Primetime Smackdown, Wednesday 10/15


Preston Barta // Critic

Another day, another smackdown. What should you watch, and does it line up with what we’re watching?

8 PM


Sara” – Lance calls the Arrow when another archer appears in town and starts skewering businessmen. Diggle uses A.R.G.U.S. to find the archer’s identity; he is a man named Simon Lacroix, who goes by the codename Komodo. However, the team hits a rough patch with the mission and gets help from a surprising source – Laurel. Meanwhile, Oliver begins to worry that he hasn’t heard from Thea, which forces Roy to tell him the truth about why she left town. Ray Palmer pursues Felicity. In the flashback, Maseo tells Oliver that Amanda Waller has ordered his first kill. As Oliver looks down the scope of the rifle, he sees the target is his best friend, Tommy. Despite her promise to her sister, Laurel debates sharing a secret about Sara with Lance.


Nothing. With the next episode of THE MIDDLE not airing until next week, there’s nowhere to turn besides ARROW, which is how it should be anyhow.




tumblr_n4j6rej1tI1qb86cao3_500Marco Polo” – The Dunphys move into a cramped hotel room while their house is getting treated for mold and Phil sees this as an opportunity to spend some quality time together but Claire and the kids are less than enthused. Gloria becomes over protective when Manny starts dating an older, popular girl, and Cameron is under a lot of pressure to maintain his team’s winning streak but when he realizes Mitchell may be a jinx.


RED BAND SOCIETY (FOX) Tell Me What You Want What You Really Really Want” – Details of Charlie’s accident are revealed, which creates a moral dilemma for Jackson. Meanwhile, Jordi gets a taste of freedom.

Winner: Tonight’s episode of MODERN FAMILY is one of the funniest episodes of the season. So, again for the second week in a row, keep it ABC for this time slot.


10 PM


american-horror-story-freak-showMassacres and Matinees” – A citywide curfew threatens to shut down the Freak Show. A strongman from Ethel’s troubled past arrives at camp. Gloria arranges a terrifying play date for Dandy. The Tattler Twins reveal a talent that could knock Elsa from the spotlight.


KEY & PEELE (Comedy Central) at 10:30 p.m.

KeyPeele_V1_460x285Slap-Ass: In Recovery” – A baseball player deals with his addiction to slapping ass, a mobster takes vengeance on someone who crossed him, and Steve Urkel drives a man insane.

Winner: It shown be known from here on out, during this 10 p.m. slot, we’re always going to go with AMERICAN HORROR STORY. It’s just a show that you won’t stop thinking and talking about after seeing it. Something messed up / unforgettable happens nearly every episode. This week, you can count on the clown (likely to be a very popular Halloween costume).

Also airing: THE LEAGUE (FXX), SOUTH PARK (Comedy Central), NASHVILLE (NBC), TEEN MOM 2 (MTV), ALI G: REZURECTION (FXX) at 10:30 p.m.

*all times are ET

About author

Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.