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As season 6 draws to a close, the Speedy Arrowcast team puts their differences aside for one last mission. We discuss the questionable persistence of some villains, the sad unrealized fate of Quentin Lance, and why you should always be suspicious when Oliver Queen wants to shake your hand. Plus, our overall thoughts on this season and where we rank it (or not) compared to what has come before.
Thanks for tuning in for this season of the Arrowcast—you, readers, are why we do this. See you next fall.
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It’s the penultimate episode of season 6, and the Speedy Arrowcast puts aside their differences to take on the real threat. We discuss the poor aim and deliberative tactics of Ricardo Diaz’s thugs, some puzzling decryption methods, and why you should always consult experts when showing cooking onscreen.
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Twists and turns and legal mumbo-jumbo this week as Team Speedy Arrowcast sets in for the trial of the
century season. We discuss the inherent legal issues of a witness who jumps through a skylight, some long overdue acting like adults, and where this season might end up leaving our good friend Oliver Queen.
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Threads start getting tied up as the season hits its final stride. We discuss why it’s always important to ask your Russian gangster friends before you try to help them out, the bizarre command structures of a quasi-military intelligence apparatus, and of course, that weirdly familiar Chinese restaurant. And check out the post show for some bonus conspiracy theories about next week’s shocking episode.
You wanted to know more about this season’s Big Bad, Ricardo “The Dragon” Diaz? Well, be careful what you wish for. Topics of discussion include perfect smarmy casting, what constitutes a healthy pour of scotch, and how weird it is when Oliver is the only joyful spot in an episode.
Hop yourself up on some Vertigo, because this week’s episode is a real trip. (See what I did there?) Discussion topics include drawing bad conclusions, the murder of cabbages, and what’s real and what’s not, man.
There’s plenty of wrasslin’ going on in this week’s episode, which has both Team Arrow and Team Speedy Arrowcast divided. Accusations are thrown! The gloves, which were never on, come off! And when the dust clears, things will never be the same. We discuss loyalty miscalculations, why you should always move glass display cases full of superhero outfits before you get into a fight, and how sometimes an arrow full of ball bearings is actually a metaphor.
The Speedy Arrowcast team is at odds this week as we discuss when characters act like adults or not, why assuming your very public doppelganger’s identity may not be the best idea, and whether bringing the spitting image of your deceased daughter to a remote cabin in the woods crosses the old “too creepy” line.
With Dan finally done being trapped on an island, the team reconvenes for a two-fer. We discuss important questions like why a genius super-hacker has really bad password hygiene, when you shouldn’t get in a car with Quentin Lance, and why kids make nonsensical decisions when the plot forces them to.
We pour one out for a dearly departed minor character this week, who gets offed in a most disrespectful fashion. Also up for discussion are whether you should let your pre-teen son watch you fill people with arrows, Chekhov’s amazing nerve-damage-repairing chip, and the return of the Tech Z Team.
The team gets back together just in time to fall apart. As we pick up our story after the winter hiatus, we’ve got a lot of important issues to talk about, including why you should pick your shots carefully, thinking through your whole trap plan, and, of course, the responsible use of other people’s money to build expensive prototype chips to stop your friends suffering from nerve damage. We wrap up with our brief, spoiler-free impressions of the CW’s newest superhero offering, Black Lightning.
Everybody loves a wedding! But what everybody loves less is sowing discord and mistrust among your team members. The team assembles for the midseason finale, and discusses important topics like why maybe you don’t give away your boss’s identity to a crazy vigilante, the importance of checking your lair regularly for bugs, and who thought it was a good idea to let your henchman stand next to all the big bads.
A time like this comes only once per year: it’s crossover season. Team Speedy Arrowcast assembles to discuss the entire four-way crossover of DC’s TV universe (Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), and fields live questions from readers. At the end, only one co-host will be left standing.
Important topics of discussions include DC’s stellar job at inclusivity and diversity, John Diggle’s superpower, why superheroes should never get married, our delight over the return of a familiar face, and our frustration over the story’s major death. Plus, we review reader suggestions for our new rating rubric.
