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Arrow 5x17 + Eyewitness (2014) 1x01 + Helix 2x13 Reviewed

Oliver's prevailing attitude is smugness. There are more useless flashbacks about Kovar (Dolph Lungren). Oliver fell into error and Adrian Chase has reasonable grounds to hate him. Oliver is wholly false and Chase acts in cold-mannered ways. Oliver is absolutely abhorrent. This was not tense or dangerous and has no unsettling effect. John Barrowman shows up. People mumble and bad wigs are worn. There is no enduring appeal. Joy is not shared and Oliver is in a whole different league of trouble.

Blatant threats are made. Flashbacks show a greasy Oliver whining and otherwise engaging in anti-social behaviour. Chase is a merciless audience. Oliver tantrums. Artemis resurfaces. There is fighting. Oliver’s heroic crusade was a cover for his serial killing spree. There is another mention of Tommy. Oliver finally apologises to Chase. There is philistinism and no moral welfare. Nobody wondered where the mayor was for 6 days? Curtis annoys. Oliver and his emotional problems bore. This was not bold and unusual. Anatoly puts up with Oliver for unclear reasons.

Best Lines:
Very terrible.”

“That is a lie you tell yourself.”

Eyewitness (2014) 1x01
This Norwegian drama sees the aggressive normalcy and veneer of calm of a town disrupted. Two teenage boys who are gangly and surly make out in a shack in the woods. Obvious criminal types lurk and there is shooting. The teens have an apparent lack of interest in going to the cops. There is consternation and irritating adults. If you want a long life you are advised never to visit Scandi-land. This was inauspicious and not pertinent. A bitch gets smacked, undercover cops are obvious and bikers lurk.

There are cops, a biker ho, a baby and an awful woman. There is an NCIS mention and an AWFUL woman who ignores her foster son, snots at her husband and plays games with the investigation. There is a missing girl, a reporter, more bikies and this was not good. It was all miserable and despairing feelings.

Best Lines:
“I shot him.”
“What if you missed?”

“You turned up dressed as bikers and puked on the crime scene.”

“Came looking mean.”

O Brave New World
This was the final ever ep. Nobody seems sufficiently intelligent and Julia shot Alan. It is a shame that this show was discontinued. What’ll become of Sarah’s baby? We’ll never know. Kyle sadly doesn’t die. Amy is all melted. Nobody is truthful and authoritative. Peter didn’t live up to his lofty mission from 2x01. Amy’s crazy, where did the cultists go while the main characters ran around? Who is the baby Anne cradles? Nobody has benevolence or nurturance. Soren yells. Negative assumptions are made about Peter.

Peter’s co-workers are easily separated out emotionally from him. Soren can’t act. It is never explained how Hatake got to the island. How did Caleb learn Japanese? Hatake and Alan created TMX-7. Peter does more moral transgressions in this ep. Anne has transferred her comfort to Peter. Amy wants to settle disputes. There is a solemn reminder that Amy is wholly false. Sarah wants to work for Ilaria. Peter is an easy target for derision and things are declaimed dramatically.

Alan needs to get some perspective. Where did the gun come from? Alan won’t stop provoking Peter. This was unrealistic but the final scene of the apocalyptic havoc of the future has some punchy directness. Peter’s strategic patience cracks and he adjusts his expectations. Alan has no moral rigour. Peter faces an unhappy turn of fate. There is female bodily shame and Landry no longer wants Amy as his special comfort object. There is bad VFX. This does not entertain or reward.

What happened to the other cultists? Kyle attacks Peter, nobody cares. This is confirmatory evidence that everyone is horrible. What became of Landry? Caleb keeps asking that stupid question. Caleb’s true identity is revealed and it was obvious. This was ludicrous and infantile and increasingly deadened. Why did Caleb change his name? Why is Peter wearing Michael’s clothes? Julia learns she has been had. What’ll become of Anne and the baby? Kyle does something bad, nobody cares.

What’ll become of Peter? How can he take the fall for Alan’s crimes?!? Nothing makes sense. Sarah does Alan a favour, only he doesn’t see it that way. What became of Alan? We'll never know. Will Julia die of TMX-7? We’ll never know. In the future, Ilaria control human reproduction.  Does Julia know what Sarah did? Alan has typical ingratitude. There is a horrible, worsening mess that they dysfunctionally inhabit. Why do Julia, Sarah and Anne oblige men? There is no shadowy menace and this was not deliciously horrid.

The final scene set in 2029, shows how Ilaria do deliberate and considered evil. No wonder the TMX-7 plague was unleashed to stop them. Sarah is part of it. Did TMX-7 kill her? Ilaria breeds babies in women kept in glass cases and there are a lot of them. It is a high-tech version of what Michael did in his cellar. Why are immortals hiding their eyes if they rule the world? This was impressively awful, directionless and ignores fissures of personal history and bad faith.

Best Lines:
“That lunatic Peter.”

“What happened now?”

“Your love is going to kill me.”

“You are not my family.”
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