Arrow and The Flash Viewing Order

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I’ll be featured on The 52 NOW! podcast next week to discuss all things superhero television with the guys over at Zowie Kerpowey. I figured now would probably be the best time to catch up on shows I let slip by, particularly those in the Arrowverse. To aid me in watching everything in the correct viewing order I’ve chosen to create this aid for myself as a reference. Hopefully it will be useful to you also. I plan to keep this post updated as more shows and seasons are added down the line (including Legends of Tomorrow).

(Edit – I changed the title of the post from chronological order to viewing order.)

Arrow Season 1

  • Arrow 1×01: Pilot
  • Arrow 1×02: Honor Thy Father
  • Arrow 1×03: Lone Gunmen
  • Arrow 1×04: An Innocent Man
  • Arrow 1×05: Damaged
  • Arrow 1×06: Legacies
  • Arrow 1×07: Muse of Fire
  • Arrow 1×08: Vendetta
  • Arrow 1×09: Year’s End
  • Arrow 1×10: Burned
  • Arrow 1×11: Trust But Verify
  • Arrow 1×12: Vertigo
  • Arrow 1×13: Betrayal
  • Arrow 1×14: The Odyssey
  • Arrow 1×15: Dodger
  • Arrow 1×16: Dead to Rights
  • Arrow 1×17: The Huntress Returns
  • Arrow 1×18: Salvation
  • Arrow 1×19: Unfinished Business
  • Arrow 1×20: Home Invasion
  • Arrow 1×21: The Undertaking
  • Arrow 1×22: Darkness on the Edge of Town
  • Arrow 1×23: Sacrifice

Arrow Season 2

  • Arrow 2×01: City of Heroes
  • Arrow 2×02: Identity
  • Arrow 2×03: Broken Dolls
  • Arrow 2×04: Crucible
  • Arrow 2×05: League of Assassins
  • Arrow 2×06: Keep Your Enemies Closer
  • Arrow 2×07: State v. Queen
  • Arrow 2×08: The Scientist
  • Arrow 2×09: Three Ghosts
  • Arrow 2×10: Blast Radius
  • Arrow 2×11: Blind Spot
  • Arrow 2×12: Tremors
  • Arrow 2×13: Heir to the Demon
  • Arrow 2×14: Time of Death
  • Arrow 2×15: The Promise
  • Arrow 2×16: Suicide Squad
  • Arrow 2×17: Birds of Prey
  • Arrow 2×18: Deathstroke
  • Arrow 2×19: The Man Under the Hood
  • Arrow 2×20: Seeing Red
  • Arrow 2×21: City of Blood
  • Arrow 2×22: The Streets of Fire
  • Arrow 2×23: Unthinkable

Arrow Season 3 | The Flash Season 1

  • The Flash 1×01: Pilot
  • Arrow 3×01: The Calm
  • The Flash 1×02: Fastest Man Alive
  • Arrow 3×02: Sara
  • The Flash 1×03: Things You Can’t Outrun
  • Arrow 3×03: Corto Maltese
  • The Flash 1×04: Going Rogue
  • Arrow 3×04: The Magician
  • Arrow 3×05: The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak
  • The Flash 1×05: Plastique
  • Arrow 3×06: Guilty
  • The Flash 1×06: The Flash Is Born
  • Arrow 3×07: Draw Back Your Bow
  • The Flash 1×07: Power Outage
  • The Flash 1×08: Flash vs. Arrow
  • Arrow 3×08: The Brave and the Bold
  • The Flash 1×09: The Man in the Yellow Suit
  • Arrow 3×09: The Climb
  • The Flash 1×10: Revenge of the Rogues
  • Arrow 3×10: Left Behind
  • The Flash 1×11: The Sound and the Fury
  • Arrow 3×11: Midnight City
  • The Flash 1×12: Crazy for You
  • Arrow 3×12: Uprising
  • The Flash 1×13: The Nuclear Man
  • Arrow 3×13: Canaries
  • The Flash 1×14: Fallout
  • Arrow 3×14: The Return
  • Arrow 3×15: Nanda Parbat
  • The Flash 1×15: Out of Time
  • Arrow 3×16: The Offer
  • The Flash 1×16: Rogue Time
  • Arrow 3×17: Suicidal Tendencies
  • The Flash 1×17: Tricksters
  • The Flash 1×18: All Star Team Up
  • Arrow 3×18: Public Enemy
  • Arrow 3×19: Broken Arrow
  • The Flash 1×19: Who Is Harrison Wells?
  • Arrow 3×20: The Fallen
  • The Flash 1×20: The Trap
  • Arrow 1×21: Al Sah-him
  • The Flash 1×21: Grodd Lives
  • The Flash 1×22: Rogue Air
  • Arrow 1×22: This Is Your Sword
  • Arrow 1×23: My Name Is Oliver Queen
  • The Flash 1×23: Fast Enough

(Please note: the reasons the order of episodes switches between The Flash and Arrow around episodes 5, 8, 15 & 18 are due to scheduling changes, skipped weeks, or confusions with the network. If you have any concerns, please address them in the comments below.)