It’s the time of the year when we give thanks. Even when the episode in question raises important issues like “when is it okay for vigilantes to beat up fake cops?” And “should you really be fighting about your startup name while there’s a bomb threat?” And, perhaps most significantly, “Billy Joel?!” But, hey, at least we got a character back!
(Note that this episode does contain minor discussion of the Crisis on Earth-X crossover, which will itself be covered more fully in the future.)
This week on the Speedy Arrowcast we discuss the conclusion of the two-part Deathstroke arc. Hot topics include why you shouldn’t put your gang’s hideout in a high school gymnasium, the old “throw a grenade and run away” trick, and the odd choice of revealing that you were a child psychopath and that you have a secret sibling in one fell swoop.
This week, the Speed Arrowcast is off on a
secret murder mission camping trip, as they discuss why it’s important to have as many murder words in your codename as possible, why Vigilante has gone purely SSD for his computers, and the inevitable future where Ollie will have no choice but to bust out his cooking skills to take down bad guys.
We also talk about the recent news regarding an Arrowverse producer who’s been suspended pending an investigation of sexual harassment, and why we believe and stand with the women.
Buckle in, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride. While John is off on a solo story, Dan and Guy discuss the subtle nuances of character and carefully crafted plot that make this epis—nope, just kidding. This week’s episode of Arrow has technology take the foreground and we try to explain where it all went wrong.
There’s a new
sheriff Green Arrow in town, and his name is John Diggle! This week, the team discusses whether you should (or can?) turn a proposed bill into a referendum, why cool sunglasses solve all of our problems, and whether you should jump in slow motion only to land and talk to your friends.
Oh no, Oliver Queen has been unmasked as the Green Arrow…again. We discuss that, plus what it means to have honor as a gangster, Oliver’s bad parenting advice, and—finally!—the in-depth investigation of the team’s finances that we truly deserve.
Last season, on the Speedy Arrowcast…an island exploded, leaving most of our beloved characters’ fates hanging in th—never mind, they’re all fine.
We’re back for the premiere of season 6. Hot topics include how you know when it’s probably time to move your lair, whether plaid and a beard can soften even the toughest villain, and whether 10 year olds are grown-ups. (Spoiler: They are not. Stop listening to Guy.)
The Speedy Arrowcast team wraps up its Flashback coverage of season 1 as it discusses episodes 21, 22, and 23.
As we watch the season’s final arc, we discuss important topics like the importance of using your dying words to taunt your foe, how many extra bows you should keep on hand, and why you should trust the writers of the show to remember fine details and not three goofs like us.
The Speedy Arrowcast team returns for another Flashback episode, this time covering episodes 19 and 20 of season 1.
As we launch into the home stretch, we discuss important topics like killer guest stars who are gone too soon, the inadvisability of arming security guards at local tourist attractions, and how perhaps not to talk to kids about the loss of a parent. Plus, a special announcement of a new Biff Book Club feature.
The Speedy Arrowcast team returns for another Flashback episode, this time covering episodes 17 and 18 of season 1.
John returns from an island to reunite with Dan and Guy as we discuss why the Starling City Police Department very nearly had a good idea, Ollie’s wildly vacillating competence at certain junctures, and why we love Roy even when he isn’t the brightest.
The Speedy Arrowcast team returns for another Flashback episode, this time covering episodes 15 and 16 of season 1.
While John heads off to Nanda Parbat for the week, Dan and Guy discuss important issues like Ollie’s magical MacGyver-like skill set, some slightly odd but much needed romantic levity, and why you shouldn’t bring a knife to a sword fight.
After a brief hiatus, the Speedy Arrowcast team is back in fighting form for another Flashback episode, this time covering episodes 13 and 14 of season 1.
