NOC Recaps Arrow: A.W.O.L. Stands for Amanda Waller

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From Felicity’s back and forth with pain meds to the Diggle’s being featured up front, Episode 4.11, “A.W.O.L.” gave its secondary leads lots of screen time. It was one of the season’s strongest episodes on that front, because fans always want more of Diggle and Felicity, and less of Oliver (and the darn island). We did, however, see how the DC Cinematic Universe could be ruining things for their TV properties. Let’s dive in real quick.

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Dear Arrow…goodbye

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Hey Arrow, it’s me.

I’m here because tonight I realized it’s time for me to leave. This is a toxic relationship, one in which you constantly apologize for your behavior and then turn around and do the horrible thing you did before but somehow make it 10x worse. It’s not healthy and so I’m severing our ties.

You may wonder what was the thing that pushed me over the edge, and while I can say it was several awful things over the course of your four year run tonight’s episode, in which you brutally murdered Amanda Waller, the Nick Fury of not only the Arrowverse but of DC Comics; one of the few truly badass characters on your show and one of two women of color was the final straw.

You see I held on through Laurel, Thea, Nyssa, Roy and Helena being shoved to the side or utterly off…

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“The Flash” Goes Rogue for Mid-Season

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Talk about a holiday send-off! “The Flash” faces his most dangerous adversaries in Season 2 mid-season cliffhanger introducing yet another long-anticipated member of the Flash Family!

There are still many of us catching our breath from this year’s 2-part crossover event that (dare we say) was legendary! Some in the popular lexicon of network television production may be under the illusion that the “superhero” genre is on the inevitable “outs”, but if anyone needs a reminder about what makes for good serialized drama and adventure in primetime, you don’t have to look any further than at The CW’s hit series The Flash.

Going now into its mid-season slumber, no one can argue that CSI investigator Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) hasn’t earned a little r&r. In his super-heroic secret identity that Allen is trying very hard to maintain, the Flash has faced a cadre of new enemies including a threat…

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1886 Lucy Parsons

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Tagline: More dangerous than a thousand rioters.

Lucy E. Parsons was a leading figure in American anarchism and the radical labor movement. Born a slave near Waco, Texas, she married Albert R. Parsons who had become a white radical Republican after serving first as a Confederate soldier. In 1873 Albert and Lucy to move to Chicago in 1873 where they became involved in radical labor organizing. Thirteen years later she rose to national fame when she embarked on a speaking tour to raise money for her husband who was one of nine men tried and sentenced to be executed for “speaking in such a way as to inspire the bomber to violence” following the Haymarket Square Bombing which killed a Chicago policeman.

Lucy Parsons remained an activist after the execution of Albert and in 1892 founded the newspaper Freedom which addressed such issues as labor organizing, lynching and black peonage in the South. In 1905 Parsons became the only woman to address the founding convention of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). In the early 1930s Parsons joined in the defense of the Scottsboro Boys and Angelo Herndon. Parsons died accidentally in a house fire in 1942. The text of one of her speeches appeared in the Kansas City Journal, December 21, 1886. The speech is reprinted below.

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First photo from 2015’s Arrow/The Flash crossover

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In just a few weeks, we’ll be seeing Arrow and The Flash cross over for a second time (well, second major crossover. Characters from each show seemed to go from one show to the other on a relatively regular basis last year). And this year, their crossover will pave the way for a new series, titled Legends of Tomorrow (catch the trailer here).

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