Back Arrow #11 — Skeet Shooting

March 19th, 2021

 

Isn't everybody constantly jumping into the air to fight anyway?

Impressions:

Boy, the first half of this episode was dismal. A full two minutes recapping the previous episode, then the world's stupidest military strategy session, followed by taking a bath. I really cannot understate how stupid that strategy bit was too. "They'll be attacking us where we're strongest." "Right, so it'll be an attack where we're most fortified, prepared, and expecting an attack." "But since nobody would expect them to attack where we're expecting them to attack, it'll be a complete surprise." It feels like I'm taking crazy pills trying to parse that out. And the less said about friendship baths, the better. Similar goes for the fancy boys yelling about how elegantly they'll be fighting on this beautiful midsummer day. I also guess we're just rehabilitating the mad scientist torturer and his pet ranch of terminally ill teenagers.

Which is all weird because the second half of the episode wasn't kind of back to its not-great-but-hitting-the-notes-it-should action bits. I'm likely never going to understand or get on board with the inexplicable raging hard-on that the entire cast has for Shu, but they put a tiny modicum of effort into the action scenes and Arrow himself did a good job dressing down Ren for being a suicidal obsessed lunatic. Not so much with Kai. That side of it probably needed to have Kai actually winning the fight to start out instead of being completely humiliated from the word go. For being the invincible ultimate general or whatever, he sure seems to quite badly get trounced in every one of his fights by being a big, dumb idiot.

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