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The Thing About Brussels…

img_6926First Impressions

On the Wednesday of our first week in Europe, we woke up early to snap a photo of the iamsterdam sign before it got swarmed then took the Thalys train from Amsterdam Central Station to Brussels-South Station. Two hours later, we found ourselves in Brussels. I read in another travel blog that Brussels was a bit of an enigma. And we understood exactly what the author meant when we found ourselves in Belgium’s capital. In fact, we couldn’t quite form an opinion about it while we were there. Did we like Brussels as much as Amsterdam? Did we even like Brussels at all? The vibe is completely different than the Dutch city we left behind. Gone were the bicycles and canals, to be replaced by the hustle and bustle of the de facto capital of the European Union. It was bigger and busier, more diverse. There were soldiers patrolling and vagrants sitting on the ground with signs. It reminded us a little of Toronto. Sure the architecture was nice, as in most of the cities in Europe, but what set Brussels apart? We hoped at the end of our stay, we would figure it out.

Accommodation

We were staying three nights at a fourth-floor apartment in the center of Brussels through Airbnb. Admittedly, I was a little nervous since this was my first experience with Airbnb and I had visions of somehow not ending up with a place to stay but luckily, the host was super responsive and arranged for her neighbour who lives in the same building to greet us and give us the key. Since I had always stayed in hotels or hostels with lifts, the narrow, steep, winding staircase took some getting used to. So did the no air conditioning. And we had just arrived during a heat wave. It was brutal at night, even with a fan. Other than those two things, the apartment was very spacious and I loved the bathtub. There was a kitchen and dining room that we did not really take advantage of and a living room with a pull-out couch. Another bonus was being near a church whose bells rang so you didn’t need to set your alarm. All in all, I would recommend staying here, but only during the cooler months.

Getting Around

Our only experience with Brussels’ transit system was when we took the tram to get to our Airbnb when we first arrived. Being fluent in French, it was easy to navigate for me since the signs were in both French and Dutch. But aside from that, we once again relied on our feet. Our apartment was so close to all the attractions that we didn’t really need to take public transport. All of the street signs in Brussels are both in French and Dutch as well. I suggest picking one language and sticking with it when following directions. For some reason, I found it easier to navigate the winding streets of Amsterdam, but luckily Keith picked up the slack. The whole “everything is much closer together” rule still applies here. We would sometimes have to double back because the street we were looking for was really more of an alleyway or a short strip that was an offshoot of another street that you wouldn’t really consider a separate one in North America. Some streets, especially the ones that were around the tourist attractions are pedestrian only.

Attractions

img_6919Our first day there, we headed straight to the main event: the Grand Place, the central square of Brussels. It was breathtaking, without being hyperbolic. When we rounded the corner coming into the square, we were both just taken aback and stopped breathing for a little bit. It was just like nothing we had ever seen. I had seen major monuments before but the Grand Place just surrounds you in amazing architecture and stupefying splendour. There was the King’s House on the north side then the City Hall on the south side and then guildhalls on the east and west sides. Tourists just sit down or stand in the middle of the square for hours, just admiring and taking photos.

After gawking for I’m not even sure how long, we explored all the little side streets and shops around the Grand Place. There were so many pubs, bars, restaurants, chocolatiers and souvenir shops. Then we went down a street where we saw a crowd of people was gathered and it turned out to be the site of the Mannekin Pis, a small bronze sculpture of a naked little boy peeing. It was smaller than I imagined and I honestly don’t get what the fuss was all about. Keith liked it though. He said it helped him understand Brussels more. He said it meant the city didn’t take itself too seriously.

The next day, we were supposed to go to Bruges but due to unforeseen circumstances (I wasn’t feeling so well, I was starting to get the travel cold), we decided to switch Thursday and Friday’s itineraries. We stayed in Brussels and crossed off number two on Keith’s list: The Belgian Comic Strip Center. As soon as we found out there was a museum dedicated to comic books in Brussels, we knew, being the nerds that we are, we needed to pay a visit. Luckily this was also just a 10-minute walk from the apartment. The museum was fascinating for both of us, as someone who works in comics (Keith) and someone who is a big fan of the medium (me). It goes through the history of the comic book, the process, and highlights some of the pioneers and current creators. Belgium has a rich history with comic books. You may have heard about Hergé’s Tintin or Peyo’s The Smurfs. Much like the Rijksmuseum, the museum itself is a work of art with its Art Nouveau design. Needless to say, we were both glad we could make the pilgrimage.

img_6975The rest of our stay in Brussels consisted of just exploring the streets near our apartment. There were two smaller squares near us, the Place de la Monnaie and the Place des Martyrs. We also tried to find as many of the comic book murals that grace the side of the buildings in the city. If we had more time, we would’ve done the Comic Book Route to see all of them. Another thing on my list that I didn’t get to do was visit the Mont des Arts, apparently the best view of the city.

