Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Arrow - "Left Behind" Suspect List.



  


As promised, I've returned with a list of suspects of whom I think will help Oliver Queen return from the "dead."

I've reviewed the above teaser for "Left Behind" a dozen times or so and from the very beginning I was struck by the single leg that appears from the right of the frame as the teaser ended.  We hear a voice as it appears and it intones, "Oliver Queen is dead."

That sure sounds like Maseo to me and one would be justified in thinking that since we hear his voice that must be his leg.

Right?



 
Before we get too far let me reiterate my theory that "The Atom" will suddenly appear on the scene hiding all the while inside Oliver and working feverishly to save him.  It would be high theater and a chance to dramatically introduce another superhero into the TV pantheon much like "The Flash" did with "Firestorm."

So anyway suspect number one - MaseoYamashiro


Maseo has had a close working relationship with Oliver.  He's "mentored" him during his time in Hong Kong and when they meet each other on the field of battle with Ra's al-Ghul  he seems sympathetic to Ollie's fate.  Despite Maseo's personal pain  over the disappearance of his wife, Maseo retains a sense of honor and looks to be the one to give Oliver a proper burial.

Then again, when Maseo meets Queen atop the mountain he tells Oliver he has a chance to test Ra's sense of mercy.  Oliver silently refuse the opportunity.  As this vignette passes, steam or mist passes behind Nyssa and Oliver.  If they are atop a mountain then this can be explained as passing clouds.  But it also could be the steam created by the warm water of a nearby Lazarus Pit.



 

Amell has taken to Facebook to tease that solution but like all teases it may be a red herring.  The Pit is known for it's recuperative powers but it has also been known to substantially change those who use it.  Perhaps adding a little "madness" where it wasn't before.

Maseo is in his "League of Assassins" garb as he greets Oliver atop the mountain.  That single leg in the tease seems to be similarly dressed so that also figures in to it being Maseo.  Will Maseo take Oliver to the Pit and revive him?

Is there anyone else similarly garbed atop that mountain?


Suspect number two, Nyssa al-Ghul.

When I first saw the leg appear in the teaser I immediately thought it belonged to a woman.  The boot has a heel and it also narrows towards the toe.  The leg is svelte also.  It seemed so feminine to me.

It is Nyssa?  She did say she envied Oliver as he would be seeing Sarah long before she.  (Due to Oliver's impending death.)  But she has also said in the past how she knows Sarah and Oliver had loved each other.  There is a note of sympathy there so she could be the one to revive Oliver in the pit.  (Hmm, crackpot theory; she won't defile Sarah's grave but she could impel Oliver to do so in return for her reviving him.  The price for bringing Oliver back could be him delivering Sarah's body to the Pit so Ollie could submerge her there and bring her back.  Too crackpotty?)

Any other females that may wish to rescue poor Oliver?


Suspect number three, Thea Queen.

This would be a good time to prove Thea has Oliver's back.  But Thea doesn't even know Oliver is the Arrow so how could she know he needed her help?

How about the ultimate manipulator Malcolm Merlyn?  He could fill Thea in with what she needs to know and send her on her way.  He would also keep from her the truths she doesn't need to know.  How would this help Merlyn?  Once again he would gain leverage over Oliver.  Thea would learn that Ollie had lied to her all along and she would rescue him more for her father than her brother.  No matter how hard Oliver tries to convince her he's on her side she will never believe him again.

Any other ladies that may toe the line for Oliver?


Here is my odds on favorite for the owner of that mysterious leg in the "Left Behind" teaser, Tatsu Yamashiro.  (Seen here as actress Rila Fukushima.)  Tatsu has been missing for a while and this would be an ideal time for to make her grand entrance as...


Katana!

This would be dramatic indeed.  Tatsu as Katana would be there because she is shadowing the League of Assassins.  She is looking for weaknesses and keeping an eye on her grieving husband.  She would see the Arrow as a natural ally.  In the "New 52" comics she joins the "Birds of Prey" an all woman super hero group and eventually joins "The Outsiders" and forms an uneasy alliance with the Green Arrow and even figures in with his new origin story.

Perfect.

Tatsu aka Katana is the one that will be revealed in "Left Behind" when Arrow returns!

Other suspects?


