Eye Candy, episode 1: “K3U”

Eye Candy’s pilot picks up a little slowly. Lindy Sampson, a 21-year-old hacker whose younger sister was kidnapped 3 years prior is the main character of the series. The episode begins with Lindy using her hacking skills to search for a woman’s missing daughter. This is what we are to believe that Lindy has been doing for the past 3 years; she’s been searching for her sister.
Cue the cute cop, Ben, who also happens to be Lindy’s ex and the reason she’s on probation, and the drama begins. And here comes the slow part of the pilot; Lindy goes to a club with her friend, who signs her up for a dating app called, “Flirtual.” Sophia signs Lindy up with the username Eye Candy, as the title of the show would suggest. At the club, Lindy meets 3 men off the app (Jake, Reiss and Peter) and flirts with all of them. When Lindy leaves the club, we finally get to experience the plot of the show. She gets a message from an unknown user on Flirtual, saying, “Great meeting you tonight.” When she is almost hit by a car, the user messages her again saying, “Ouch. That could have hurt.” And Lindy realizes that someone is watching her.
Throughout the episode, Lindy rekindles her romance with the cop, Ben, and he helps to protect her from this unknown person, who murders Peter after Lindy has a date with him to see if he’s potentially the stalker. This renews the need to find the Flirtual killer, and later on in the episode, he sends a video of himself at Sophia’s apartment, while Sophia is there. Lindy called Ben, and then Sophia, only to find out Sophia wasn’t at home. The killer set a trap for Lindy and murdered Ben in front of her. The Flirtual killer repeatedly outsmarts Lindy and the police, which only strengthen Lindy’s need to find and stop this person.
There is so much packed into this pilot, but the writers focus on Sarah (Lindy’s sister), Ben and the Flirtual killer, which sets the course for the rest of the season. I admire what the writers did with this pilot, as it didn’t go into much detail of the plot right away. Every obstacle in this episode is written to show us what a strong character Lindy is, and in my opinion, she’s one of the strongest female characters on television right now. I have to admit, I was a little weary about how Victoria Justice would handle a role like this, after all of her comedic stints, but she truly shines in this role. I believe this is really a testament to how intense this show is to become, and writing Lindy as a strong woman makes the show much more realistic. This season is headed on a dark path, as with any show that focuses on murder, but this show is set apart by it’s unique version of crime solving. But it’ll be a long road until we know who the Flirtual killer is, and how much Lindy Sampson has gotten herself into.


Arrow 3×11 recap: “Midnight City”

I’ve been with Arrow since the pilot episode, and I have to say, this show just keeps getting better. This is my first post, obviously, and I believe this is the perfect episode to start my blog with. First of all, in the previous episode,  Laurel Lance finally took up the torch as “the Canary,” something comic fans, and even those, like myself, who haven’t caught up on the comics, have been waiting for since the pilot. After Oliver Queen was believed to be dead, again, Team Arrow (Diggle, Arsenal, Felicity and Laurel) decided to keep Oliver’s vigilante dream alive and continue to protect Starling City.

The episode starts off in the Glades; a woman is being attacked and BAM! Here comes the Canary. Now, this is where it gets messy. Laurel Lance, however much I love her, is not ready to fight on her own. She has skills, but she is still lacking in formal training. Thus, her attacker manages to slice her arm before Arsenal comes to her rescue. Laurel’s performance this episode was definitely one of the main focuses as she and Arsenal repeatedly tried to take down Brick and his men in the Glades and failed.

Our brief flashes of Oliver, recovering from his fight with Ra’s al Ghul, are quite satisfying. It’s great to see Oliver when he’s vulnerable and needs protection, rather than protecting. His relationship in the flashbacks with Maseo and Tatsu (and their relationship with each other) is quite shockingly different from the present day. Oliver, Maseo and Tatsu were all attached by Maseo’s brothers in the League of Assassins, ending with them all killed by Maseo. And while Brick may not be the big bad of the season, they have repeatedly reinforced that Ra’s al Ghul and the League will be, so this was an interesting step towards that endgame. It’ll be interesting to see what happened to create the distance between these characters in the remaining flashbacks this season and learn why Maseo is so intent on staying with the League of Assassins.

Meanwhile, Ray Palmer and Felicity spent the episode talking about his Atom suit. Ray Palmer has always been a little overwhelming, but after his confrontation with Brick, I’m excited to see if he is involved with the epic showdown that is sure to come. I am loving this arc with Felicity, dealing with her grief over Oliver. It’s brought her down a bit, making her character much more understanding and strong.

Black Canary was the star of this episode, as was said when (Marc) Guggenheim and (Greg) Berlanti announced her trilogy of episodes, this being the second. After their repeated failures against Brick and his men, they managed to save two men, but at the price of Brick killing one of the hostages in front of them. This led to (my favorite scene of the season!) Laurel breaking down and questioning her choice to follow in her sister’s footsteps. I think it’s important to see how much Laurel is struggling in becoming the Black Canary, because we get to see what a strong character she is, after getting knocked down so many times (literally) and getting back up. And this was Laurel’s ultimate breaking point in my opinion, even though her Canary quest has just started. She quit, she gave up. And this is why I believe this was the perfect episode to recap. Felicity’s ultimate realization in the episode (with the help of Ray) is possibly the most important lesson these characters have learned throughout the show. Oliver has always had his reasons for protecting Starling, but these characters have always just been Oliver’s sidekicks. They fought with Oliver, because Oliver wanted them to. But, with him gone, they realized why they actually are fighting for. They’re fighting for the people that they love. Not just Oliver, but for their family and friends and this realization changed their status from sidekicks to heroes.