ARROW Review: “Canaries”

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and rock musical enthusiast. He recently co-wrote a feature film about superheroes and sidekicks. He is working on a startup comic book. He is often found in karaoke bars being @dommah and @thorhulkcritic.

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Arrow was dead for what, one episode? He returned in last week’s “Uprising” via the plot of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (basically) and finds Starling City still fraught with dramas to deal with/shoot arrows into.

Oliver reluctantly shows Thea the Arrowcave, and she is extremely happy that her brother was only pretending to be a flaky playboy all those times, when in fact he was fighting street crime with archaic weaponry.

Flash, Firestorm & Speed Dating: “The Nuclear Man”

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and rock musical enthusiast. He recently co-wrote a feature film about superheroes and sidekicks. He is working on a startup comic book. He is often found in karaoke bars being @dommah and @thorhulkcritic.

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FLASH MEETS AN ASIAN PERSON

FLASH gains its first Asian cast regular, Linda Park (played by Malese Jow), Barry Allen’s new love interest. All right, ideally she becomes more than a love interest but I’m pretty certain she doesn’t have a superpower. Barry met Linda in a karaoke bar and impressed her both with his turn on “Summer Nights” and his startling resemblance to that guy on GLEE. Linda’s very into Barry and after roughly 1.75 dates wants to jump his bones. But a Classic Complicated Superhero Relationship Problem interferes, as Barry is called off to an important superhero mission juuuuuust as they’re making out and the underthings are coming off.

FLASH & ARROW: This Week in Fun Young Superheroes

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FLASH WAS VERY FANSERVICEY

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Flash fights Pied Piper, one of the rare openly-gay supervillains in comic book lore. His sexual orientation doesn’t really come up except for one questionable line about a “leather fantasy” involving Flash’s costume. At first I was like, “Really, the gay guy has to have a stereotypical fetish?” But that was my own sexual prudishness talking, because then I realized: Flash’s costume IS really hot. It’s basically one sleek red leather boot that sheathes his whole body. It’s way more svelte than Batman’s suit or Arrow’s hood, and allows Flash a subtle eroticism even when fighting preposterous villains.

ARROW “Left Behind” Episode Review: They’re Not Gonna Rename the Show “Felicity” Just Yet

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Well, it seems I was very wrong about that Lazarus Pit thing. Because I, like most naive people, UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF JAPANESE SUPER-AGENTS. More spoilers follow.

Most of this rather somber episode deals with Team Arrow learning that Oliver was killed in his cliffside duel with the evil and unspellcheckable Ra’s al Ghul. Felicity, in her grief, pleads with Ray Palmer to abandon his superhero aspirations. Diggle and Roy get extremely gruff and decide that the best way to honor Oliver’s memory is to go out and pound bad guys. Laurel combines the grief/gruff reactions by being sad for a bit and then finally suiting up as the new Black Canary and ambushing two goons with her patented sonic scream.

FLASH “Revenge Of The Rogues” Rundown & Review

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Flash trains so he can get faster than the Reverse Flash, who kicked his butt in the last episode. Captain Cold returns with an arsonist partner, Heatwave (not the 70′s funk band). Heatwave has a mega-flame gun to complement Captain Cold’s ultra-ice gun.

Flash’s dilemma is whether to keep hard training (because evil Dr. Wells wants him to) or to go fight the Icy Hot villains. Guess what? He eventually decides to go fight them. This results in another odd confrontation where Flash runs around his foes real fast instead of just grabbing up their weapons of mass climate change. I get it, if the fights happened in real Flash-time they’d be over much too quickly and plus we’d all get strobe-induced seizures from watching them. But it’s getting increasingly hard to believe that the Fastest Guy Alive cannot quickly settle a dispute with a man whose costume is a fuzzy parka.

Arrow Mid-Season Finale (Spoiler Free!)

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and rock musical enthusiast. He recently co-wrote a feature film about superheroes and sidekicks. He is working on a startup comic book. He is often found in karaoke bars being @dommah and@thorhulkcritic.

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In case you’re busy marching the streets of Berkeley or New York and the mid-season finale of ARROW is waiting in your DVR queue, I’m not gonna be a jerk and spoil the cliffhanger. Er, cliff-faller. I am gonna say that in Batman/DC mythology there is this thing called The Lazarus Pit. This is the magic pit that reincarnates Ra’s al Ghul every time he is killed, each time with a different European accent. So, without spoiling anything except to say that at the end of this episode there is a terrific duel between Arrow and Ra’s al Ghul, I mention that JUST IN CASE A MAJOR CHARACTER WERE TO DIE IN THE DC-TV UNIVERSE, there is this thing called the Lazarus Pit, which is owned by the League of Assassins, which brings people (but generally only major characters) back to life.