I can't see it as Laurel atop the mountain.  Too busy and not nearly ready.


Speaking of busy, Roy is going to have his hands full when Arrow returns in January.  The showrunners have said as much.  He may well be the only hero left in town!



The Dark Archer himself, Malcolm Merlyn?  Why take the chance being anywhere near there with a price on his head?  Better to send Thea.


Ra's himself?  No, he's too arrogant.  Would he send someone else to do his job?  That's possible.   Have Nyssa pull Oliver into the pit so The League of Assassins would have the ultimate warrior in the  form of the Arrow.  Now that would be planning and anyone who returns from the pit ends up a little off their rocker.  Perfect League material.


I'm still hoping it will be Routh to the rescue as the Atom and I don't discount that he and Katana will work together to save the Arrow.  What an episode that would be!

We'll find out January 21, 2015!



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Arrow - "The Climb" & Theories!



First of all, please allow me to blow my own horn a little.  I successfully predicted who killed Sarah back on October 15th.  Here is what I said...

"Okay, ready for the real shocker as to the secret identity of the masked archer above?   Here's my crackpot theory."

 "Thea Queen."

"I'd love it.  I don't know about anyone else, but I would.  Why not have her return in the thrall of the Dark Archer.  She may be Malcom's way of getting out of debt with Ra's al-Ghul and her first assignment as proof of her fealty is to kill the allies of the Arrow.  That would definitely be a dark twist."


The one fly in my soup was the "Masked Archer" I referred to.  He was just a red herring for the viewing audience.  You can read my original blog post here where I list all my suspects as to who killed Sarah culminating in my Thea prediction.

Okay now for another theory, how does Ollie survive his fight with Ra' al Ghul?

Spoilers ensue.


You're sure?


Last chance.



Okay ready?








Somewhere deep inside Ollie lurks the Atom.  It's a bit obvious if you think about it.  Felicity meets with Ray, Ray tells her he wants to save people, Felicity meets with Ollie before he leaves, Ray "jumps aboard" Ollie.


Plus if you look back to the most recent episode of "The Flash," Firestorm was introduced and by the end of the episode he appears to rescue Barry.  I roughly see the same thing happening her although we will have to wait till January to see what happens to Ollie.

So, in the trailer for the next Arrow episode we see a pair of legs approach the fallen Ollie.  My first suspect is that it is Maseo.  He may well retrieve Ollie and bring him to a Lazarus Pit and blow my Atom theory out of the water.  That's okay.  We'll see.

I'll put together a list of suspects as to who I think the legs belong to soon.  Tatsu?  Thea?

Stay tuned.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Constantine - Angels and Demons



You know, I was pretty proud of myself when I chose the title of this blog post several days ago.  Get it, Angels and Demons, the subject matter, the book?

Then I read a few reviews and, well, everybody was referencing it.

Dammit.

Whatever, I'm keeping it.


Early on in the episode (Blessed Are The Damned) I thought to myself, "Oh good, we're going to take a look at the inner working of Angels."  "Their place in our world, how they interact with humanity and each other."  And best of all "Why they are here."

I thought we were going to get an intellectual treatise or at least as close to a treatise as and hour of television could provide.

Not so much.

What we got was the basic dumbed down version of good versus evil.  Manny good, Imogen evil.

Close though.  We were within a hair's breadth of really diving in there.  Imogen wanted to take the world back for the Angels.  What I found most fascinating was her exclamation that Angels have been a crutch for humanity.

Interesting.


Manny doesn't disprove what she had said.  Instead, he comes to the rescue of Zed and pulls out Imogen's blackened heart.  I think this is something we all wanted to see.  Manny finally becomes more interactive and a little less neutral.  We surely didn't want to see Zed dead (Pulp Fiction reference!) but I would have liked to see Imogen live on and act as a counterpoint to Manny.  Many of you remember Babylon Five and the "Shadow" race.  We all assumed them to be inherently evil but as we grew to know them we found out that one person's evil is an other's good.

If only they were to explore that concept as the season drew on!


Can Imogen make it back?  What is the mask positioned next to Imogen's heart?  A death mask with restorative powers?  Hopefully we'll find out.