Important topics this week include the voice-changing magic inherent in Malcolm Merlyn’s office, Laurel Lance’s fighting skills, and why to check for off-by-one errors in your arrow counts. Plus, a special heartfelt message from Guy.
The Speedy Arrowcast team is back for another Flashback episode, covering episodes 11 and 12 of season 1.
While Dan is on an island, John and Guy are joined by special guest Tony Sindelar, professor at Batman University to discuss whether the eyes are part of the face, how the Count’s back story is a bit dumb, and the unveiling of Green Bearow.
The Speedy Arrowcast team is back for another Flashback episode, covering episodes 9 and 10 of season 1.
Important issues of discussion include why it’s important that Ollie gets the crap kicked out of him, “military grade technology,” and why you should always sit down at a fancy dinner party, even when you’re not invited. Plus, stay tuned for a few minutes of very special bonus content.
The Speedy Arrowcast team is back for another Flashback episode, covering episodes 7 and 8 of season 1.
This week, the guys are joined by special guest Lisa Schmeiser to talk about this two episode arc involving the Huntress. Important topics include creepy father-daughter relationships, how there’s no cure for bad (or no) chemistry, and why the heck nobody has yet dug up a Tommy Merlyn doppelgänger. Also, Lisa shows the team how you REALLY do a recap.
The Speedy Arrowcast team is back for another Flashback episode, covering episodes 5 and 6 of season 1.
This week, we talk about the inadvisability of arresting someone as a vigilante on really very thin evidence, what is perhaps the best Dig move ever, and weirdly knowledgable ghosts. Plus we introduce our new rating system for these episodes.
Team Speedy Arrowcast returns for another Flashback installment, covering episodes 3 and 4 of season 1.
We discuss the social justice roots of Oliver’s crusade, the at-times unfortunate Hood/Ollie/Laurel triangle, the show’s first real mythology episode, and, of course, how everything is always coming up Diggle.
You asked for it, and boy are you gonna get it. The Speedy Arrowcast team returns for their first Flashback installment, covering episodes one and two of the first season of Arrow.
We discuss John’s extensive Diggle head canon, what things don’t quite add up after five seasons, and of course the hair stylings of Quentin Lance.
Everything comes full circle as we reach what is not only the end of the season, but of Oliver Queen’s five year journey.
We discuss Slade Wilson’s grooming habits, this episode’s many (and sometimes unnecessary) twists, another welcome throwback cameo, and bidding adieu to that remote island we love to hate, Lian Yu. What lies next for the Speedy Arrowcast team? You tell us!
Must be dinnertime, because there is some in-depth table setting going on this week. We discuss why you shouldn’t over spend your character budget, the joy of seeing old friends, and why maybe you don’t want to keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Plus, a cameo return from a fan favorite.
This episode does not strike quite true with our team this week. Discussion questions include “Can you really be surprised your dad is a murderer when he killed someone in front of you in the first episode?”, “Is your big bad perhaps a trifle overpowered when he seems to know as much or more than your audience?” and “Can we just have more Anatoly please?” Also, the possibility of t-shirts is broached.
This week, we’re all trapped in a bunker. With our feelings. We go off-formula for a week that helps remediate some of our biggest complaints about this season and last. Hot topics include: finding the secret escalator entrance in to the Arrowcave, why you pipe hot and cold running methane into your lair, and why it’s important to talk things out like adults. Even on a comic book show.
We’re breaking up the band…so we can get the band back together! Team Speedy Arrowcast is on hand to discuss the varying natures of brotherhood, what exactly it takes to get a room around here, and important parallels between our favorite show and another classic of American television.
To Russia, comrades! This week’s flashback-heavy episode follows past Oliver carrying out his vendetta against Kovar, while in the present he is tormented by Prometheus. We discuss the troubling portrayal of torture, the weird casual nature of Sarin gas, and why it’s probably not a good idea to trust a strange woman who promises to help you with your inner monster.
