Allison Shoemaker
allisonshoemaker
Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves television, bourbon, and dramatically overanalyzing social interactions.
11/27/19
5:19 PM
1

“Heaven Sent” obviously demolishes any Arrowverse episode, no questions asked. It’s right up there with The Leftovers as a whole and Halt and Catch Fire’s “Goodwill” when it comes to depictions of grief. “Hero I Go Again” is good though. Really, really good, and is probably the best standalone in the Arrowverse-Arrow Read more

11/27/19
12:25 PM
5

‘Heaven Sent’ is both a series-best episode, and just flat-out one of the best episodes of television ever.

11/27/19
11:07 AM
5

Heaven Sent” cemented Peter Capaldi as my undisputed favorite actor of all time. What a brilliant performance. Then he somehow topped that again on “The Doctor Falls”, and again on “Twice Upon a Christmas”.

11/27/19
8:46 AM
11

Katie Cassidy is fantastic as Earth-2 Laurel. The original Laurel was such a thankless role, but I think most people felt that part of the blame lied with Cassidy. Maybe it did. But I’m so glad she’s still on the show. She’s probably eclipsed Sara Lance as my favorite (Black) Canary. Read more

11/22/19
2:07 PM
1

Nah, I mean the people who think that it’s singlehandedly ruined political discourse for a generation because of ~civility~, even though it’s been off the air for a decade.

11/22/19
1:02 PM
10

It’s a tragedy that Martin Sheen hasn’t done more comedy.

11/22/19
11:26 AM
2

I watched the first two last night after seeing the Baby Yoda hype. I went into it thinking I was a grown woman who was not going to squee. Halfway through the second episode and I was doing nothing but cooing and squeeing. I can’t help it, Baby Yoda is the cutest thing I have ever seen this week.

11/22/19
1:32 AM
8

Much like the BA test kitchen staff, Baby Yoda must be protected at all costs.

10/30/19
1:10 PM
6

Though if Connor HAD killed JJ, that’d make suddenly appearing in front of 2019 John Diggle a few seconds later even more awkward

10/30/19
10:45 AM
3

This season is a testament to the joy of shorter seasons. I haven’t enjoyed Arrow this much is years. And while I have hated Future Team Arrow since the moment they appeared last season (especially the gratingly irritating Mia), they became infinitely more interesting the moment they zapped into the current timeline. Read more

10/30/19
3:06 AM
11

Me too, I HATE the flash-forwards! They are really unnecessary. They are a distraction for me, especially when the present story of this season has been quite fun.

10/30/19
1:44 AM
5

So Mia, William and Connor going to the past already changes the future we’ve seen over the last year a little. At the beginning of the flash forwards Dinah and Renee weren’t aware of Mia’s existence until she popped up at the start of last season. Her presence in the bunker at the same time as them invalidates that Read more

10/30/19
1:39 AM
5

Funny Allison mentioning the graffiti in the Deathstroke lair - my first impression of that hallway was it felt like very cheap brick flats quickly mashed together. Arrow’s usually pretty good at hiding the seams (outside of recurring Vancouver locations) but that felt glaring for some reason. Read more

10/29/19
11:59 PM
17

I really thought they were gonna kill Thea (I read your tweet, Allison, so I expected someone to die) since Willa Holland’s been done with the show and that would be a good way to avoid any “Where’s Thea?” questions for future crossovers and the like. I did not see the Zoe death coming, gotta say. Too bad for her, if Read more