Flash Fact: It would still take you 22 years to confess to the woman you love

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and rock musical enthusiast. He recently co-wrote a feature film about superheroes and sidekicks. He is working on a startup comic book. He is often found in karaoke bars being @dommah and@thorhulkcritic.

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In this week’s THE FLASH, Barry finally kokuhakus Iris. Kokuhaku is a wonderful Japanese term I learned from the DVD extras of the Japanese film LINDA LINDA LINDA (an excellent Japanese-schoolgirl-rock-band film, if you’re into that sort of thing). Means roughly, “sudden confession,” with the implication that it is a confession of long-held unrequited love.

Flash vs Arrow Part 2: The Justice League vs the Suicide Squad

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I mean, technically, it is the Justice League versus The Suicide Squad. it’s Green Arrow and the Flash versus Captain Boomerang. Arrow and the Flash may not be Batman and Superman, but they are O.G. J.L.A., to the bone. Boomerang’s beef is related to his tour with Task Force X, a.k.a. The Suicide Squad.

Flash Facts: Flash vs Arrow, Part 1

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So many Flash Facts to catch up on! Get it? Catch up? Ketchup? Anyways, here are more of THE FLASH’s maddening attempts to show all the cool things you could do if you had super-speed and lived in a TV world where there was only a little bit of physics:

IF YOU PUNCHED SOMEONE, YOU WOULD END THEM, BRO

ARROW & THE FLASH & KATANA: Superhero Relationships Would Be Super-Complicated

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and rock musical enthusiast. He recently co-wrote a feature film about superheroes and sidekicks. He is working on a startup comic book. He is often found in karaoke bars being @dommah and@thorhulkcritic.

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OK nerds, in the last two episodes of ARROW and THE FLASH, we’re introduced to Wildcat, Plastique, Girder, Gorilla Grodd, Reverse Flash, General Eiling, Cupid, Captain Boomerang, and Katana! But also and more importantly, dating is tough. There are Love Triangle Scenarios happening between the superheroes, their super-friends, their super-exes and super-platonic-BFFs, even their super-villains. It’s very complicated. Girl, let me fill you in on all this gossip:

ARROW & THE FLASH: Nerd Crushbait & the Felicity Smoak Problem

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Dominic Mah is a writer, filmmaker, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and ex-professional gambler. Soon he will be premiering a reality show about Bay Area karaoke singers at melancholyball.com. He critiques popculture both as @dommah (normal dude) and @thorhulkcritic (Hulked-out Marvel rage-monster/god). He also will be responsible for #AvengersVsXmenTexting on the InstaTwitterSocialMediaSphere.

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Fair warning: This article could make me sound like a creeper. As an Asian American dude, I’m used to being in that box, so whatever. Hello, familiar box. How are your flaps? Moving forward:

I’m trying really hard not to crush out on Felicity Smoak, the ARROW character played by Emily Bett Rickards. But I am failing. I resist the urge to “awwww” at everything she does because the character is so obviously intended as nerd crushbait, from her glasses to her superlative hacking skills to her witty ADHD non sequiturs. For you non-Arrowheads, Felicity is the computer expert on Oliver’s crimefighting team, and crossed over to last week’s episode of FLASH, wherein she almost had a Flash Fling. (FLASH skipped an episode this week, so this is a partial recap of both FLASH E4 and ARROW E4-5.)

Annie Undocumented: How To Tell A Big Story With Almost No Money

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Brian Yang is a professional airline passenger who occasionally attends film festivals, guest stars on HAWAII FIVE-0, and produces sports documentaries like LINSANITY. Daniel Hsia only leaves the house to write for TV and direct movies like SHANGHAI CALLING. They collaborated on ANNIE UNDOCUMENTED, winner of the Best Web Series prize at the 2014 New York Television Festival. You can watch the show at annieundocumented.com or embedded below. The two talk about why they decided to do a project revolving around a young Asian American who discovers she is an “illegal immigrant”.

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Brian (l) and Daniel.

BRIAN YANG: I was at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival when Daniel pitched me a web series about a teenage girl who suddenly discovers that she’s an undocumented immigrant. The story was inspired by real-life experiences of writer Elaine Low, who was undocumented growing up. Coincidentally, I had just heard Jose Antonio Vargas (Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and undocumented American) give a speech in Washington, D.C. about his own experiences and the need for immigration reform. I felt like this was an important topic to make a film about, but the story sounded big in scope and I wasn’t sure how Daniel was planning to tell it on a shoestring budget.

DANIEL HSIA: Elaine is a friend I’ve known for several years, last year I learned that she was undocumented growing up. This blew my mind because she is very smart and ambitious and professional, nothing like the image of the “illegal immigrant” portrayed in the media. It made me think about undocumented immigrants in a new light, and I wanted to tell a story that could give others that same revelation, that the undocumented are just like the rest of us, normal people who want better lives for their children.