First Featurette for Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter SoldierCaptain America: The Winter Soldier will be in theaters in just a few months, so the Marvel marketing behemoth is starting to swing into action. Today’s treat: a featurette focusing on Steve’s mindset going into the events of this movie, including his relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D. and how he’s adapting to the modern world. This video includes stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, and Robert Redford, as well as producer Kevin Feige.

BBC Commissions Two New Agatha Christie Adaptations

Agatha ChristieAccording to Variety, the BBC has ordered two new Agatha Christie adaptations. The article says they will be “delivered in time for the 125th anniversary of her debut as a novelist,” but since her first book came out in 1920, I assume we’re not waiting for 2045 for these. Let’s go with the 125th anniversary of her birth, which will be next year. (Ah, yes, the Guardian concurs.)

And Then There Were None is about ten strangers isolated on an island who begin to die one by one. Sarah Phelps will write the three-part adaptation.

Partners in Crime will be a six-part Tommy & Tuppence series set in the 1950s. It sounds like it will be half The Secret Adversary (one of my favorites!) adapted by Zinnie Harris and half N or M adapted by Claire Wilson. David Walliams will star as Tommy, and I’m very excited to see who they get for Tuppence. Walliams, via the Guardian:

“It is our ambition for Tommy and Tuppence to finally take their rightful place alongside Poirot and Marple as iconic Agatha Christie characters,” said Walliams. “They are among Christie’s very best work.”

Whee! I’m excited about these.

Arrow Thoughts & Open Thread: Time of Death

Arrow[SPOILERS BELOW FOR LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE OF ARROW]

Arrow returned from its Olympics hiatus last night with “Time of Death,” so called (in part) because Robert Knepper – who is always delightfully creepy – showed up as the Clock King, set up as a new nemesis for Team Arrow in general but Felicity in particular. But it was perhaps a throwaway line from him that really jumped out at me: “The dead are owed nothing.” What Oliver feels he owes to the dead is one of the main driving forces of the show, and we’ve seen time and time again that this is not always a good or useful thing.

But here is where I confess that, as usual, I paid more attention to the interpersonal dynamics than to the action and mythology stuff. (Yeah, I know I may be watching this show wrong.) I’m glad that they’re not making Sara’s reintegration into her family and society seamless or easy, and I really liked all the Lance family stuff in this episode. I love how much Quentin has evolved as a character, and my heart broke for him when his dreams of reuniting his whole family (including reconciling with his wife) crashed to the ground.

Also heartbreaking: Laurel’s whole plotline here, and especially her scene with Oliver. I’ve been pretty squarely on Team Laurel for most of this; you just don’t pop up after being presumed dead for years and expect your sister to immediately forgive and forget everything. (And aside from all her own family stuff and her hot-and-cold with Oliver, Laurel also just lost Tommy. Girl has not had a good year.) But I also understand Oliver’s frustration at feeling like he takes the blame for everything in her life, and his “I’ve loved you for half my life, but I am done running after you” might have been my favorite part of the episode.

The Sara/Felicity stuff, however, worked out better than I feared. Much was made in the lead-up to this episode about Felicity being jealous and feeling left out, but while the romantic element was definitely part of the issue, the show didn’t make it all them fighting over a boy – it was at least as much about Felicity’s professional pride, and that makes me happy. I loved Sara and Felicity training together and saving each other. “We did it.” Indeed.

I was torn on Diggle’s role in this situation: On the one hand, I like that he clearly values Felicity’s skills and recognizes her worth, and as the fourth person in the room for all this (and as the third person around Oliver and Felicity in general) it must be tempting to just knock their heads together occasionally. On the other hand, he sometimes seems way too concerned about Felicity’s Fragile Lady Feelings, and I just want to yell “She’s a professional! She’ll deal! Leave her alone!”

Likewise, I was annoyed on Felicity’s behalf that Diggle brought up her feeling left out to Oliver, but I get that one of Diggle’s main priorities here is just keeping the team alive and functioning and that’s harder if there are simmering issues. And Oliver’s “Hey. You will always be my girl, Felicity” was pretty perfect, I must admit. This is probably my main issue with the Oliver/Sara relationship: I don’t particularly care about the romantic endgame in this show, but it’s a problem when I can’t buy into the protagonist’s actual relationship because his non-relationships with two other women are both more compelling. I don’t mind Sara as a character as much as I feared I would – I think I could actually quite like her – but I also think I’d like this whole arc a lot better if they dropped the current Oliver/Sara relationship.

Other favorite lines and observations:

  • Sin is a continued delight and I’m so curious to see exactly where they’re going with her.
  • It’s nice that the Queens and the Lances can have their little “child back from the dead” support group, because yeah, that’s not something most parents will relate to.
  • “Do you guys just show up to every crime scene now?”
  • Since this is Arrow, do we think Dinah Lance’s new love interest is secretly . . . I don’t know, someone terrible?
  • “What are you wearing?” Oh, Oliver.
  • “You guys never go to the hospital.”
  • “I know it sounds like the same word, but it means something different in my head.”
  • And I just realized I didn’t even bring up the thing with Slade at the end. That was quite the handshake.

The CW Sets Season Finale Dates + Labyrinth Miniseries

The CWWe had some news from the CW yesterday – they’ve set their spring season finale dates as well as the airdates for Labyrinth. According to Give Me My Remote, the networks TV adaptations will almost all end in May:

  • May 13: The Originals
  • May 14: Arrow
  • May 15: The Vampire Diaries
  • June 11: The 100

Miniseries Labyrinth, which is based on the novel by Kate Mosse and stars Tom Felton, Sebastian Stan, Jessica Brown Findlay, and others, will air on May 23rd and 24th. It “jumps back and forth between modern and medieval France as it follows the lives of two women who are separated by centuries, but united in their search for the Holy Grail.” I’m looking forward to that one.

Bailey Buntain & Wyatt Nash Cast in Petals on the Wind

Bailey BuntainThe two remaining Dollanganger children have been cast: in Flowers in the Attic sequel Petals on the Wind, Bailey Buntain (Bunheads) will play young Carrie and Wyatt Nash (Pretty Little Liars) will replace Mason Dye as Chris. Rose McIver has already been cast as the new older version of Cathy. Thoughts?

The Cast of The 100 Answers Questions for CW Connect

The 100In this cute video from CW Connect, actors from the upcoming show The 100, including Eliza Taylor, Thomas McDonell, Isaiah Washington, Marie Avgeropoulos, and Henry Ian Cusick, answer fan-submitted questions. The show premieres on March 19th.