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Arrow Season 2 Blu-ray – This is the Season Smallville Should have had

16 September 2014 5:58 PM, PDT

Warner Bros’ ambitious comic book adapted series, Arrow, took us on a journey of adventure, conspiracy and a crap load of action in its freshman season. In season one, we found security in our heroic vigilante, even if he wasn’t secure in whom he was or the kind of hero he wanted to be. Arrow Season 2 takes all of our comfort zones and squeezes them through the ringer. Deathstroke is in the mix as well as array of other villains. And the Green Arrow has got to put his inhibitions aside and grow his team. That’s right, Smallville fans. Arrow has pushed the story and adrenaline forward in a way we only wished could have happened by Smallville’s fifth season. Plus, the showrunners tossed in enough comic book Easter eggs to make even the staunchest fan giddy with excitement.

What did the producers get right in Season »

- Bags Hooper

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Four things in ‘Destiny’ that need to be changed Asap

15 September 2014 4:45 PM, PDT

Destiny servers have been up for over a week now and there are issues that need to be addressed as soon as possible. Below are some glaring issues. Please note this is drawn from my experience on the Xbox One version of the game, but it should universally resonate with all players.

Skippable cutscenes

Not being able to skip cutscenes is a huge problem for players who are creating new characters or for impatient people like me. Personally, I don’t care much for story and cutscenes in videogames – I find watching videogame cutscenes comparable to watching cartoons/animated movies and, after I hit a certain age, I just can’t get into them anymore. But for those who have seen the cutscenes for certain missions before and can’t skip them under any circumstance is definitely feeling my pain. Being able to customize my character while the scene plays »

- Francois Chang

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The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Seventh Season Blu-ray – A Year of Breakthroughs

15 September 2014 4:13 PM, PDT

Although traditional sitcoms toting the banner of laugh tracks and “filmed live before a studio audience” are going the way of the dodo, The Big Bang Theory has managed to achieve critical success for seven years running. Now entering its eighth season, with no signs of petering out, the series pushed the character arcs just a tad farther in season 7. There were relationship breakthroughs, a Star Wars calamity with James Earl Jones, Penny reassesses her career, pseudo-scientific discoveries and Raj became a little less awkward.

The season began with Leonard out on his North Sea expedition. While Leonard was away, Penny and Sheldon had a chance to bond. Penny has come a long way from being the Kelly Bundy figure of the group. Sheldon begins to turn to her for platonic companionship as well as advice.

This was a great advance in the group dynamic. Even though Sheldon is always »

- Bags Hooper

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Person of Interest: Season 3 Blu-ray – The Most Intense Season to Date

15 September 2014 10:35 AM, PDT

The third season of every series is a pivotal point. Networks are anxious to see if the series will go into syndication, while fans are wondering if their honeymoon relationship with said series has run its course. Person of Interest’s third season surpassed its predecessors in many ways. We learned the truth about Harold, new enemies emerged and old enemies became unlikely allies. Season 3 was the proverbial pay off for being a loyal fan. And watching it in a marathon on blu-ray is a twenty-three hour treat.

At the end of season 2, we had several looming questions. What would become of Agent Carter’s unlikely alliance with Carl Elias? Now that Root had successfully made a connection to The Machine through its system reboot, how would that impact Harold and Reese’s mission? Will Hr be a serious problem through its new “partnership” with the Russians? And, just what »

- Bags Hooper

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‘The Originals’ Blu-ray – First Season Excelled in Paternal Relationships

15 September 2014 8:30 AM, PDT

Whenever a spinoff is announced, fans wonder if the new show will simply reuse the plot, theme and character dynamics of the core series. Successful spinoffs like The Jeffersons and Frasier were nothing like their forefathers All in the Family and Cheers respectively. Others like Sex in the City’s spinoff The Carrie Diaries, which targeted a totally different audience and serve as a prequel, were doomed from day one.

So when the CW announced that it would spin off The Originals from The Vampire Diaries, there was some apprehension. After too many repetitive shocks, The Vampire Diaries was already starting to lose its edge, an edge that was due in large part to the original family. The show stopped being about character dynamics and more about who would die next and then come back to life through some miracle lore. Then, the whole Stelena vs. Delena back-and-forth dynamic started to wear numb. »

- Bags Hooper

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