Food Recommendations

As a lover of beer and chocolate, Brussels did not disappoint. I don’t have specific recommendations when it comes to beer since I have come to the conclusion that you cannot get bad beer in Brussels. As for chocolate, there are so many stores but my co-worker recommended the chocolatier that invented the praline, Neuhaus, which I loved and even non-chocolate aficionado Keith enjoyed.

img_6947As for the famous waffles, just pick a stand and they should all be comparable. I got mine from Vitalgaufre and devoured it. Definitely get fries with mayo from a frites stand. Keith does not like mayo but for some reason, he didn’t mind Belgian mayo and he almost didn’t need my help to finish a whole cone by himself. We had moules et frites from a place I forgot the name of beside the Grand Place. It was ok but it didn’t really impress. I prefer the Thai mussels I make at home.

The one restaurant I absolutely recommend is Peck 47. Our Airbnb host suggested it. They’re located near the Grand Place and their food is fresh and so yummy. It may seem a little hipster at first but all of that won’t matter after you try their homemade lemonade and their delicious brunch. The bacon is probably the best bacon we have ever tasted. Ever.

Souvenirs

If you can ensure that they won’t melt, then chocolate from Neuhaus is a good souvenir to take back. We only had carry-on though so we opted for Speculoos cookies from Maison Dandoy. They come in the cutest packages so they don’t need to be gift-wrapped. We also taste tested them first, obviously.

Final Thoughts

img_6939By the end of the second day, we were starting to get what Brussels was all about. They had incredible monuments but their most beloved statue was a naked child peeing. They were the headquarters of the EU but they also had comic book murals on the side of their buildings. It seemed like anything goes in Brussels. This is probably just an ignorant tourist’s observation but the city seemed to be dealing fine with the aftermath of the terrorist attack. Then again, we don’t live there so the reality could be very different. When everything was said and done though, we realized we actually really liked Brussels.

Next post is all about the time we were In Bruges!

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Marvel’s Asian Problem

Since the new trailer of Doctor Strange is making the rounds, I wanted to share my thoughts on whitewashing, more specifically Asian whitewashing, in the Marvel Cinematic and TV universe. But before I go on any further, here are a few things you should know: as an Asian woman, I wanted to weigh in on this issue, but of course I can’t and don’t speak for all women nor am I the authority on all things Asian. I am Filipino, which is considered by some ignorant people as the whitest of all Asians, whatever the hell that means. Yes, we were colonized by the Spanish and occupied by the US, but that does not make us any less Asian. I also am aware and acknowledge that some Asians are guilty of racism, but that is another problem altogether. What I want to address in this post is the casting of a white woman as the Ancient One in the upcoming Doctor Strange movie and the casting of a white man as Iron Fist in the Netflix series.

When I first heard the news that Tilda Swinton would be in the Doctor Strange movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch, I was ecstatic. She is such a wonderful actress and any film would be lucky to have her. However, my feelings became torn when it was revealed that she was going to portray Strange’s mentor, the Ancient One. In the comics, the Ancient One is a man born in Tibet. I have no problem with gender-bending the role as president of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has defended. Why can’t the Ancient One be a woman? What I have a problem with is the fact that once again, our white hero will learn about the traditions of a culture from someone who is also white and not of that culture. Some can argue that maybe Swinton’s Ancient One learned from a Tibetan Ancient One before she assumed that mantle. Sure, but that’s not what the Doctor Strange narrative is about.
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Cultural appropriation is a problem in the entertainment industry. Here was an opportunity for Marvel to get it right. I am a feminist so of course I love the fact that the Ancient One in this version is a woman but why did the conversation have to stop at that woman being white? Couldn’t they have cast her as a Tibetan woman? Wouldn’t that have made more sense story-wise? And before people start bringing up stereotypes, let me shut you down. You can’t justify not giving roles to Asian actors on the basis of type-casting. No Asian actor would ever get work. You just have to write and portray the character in a way that isn’t stereotypical and offensive, what a novel idea.