Prometheus is officially unmasked this week, and things ratchet up a notch. So, naturally, team Speedy Arrowcast isn’t done with outlandish theories. We don our silk kimono to discuss why you don’t bring the villain’s wife to a knife fight, why teaming up with mysterious hackers usually has a downside, and the inevitable attack on Star City by a horde of monkeys. And tune in for some STUNNING NEWS about our show’s mascot, Biff Conklin.
It’s Crackpot Theory week at the Speedy Arrowcast, and at least one of our panelists is buying them in bulk. We discuss supervillain reveals (and the head fakes that keep them fresh), loose plot threads galore, and a truly surprising prediction for the end of the season.
This week, a trio of female villains menaces Star City. We discuss important topics like villain nomenclature, taking out the trash with extreme prejudice, and whether or not Oliver Queen’s administration deserves to be impeached (spoiler: It probably does). Most importantly, though, we want your suggestions on codenames for our team. Tweet ‘em to us with #BiffArmy.
A very special episode of Arrow calls for a very special guest: with Moltz on guard duty at Lian Yu, we pull in the Flash Flashcast’s Philip Mozolak to discuss the weighty issues of gun control and gun rights, Oliver Queen as the hero that the Green Arrow can’t be, and a look into what makes vigilante Rene Ramirez tick. We also engage in a rare bit of followup and bestow the title of show’s Official Biff.
And it’s back to Russia for the first time in a few years, as Team Arrow tracks down General Walker and his stolen nuclear device. We discuss questionable moral decisions—like dating the reporter covering your administration—the hilarity of sending Green Arrow to rough up a few thugs, and the long-awaited return of our favorite proto-Question, Quentin Lance.
How do you solve a problem like finding a new Black Canary? Well, if you’re Team Arrow, a convenient metahuman drops right in your lap. This week, the Speedy Arrowcast gets its own second chance, as we talk about important topics like naming your villains after popular wireless speakers, Big Belly Burger’s franchising model, and the joy of a brand new, well-lit set.
Team Speedy Arrowcast is shaking off the mothballs this week, returning to combat Prometheus at full strength. Important discussions include the death of poor Detective Whatshisname, our appreciation for the acquired taste that is Rene Ramirez, and evil doppelgängers and other comic-book problems.
The new team continues to gel this week, and we discuss SCPD’s training regimen, the state of news networks and journalism in Star City, and an appearance by one of our favorites from seasons gone by. (Spoiler: It’s not Biff.)
The Green Arrow recruits a new team, and team Speedy Arrowcast is on hand to discuss questionable training methods (and their provenance), Oliver’s superpower of changing clothes quickly, and just how long it takes one to recover from an arrow to the leg.
Unlike our friends in Star City, this team stays together. Team Speedy Arrowcast is back for another season! We have plenty of important topics for discussion in this opener, including things you maybe shouldn’t do as mayor, the return of a murderous Oliver, “deathbed” promises, and curious choices about statues.
We convene a panel of superhero TV experts to recap the past year’s superhero series, including “Arrow”, “The Flash”, “Gotham”, “Agents of SHIELD”, “Agent Carter”, “Daredevil”, “Supergirl”, “Legends of Tomorrow”, and “Jessica Jones.”
(If you’re a complete spoiler-phobe, you may want to avoid some of these segments, though there is probably not a single character death or other twist that couldn’t be reversed at any point…)
Another season in the bag. Just like our panelists. As we wrap up the Oliver vs. Damien Darhk grudge match, we discuss untimely Ghost attacks, anticlimactic punch ups, and just how much we are going to miss the sparkling joy that is Neal McDonough. But we’re optimistic about season 5…even if we do still have a year of flashbacks.
Family drama rules the roost this week, with a Smoak-Kuttler reunion and Oliver trying to rescue Thea. We discuss the limitation of suburban subdevelopment sets, why supervillains should really just kill people when they have the chance, and why you should never sit too close to the computer when you’re hacking.
This week, we grit our teeth and let the hand-wavey technology do its thing, discuss whether you really need to run for mayor to get access to City Hall, and discuss exactly whether our favorite (possibly?) departed political operative, turned bearded, brainwashed, clipboard-wielding flunky merits an action figure.
