This past October, Arrow debuted on CW. The story of season one follows 28 year old billionaire-playboy Oliver Queen and how he becomes the masked vigilante known as “The Hood.”

After the family’s yacht crashes on its way to China, Mr. Queen gives Oliver one task: survive. Throughout his five years on a Chinese island called Lian Yu (purgatory), Oliver learns to fight like a maniac and shoot a bow and arrow. He eventually is rescued and returns home only to find more trouble. Oliver uses information from his father to take down certain social elite who are ruining his city. Nicknamed “The Hood” by the police force, Oliver secretly uses his bow to strike down all of the baddies in his city to make it peaceful again.

Below are five reasons why you should watch Arrow season 2, which premieres this October.

1. A Superhero with NO Powers

Nowadays, superheroes are very mainstream. Whether on TV, in the mall, or at restaurants there are superheroes everywhere. But, the thing about the heroes such as The Hulk, Spider-Man, and Superman is that they all have special powers.

Oliver Queen was not bitten by a spider, exposed to gamma rays, or born on another planet; he had to go through five years of training on an island to become what he is today. He had to learn what he did in order to survive. There is something exciting about characters who aren’t gods or aliens. No hero on the show has had any actual superpowers, even though the story is set in the DC universe.

The Flash is set to join this season, though, and will be the first character with powers depending on how the writers handle his appearance. The kinds of characters without any powers are always the most relatable to the audience.

2. Interesting Characters

What makes Arrow a really interesting show is the array of characters and story arcs every week. A few notable characters are Thea Queen, Deadshot, and Helena Bertinelli.

Thea Queen is Oliver’s 17 year old sister who had to find a way to cope with Oliver’s death for the past five years. Thea decided to get into drugs and alcohol, an addiction which becomes a major problem later on in the season. This becomes a problem not only for her, but also for Oliver and The Hood.

Another problem for The Hood is Deadshot who appears a few times in season 1. Deadshot has an unfortunate connection to Oliver’s bodyguard which makes things personal. Because he is able to fire a bullet from a few hundred yards away, Deadshot is a deadly foe.

Another character that draws interest to Oliver and his alter ego is Helena Bertinelli. With a grudge against her father, The Huntress kills the men closest to her father. Oliver has a need to try to change her, even though she is very set on what she wants. Each character’s story, whether a hero or villain, is told in a great way for anyone to relate to.

3. The Island Story

Just because Oliver Queen doesn’t like to talk about what happened on the island doesn’t mean that the audience shouldn’t know the full story. With flashbacks throughout the entire season, Oliver’s story of what exactly went down on the island is told.

He comes onto the island just a weak and foolish boy, but over the course of five years he becomes a hardened man able to fight for his life. Oliver’s first year on the island is full of unrelenting enemies, a lot of training, and betrayal by the people he becomes close with. More flashbacks are set to come in order to make the story more complex and to tell how Oliver finally escaped the island

4. A Love . . . Square?

Arrow wouldn’t be a great TV show if it didn’t have some sort of love story happening while the main story unfolds. Oliver might have been better off staying on the island with how he left things back home.

Oliver’s ex-girlfriend Laurel Lance remembers him by only one thing: sleeping with her sister the night his yacht crashed. And now Laurel is nearly dating Oliver’s best friend Tommy Merlyn. The entire love story is a little messed up, and it doesn’t get much better once Thea gets involved and Oliver starts having feelings for Laurel once again.

5. Oliver is a Bad Ass

Five years of training on an island didn’t get Oliver nowhere. He is now a master of archery and fighting. Throw a penny in the air and Oliver will be able to hit it with his arrow. His enemies aren’t even able to pull out a gun before he has an arrow pointed at his or her head.

There are some pretty intense action scenes throughout the first season that get the audience excited. Many scenes even have Oliver fighting more than five guys at once. These fights are some of the best, although it is refreshing to see Oliver knocked down a few times to know that he isn’t completely invincible.

Watching Oliver work his way out of tough situations and come up with an escape plan is rather intriguing because his brain always thinks up something new and inventive. Oliver Queen really brings the word bad ass to a whole new level.

Arrow is a great show that deserves more attention than it is receiving. With many unknown actors and actresses, Arrow is still able to pull its weight and deliver a quality show. This season boasted many comic book characters, but there are a few more to come this year including Flash and the Black Canary.

Arrow is able to entertain both comic book and non-comic book readers alike. This is why the show is truly successful as it appeals to a wide audience.

Will you be a part of the season 2 premiere coming in October?

Quiz: Which ‘Mean Girls’ character are you?

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Ever wondered if you’re more of a Cady or a Regina? Today is your lucky day!

To celebrate Mean Girls Day (October 3rd), Episode, the world’s largest mobile network for interactive stories and creators of Mean Girls: Senior Year, has made a quiz to determine which Mean Girls character you are.

Once you’ve found your Mean Girls spirit animal, continue the fun by downloading both seasons of the Mean Girls story on Episode for iOS and Android. Rejoin all of your favorite characters as you navigate everything from new crushes to sorority pledging. You choose how the story plays out.

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Ever wondered if you’re more of a Cady or a Regina? Today is your lucky day!

To celebrate Mean Girls Day (October 3rd), Episode, the world’s largest mobile network for interactive stories and creators of Mean Girls: Senior Year, has made a quiz to determine which Mean Girls character you are.

Once you’ve found your Mean Girls spirit animal, continue the fun by downloading both seasons of the Mean Girls story on Episode for iOS and Android. Rejoin all of your favorite characters as you navigate everything from new crushes to sorority pledging. You choose how the story plays out.

