On Colds, Insomnia, and Green Arrow

It’s the night before the night before Christmas … and I have a cold. It seems to be a fast moving cold — it hit me yesterday afternoon, and made last night miserable, but today I’m half human and I expect to return to the species full tomorrow.

The cold meant I crashed on the couch last night, unable to sleep. That was miserable, but it was made better by my impromptu Arrow Season 3 marathon. For those who haven’t watched the CW show, it’s a live-action take on DC’s Green Arrow. I’ve been slowly working my way through Seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix, and was finally on ready to start watching my DVR’d episodes of Season 3.

I watched the first five episodes of the new season last night (which goes to show just how hard it was for me to get to sleep) and I’m within striking instance of the “Brave and the Bold” crossover with Flash .

I’ve loving Arrow. Yes, it’s basically a soap opera for geeks, but it does a great job of tempering its superheroics with its melodrama (unlike Smallville, which killed my interest with its unending angst). Plus, it’s a fantastic example of world-building because it carefully builds up its own story while hinting at the larger DC mythos. I’m not a huge DC guy — Marvel and the X-men are more my thing — but I’ve read enough Batman and Justice League to appreciate the dropped references to the vast DC universe. That said, you don’t actually have to know anything about DC Comics to appreciate the Arrow; the show’s self-contained enough to be enjoyable on its own.

It’s also good binge watching material, so the next time you’ve got a cold and can’t sleep, consider firing it up. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

Now someone pass me my cold medicine.

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