“Did we rig it? The election?”
“Regressive cartoon masculinity.”
“You want them to come with us, they’re coming.”
“Immediately destroy all classified documents.”
One feels an immediate suspicion that this is all made up. The father’s overriding anxiety is undercut by bad acting. This stretches the limits of credulity. The possibility of mental illness or corporate incompetence isn’t mentioned. This was not scintillating and any hint of what happened afterward is not addressed other than a throwaway comment about a divorce.
“Was not welcome.”
“No reason that he could explain.”
“Didn’t see as art.”
Brothers In Arms
Oliver has steely determination but so does Diaz. Oliver has no concept of humble service. Curtis mumbles. Dinah does dramatic gun cocking and shows off her puffed up porno lips. Why does Diggle even want to be the Arrow? Is it because Spartan is a stupid name and the helmet is stupid looking? The stakes seem too low. Oliver faces non co-operation and is incapable of reviving morale.
Oliver’s determined to ruin everything. He reneged on a commitment to Diggle. He tries to be badass. He fires the DA and the police chief in smug fashion. There is no moral clarity. Black Siren annoys. Quentin gives Black Siren, Laurel’s old law books to make her good. TPTB love getting in digs at Laurel don’t they? Lyla bores. For Oliver, empathy is a weakness.
This is moodily lit. Some Jared Leto wannabe is menaced. Spartan and his stupid helmet are ordered around by Oliver. Will Felicity just shut up and piss off? Oliver is smug and deserves all the backlash he gets. Black Siren shows off her man-jaw. Oliver has self-obsession and is a murderous thug. Oliver alienates everyone and won’t listen or apologise. Oliver YELLS and Diggle points out all the people Oliver has gotten killed.
Oliver brings up Diggle’s brother. Cue a fist fight. This was okay. I wish Felicity would go away; she is just Oliver’s warm place to put it. Oliver is tiresome. Curtis badmouths his ex. Curtis’ boyfriend sees his vigilante outfit. Diggle quits cos Oliver is awful. Curtis is an idiot. Dinah is fired along with Curtis’ new man candy who is called Nick. Oliver is to be impeached for his crap, Diaz and Black Siren make out and where is Oliver’s stepfather?
“I’m not giving up the hood.”
“All that Russian vengeance.”
“I don’t him to get murdered.”
“The idea of you protecting anyone is a joke.”
“The city is always at stake!”
By The Light Of The Dawn
There are fights and erratic motivations. Valentine causes endless confrontations. Simon is the source of all society’s ills and oozes bogus sentimentality. Valentine is a sly, soulless mess of psychological contradictions. Jace has monumental sadness. Maia is bellicose and takes up screentime. This is a landslide of mediocrity. Raphael needs a good kicking.
Jace learns some truths. Maia is an ass. Who took the soul sword? Alec cares more about Bane than Jace. Simon and Clary make out in front of Jace.
Mea Maxima Culpa
Jace and Alec do some homoerotic training. Simon wanders in the sun. Izzy goes cold turkey off her magic drugs. Mimi Kuzyk shows up. Sebastian (Will Tudor of ‘Humans’) shows up. As every book reader knows, he is Valentine’s real son. Simon annoys. Clary is stupid. Maia annoys. Simon is thick as mince. A Greater Demon minces around. There is screaming. The Clave git is gone. There is macho posturing, moral laziness, vile villainy and malign manipulations. The Clave tortured Valentine and he still escaped after being captured.
“No-one’s ever seen the mortal mirror.”
“The Clave has no idea about a multitude of things”
The father bullies his wife and moved house just so Andrew could get into a fancy school. No wonder Andrew’ mother later lost her mind. It is strongly implied Andrew was molested by his dad. His stock broker father was not good at his job. In fact, he was a thief and an inept one.
Andrew felt he was meant to have success. His dad was life defining for him and helped shape his societal perceptions. Andrew had an existential belief in his false aims. Andrew was pimping himself out to married older men while still in high school. His father is busted and does a runner with his go bag and stolen money.
He left his wife and Andrew with nothing. His older children had seemingly long moved out by then. Not that Andrew cares about them or even acknowledges that he has siblings. Andrew flies to Manila to find his dad. How he affords that flight or the flight back isn’t explained. Andrew and his dad have a fight that involves 2 sweating men in a slum shouting and spitting and slapping and waving a knife. Andrew has to get a job and lies. He was messed up. This was okay.
“This house? He sold it weeks ago. He knew. He knew they were coming.”
“I judge you!”