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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

Af­ter a su­perb sec­ond year, ARROW SEA­SON THREE ( out now, Blu- ray/ DVD) goes to even darker places, but can’t achieve the con­sis­tent highs of Slade Wil­son’s vendetta against Oliver Queen. There are note­wor­thy episodes, in­clud­ing an in­cred­i­ble mid- sea­son fi­nale and sev­eral fun Flash crossovers, but the League of As­sas­sins arc falls flat, Lau­rel Lance is still pants and the flash­backs feel en­tirely re­dun­dant. AGENTS OF SHIELD SEA­SON TWO ( 19 Oc­to­ber, Blu- ray/ DVD) sees the se­ries con­tinue to be the beast in the at­tic of Marvel’s screen uni­verse: unloved, just a lit­tle mor­ti­fy­ing but tol­er­ated as part of the fam­ily. This sea­son ul­ti­mately dis­ap­points, re­duc­ing the grandeur of the comic book In­hu­mans to a dull riff on Lost Hori­zon. An arc about a ri­val SHIELD also fiz­zles. THE ORIG­I­NALS SEA­SON TWO ( 19 Oc­to­ber, Blu- ray/ DVD) sees mum and dad ar­rive in New Or­leans and in­dulge in some ex­treme hissy­fits that make their dys­func­tional off­spring more psy­chotic and blood­thirsty than ever. There are times when it be­comes soapy and repet­i­tive, but in the noble Eli­jah and the feral Klaus the show has two vam­pire stars who keep things en­ter­tain­ing and un­pre­dictable. Any scene in­volv­ing were­wolves is worth fast- for­ward­ing through, mind. Un­less they’re be­ing mas­sa­cred. Fi­nally, also out now are The Avengers Se­ries Six ( mak­ing its Blu- ray de­but) and DVD box sets of The 100 Sea­son Two and Haven Sea­son Five, Vol­ume One, while 19 Oc­to­ber brings the first 11 episodes of CBee­bies’ new Clangers. Phew!

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