This train of thought leads me to Iron Fist. I was disappointed when they announced that Finn Jones was cast as Daniel Rand. The story of Iron Fist revolves around a young man whose family is killed (as per usual). He desires vengeance so he gets trained in the martial arts in a mystical city within the Tibet region. Here’s why it actually is possible to whitewash a white character. Iron Fist as a concept is problematic from the very beginning. The comic was created to capitalize on the martial arts hype during the 70s. White man inserts himself in an Asian narrative, takes what he needs from that culture then becomes the hero. The whitewashing happened when he was conceived and then by casting a white actor, you’re saying there wasn’t a problem to begin with. By casting an Asian-American actor, it would allow for Iron Fist to learn from his own culture and become an Asian hero. You take away the always-saved-by-the-white-man trope and the yellow fever-ness of it all.
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So just to recap Marvel’s reasoning behind casting Finn Jones is that Daniel Rand is white in the comics, whereas they wanted to be edgy and unpredictable with the Tilda Swinton casting by going against comics canon. They messed up both times. In Daredevil Season 2 though, they were fine with having Elektra be a character of Asian descent despite her long-established backstory. So why not Danny Rand? This article breaks down the troubling reasoning behind that

Basically it boils down to Asian women are fetishized while Asian men are viewed as unappealing leading men. This is what worries me about the casting of Jessica Henwick as the female lead in Iron Fist. Henwick was awesome in Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I just hope her character is not reduced to the white hero’s exotic love interest.

Asian fans deserve better. We deserve to be better represented in movies and TV shows. But more importantly, we deserve to be represented and represented well in the films and TV shows that deal with or showcase our culture as a fundamental theme or plot device. Come on, Marvel, you’re pretty great already but do better.

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The End of an Era: ARROW’s Biggest Mistake

It has been over a year since my last post. I did say the blog would take a backseat to work but I did not foresee how long I would step away. A lot of things have happened since I last wrote. I have tried new restaurants, played new board games, devoured TV shows and movies, all of which have gone by undocumented here because of work or family stuff or whatnot. But here I am, back on the blog. I’m not saying this is the end of my hiatus but I do know that I feel strongly enough about this subject to do a post about it.

As you know, I am a big fan of Arrow, the CW TV show about DC Comics’ Emerald Archer. In fact, I am a fan of all of Greg Berlanti’s superhero offerings on the silver screen (Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow). But this week’s episode of Arrow Season 4 entitled, “Eleven-Fifty-Nine”, got me so upset that I just needed an outlet to vent.

My favorite comic book character is Black Canary, Dinah Laurel Lance. She is very much tied into the Green Arrow mythos so I was understandably looking forward to her portrayal in the show. In Season 1, we were introduced to Laurel, a lawyer who already had a history with Oliver. It wasn’t exactly Dinah from the comics but I understood that the show would be different. I was not prepared however for the character not to be the first to don the Black Canary mask. That honor was bestowed upon her sister, Sara, a character that was made up for the show. I grew to love Sara but I was always rooting for Laurel.

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A lot of people, even a few of my friends, did not care for her character. They called her whiny, useless and annoying. I believe a lot of this stemmed from the fact that in Season 1 she was in love with two guys while still mourning her sister, after Tommy died she became obsessed with hunting the Arrow down and then turned to drugs and alcohol to drown her sorrows. Wouldn’t you be messed up as well if your sister ran off with your boyfriend, then both died, then said boyfriend returned from the dead when you’ve finally moved on to dating his best friend? This is a CW show after all. As for her being useless, that is a matter of perspective. She wasn’t part of Team Arrow for the longest time. How was she supposed to contribute when she was kept in the dark until the end of Season 2? I don’t know what it is about her that rubs people the wrong way. The fact that she has flaws and she’s open about them? Her character dealing with addiction and grief as well as her own father’s alcoholism was one of the show’s most compelling and most important arcs.