New Trailers for Syfy’s ‘Childhood’s End,’ and ‘The Magicians’

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These two trailers seem to have been swept under the radar a bit. Let’s give them some spotlight. Childhood’s End, adapted from the Arthur C. Clarke book of the same name, sees a seemingly benevolent alien invasion and how it essentially fixes all the world’s problems. But how would the world react to something like that? The Magicians, based on the trilogy of books by Lev Grossman, a grad student enrolls a in a school specializing in magic.

Childhood’s End

Written by Arthur C. Clarke and hailed as a revolutionary work of science fiction since its publishing in 1953, Childhood’s End follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious “Overlords,” whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture.

Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) will play Karellen, the ambassador for the Overlords. Mike Vogel (Under the Dome) will play Ricky Stormgren, a midwestern farmer whose life is turned upside down when he is named the sole human ambassador for the Overlords. Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) will play Rupert Boyce, an enigmatic American entrepeneur.

Akiva Goldsman (Lone Survivor, A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) and Mike De Luca (Captain Philips, Moneyball, The Social Network) are attached as executive producers. Childhood’s End will be adapted by Matthew Graham (creator of BBC’s Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes).

This will be a 3-part miniseries.

The Magicians

Based upon Lev Grossman’s best-selling books, The Magicians stars Jason Ralph (A Most Violent Year, Aquarius) as Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant grad student who enrolls in Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. He and his 20-something friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real— and poses grave danger to humanity.  Stella Maeve (Chicago P.D.), Hale Appleman (Teeth), Arjun Gupta (Nurse Jackie) and Summer Bishil (Towelhead, Lucky 7) also star in this one hour drama.
 
Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams (Milk) will executive produce. John McNamara (Aquarius) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural), writers of the pilot, will serve as executive producers.

Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy is an international sensation, published and widely praised in more than twenty countries. The epic conclusion to the series, The Magician’s Land, opened at #1 last summer on The New York TimesHardcover Best Seller’s list, and was widely acclaimed as one of the best books of the year.

“Ever since The Magicians was published I’ve wanted to see this story on screen,” said Lev Grossman. “The people, the school, the other worlds, the magic. I’m so thrilled that it’s finally happening, and I’m beyond thrilled that we found the right people to do it. Get ready; you’ve never seen anything like this.”

The Dandelion Dynasty, #1: The Grace of Kings (BOOK REVIEW)

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Ken Liu’s debut fantasy novel, The Grace of Kings, is something akin to that of a diamond in the rough. Or a dandelion not yet fully bloomed. It’s a beautiful piece about two unlikely friends and their roles in the shaping of history and kingdoms. It’s a book about how enemies form out of miscommunication and jealousy, and how love and ideals shape the person you become.

Much of the book is a wonder to behold. Although not taken directly from any one person or event, the Grace of Kings takes a wonderful amount of inspiration from Chinese legends, folk tales, and history. Much of the worldbuilding seems to be Chinese in theory, aside from some of the more steampunk elements introduced. Parallels can be made to suggest the ancient scholar Kon Fiji shares obvious parallels with Confucius and so on. One of the strongest aspects of the writing is its relation to ancient proverbs, as much of the book is written to reflect ancient sentence structures, and methods of recording history. This unfortunately took me out of the story often, particularly closer to the beginning. It took away from much of the levity the individual characters displayed, making particularly Kuni Garu often seem unrealistic. 

But as the book’s primary protagonist, Kuni Garu is an interesting character to follow. He starts out as nothing but a deadbeat gangster, drinking and laughing his days away. But then he falls in love, learns to work, and subsequently finds himself in increasingly wilder positions of power, until one day he is one of the leading figures in the world. By contrast, a noble boy Mata Zyndu works his way up the ranks with his force of strength and military prowess. Although their ideals and principles clearly differ in almost every respect, you learn to like them equally, even despite some of the things they both become capable of.

That said, a lot of the novel seems to me like odd padding. And most of this padding, when eventually paid off near the end, doesn’t altogether feel worthwhile. Before I reached the halfway point, there was never a moment I felt “I need to find out what happens next,” besides the obvious urge to finish so that I could review it. But it does pick up near the end, and quite heavily.

One thing I learned to love about the novel was the ever increasing tenacity of the pantheon of gods who seem fit to interfere in the lives of the men and women of the world. But they all seem to have their own motives, and many of those motives never really become clear. This gives the reader the understanding that mortals don’t fully grasp their intent, which by the end is clear that they really don’t.

The characters in the story are all quite strong in their own right. A handful of very capable women throughout the novel help create a well rounded world. And each person in the novel eventually succumbs to flaws and imperfections within their characters, making them realistic. Sometimes though, the characters in the novel stick too firmly in their ideals so as to make them seem extremely one-dimensional, and their reactions to situations become far too easy to predict. As a whole the book is a wonderful, elegant thing, full of love, loss, and hope. I recommend it to just about anyone looking for an inspiring read.

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