Everybody gets the weekend off (including us)! We discuss Thea’s unwise relationship with Totally Not Evil Alex, Dig and Lyla’s choice of mobile homes, and Oliver’s latest Defense against the Dark Arts teacher. We also try to avoid going down the rabbit hole of discussing incarnations of DC Comics hero The Question.
Don’t blame yourself this week—that’s left to our characters. Laurel Lance may not live on, but there’s still a Black Canary out and about. We discuss how an ace high school student can tinker with Cisco’s tech, the chances of resurrection in a comic-book universe, and our burning desire to know why Alex Davis became a political operative.
Better late than never. (Or perhaps, given this episode, better late than…”the late.”) We discuss poor idol labeling, the impossibility of searching prison book carts, and the questionable obtuseness of certain hospital staff. And, of course, we bid adieu to a character and finally answer the season-long question: Who’s in the Box?!
Bee-ware the bee puns on this week’s episode! It’s a week of adult discussions, pop culture references, and you know what, just all out fun. We talk questionable lair security, how to explain your decommissioned lair to your board of directors, and exactly what kind of medicine they gave Curtis Holt.
After a slightly longer than expected hiatus, Team Speedy Arrowcast is back! Issues this week include the driving of artificial wedges between characters, the return of a meh antagonist, and the fly-by-night justice system of Star City. Round it all out with an update on Who’s In the Box? and Who Does Ollie Need to Kill?
Throw another superhero on the barbecue! Mari McCabe, aka Vixen, makes her live-action debut, and we discuss how our favorite team should know that secrets are bad, our befuddlement over the peculiar geography of the DC Universe’s United States, and our latest thoughts on that time-honored classic: Who’s In the Box?! Also, a fan favorite makes a startling return!
It’s a sad day for the Speedy Arrowcast team, as they mourn the dear, departed—well, we’ll get there. Thea and Lance reinforce bad Ollie behavior, we speculate about the nature of “precision demolition,” and Team Arrow sure picks the wrong week to forget to pack the bomb spray.
In our latest episode, sponsored by the League of Assassins, there’s a power struggle brewing between Nyssa and Merlyn and our heroes are caught in the (literal) crossfire. We discuss Charlotte Ross’s killer scene, the League of Assassins’s coveted employee of the month award, and what else is on Damien Darhk’s to-do list.
This episode is more overstuffed than the biggest Thanksgiving leftover sandwich you can imagine, and if you were hoping we could take that metaphor a little further, well, tune in. We also discuss Arrow’s technology Z team, the latest in League of Assassin motivations, and the desperate need for a Team Arrow Slack channel.
Nothing better than a Diggle-centric episode, ‘cause a Diggle-centric episode got plenty of Diggle. In this case, two Diggles (but no Biff). This week we discuss the legacy of Amanda Waller, relatively smart villains of the week, and prescription drug hallucinations.
Thanks to their bulletproof limousine, the Speedy Arrowcast crew is back with the midseason premiere. This week we discuss boneheaded superhero plans, going off the rails, and of course an update to our perennial favorite: “Who’s in the Box?!”
The Speedy Arrowcast is glad to be back to Star City business this week. Dan, Guy, and John discuss cage safety procedures, how not to propose to your girlfriend, and exactly how approval ratings work when you’re running unopposed in a city that’s on the brink of destruction.
Crossover week continues as special guests Jason Snell and Tony Sindelar join Guy and John for a discussion of part two of this week’s Flash-Arrow crossover event. How much do we not like Hawkguy? Are the Egyptian flashbacks better or worse than returning to the island? Why is Malcolm Merlin such a jerk? And are we relieved that the “Legends of Tomorrow” furniture moving may finally be at an end?
Join Dan, Guy, and John as they discuss the latest episode of Arrow, and such riveting topics as controlling people with evil macaroni and cheese, Data & Geordi doing science, and, of course, the flashback adventures of Biff Conklin.
