Thursday, February 26, 2015

Gregory Smith (from "Everwood" and "Rookie Blue") directs an episode of the comics-based "Arrow" for Greg Berlanti

Greg Berlanti (Everwood), Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg created a series, “Arrow”, starting in 2012, based on a DC Comics series.  The premise is that a billionaire (rather like “50 Shades”) is lost at sea, but returns to wreak vengeance as a vigilante in a hoodie, with a bow and arrow.  The hero, Oliver Queen (any relation to that character in  Smallville?) is played by Canadian Stephen Amell.
Berlanti had created “Everwood”, one of my favorite series from a decade ago, and the “kid” who played the prodigy pianist Ephram, Gregory Smith, directed last night’s episode, called “Nanda Parbat”. 
I had met Gregory Smith and Chris Pratt (“Bright” in Everwood) at a shopping mall party for the show at the King of Prussia Mall, near Philadelphia, in August 2005.  Gregory Smith stars in and has directed episodes of “Rookie Blue”. 
In the episode (filmed in Vancouver) starts with the abduction of a character Malcom Merlyn, and his taking to Nanda, which looks a bit like a Japanese prison building from WWII.  Ray “The Atom” (Brandon Routh) wants to finish his Atomic suit to save Merlyn (and eventually does), but Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) fears he will face the same fate as Oliver (which doesn’t seem so bad now).  Ray seems to have prepped himself for an artificial surface.  
The direction is fairly straightforward, with the pace increasing toward the use of the suit at the end.  There is a scene in the docks and warehouses where it seems that the colors are neutralized and darkened a bit artificially.

The official site for the show on CWTV is here.  CWTV used to be “TheWB”.  The cable network tends to run a lot of fantasy shows, some of which seem weaker than the hits like “Smallville” and “Everwood” of a decade ago.  The episodes are normally available next day online, and yes, you have to watch the commercials, which have a tendency to hang sometimes until you click on something in the commercial, an annoyance.  
Picture: Model of a "boot camp" on a space station in my own screenplay based on the "Do Ask Do Tell: books, set up in a train set. 

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