Arrow: Oliver Queen is a super hero and super chef

I’ve spent a lot of time this season trying to figure out who’s in the grave on Arrow. Wednesday’s episode dropped more hints that only made my list get longer —  Felicity (which has been hinted at more than once) and Felicity’s mother (because of her relationship with Lance). But it also showed us another side of Oliver Queen and I think that’s why I’ve been enjoying this season so much.

If last season was about Oliver trying to figure out how to be the Arrow and Oliver Queen, this season is about Oliver finally being comfortable with who he is. I was afraid that once Felicity and Oliver got together, the show would go down hill. After all, so many series in the past failed after the main characters ended up romantically involved. Luckily, the writers have kept Olicity fresh.

I love their banter and tiny arguments, especially during the missions. My favorite part of the last episode was the dinner scene with Felicity’s mother. Oliver cooked chicken cordon bleu. Yes, the man is a super chef. But he couldn’t enjoy the meal because Felicity was sulking.

Oliver looked so vulnerable and sad as he tried to figure out what he did wrong. I couldn’t understand Felicity’s problem. I loved that her mother said what we were all thinking. The man is gorgeous, cooks, and he loves her. Felicity lost sight of the fact that Oliver complements her. He’s never asked her to change. She can be herself with him. I’m glad she came to her senses by the end of the episode. I’m not ready for Olicity to end yet.

What do you think of Olicity 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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Arrow: Who’s in the grave? [Spoiler Alert]

If you haven’t watched the first episode of Arrow this season, do not read this post.

The season premiere of Arrow introduced this season’s bad guy, Damien Darhk. I thought metahumans were coming to Star City, but the writers opted to make Darhk something that is not of this world. How he got his powers – he can kill people just by touching them – I assume will be part of this season’s story line.

While Darhk is wreaking havoc on Star City, Oliver Queen and Felicity are living the good life. Oliver cooks and is friends with the neighbors. He’s so happy living in domestic bliss that he buys an engagement ring and plans a proposal. Much to my dismay, the proposal never happens.

Thea and Laurel ruin the proposal by dragging Oliver back to Star City to deal with Darhk. Oliver decides to move back to Star City after he discovers that Diggle and company really do need his help and that Felicity has been bored out of her mind living in the burbs with Oliver.

He dons a new outfit and finally becomes the Green Arrow. I say finally because that’s how he’s known in the comic books and it took four years for him to adopt that name.

I could have predicted most of the premiere, but then the last couple of minutes came along with a six-month jump in time. Oliver is standing at a grave and Barry shows up. Barry asks Oliver what he’s going to do and Oliver says he’s going to kill him (i.e., Darkh, I presume) and that was the end. I was left yelling, “Who’s in the grave?” and admit I was a bit freaked when I realized it could be Felicity. Her death would certainly make Oliver kill again, but would the writers do that to all of the Olicity fans. I’d like to think they wouldn’t be insane enough to do that.

I also don’t believe it’s Laurel. I can’t see them killing off the Black Canary again.

Thea would be a huge loss for Oliver, but one viewers would survive. Thea appears to be out of control since the Lazarus Pit. If Thea continues to go down the crazy path, I won’t be surprised to see her in the grave.

Who do you think is in the grave?

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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.