Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Arrow Battles His Demon in "Complete Third Season"

Marvel might rule the cinematic world of super heroes right now, but when it comes to television DC is the reigning champion. "Arrow: Complete Third Season" proves this once again with 23 episodes filled with enough adrenaline and emotional fireworks to satisfy any fan of comic book escapism. The ever-growing Team Arrow continues to fight the good fight against all odds and takes viewers along with them on their exhilarating journey in this 4-disc Blu-ray collection.

In “Arrow: Complete Third Season,” Oliver Queen’s alter ego has become a hero to the citizens of Starling City – but he will quickly discover that doesn’t mean he can lead a normal life. A new wave of diabolical masterminds – including the insidious and pervasive havoc wrought by the lethal and secretive League of Assassins – threatens all he holds dear. Team Arrow has grown into a powerful force, but the dangers and secrets that bind them together often put them at odds with each other, as the shadows cast by Malcolm Merlyn and the omnipotent Ra’s al Ghul trigger shifts in loyalties and alliances that test them to their core.

It's even more obvious while watching "Arrow: Complete Third Season" that show creators wish they were helming a Batman series. I say this based upon their choice of the Dark Knight's greatest foe, Ra's al Ghul, as the main antagonist of the season. I wasn't entirely happy with their depiction of the Demon here, but I'll take what I can get (much how I felt about Liam Neeson's portrayal as well). Brandon Routh's growing presence is a welcome addition to Starling City. Now if we can only find a way to kill off the ever-annoying Felicity; no offense to actress Emily Bett Rickards who is no doubt doing her job exactly the way the producers and writers want her to.

The Blu-ray edition of "Arrow: Complete Third Season" includes three hours of bonus material. They provide a look behind-the-scenes of the show with three featurettes entitled "Second Skins: Creating the Uniforms of 'Arrow,'" "Nanda Parbat: Constructing the Villain's Lair," and "The Man Beneath the Suit: The Atom's First Fight." Two separate commentaries are provided by Executive Producers Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle. We also get to sit front row for "'Arrow' at Comic-Con 2014." A gag reel and unaired scenes are found as well.

The show is not rated, but I would consider it to be PG-13 in terms of theatrical releases. "Arrow: Complete Third Season" contains violence, gore, profanity, alcohol use, adult situations, and frightening and intense scenes. It's dark and gritty in the same vein as "The Dark Knight" trilogy and many aspects will scare younger viewers.

"Arrow: Complete Third Season" continues to entertain with its ensemble cast of characters and wonderful blend of action and drama. The writers know how to string along the audience and leave them hanging by a thread episode after episode. It truly is a perfect example of a show worthy of binge-watching.

"Arrow: Complete Third Season" is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.