You go, Glen Coco!

Let’s play! Which ‘Mean Girls’ character are you?

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Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

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Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

Netflix’s ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ episode count

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“They truncated all of the books into a two hour movie,” Harris said of the Unfortunate Events movie starring Jim Carrey, noting that it just wasn’t a great adaptation. “And there’s thirteen books in the series. So [Netflix’s take] is more spread out. Each book is going to be two episodes. We did the first four books, the first eight episodes of the show.”

As for the tone of the show? Great news: “It’s super dark,” he said. “It’s a much darker on the take on the material than has been seen before.”

When Kelly asked Harris if her kids could watch it, the actor dropped some interesting information about Neflix’s plans:

“I hope so!” he replied. “It’s not Rated-R dark. It’s the most expensive show that they’ve ever done. It’s the first one they call a four quadrant show, so they’re try to get four different quadrants to like it. So in addition to being for adults and for 20-somethings and teenagers, they want it to be for kids as well.”

Dark, appealing to all ages, and two episodes per book? We are so down.

Netflix has yet to share a premiere date for A Series of Unfortunate Events, but we’ll keep you posted.

Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

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Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

Everything you need to know about ‘Luke Cage’

The man

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We first met Luke in the series premiere of Jessica Jones and he was in the majority of the episodes for the season. He owned a bar in Hell’s Kitchen and made it a priority to stay away from complications. Too bad Jessica Jones is the definition of complicated. Sweet Christmas.

With chemistry pretty much off the charts, it didn’t take long for Luke and Jessica to start hooking up. Unfortunately, between Kilgrave’s manipulations and Jessica’s lies, the situation came to a head and Luke found out it was Jessica who was responsible for his wife’s death way back when Kilgrave was livin’ large with Jessica at his side.

Luke left after that, but not before he ran into Kilgrave with the intention of killing the man. Instead, Kilgrave used his power of mind control to plant Luke back into Jessica’s life and keep an eye on her until it was time for Kilgrave to use his trump card. He even forced Luke to blow up his own bar.

In a final confrontation, where Kilgrave once again played with Jessica’s emotions, Luke said he didn’t forgive her for killing his wife and, under Kilgrave’s power, attacked her until she was forced to put a shotgun to his head and pull the trigger.

Thanks to Luke’s powers, he survived, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t some damage. Luke was unconscious, and Jessica was forced to bring him to the hospital where Claire used her position as a nurse to sneak him back to Jessica’s apartment and keep an eye on him.

By the end of the series, once Kilgrave was killed and Jessica was arrested, Luke recovered from his injuries and left Jessica’s apartment when Claire wasn’t looking.

The myth

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Luke Cage’s powers are not unlike Jessica’s, though where they both share a similar level of strength, Luke has the added benefit of unbreakable skin. The experiments he was subjected to didn’t make him completely impervious to injury, as seen when the shotgun blast rattled his brain so much it did some internal damage. Areas like his eyes are also open to injury, if Claire sticking that needle through the socket is any indication.

Luke is also just, you know, a big guy. Is intimidation a supernatural ability? Because if so, this guy has got it in spades. He’s a good fighter and obviously used to dealing with the seedier side of the city, so even without his powers, he’d be good to have in a fight.

Luke Cage from the comics isn’t much different, though his interactions with other superheroes have given him an additional leg up. For instance, Iron Fist has taught Luke Cage additional fighting techniques, but we haven’t seen that in the MCU since Iron Fist has yet to debut on Netflix and it’s uncertain what their interactions will be like.

Apparently Luke also has a sweet jacket that’s as impervious as his skin. Given all the clothes we see him go through in the trailers for the upcoming season, perhaps we’ll see him gain a useful item like this in the upcoming freshman run.

The legend

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Luke Cage is already making a name for himself by the end of Jessica Jones, and it’s clear that season 1 of his own show is only going to further his story as a legendary hero. If you want to avoid spoilers at all costs, skip this section. If you’d like to get familiar with some of the show’s upcoming new characters, read on.

In Luke Cage season 1, it’s clear that Cornell Stokes/Cottonmouth will be to Luke as Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin was to Matt Murdock’s Daredevil. This is the guy who wears the crown around Harlem (where Luke has recently moved following his interactions with Jessica), and it’s pretty clear Stokes took no time in pissing off Luke.

Mariah Dillard will be an enemy of a different variety, as she’s a powerful local politician who also happens to be Stokes’ cousin. From the trailers it looks like the two are in business together, but the relationship is contentious at best. Alvarez/Shades, an associate of Cottonmouth, is also going to cause some problems for Luke.

On the other side of the line you have Misty Knight, a police detective who has Luke Cage on her radar. She might also be causing some problems for our hero, but she’s definitely one of the good guys. Her partner is Rafael Scarfe.

Claire will also be returning, this time in a starring role, so the hope is we’ll be seeing plenty of the nurse who is heroic in her own way. She might not have supernatural abilities, but she heals who she can, despite their various complications. She’s also there to light a fire up under the asses of heroes who might be losing their way — and she’s very good at her job.

Everyone’s favorite crook, Turk, will also be showing up in Luke Cage, as will Claire’s mother, Soledad. You can also expect Willis Stryker/Diamondback to play a part this season. He’s tied up with Cottonmouth and Shades and definitely has something against Luke. In the comics, they go way back, and Stryker even had a thing for Luke’s wife, Reva.

Here’s the latest trailer for ‘Luke Cage’ season 1

‘Luke Cage’ season 1 will be exclusively available to stream on Netflix come September 30