1. What’s up with your objectively incorrect voting for The Voice, America? Did you somehow forget to vote for Amanda Brown? She’s got major pipes, she rocks and she croons and she shows soul and emotion, and unlike any of the contestants left, she fills the void left by Whitney Houston’s demise, she smiles like she’s having fun when she’s performing. And she’s every bit as hot as Cassadee Pope. Sure, I like Nicholas and his baby-making music but Amanda Brown should have won it all. As I understand it, though, she’s already getting a recording contract going.
2. Poaching Huntress from Batman and making her a foil to Oliver Queen in Arrow was a really good idea: not evil, but too dangerous to be an ally. I get the slow burn of Green Arrow having to root out corruption within his own family (and the backstory the writers retconned for Huntress is a nice counterpoint to that). All the rich people are pretty, but they’re boring. The show needs a good villain and the writers burned through Deadshot early on. China White is not turning out to be interesting: she’s just a gang leader with some ninja skillz, but no personality yet. No, the villain does not have to be Oliver’s best friend Merlyn, whose transformation into a super-villain is moving way too slowly for my taste — when is Merlyn going to quit being Oliver’s mopey girlfriend-remora, and ninja up so we can get some good duels going?
3. At first, I wondered why it is that every damn night I get a blast of mockery aimed at Fox News on The Daily Show. But I guess the writers there figured, “Fish it, if they’re dishing up this much raw material, we may as well use it.” The interviews have also been quite good recently, especially Chris Christie and Cory Booker, even if John Stewart is much feistier with Republicans than he is with Democrats — the Republicans do still get a reasonable chance to express themselves. If anything, I want more interview time, and fewer bits after the opening monologue.