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it still only so-so
on 11 March 2016
I know nothing about comic book heoes beyond my growing boys (Age5) fascination, from which my interest has developed but this seems like it could be so much better. There is some absolutely terrible acting in it (and a handful of brilliant). The vertigo guy is f00king shocking. I think I have an idea what he was going for but he missed. It feels badly overacted compared to the seriousness of the other characters who are all quite serious and modern and not at all comicy. If you're going for the exaggerated comic strip acting then go for it and commit to it but it doesn't feel right to have some going all out comic book whilst others take a more modern dark drama approach. Just my inexperienced opinion.
Laurel is a drip. She's not coming across as tortured soul. she's coming across as wet and entirely lacking in personality and for that matter so is her sister sarah who should have SO much more oomph in her. I just want her to get off my telly. She should be harder, stronger.
So far the only character that has any believablility, that I actually believe has what it takes to survive is Mr Diggles who although has a steady stream of screen time needs meatier parts.
Even Arrow is a bit too soft and fluffy for my linking.
And I think I figured out what was missing from Season 1 (and is still missing) that I couldn't put my finger on. ... Facial expressions. None of them seem to change their facial expressions. sometimes they 'nearly' smile or 'nearly' scowl but they definitely need more of that. theres no laughter, anger or frustration.
Maybe I'm wrong. I have never read the comics. Maybe they are all supposed to be only vaguely interesting and lacking personality but it wouldn't make for a good read.
That said, I'm halfway through S2 and still watching. I keep feeling like its going to get better. I just expected it to ramp up from S1 but I feel like its still only introducing characters that you're going to see later instead of working on developing main characters personalities.
This show has a lot of women in it. I wish I could say that it was great to see but they are all so lacking. What this needs is good strong females with conviction, clarity and believability. I really hope that comes.