Review

TV Review: Arrow (4×18) “Eleven-Fifty-Nine”

  • Sara

    They killed an iconic character for…. reasons (shock value)?
    Laurel’s death was a spit in the face of all comic book fans. I get that it doesn’t have to follow the comics, but at least have some respect to the material source. And now, after four years of character development, they just killed her off without her actually reaching her full potential. I’m so done with this show, clearly the comic book fans are not welcome there.

    • RCM

      Anyone who’s an apologist for the Katie Cassidy version of Black Canary must never have read a comic in their life. If they had they’d know that she’s nothing like her comic counterpart. I revel in the fact that she’s dead. There hasn’t been a version of a major DC character portrayed so awfully since Halle Berry donned her Catwoman suit. Woeful miscasting, but at least it’s mistake now fixed. Hopefully we can Lotz back on Arrow next year.

      • Sara

        Yes, she wasn’t the bad ass Dinah from the comics, but that in no way is Katie Cassidy’s fault. I’ve seen her other jobs, and I know she can pull off a strong female. There was not much she could do when the writers treated the character like garbage, constantly being sidelined. Also, even if she wasn’t the best Black Canary, she was currently the best character from Arrow alongside Thea, one of the few characters that actually had some development. Katie Cassidy is great actress who was wasted because of a shitty writing, the only actor from the show that won an important award for her portray of an addict.
        Lotz should stay the hell way from the BC suit, she is not a very good actress, and those who knows the Black Canary knows that she’s not a killer.

        • RCM

          I’ll never understand how Cassidy has obtained this fanatical following of defenders. She’s without question one of the most fraught, stiff, lifeless, and generally unpleasant onscreen performers I’ve ever seen. Rarely has there ever been a greater black hole of charisma in an ensemble cast. With any luck, the poor reception of Laurel will prevent her from getting much work as an actress in the future. Any casting agent worth their salt should have the courage to tell her she needs a different line of work.

          Speaking of Laurel, no, she did not have anything resembling good character development. You could tell the writers desperately had to try and find things for her to do and her transformation into Black Canary ranks as one of the most embarrassing origin stories ever crafted.

          It’s true Black Canary isn’t a Killer, but I don’t mind them taking liberties with the source material. All the current DC shows make some major changes. Berlanti and crew seem to view these shows as interpretations more than direct adaptations. Lotz at least as charm, personality, and athleticism that makes for a cool reimagine of the character.

          • Sara

            Well you know that’s just… your opinion.

          • Evan Griffin

            Hey there guys.
            First I got to say, neither of you are wrong.
            I’m not necessarily a giant fan of Katie Cassidy (though I liked her on Supernatural once upon a time), I found her to be serviceable enough to her character where the script allowed, which never was all that much. The same goes for Caty Lotz, who I hated as Sara Lance while she was on Arrow, and seems to be getting better scripts and direction from what I’ve seen on legends of Tomorrow.

            I’ll admit, I don’t have any attachment to the characters outside of the DC animated works I grew up watching, but the use (and death) of this character shows more weaknesses from the writers and directors than I believe it does from the actor in question. I don’t mind a different tone, or an original interpretation, of a character as long as the end result is something of actual quality and captures the spirit of that character. Funny enough, that is exactly how I feel about Batman v Superman and Man of Steel despite those being more grandiose and high profile.

          • RCM

            The failure of Laurel is the fault of everyone on the production. The casting director, producers, writers as well as the actress are to blame. That’s why we should be glad the writers finally confronted truth and ripped off the proverbial band-aid with this character.

            As for Batman v Superman, I will say I find this opinion surprising, especially from a fan of the DCAU. Snyder took two inspiring figures of popular culture and transformed them into repellent, lifeless, fascist goons, then dressed them in muted colors against an ugly backdrop and had them fight for the lamest of reason and stop fighting for reasons even more absurd. So I guess that we’ll have to agree to disagree.

          • Evan Griffin

            Sorry, you seem to have misinterpreted what I meant in reference to BvS. I generally disliked the movie front to back. My intent wast to say that I don’t hate it because I tried to do something different, I hated that it tried to do something different in tone and story with historic characters, and was a really really bad story and not enjoyable. So not only was it a bad movie, but it was also a misrepresentation of why people liked the characters, making no reason to justify those changes. The problems with Laurel are similar to this on a much smaller scale.

          • RCM

            Sorry for the misunderstanding. It seems we agree on a lot.

          • Allyson Johnson

            But she’s hardly the worst actress on the show…it’s not like Arrow has an abundance of natural talent. It’s the writers fault that they couldn’t figure out how to write a storyline for a character integral to the Green Arrow lore and DC in general.

          • RCM

            Honestly, I think most the actors on this show perform above the quality of the writing. Questionable dialogue has often been made better through performance. Cassidy is the only one who frequently performs well beneath the quality of the writing.

  • Tien Nhan

    Katie Cassidy was awesome, the writers blow

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