You can make a case that Laurel wasn’t the show’s best female character. How could she be when there was Felicity Smoak, who was only supposed to be a one-off character but Emily Bett Rickards did such a fine job stealing the scene that she became a series regular. I personally don’t see the chemistry between her and Stephen Amell but a lot of fans do and so did the writers. Once Olicity was decided upon, Laurel’s role as Green Arrow’s main love interest was no longer on the table. And that is fine by me. Her relationship with Green Arrow is not what makes her great in the comics. Laurel couldn’t occupy the sister role either since Oliver already has a sister, Thea. She couldn’t even be Black Canary until mid-Season 3 and only after her sister dies. And of course by then, fans’ opinions about her have been solidified. They even found her training to become a vigilante unrealistic. Sorry if it only took her a few months’ training to be able to fight crime in a mask, but then again this is a TV show based on a comic book. Plus they did show her getting her ass kicked in a couple of episodes.

My point here is not to make the Laurel haters love her. I am secure in my opinion and I just want to write it down and share it: I believe Laurel is the most developed character on the show and there was absolutely no reason to kill her off. I read interviews with the writers and show runner and their main argument was that Laurel had to die because it made the most sense to the story. How exactly? She was finally at a point where she had grown into her role as Black Canary and is an important part of Team Arrow. She was there for Star City when Oliver “died” and again when he retired to live in the suburbs. She won her battle with addiction. She repaired her relationships with her sister and her father. She was able to call Oliver out on his shit, challenged him and reined him in. Green Arrow and Black Canary were finally partners and equals, both heroes trying to do the right thing. But because the writers showed a grave in the beginning of the season and now must deliver on their promise, she gets the ax.

When a show has to rely on killing off one of their characters to make an impact, it’s a sign they’re running out of things to do. When a show kills off yet another female character solely for the sake of tormenting a male character, especially one who went through the journey Laurel did, that is called fridging and it’s problematic as hell. Darhk literally tells Laurel she has to die because he made a promise to her father that if he betrayed Darhk, he would kill her. I wouldn’t be as mad if Darhk had killed her because she turns down the offer to become District Attorney in order to still be able to prosecute him in court. On top of all that, the way they killed her off was so disrespectful to her and her fans. Fake-out aside, one of the last lines she utters was about how Oliver is the love of her life even though she isn’t the love of his. Where the hell did that come from? They haven’t been lovers since Season 2! To reduce her character in the end to merely a love interest was the last slap in the face. She doesn’t even get to talk to her dad for fuck’s sake.

Other people have pointed out Arrow’s tendency to fridge its female characters, but I never thought it would happen to Laurel, who has been a major character since the very beginning. She wasn’t always treated with respect by the fans, the writers and even the other characters, but in Season 4, all the pieces came together and she at last reminded me of the Black Canary in the comics. None of that matters anymore. They made their decision to kill her off and it was the wrong one. They will stick by it and I will stick by my choice to no longer support the show.

Whether as an Assistant District Attorney, a daughter, a sister, a friend or as Black Canary, Dinah Laurel Lance did not fail this city, but the writers have most definitely failed her.

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Throwback Thursday: Agent Carter Finale RECAP

No, say it ain’t so. I am very sad that Season 1 of Agent Carter is now over. If you’ve been following my recaps (premiere, episode 3, episodes 4 & 5, episodes 6 & 7), you’ll know that I definitely enjoyed the show. The finale was no exception.
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With Chief Dooley dead, it falls to Peggy, Thompson and Sousa to investigate the grisly deaths at the movie theatre. One look at a corpse is all it takes for Peggy to realize that the victims actually killed each other. Sousa gets doused by gas and attacks Thompson. They knock him out but not before he hits Peggy. There’s a great scene when he wakes up and is very broken up that he hurt Peggy. Have I mentioned previously that I ship them? I mean after Peggy and Steve, obviously.

Howard Stark turns up at the S.S.R. headquarters with Jarvis, looking exasperated. He tells them all about what happened at Finow and how the gas, “Midnight Oil”, was supposed to keep soldiers awake but instead turned them psycho. Feeling personally responsible for the deaths on the battlefield as well as those of Dooley and Krzeminski, not to mention the incident at the cinema, he volunteers to be bait for Leviathan. It’s revealed that the lone survivor of the Battle of Finow was Ivchenko aka Johann Fennhoff. Since I’m more of a DC fan, I definitely did not get that he was Doctor Faustus.