Special guest star Philip Mozolak joins Guy and Dan to talk about the re-embiggening of Ray Palmer, industrial espionage, low-paying security guard gigs, magical mysticism, and of course one of the most badass women in the world—and her mom.
Who do you call when you absolutely, positively need to resurrect a character for an upcoming spinoff? Why, a chain-smoking master of the dark arts who himself has been resurrected from a dead TV series! Meanwhile, we vote for a Diggle/Lance cop show and we can’t get enough of Damien Darhk.
We have some concerns about the handling of finances in Star City, a new lair is located in some questionable real estate, and where do you keep your feral, back-from-the-dead sister if not in your apartment building’s basement?
We delve into politics in episode 2, and Dan, John, and Guy say hello (and goodbye?) to Jeri Ryan, consider Felicity’s handwaving management style, and wonder who the hell is this ray-of-sunshine Ollie?
It’s the season 4 premiere of Arrow and everything’s exciting and new and different! Dan, John, and Guy are back to talk about fancy new outfits (and monikers), a brand new big baddy, and a lighter, more fun tone.
After a season full of comic-book superhero TV shows, we’re here to chart the highs and lows of “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Agents of SHIELD,” “Agent Carter,” “Daredevil,” and “Constantine.” Some of them were great, some quite surprising, and others crushing disappointments. (This episode contains light spoilers—nothing we consider completely earth-shattering, but if you wish to be completely spoiler free, listen after watching or consult the time code in our show notes.)
As season 3 draws to a close, Dan, John, and Guy reunite to discuss Ra’s al-Ghul’s ineffectual management of the League of Assassins, anticlimactic battle scenes, and the hopes and dreams for season 4.
The whole gang gets a group rate to go to Nanda Parbat, Ollie doesn’t get the chance to use his “island” excuse, and the whole season comes to a head with a marriage and perhaps multiple deaths. Dan and Guy discuss the penultimate episode of season 3.
It’s just an ordinary run of the mill bad-guy-of-the-week for Team Arrow…only this bad guy used to be their best friend. John and Dan discuss Thea’s ascension to the team, Lyla being a badass, and more. Plus, a special guest shows up to debate whether Ollie has truly gone rogue.
It’s a Starling City doubleheader this week! Returning after a bit of a hiatus, Guy, John, and Dan are back to discuss major deaths, romantic entanglements, and fledgling superheroes! All that and more as the ball gets rolling towards the end of the season.
Quentin Lance is angry, oh so angry this week. On the Speedy Arrowcast, we cover Starling’s favorite cop’s mood swings, Roy’s classy bedroom moves, and weak twin sister flashbacks. Oh, and Ray Palmer gets shot through the heart, and Felicity’s to blame! The Flash Flashcast’s Tony Sindelar fills in for Guy English, speeding his way into our hearts.
The Suicide Squad rides again! This week on the Speedy Arrowcast, we all offer our praise for a recurring villain/antagonist, a heaping helping of Diggle love, and of course, a fight between Arrow and a Supersuit that turns out just as we expect.
After three weeks off, Team Speedy Arrowcast has returned! This week, we discuss the right way to handle job interviews with deranged semi-immortal assassins, father issues galore, and getting from point A to point B.
This week, Dan, John, and Guy discuss insane job offers, Oliver’s disconnection from Team Arrow, The Atom taking flight, and, of course, our deep and abiding love for the best member of this superhero crew: John Diggle.
The Speedy Arrowcast returns with a review of…The Return. Dan Moren, John Moltz, and Guy English talk past Oliver and present Oliver flip-flopping locations, the return of a very special villain, and yet another secret revelation.
On this inaugural episode of the Speedy Arrowcast—see what we did there?—host Dan Moren is joined by fellow Starling City aficionados John Moltz and Guy English to talk about the Canary vs. Canary throwdown, Oliver’s place on Team Arrow, and big reveals galore.