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100 TV Shows #69-Arrow

WARNING: In Tumblr-speak, consider my hate tagged. If you like this show and think there is any value to any aspect of it besides John Barrowman, you should probably skip this post. (Also...you're wrong.)

Spoileriffic as well.

Arrow



SHUT THE FUCK UP, OLIVER! NOBODY CARES!

Oh, John, how right you were!



The saga: Anticipation, disappointment, followed by loathing vs Barrowmania. TL:DR-I spent the first season stuck between the rock of despising every single thing about the show, except Barrowman, with the white hot hate of a thousand burning suns and Barrow-stanning to a degree that seems almost bizarre eight years after Captain Jack's pearly whites and gorgeous arse made their first Doctor Who appearance. And yet...



Digital Spy-September 10, 2012.
Arrow' execs on John Barrowman role: 'Fans will be excited'

Hollywood Reporter-October 12, 2012
'Arrow' First Look: Who Is John Barrowman Playing? (Exclusive)

Excerpts from my LJ:

October 18

First episode of Arrow was pretty MEH! I was amused to catch a Who-connection in the first five minutes. Colin Salmon who plays Walter Steele was Dr. Moon in Forest of the Dead and Silence in the Library. Also a million other things, but since I'm only watching for Barrowman, it amused me to see another Who alum so quickly. I'll tell you one thing. When John does show up, he is going to out-charisma the putative lead right off the screen.

November 22, 2012

In other television news, I'm about three episodes behind on Arrow, but I've finally seen John Barrowman's first scene. Damn, the boy still looks good. Like The Empty Child good. THAT GOOD! Old school Barrowman good. I let out such a squeeee! The episode itself was also a mild improvement on the rubbish that has gone before, as the plot develops a bit and the lead behaves like a slightly less self-righteous jerk. (Although I still think he's a self-righteous jerk, at least people are now calling him on it.)

I'm hoping the Barrowman character will kick the lead's ass, but being the lead and therefore the alleged "hero" that is unlikely. But whatever John is doing, he'll look gorgeous doing it.

December 31, 2012

March 6, 2013

May 24, 2013

July 30, 2013

September 5, 2013

September 9, 2013

Other goals are finishing up the first season of Arrow before the new one starts in a few weeks and also finishing the first season of the Wire and it would be hard to pick two shows farther apart from each other on the spectrum of any metric of quality whatsoever, except my desire to shag both Malcolm Merlyn and Jimmy McNulty and the various reasons why either one would be a terrible idea.

September 18, 2013

October 14, 2013

November 19, 2013.

Which should have been the bitter end but wasn't. Because it's that kind of a show and it's Barrowman after all. But I don't know if I can face anymore. Even for John. Being gorgeous. And a Magnificent Bastard.

I don't know if I can take more island crap. More self-righteous bullshit. More of Felicity thinking she's in any way amusing. More of Botox Queen Cassidy. The problem is that I think I've gotten something like OCD to just watch the Malcolm bits. Which seem even fewer than the first time around. Sigh! I honestly don't know, but I'm leaning against. The Barrowmania is still strong, but there's also self-preservation. I don't know if this will please or disappoint the contingent that has been hate-watching my hate-watching.

Seriously though, possibly the worst show ever, and certainly the worst one I've ever watched for a single performer. At least Broken Badges only lasted four episodes.

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cuddyclothes
Dec. 18th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
While Robert Sean Leonard has been on "Falling Skies," one kind vidder has put together only his scenes the next day or so. I can't stand that show. I feel your pain.
karaokegal
Dec. 19th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
*fist-bump of solidarity*
joanne_c
Dec. 21st, 2013 01:52 am (UTC)
I know there are people who do "edits" of various shows on tumblr or other places, surely there must be a Barrowfan out there who does it for his scenes on Arrow? Or might if asked? You can always Wiki/find recaps for context of anything else you might want to understand that way.
karaokegal
Dec. 21st, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
I know there were people who did that for Desperate Housewives. It's just...as much as I loathe the show, there's this THING that feels I need to see the whole thing to understand the Barrow-bits in context. I can barely watch episode-based shows out of order, much less arc-driven ones. I'm truly going mad in my old age.
joanne_c
Dec. 21st, 2013 11:17 am (UTC)
Maybe that's what made me think of it, I'm not sure. I understand that, it is harder to follow shows without knowing the rest of the context. I can only hope that maybe the show will change enough to at least make it easier for you to get through - given the changes shows can make, that isn't entirely out of the question, though I know given your utter hatred that it would be difficult, but I've also seen how completely some shows can reset their storylines and characters, so I will hope that for you, because I'm not ready to give up Malcolm yet, so I can't hope for him to be killed off, not to mention that that wouldn't preclude him still being on the show.

In better Barrowman news, I think we're close to getting his single appearance in Scandal over here. I'm very much looking forward to that.
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