Diggle is the new Green Arrow?

I’m back to discussing television and this week I’m talking about Arrow, which after two episodes has left me annoyed.

As I suspected, everyone, except William’s mom, survived the massive explosion on the island. However, Thea is currently in a coma and Diggle has nerve damage.

Oliver now has full custody of his son, William, and is trying to figure out how to be a dad and Green Arrow. Yes, here we go again. Every season, it seems Oliver has some crisis in which he doubts himself and can’t figure out how to be Green Arrow and Oliver Queen. It’s getting tiresome.

After telling William that he would always come home, Oliver decided he couldn’t lie to his son and he had to come up with a way to keep his promise to William. His answer was to hand over the reins of Green Arrow to Diggle.

As in past seasons, I don’t expect it to take long for Oliver to realize he has to come back. After all, someone is still out to get him and we don’t know who that is. I highly doubt handing over the hood to Diggle is going to stop the person who wants it revealed that Oliver is the Green Arrow.

The best part of this season thus far has been the supporting cast. I’m glad the show still has Rene, Dinah, and Curtis. They are the reason I keep watching.

What are your thoughts on this season?

 

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Arrow: Sara gets her soul back

Arrow’s writers have found a new way to make me obsessed with the show. I’ve been obsessed with Olicity, but now it appears that I will be spending the season dissecting every episode for hints as to who’s in the grave.

So let’s get to the past week’s episode. Sara goes on a killing spree. She’s trying to kill any woman who looks like Thea.

Oliver has learned about the woman who’s killing people and goes out to stop her. Imagine his surprise when he sees Sara. The man who has done many questionable things looks at Laurel as though she’s lost her mind.

Oliver and company finally put two and two together and realize Sara wants to kill Thea. They spend the rest of the episode trying to catch Sara.

Meanwhile, Captain Lance is contacted by Darhk who wants Lance to infect a government server with a virus. Diggle helps Lance break into the federal facility. They hook up the device with the virus, which deletes a number of files — one of which is a file on Diggle’s brother. Lance asks Darhk about Diggle’s brother and manages to get the classified file. Lance gives the file to Diggle who discovers his brother wasn’t as clean as he thought.

The flashbacks in this episode introduced John Constantine. I was wondering how Constantine would be tied to the present, but the writers managed to do it. They used Constantine to save Sara.

Oliver and company trap Sara and find out that her soul is still in the pit. Oliver calls on Constantine to help them retrieve Sara’s soul. In an odd scene, Oliver and Laurel enter another realm and wrestle Sara’s soul from the pit.

This mean’s Sara’s bloodlust is gone, which means my theory that she later kills Thea is out the window. I still think Thea is the likely candidate for the grave and it could be her own bloodlust that gets her killed, which was hinted at in this episode.

However, I also think this episode hinted at Lance being in the grave. Darhk doesn’t like questions and Lance is starting to ask them. Also, they keep talking about how having Lance on the inside will help them bring down Darhk. Will it also get Lance killed?

Who do you think will be in the grave?

By the way, if you were wondering when Ray would be back, he returns this week.

 

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Oliver Queen Lives and New Heroes Rise

Yes, I know I’m not telling you anything you didn’t expect. Had Oliver died at the end of the mid-season finale, Arrow would end because he’s the star of the show. Frankly, I think the writers had Oliver almost die so that they could show the rise of the new heroes on the show.

The opening scene of the “Left Behind” episode shows Roy and Diggle out trying to follow through on Oliver’s mission to protect Starling City. Diggle obviously isn’t great with arrows, but it appears Roy has gotten much better under Oliver’s tutelage and he seemed to come into his own as Arsenal. He was able to apprehend one of the bad guys on his own. We’ll most likely see more of his skills in upcoming episodes.

Laurel finally made her appearance as the Black Canary at the end of the episode. Everyone has been waiting for her to don the wig and mask and she showed up in style as she took out two criminals who were let go thanks to a new criminal, Brick. I really hope Laurel is able to fight as well as Sara, but I doubt it. Sara was incredible with a bo staff and her story was credible because she had been trained by the League of Assassins. How will the writers explain Laurel’s skills? She worked with a guy whose specialty is boxing, which is quite different from martial arts. Where would she have learned her moves? How would she know how to use a bo staff?

Ray is supposed to be the Atom at some point, but he didn’t suit up in this episode and it appears he may not for awhile. Ray had problems with his A.T.O.M. project and asked for Felicity’s help. Because Felicity is struggling with Oliver’s death, she told Ray that she wouldn’t help him. Will he be able to figure out the problem with his project without Felicity?

What did you think of this episode?

Arrow Season 3 Preview

At the end of last season, Slade was locked up in a cell on the island. Will Slade escape and wreak havoc for Arrow? From the trailer released at Comic-Con, it appears Slade will be the least of Oliver’s troubles.

The trailer shows that Season 3’s villain will be Ra’s al Ghul who will first appear in episode four. There is bad blood between Malcolm Merlyn and Ra’s al Ghul, which means I expect there to be more of Malcolm Merlyn this season. For Oliver, this means double the trouble. For us, it means double the action. I expect this season to have quite a few fight scenes with the lead up to the epic battle scene in the finale. With the return of Malcolm Merlyn, I question whether the epic battle will be between Oliver and Ra’s al Ghul or Merlyn.

The most exciting news from the trailer is that we might finally get Olicity. Last season, we were teased when Oliver told Felicity that he loved her and we found out later that it was all part of his elaborate plot to take down Slade. I’m hoping that we aren’t teased again. Based on what I’ve read, the Olicity story line appears to be part of Oliver’s struggle to balance his life with his job as Arrow.

Other items of note for the upcoming season: Roy will sport a new outfit and officially become Arsenal, and the trailer hints that something might be wrong with Diggle because Oliver wants him out of the field.

If the trailer is any indication, it should be an exciting season.

What are you most looking forward to this season?

For a recap of last season’s finale, see A Recap of My Favorite Finales.

Felicity Smoak: The Heart of Oliver Queen’s Operation

From the moment Felicity Smoak joins Oliver Queen’s mission on Arrow, it becomes apparent that he needs more than her intelligence. He needs her compassion. She becomes the heart of his operation.

She doesn’t want to see innocent people get hurt. Oliver can be quite intimidating, but Felicity doesn’t cower from him. She stands up to him and voices her opinion when she thinks Oliver is wrong. Besides being vocal, she takes action. She once attempted to keep Oliver from going on a mission when she discovered that his target was the widowed father of a ten-year old boy. Oliver went on his mission anyway, but she got her point across and told him that he could do some real good beyond recovering people’s money.

When Diggle walked out after Oliver failed to show up to help him take out Deadshot, Felicity told Oliver that he was wrong and needed to apologize to Diggle. While Oliver didn’t apologize right away, she planted the seed and, by the end of that episode, Oliver visited Diggle and apologized.

Felicty manages to take their relationship beyond the initial business arrangement in which she helped Oliver with tasks that he couldn’t do on his own. She gets Oliver to trust her and, despite their differences in opinion, they eventually bond and forge a friendship.

Felicty Smoak is the most important woman in Oliver’s life. Oliver struggles with his past and with who he has become post-island. Felicity is the only woman who knows the true Oliver and accepts all of him. Perhaps, it will be through this relationship that Oliver will finally be able to accept himself and see what Felicity sees — that he is a hero.

I can’t wait to see what the writers do with Felicity Smoak’s character next season.