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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.

Let’s dig in…

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Episode 8 Rankings

Top 35
35. Kim Donghan
34. Kwon Hyunbin
33. Kim Yehyeon
32. Jang Moonbok
31. Takada Kenta
30. Lee Keonhee
29. Kim Donghyun
28. Park Woodam
27. Kim Sanggyun
26. Lee Woojin
25. Ha Sungwoon
24. Seo Sunghyuk
23. Lee Euiwoong

22. Kim Taedong
21. Noh Taehyun
20. Choi Minki
19. Ahn Hyeongseop
18. Kim Yongguk
17. Jung Sewoon
16. Kim Samuel
15. Yoon Jisung
14. Park Woojin
13. Yoo Seonho
12. Bae Jinyoung

11. Kang Dongho
10. Joo Haknyeon
9. Kim Jaehwan
8. Kang Daniel
7. Ong Seongwu
6. Hwang Minhyun
5. Im Youngmin
4. Lee Daehwi
3. Park Jihoon
2. Lai Guanlin
1. Kim Jonghyun

Eliminated trainees
- Kim Namhyung
- Kim Dongbin
- Kim Sangbin
- Kim Seonglee
- Kim Yongjin
- Kim Taewoo
- Park Sungwoo
- Byun Hyunmin
- Yeo Hwanung
- Woo Jinyoung
- Yoo Hoeseung
- Yoon Jaechan
- Yoon Heeseok
- Lee Gwanghyun
- Lee Kiwon
- Lee Youjin
- Lee Insoo
- Lee Junwoo
- Justin
- Jung Dongsu
- Jung Jung / Zhu Zheng Ting
- Joo Jinwoo
- Hong Eunki


‘Shadowhunters’ Sneak Peek: Sebastian Meets Izzy (Season 2, Episode 11)

so after studying at isak’s, sana goes home and celebrates Ramadhan beginning this evening with her family by spending time with them and praying with her mom

she also finally texts jamilla. a simple “ramadam mubarak!” but jamilla - she answers immediately and sana is just so happy and filled with love. they agree to meet up at the mosque the next night


Suspicious Partner 12

Here, summarized in a single short scene, we have every reason that Ji Wook works for me so entirely as a romantic lead. Under all his angst, posturing and generally feeling sorry for himself, he still manages to be incredibly gentle and sincere with Bong Hee.

Bong Hee has just a traumatic confrontation with DA Jang and is trying to bear with it quietly on her own. For whatever reason she has determined to keep the incident from Ji Wook. Maybe this is because she doesn’t want to burden him with more of her problems, she already depends on him for so much. Or perhaps she recognizes that he’s already struggled two set backs in his career for going up against the DA on her behalf and doesn’t want to jeopardize his newly launched law firm. We’re not told.

But despite her attempts to hide her distress behind a smile, he notices that something is wrong and goes to her room to check on her. When he notices the bruising starting around her throat, he is immediately solicitous and asks her what happened. When she insists that it’s nothing he reassures her that it’s okay to tell him.

Maybe he understands what she’s trying to do by keeping it from him. But she firmly tells him that she doesn’t want to talk about it. At that point he doesn’t contradict her. He doesn’t press her further. He simply accepts her word. The last thing he does is ask if she’s going to be okay. Because that’s the most important thing here. Not his involvement, or a patronizing desire to protect her, or prove his masculinity. If she’s okay, then that’s enough. When she says she is, he leaves without further resistance.

In this moment he was both tender and respectful. It’s the kind of moment OTPs are made of. Keep it up show.


Shadowhunters 2x11 “Mea Maxima Culpa” Sneak Peek #2 - Sebastian meets Izzy. Shadowhunters returns with all-new episodes starting Monday June 5th on Freeform!