continue to choose to keep doing it.
And, of course, if one is looking for the person Barry loves and lives for, that person is Iris West, without question. As “Flashpoint” demonstrated, they always find their way back to each other. Of course, we have seen her ability to defend herself, but the threat of a villain that even Barry may not be able to stop would always be looming overhead. In the comics, characters like the Reverse Flash have tried to target Iris because of her relationship with Barry. Loving her may have helped him become the Flash, but the fear of losing her would also be his greatest weakness. Harry’s line offers a promise and a threat that provides the potential for such great drama, and I would love to see more payoff for it in the future.
“Flashpoint” offered a solid premiere that set The Flash on a very promising path in season 3, particularly after the comparative drudgery of season 2. If nothing else, it brought back the lighthearted, happy Barry that we so dearly missed last year. It is clear that they have definite ideas for where they want to take this season, but as excited as I am to see what they have in store for the future, I hope they haven’t completely forgotten these threads from the past.
If they can give these moments their proper payoff while moving forward into the bright new post-Flashpoint world, I think the show will be better than ever.
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.
After teasing the audience with questions in the second half of the season, The Flash started giving us answers tonight – about Jay/Zoom and about the nature of Iris’s feelings for Barry. Even better, Barry is able to be proactive, smart, and willing to put his life on the line to save a world that isn’t even his own. He comes up with a plan that actually seems like it might work… and then, of course, everything goes spectacularly wrong.
The Best Laid Plans
Barry’s been determined to get faster all season, and he finally gets some payoff. The tachyon device does in fact make him four times faster than usual – as fast as Zoom. He’s ready to open a breach to take on the evil speedster, but not everyone is so eager. Harry is concerned that opening a breach will put Jesse in danger, and Caitlin agrees it may be a bad idea. Cisco is okay with the idea in theory, but when it becomes clear that he’s going to have to get further in touch with his powers – further in touch with the powers Reverb demonstrated – he’s more cautious. He’s worried using his powers to their full extent will turn him to the Dark Side, like Anakin Skywalker. Oh, Cisco, you should know you’re nowhere near as emo as him.
Barry is determined, however. As a true hero, he’s not just interested in saving his world; he wants to save all the worlds. He convinces Cisco that his friends will stop him from going to the Dark Side, and Cisco finally feels confident enough to give it a real shot. After a talk with Joe – in which Joe expresses concern that Barry won’t succeed in facing off against Zoom without help – Harry also agrees to do his part and creates a new set of glasses for Cisco to use to help with his Vibe powers.
While Cisco struggles with his demons, Caitlin spills what she knows about Jay’s doppleganger, which is basically that he’s named Hunter Zolomon and that’s the extent of it. Wells becomes alarmed at this revelation, since Hunter is a known serial killer on his world, his face known by everyone – though not well enough for anyone to have made the connection between Hunter and Jay earlier. In their defense, Hunter rocks a pretty wicked beard.
Decisions to Make
While plans are being made by some, others have come to crossroads in their lives and have decisions to make. Wally’s having a hard time making ends meet, though he’s too proud to ask for money. Barry finally wakes Joe up to the reality that Wally really wants to move in, though he doesn’t want to outwardly ask. Kicking himself for not catching on sooner, Joe extends the offer and Wally happily accepts. Where is Iris living?
Harry’s torn between helping Barry and not wanting to put Jesse in danger, though he does eventually accept that the Flash needs his help. However, Jesse’s still his primary concern. He finally leaves the lab to ask Joe for help tracking down Jesse. Unfortunately, he bumps into Wally, who recognizes that he looks an awful lot like You Know Who. Poor Harry. He is OVER being confused for Harribard. That’s what you get when a murderer comes back in time and steals your face, I guess!
Meanwhile, Iris is struggling with a romantic quandary and goes to Caitlin for advice. She was supposed to go on a date the night before (much to Barry’s chagrin), but she’d cancelled at the last minute. Caitlin calls her on the fact she’s struggling with feelings for Barry and encourages her to act on her feelings. It turns out she believes in destiny – at least when it comes to Barry and Iris.
Plans Go Awry
When it comes time to face off against Zoom, Caitlin is unnerved at the idea of facing Jay again. However, Barry realizes he can use his knowledge of Zoom’s identity against him. He creates cardboard cutouts of Jay’s parents and uses them to unnerve the bad guy long enough to take him down. Not for long, however. With a vague threat that “You can’t escape the darkness,” Jay’s eyes go black, his voice changes, and he gets enough speed to break out of his tether and escape.
He’s not going far, though. He kidnaps Wally and suggests a trade: Barry’s speed for Wally’s life. Joe doesn’t want him to do it – though he doesn’t want Wally to die, either – but Barry tells him it’s not his call to make. Barry’s really stepping up and making his own decisions this season, and so he agrees to the trade.
Feeling chatty this episode, Jay/Hunter/Zoom confesses that he told Caitlin about Hunter in order to get her to stop trying to fix him. He’s dying, he needs a cure, and he doesn’t think the team is up for the task. Barry seems frankly astonished that a known serial killer with over 20 kills under his belt would be willing to kill additional people to get what he wants.
While waiting to take Barry’s speed, he gets even more chatty. He admits this had been his plan all along. The Jay they knew was a past version of himself – and somehow this didn’t catch the attention of Time Wraiths. His other version wasn’t thrilled to be a sacrificial lamb to get the team so upset they would find a way to get Barry faster, but he eventually agreed.
Appalled, Caitlin calls Jay a monster, which reminds him of his mother calling his father the same thing. He steals Barry’s speed and runs off with Caitlin because it seems he really did love her after all.
The disease is loose on Containment and no one is safe.