Side note on Leviathan: was the Doctor Leviathan? I thought Leviathan was an organization, and if so, then I guess it’s only made out of Dottie, Demidov and the Doctor? And what was their huge plan? Well, I’m getting to it.
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Thompson gives a very public press conference clearing Stark’s name. Can I just say how much I love Howard? Dominic Cooper is the best. Peggy’s on the lookout and as if on cue, shots are fired. They trace the source to a nearby hotel but find out that the gun was rigged to go off automatically and Howard is kidnapped by a cop hypnotized by Fennhoff. I feel like Jarvis could’ve done more to stop this from happening, but moving on.

And now, prepare for some feels. Fennhoff preys on Howard’s guilt over Captain America’s “death” and hypnotizes Howard to thinking that he is flying one of his planes to try and save Cap, but he’s really on his way to douse “Midnight Oil” all over Times Square. Meanwhile, Peggy is tasked to foil Fennhoff, because obviously she’s the most capable one. Jarvis is Plan B, he flies another plane to shoot Stark’s down if it comes to that. Peggy kicks Dottie’s ass by kicking her out of a window. We think she’s dead, but she escapes. Thompson and Sousa take on Fennhoff and win thanks to Sousa’s earplugs, preventing the Doctor from hypnotizing them. After a pretty emotional back and forth, Peggy manages to snap Howard out of the brainwashing.
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Then they seem to rush through the final scenes, Peggy gets a round of applause from her colleagues, not that she needed it. Thompson is still a jerk, he takes full credit for the arrest and the prevention of the disaster. Sousa asks Peggy out but she says maybe another time. Peggy and Angie get to live in one of Howard’s penthouses. My question is do they get Jarvis? Jarvis and Peggy reaffirm their bond and he gives her Steve’s blood. The final scene is Peggy on the Brooklyn Bridge, dumping the contents of the vial in the river. Oh man, that was hard to watch, especially when you think about the exchange Peggy and Steve have in The Winter Soldier. The shot looked beautiful though. I didn’t really care for the stinger with Zola.

Overall, the series as a whole was very enjoyable. Yes, there wasn’t much plot there. I mean, you can basically cut everything down to a two-hour movie. But that’s not the point. The point is to get to know the characters every week and I’m definitely going to miss them. I just want more Peggy. More Peggy and Angie. More Peggy and Jarvis. And what about the creation of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

When is Season 2?

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Throwback Thursday: Agent Carter Episodes 6 & 7 RECAP

I’m currently in a state of denial. There is no way that only one episode of Agent Carter remains. The show and its cast has grown on me and I genuinely think it’s better than a lot of the other shows currently on air. Please, ABC, please, Marvel, we want more Peggy! But enough wallowing, as Peggy would say. Let’s get on with it.

Episode 6 is entitled “A Sin to Err”. Dr. Ivchenko is brought back to the SSR, hoping he can reveal anything about Leviathan. Carter is kicked out by Dooley, who doesn’t believe that a female Russian sleeper agent killed Krzeminski and seduced Howard to get to his weapons. He tells Carter to look into it and she teams up with Jarvis (YAY) to do just that. They make their way around the city in a hilarious montage of women getting mad at Jarvis and slapping him for breaking up with them on behalf of Stark. They track down Dottie’s last known address but of course, she’s not there.
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Meanwhile, we see Dottie enter a building right across from the SSR headquarters. She walks into a dental office and is interviewed by the creepiest dentist who makes a pass at her. Wrong move, buddy. She kills him and gains the perfect vantage point to look into Chief Dooley’s office across the street. She takes a sniper gun out as if to assassinate the psychiatrist, but actually uses it to receive a message that he’s tapping out in Morse. Yup! He’s evil. Damn it. He’s also slowly getting into Dooley’s mind by talking to him about his marital problems. We later find out he has hypnotic powers as he tries to manipulate this random agent to take him to Stark’s weapons. Except only Dooley has the authority. The Doctor orders the agent to commit suicide.

Sousa confirms with a witness that Carter was the woman who beat him up and tells Dooley, who orders agents to bring her in. It reminded me of when Steve Rogers was declared a fugitive in Winter Soldier. Peggy is cornered by agents at the diner but obviously fights them off. To his credit, Jarvis helps. Chad Michael Murray, whose name I finally remember, it’s Jack, is waiting for her in the back alley and she takes him down too. Sousa pulls a gun on her but she calls his bluff and runs off to retrieve Steve’s blood.
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At her apartment, she has another great scene with Angie. Earlier in the episode, they have a moment in the diner where Peggy tells Angie not to give up on her dream of becoming an actress. While Peggy is hiding from the agents on the ledge just outside of Angie’s room, she puts on the performance of a lifetime, crying at will and convincing them to leave. I love their friendship so much. But it’s all for naught, since Dottie runs into Peggy as she’s making her escape and uses her own lipstick against her then feigns innocence. The agents bring a disoriented Peggy in and the episode ends as her interrogation is about to begin.

