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Started out well turned out to be awful
I really liked the first season of Arrow. It was a dark show about "superheroes" wandering the street and delivering justice. It was something that Smallville could not be. Grounded, believable. Had some of the soap opera feel, but it was toned down to an acceptable level. After the first season many of the better parts including the high body count started to retreat into the background. I always held Flash to a lower standard due to its more "One Tree Hill" approach to the story, but ultimately as of the time of my writing Arrow hit the all-time low for me, as I am now struggling to watch it while I have a decent time with the latest episodes of the speedster. Unfortunately, I do not think Flash got smarter or better, it is just the fact that it is consistent, I always get the stuff that I expect. I have to look away when those cheesy moments come up. In the fourth season of Arrow they introduced supernatural elements to the story. Seems like they needed something like meta-humans to stay attractive. While I am mostly settled with the presence of Damian Darhk, I cannot fathom the fact that they are resurrecting long dead people. Resurrected story lines are almost as ridiculous as the fetish to make everyone related to the main characters meta-human, a criminal or just simply not normal. I understand that these shows are for young adults basically, but I still cannot believe that something should be this much predictable and stupid. Also, the new island stuff is laughable, it does not add anything valuable or new. And of course they needed to write the now canceled Constantine into the show.
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
Hard to watch, easy to forget
I did not really watch the Mission Impossible movies until lately. I only saw some of the earlier entries in TV many years ago. Recently I started from the beginning. The first one was a good film overall. The second however is a different story. Some of the trademark elements are on the top here, like the frequent use of lifelike masks and the top-notch action scenes. Still, I had a hard time watching this title throughout. Somehow the directing made it a chore to enjoy. Melancholia was a daydream compared to this. Otherwise, the story was pretty dull, the whole character and romantic progression was awkward. I did not feel the connections believable and rushed. Of course, this is an action movie, but still it needs to be coherent. If one part of the experience is weaker than it is needed to be put on the sidetracks, not in the front as the main motivation.