For the most part "Fallen Ones" demons and other beasties have been categorized as evil in the Constantine mythos.  Too bad, I would have like to see a little gray area explored here.  Perhaps that is to much to ask of a show that really hasn't established it's larger mythos and is teetering on the precipice of cancellation.

On Angels

St. Thomas Aquinas was one of the foremost experts on Angels but some of his writings fly in the face of what we've seen on Constantine such as...

"In angels there is no compounding of matter and form. Matter does not exist in angels; they are pure substantial forms. That is to say, they are pure spirits; they are spirits with no admixture of matter in them."

And.....

"In bodily substances we distinguish their species or essential kind, and their status as individuals of that kind. For example, we distinguish in a man, (a) what makes him a human being, and (b) what makes him this one human being. Now, that which constitutes a thing in its species or essential kind is called the principle of specification. And that which constitutes a thing as this one item or instance of its kind is called the principle of individuation. In all creatures, the principle of specification is the substantial form which makes the creature an existing thing of its essential kind. And the principle of individuation is matter or bodiliness inasmuch as it is marked by quantity. Since angels have in them no matter or bodiliness at all, for they are pure spirits, they are not individuated. This means that each angel is the only one of its kind. It means that each angel is a species or essential kind of substantial being. Hence each angel is essentially different from every other angel."

Most importantly this....
 
"In bodies thus assumed, angels do not actually exercise the functions of true bodily life. When an angel in human form walks and talks, he exercises angelic power and uses the bodily organs as instruments. But he does not make the body live, or make it his own body."


I guess the writers of Constantine aren't followers of St. ThomasThe above picture of Imogen's heart in Manny's hand gives lie to the statement that Angels don't exercise the functions of "true bodily life."

Does it sound like I'm obsessing over Imogen?  Maybe just a tad.  I found the actress Megan West fascinating.  I had seen her on "Person of Interest" another favorite show of mine so maybe that was the connection.


The name Imogen is fascinating in and of itself.  In Shakespeare's play, "Cymbeline," Imogen (see above)  was known for her "moral purity" how odd that she should be the exact opposite in this Constantine tale.  Well, not really, I think we were supposed to think this Angel as the personification of purity and then be shocked by her base and demonic nature when it is finally revealed.

Sigh, I suppose I should move away from my Imogen fascination and proceed with this.....


The Cross of Constantine!

How apt.

See it amidst the spectral dust?  These are the moments DVR was invented for.  I might have been a little too rough with my clicker.  I slammed my thumb down on the pause button and exclaimed, "Hold on now, what was that?!!"







Yes, the Cross of Constantine.  Also known as the "Chi-Rho,"  here's what Wikipedia says about this symbol...

The Chi Rho (/ˈk ˈr/) is one of the earliest forms of christogram, and is used by some Christians. It is formed by superimposing the first two (capital) letters chi and rho (ΧΡ) of the Greek word "ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ" = Christ in such a way to produce the monogram. Although not technically a Christian cross, the Chi-Rho invokes the crucifixion of Jesus, as well as symbolising his status as the Christ.[1]


Nice!

I knew I recognized it.  At first I thought it might be the symbol of the Papacy and St. Peter.  I mistook the X for the crossed keys as seen here.



Fortunately a little research disabused me from that fallacy.  Have we seen Constantine use this before?  I think not.  Let's hope we see it again.  It was a nice touch.

Okay, now it is flashback time.


I blogged extensively on "True Detective" and when I saw Zachary do his best charismatic I thought of that show.


 I guess it is a job requirement to have ones arms out stretched into the air when one is preaching to the choir.  What did Rust Cohle call the followers "meat bags?"  I just remember him muttering about the flock that they "won't be splitting the atom anytime soon."

Humor Dept.

What do the following images say to you?







Hmm, naked man, snakes and prophylactics. 

Very subtle Constantine.

Double Cross


One last thing.  We get a quick look at a "Family" member of Zed's.  Note the cross around his neck.

 Just a few episodes earlier we got a look at the cross Zed wears around her neck.  They look the same to me!

Is it a family symbol that unites their religion and their ability to foresee the future through visions?

Whatever it is it means trouble for Zed.


 Touch her and beware the wrath of the Spectre!!!

Seriously, don't harm Zed.

(Awesome Spectre image by uncannyknack.)