If you didn’t believe that after the Containment premiere on Tuesday night, you might want to start getting worried about that 4 to 6 feet of distance once you watch stars Chris Wood (Jake Riley) and George Young (Dr. Victor Cannerts) talk about acting in the CW show.
First up is Wood (The Vampire Diaries) talking about what it’s like to find love and maintain law while surrounded by bloody and horrible death.
Would you still be smiling after all that? I wouldn’t. Hiding sounds like a very, very good option.
But it’s not an option for Young’s character of Victor Cannerts, the CDC’s representative on-site at the scene of the outbreak. Responsible for the quarantine that may have saved the world from doom and destruction, Dr. Cannerts gets to be the one on the front lines going forward as well. How does he deal?
Containment airs Tuesdays at 9pm on The CW. Check back later for more Containment video featuring executive producers Julie Plec, Matt Nix, and Chris Ord, as well as interviews with stars like Claudia Black, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence, and more.
As we move into the final stretch for The Flash season 2, my excitement has hit a peak that can no longer be accurately measured. However, it’s also occurred to me that now is a good time to start to look back on the season we’ve had – and the show overall – and reflect upon their hits and misses this year. Since this week’s episode is about Zoom, it only seems fitting to start with him.
Initial news that Zoom would be the main villain this year was met with something of a mixed reaction. While he is a key villain in the comics, fans of the source material worried at Barry being given one of Wally’s core villains. Also, as another speedster, fans of the show worried at a potential for a repetitive villain story or arc this season. There was also a measure of trepidation on the part of those who had enjoyed Harrison Wells too much to be eager to see another villain step into his shoes.
Of course, the show runners were ready to allay concerns, promising Zoom would be “terrifying, and scary, and fast.” Rather than being a pale imitation of the Reverse Flash, fans were promised a villain whose capacity for evil put Harribard to shame. Fans were perhaps bolstered by the news that Tony Todd would voice the evil speedster, as anyone who has ever seen him as the titular villain in Candyman likely still has nightmares about the experience. If fears weren’t entirely allayed, fans were at least curious and open to the possibilities.
So did Zoom live up to the hype? In my opinion, not entirely, though he has had a couple of stand-out episodes that show his true potential.
To the extent the show has focused on Zoom, they have done a tremendous job of making him truly terrifying. His first appearance in “Enter Zoom” was everything anyone could wish for in an embodiment of evil and did set him on a level above even the Reverse Flash. Certainly Tony Todd does a tremendous job of imbuing his voice acting with a sinister touch. So, given that they have hit many of the right notes with this character, where did they go wrong?
For starters, they faced an immediate problem that was not an issue last season: how to keep the villain present in the audience’s minds so that his threat grows, even as the show focuses on other things. Since Tom Cavanaugh (and, for that matter, Rick Cosnett) was a part of the main cast throughout the first season, it was relatively easy to keep the mystery of the Man in Yellow alive without spending too much time on the issue in episodes devoted to other matters. A circumspect line or two, a slight twinge of possible ulterior motives, and the Man in Yellow was never truly gone, let alone forgotten.
Such is not the case this year. Not only was Zoom not seen or alluded to every episode, but even Jay Garrick was absent for stretches at a time. When he was there, they never quite managed to sell the underlying sense of an ulterior motive that they had aptly managed with Harrison Wells. Moreover, even the characters themselves seemed to forget about him Zoom often than they should, given how hard the show tried to sell that he was an overwhelming threat. Although Zoom made quite an impression when he appeared, he was lamentably all to easily forgotten between relevant episodes – for the characters and, as a result, for the audience, as well.
That the writing faltered somewhat on keeping the memory of Zoom alive for the audience throughout the course of the season – let alone building the tension of his threat – was a problem but not an insurmountable one. In losing track of Zoom, if the show had fleshed out Jay Garrick as a character and made the audience care about his ultimate betrayal of the team one way or another, a good deal could have perhaps been forgiven. However, in this, too, they failed.
While Jay had been announced as a mentor to Barry, this role was quickly sidelined, and Jay became more of a wet blanket than a true help to the team. He seemed to exist for two purposes: to make vague threats about Zoom without offering any solutions, and to serve as love interest to Caitlin in a rather shallow arc that did neither character any favors and gave fans little reason to care. Although Jay wasn’t as subtly malicious as Harrison Wells, many wondered from the beginning of the season if he would turn out to be Zoom. As a general rule in television, when a villain’s identity is hidden for a significant period of time, the reveal is generally not going to be of a character the audience hasn’t seen before. Given the significance of Zoom as the Big Bad, fans knew he would end up being someone we know – or an Earth 2 counterpart of a known character – and possible options were limited.
Rather than building Jay as an asset to the team and a true friend and mentor to Barry, a romance with Caitlin was lightswitched into existence. Rather than slowly building that relationship and letting it develop in a way that the audience could understand – let alone care – why they would be drawn to each other, Caitlin and Jay formed an instant attraction and jumped into a relationship just as quickly. For many, this was particularly troublesome treatment of Caitlin, since, given all that has happened to her thus far, we deserved to see her struggle, grow, be impacted by, and really come to terms with the repeated tragedy of her past. At the very least, she deserved an arc for her character outside of romance.
Although the SnowJay relationship was shown in several episodes, there was no build-up to it and no reason for the audience to become invested. So when the inevitable betrayal was revealed, the response was anger at the show for subjecting Caitlin to even more tragedy, as opposed to feeling a particular emotional response by the betrayal itself.
Still, the character of Zoom does have potential (though I think Jay himself is likely a lost cause.) Tony Todd has announced he should be back next season, and I’m glad. I don’t think all hope is loss for Zoom. With a little more care and attention, I think he can become the villain he should have been all along.