Life Begets Life: Arrow 5x23 Review (Lian Yu)

“Lian Yu” a summary:

I love the journey we take on stories.  I particularly love the journey we take with television. There’s really no medium like this. The experience is over in a couple hours with a movie.  We can control how quickly we read a book (even if we have to wait for additional sequels). But television? Television is a week to week story that spans years. Or at least it is if you watch live from start to finish. Television can be a long and arduous journey. Full of ups and downs. Great episodes and horribly bad ones.  We walk the road with the characters in real time. It’s a serious time investment and the hope is the story eventually connects. That the threads the writers weave come together in the end and we can see the full picture.  "Lian Yu" is one of those rare storytelling gifts that repays all the many years of patience.  

We started this journey with Oliver Queen five years ago. We have walked each step with him. We’ve rejoiced with Oliver in his moments of triumph. 

We’ve grieved with him. 

We threw things at him with every maddening step backward.

Step by step, we’ve watched Oliver come back to life. 

It hurt and he fought it for a long time, but slowly Oliver began to learn how to live again. Instead of shutting himself off, he chose to build a life filled with purpose





and love. 

He’s clawed his way out of the dark and into the light that was always there, deep inside.  

It was all leading somewhere. A destination, a choice, Oliver had to make. No matter how far Oliver has come there is always a piece of him that remains on the island… and on the boat.  Oliver had to return to Lian Yu, one last time, so he could finally let it go. So he could finally come home.

A hero’s story is fraught with triumph and tragedy. There is both in “Lian Yu.” The great tragedy is once Oliver decides who he is, and is ready for all that entails, he’s faced with an impossible choice and loses what he’s spent years building.

Or did he? Adrian Chase is the master chess player. He was always ten moves ahead, even in the final moments, but perhaps there was a move Chase couldn’t foresee. One Oliver set in motion years ago, in a moment where he clung to the light and held to Diggle and Felicity’s faith in him. A moment where Oliver kept a promise.

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anonymous asked:

Hoping a democrats calls trump a liar at his state of the union just so i can watch conservatives bitch and moan and claim "no one ever disrespected obama like that"


5 times Obama was disrespected by republicans

6 times attacked over petty things

10 times disrespected

Joe Wilson called Obama a liar

Sarah Palin called him a liar

Jim Inhofe called him a liar

I mean, we can go all day with this lmao.

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This was a great pair of projects from last year. I was commissioned by Fusion by Design to produce a mural for the new Pizza Express restaurant in Moseley. The result was the first piece here, a large scale piece based on the Lanchester Car company. The brief called for a slight change in style and approach for me, and I was challenged to create something a bit more graphic and bold than my usual work. I’m pleased with how it turned out and it looks great in situ.

After the success of the first mural I was commissioned again to create 2 smaller murals to adorn the walls in the new East Kilbride Pizza Express. Again, a slightly different approach to normal but I think the style holds up and produced something nice. Also great to use the amazing brutalist Dollan aqua centre as the focus for these pieces. 

thanks to Matthew at Fusion for the great jobs. 


A bit more up to date now, although still some things I can’t show at the moment. 

This is the new artwork I have created with favourite clients 21st Amendment. I love working with these guys and it’s been a valued relationship for so many years now, and they are all such a nice bunch! Their latest offering is BLAH BLAH BLAH IPA, a nod to the crazy amount of IPAs in america now. Quite a tough subject matter to illustrate, a throwback to the prohibition marches. 

This is the final colour-way the guys decided to go with, I preferred my earlier offerings to be honest but the great Ben Kinzer worked a treat on re-working the colours to the final up top here. the second image is one of my earlier efforts, I was trying to hammer home the vintage feel but it wasnt gelling with the guys. Great project though and possibly something cool lined up with these guys in the future…