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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 213: 'Arrow,' 'Kirstie' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'Person of Interest' and Kalinda's love life

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Happy Wednesday, boys and girls! Time for a new Firewall & Iceberg podcast, including some more discussion of "Arrow" after my column yesterday, a review of TV Land's retro sitcom "Kirstie" and a bunch of listener mail question, including an expansion of "The Walking Dead" discussion from yesterday's video show.

Next week is incredibly slow, premiere-wise, so we're hoping for lots of good questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com.

The rundown:

"Arrow" (00:00:45 - 00:17:55)
"Kirstie" (00:18:00 - 00:24:50)
Listener Mail - "Person of Interest" (00:25:10 - 00:31:00)
Listener Mail - ABC's scheduling of "Mixology" (00:31:00 - 00:39:45)
Listener Mail - Kalinda on "Good Wife" (00:39:50 - 00:45:10)
Listener Mail - "The Walking Dead" finale (00:46:00 - 00:59:30)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

Netflix's 'House of Cards' returning in February

Once again, all episodes of the Kevin Spacey political drama will be released at once

<p>Kevin Spacey in &quot;House of Cards,&quot;&nbsp;which will return in February. </p>

Kevin Spacey in "House of Cards," which will return in February.

Credit: Netflix

Netflix will premiere "House of Cards" season 2 on Valentine's Day — and, once again, will premiere all the episodes at once.

Review: TNT's 'Mob City' a pretty but hollow gangster story

Frank Darabont recreates the look but not the substance of '40s crime movies

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<p>Jon Bernthal in &quot;Mob City.&quot;</p>

Jon Bernthal in "Mob City."

Credit: TNT

"Mob City," the new TNT miniseries(*) about cops and crooks in '40s Los Angeles, actually begins a couple of decades earlier and nearly 3000 miles away. We open in New York in 1925, as a gang takes place involving violins, a baby carriage, Tommy guns and dynamite. The victims dance like marionettes as the bullets tear into them, all the action being presented in slow-motion so we don't miss a single detail or spurting of blood.

Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Christmas'

Peralta guards Holt's body after the captain is issued a death threat

<p>Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

Credit: FOX

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I take an elfie selfie...

Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 2: 'Mob City,' 'Bonnie & Clyde' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'The Walking Dead,' Alec Baldwin and their dream '30 for 30'

<p>Firewall &amp;&nbsp;Iceberg, episode 2:&nbsp;now with darker shirts!</p>

Firewall & Iceberg, episode 2: now with darker shirts!

Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Welcome to the second installment of the new Firewall & Iceberg video show! This week, Dan and I are talking about a pair of '30s & '40s gangster dramas in the "Bonnie & Clyde" remake and TNT's "Mob City." Then it's off to a viewer mail segment — and, remember, please send questions (the more succinct they are, the better the chances of us answering them in the video show) to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com — that includes some spoiler discussion of "The Walking Dead" mid-season finale, followed by a look back at TV history that jumps us ahead to previewing "The Sound of Music Live!" 

Because you demanded it last week, here's a time breakdown of the segments: 

"Bonnie & Clyde": 0:30- 5:30

"Mob City": 5:30- 12:00
Viewer mail: Alec Baldwin: 12:00- 15:05
Viewer mail: "30 for 30": 15:05- 18:00
Viewer mail: "The Walking Dead" spoilers: 18:00- 22:05
This Day In TV History: 22:05- 27:00

There's a Stat Phoebe Tonkin cameo (sort of) and hopefully fewer technical glitches than last time. Hope you like, and hopefully back tomorrow with a new podcast.

You have not failed this city: Catching up on 'Arrow'

The second-year DC Comics adaptation has it all over 'SHIELD'

<p>Emily Bett Rickards, Stephen Amell and David Ramsey are the power trio in &quot;Arrow.&quot;</p>

Emily Bett Rickards, Stephen Amell and David Ramsey are the power trio in "Arrow."

Credit: CW

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about the disappointing early returns from "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD," which has thus far come across as a show designed by focus group to appeal to the broadest group possible, and which as a result appeals deeply to no one. In response, several readers suggested I give another shot to the CW's "Arrow," primetime's other current superhero series, which I had all but forgotten about after a few competent but unremarkable episodes last fall, but which they insisted was succeeding at so much of what "SHIELD" was struggling with.

Having watched a handful of season 1 episodes(*) and all of season 2 to date, I can say that they were right. "Arrow" isn't perfect, but it has a much better understanding than "SHIELD" of what it wants to be and what its strengths and weaknesses are. The folks at ABC/Disney/Marvel might want to take note.

Talkback: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Rehearsal Dinner'

Barney's laser tag obsession angers Robin, while Ted and Lily share secrets

<p>No episodic art for tonight's &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;means that, once again, you get the gang in suits.</p>

No episodic art for tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" means that, once again, you get the gang in suits.

Credit: CBS

Okay, kids, it's time once again to talk about a new "How I Met Your Mother." Like most of the recent episodes, "The Rehearsal Dinner" largely took place away from the Farhampton Inn (even the present-day material was set elsewhere in town). Like much of this season, and the entire Robin/Barney relationship, it dealt with Barney seeming to act like a sociopath, then gave us a twist suggesting all was not as it seemed. And it was among the most Canadian episodes the show has ever done. (More than the Canadian jokes, I enjoyed seeing the couple in the background of MacLaren's go through an entire lifetime — including birth of a child, that kid's graduation, and then the death of the husband in old age — while the gang were telling said jokes.)

Did those elements add up to a satisfying viewing experience for you? Did the twist at the end redeem earlier behavior by Barney and Ted? Were you pleased with the cameo and the musical performance?

Have at it.

Review: 'The Good Wife' - 'The Decision Tree'

Alicia gets a surprise inheritance, while Florrick/Agos throws a party

<p>On &quot;The Good Wife,&quot;&nbsp;Alicia (Julianna Margulies)&nbsp;talks to Clarke (Nathan Lane).</p>

On "The Good Wife," Alicia (Julianna Margulies) talks to Clarke (Nathan Lane).

Credit: CBS

A review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I press the farting button...

Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Fallout'

The study begins to have physical and emotional consequences, while the hospital participates in an A-bomb drill

<p>Julianne Nicholson and Lizzy Caplan in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Julianne Nicholson and Lizzy Caplan in "Masters of Sex."

Credit: Showtime

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as they open a new Woolworth's at Pompeii...

Mid-season finale review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Too Far Gone'

The Governor's forces attack the prison in a bloody, thrilling and frustrating hour

<p>The Governor and his tank pay the prison a visit on &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

The Governor and his tank pay the prison a visit on "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

A review of "The Walking Dead" mid-season finale coming up just as soon as we make plans to celebrate our anniversary...

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