All in all, a great way to set up everything that happens in this week’s episode: “Snafu”. Very aptly named, because things…GO…DOWN. We have yet another disturbing flashback from the Doctor, this time as he hypnotizes a soldier not to feel pain during an amputation. We discover just how powerful his hypnotic powers are. Back in present day, Sousa, Thompson and Dooley take turns trying to break Carter, who obviously doesn’t. Hayley Atwell’s acting is just on point in this episode. I mean she’s always great but she shines even more in this one.
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Jarvis to the rescue. He comes in with a signed confession by Howard Stark in exchange for Peggy’s release. The chief wants Stark in person and keeps Jarvis and Peggy until he arrives. He tells Carter she’s fired. Peggy deduces from Jarvis that the confession is a fake and that Stark is not coming. Before they can think up a way to escape, Peggy sees the Doctor in Dooley’s office tapping out Morse code and translates the message that something will happen in 90 minutes. She decides to reveal everything to Dooley and the other agents to regain their trust, dropping some truth about how they all didn’t notice what she was doing because of her gender. Then she shows them Steve’s blood in yet another touching scene. The chief tells Thompson and Sousa to check the other building out with a couple of agents. The Doctor sees them crossing the street from the window (Seriously?! Get him away from there, already!) and cranks up his hypnotic hold on Dooley.
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While Dottie and Sousa fight, Dooley locks Carter and Jarvis in the interrogation room and gives Ivchenko Item 17 of Stark’s weapons. Then we flash to a scene with the chief coming home to his family and reuniting with his wife, but alas, it was just a fantasy. In reality, he’s actually still in his office, wearing an explosive vest. Why are all of Howard’s inventions the absolute worse?! The scientists don’t know what to do. Carter and Jarvis are at a loss. Finally, Dooley realizes what he has to do: sacrifice himself to save everyone. After asking Jack to tell his wife sorry he missed dinner and making Peggy promise to catch the people responsible, he jumps out the window just in time. This was actually such a tragic scene. The more we found out about Dooley, the more he grew on me. They’re really not afraid of killing off characters in this show. I guess it’s probably because of the limited episode count.

Meanwhile, we see that Item 17 is a gas that makes people go crazy and kill each other? What is this, Joker Gas? Maybe it’s because a villain that had a similar superpower was in The Flash just recently, but the reveal didn’t affect me all that much. What exactly does Leviathan want with it? I guess everything will be revealed in the series finale.

I simultaneously can’t wait but also don’t want it to end.

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“Shoot, Quick” Episode 8

The mid-season hiatus is finally over and we can look forward to our weekly dose of red and green. Here we recap The Flash’s “Revenge of the Rogues”, where Captain Cold and Heatwave team up, as well as Arrow’s “Left Behind”, where Team Arrow struggles to survive without Oliver. Take a listen HERE and let us know what you think by shooting us a quick e-mail (come on, I had to, it was right there!): shootquickpodcast@gmail.com.
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Happy Hump Day!

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“Shoot, Quick!” Episode 3 + Podcast Suggestions

I’M BACKKKK in this week’s “Shoot, Quick!”-our Arrow & The Flash podcast. Bear with us as we slowly get the hang of this podcasting business. Listen HERE for our commentary on Episode 6 of The Flash, where Girder makes an appearance, and Episode 7 of Arrow, with Cupid, Oli’s deadly stalker.
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And if you’re new to the world of podcasts and are looking for some good ones to listen to, here are a few of my favorites:

“Hey Kids, Comics!” – Father and son hosts Andrew and Micheal (yes, that’s how he spells it) Leyland discuss their love of comics and other geeky things. They’re hilarious, insightful and just so much fun to listen to.

“Serial” – How have you not heard about this yet?

“The Missfits” – If you’re looking for a podcast featuring awesome ladies, then this is it. It’s hosted by my friend, Stephanie Cooke, and I dare you not to fall in love with it.

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