Category: Arrow


*Part of Emanda’s Revenge opening VO for the episode of the same name. I find it very fitting, but I don’t think I’m going to compare the two episodes, except to note that both lead characters lost their childhood friend who was like family, because both friends sacrificed themselves for someone they loved.

We open with Oliver hanging by chains while Barrowmerlyn pontificates at him. Isn’t it rather cliché when the villain explains their plans for world domination/destruction/Armageddon to the good guys in search of approval and understanding? Because they’re all megalomaniacs who can’t possibly be wrong, but the white hats never buy it. Or in this instance, the Green Hood. (And neither does Tommy, later.)

MM spits at Oliver that the younger and faster man will never beat him because MM knows what he’s fighting for and willing to sacrifice for it. Bear that in mind. He also claims he’s honoring his wife by planning on leveling The Glades, the same way Ollie’s honoring his father by turning vigilante. Keep that in mind, as well.

Time for a flashback, and I’m just going to sum them all up here: The three stooges escape their bonds, but not in time to prevent a missile from being launched at a passenger jet. So they fight their way to reprogramming it, in ways that take far longer to describe than to do, but evidently not as long as it takes for a missile to reach its target. They succeed in getting it to head/fall back to earth and blow up the camp where they just were instead. Well, actually, Slade’s still there. He snarks about Oliver messing it all up, and then the bad guy shows up with a gun to Shado’s head. He asks Ollie, who’s drawn a bow on him, if he’s willing to sacrifice his freedom for her. Ollie shoots him in the neck, and he and the audience snark, “Guess so!” The flashbacks are designed to show us MM is wrong about what he and Ollie are willing to sacrifice for their respective causes.

So Ollie does this neat trick where he escapes the side of beef position he’s in, and takes out two of MM’s henchmen before Diggle takes out the one with the gun. Our Three Musketeers are planning on gathering back at the Arrowlair so Felicity can go over the earthquake machine schematics with Diggle and Ollie (which is how MM is planning on leveling The Glades), but she gets waylaid by our not-so-favorite cop. I guess when a cop says he wants to take you to the precinct/HQ/whatever for questioning you just go? You don’t say, “Call my lawyer and make an appointment”?  I guess it’d ruin the plot, but I think that’s what I’d do. Because if you don’t know by now our justice system is pretty screwed up, and innocent until proven guilty is what we all wish it was instead of what it really is, pray god you never have to find out.

Anyhoo, Quentin and Felicity are having a little chat over the tracks she wouldn’t have left because she’s too good at that sort of thing, when Q’s Arrowphone rings. Q tries to jerk his chain about Felicity, but Ollie claims to work alone. Remember that. The end result is Q now has bigger fish to fry, so he lets Felicity go (who manages to get a dig in about the vigilante being a hero), and goes to tell his boss what he learned from Ollie: namely, MM is leveling The Glades sometime in the near future, so they should evacuate it. But since Q’s been on an anti-vigilante crusade, and heads up a task force for that purpose, the fact that he got this info from said vigilante doesn’t sit well with his boss, who promptly suspends him.

Ollie called from the lair, which I guess must have a buzzer for The Verdant’s front door, because the next thing we see is him talking to Tommy in the main part of the club. Kudos to the writers for having Tommy confront Ollie about what he saw right away, but I guess that was foreshadowing. Dammit. Ollie tells Tommy straight up what’s going on with his father, but Tommy refuses to listen to what Ollie has to say, and instead takes a swing at him, which of course misses and sends T sprawling on the floor. He tells Ollie he wishes he’d died on that island. Flashback.

Back in the present, Ollie walks in on his mom packing, for jail, I guess. Oops, spoiler. Anyway, Ollie wants her to stop The Undertaking, but she just wants to get the heck out of Dodge. Maybe that’s what she’s packing for. When he tells her he spoke with MM, she tells him MM killed his father. Ollie corrects her, letting her know that his father sacrificed himself (and a random extra/yacht crew member) so Ollie could live. Speak of the devil, and he will call you to give you an update on his plans, probably knowing you’ll pass them on to  your son, whom you don’t know is his nemesis. Ollie promptly takes the bait.

On his way out, he’s intercepted by Laurel, who’s not super happy about waking up with him gone, per uzh. She thought he’d changed. Ollie says there’s so much he’s wanted to tell her for so long, but just as I think he’s finally going to come clean about being the vigilante,  he kisses her and tells her to stay out of The Glades that night (which is when everything’s going down. Or at least, everything in The Glades is).

Tommy has gone to his father to whine about Ollie being back with Laurel and share a laugh over the vendetta accusation. He’s rather thrown, and horrified, when Daddy Dearest acknowledges Ollie’s claim. And when MM goes off the deep end, you can clearly see he’s not  honoring his wife at all, but taking revenge. It seems she bled out on the sidewalk in front of her clinic and nobody stopped to help. I guess it was rush hour and not really late at night like I thought we’d previously been led to believe?

The Three Musketeers have figured out where the earthquake machine will be (in the old subway tunnels under The Glades, as betokened by the mysterious symbol, which is actually a portion of the system’s map), but are interrupted by a phone call from Ollie’s sister Thea. Moira’s throwing a press conference. They, MM and Tommy, and Quentin all watch on the news while she fesses up to the whole plan and throws MM squarely under the bus. Thea watches from the audience with a cop, who’s waiting to arrest Moira, but not before Thea whines about Roy living in The Glades. Moira has no clue who Roy is because her daughter never tells her anything. Evidently Thea’s phone either ran out of minutes or died, because instead of calling Roy to tell him to get the aitch ee double-hockey-sticks out of The Glades, she runs off to drag him out personally.

Back at Evil Arrow HQ, Tommy’s last shred of illusions about his father being a decent man has been severed. Even more so when a SWAT team bursts in and MM takes them all out with a scimitar. Tommy grabs a gun, but his father disarms him and coldcocks him with the hilt of the scimitar. The way he does it, it looks like he might’ve killed him, but I knew despite his earlier proclamation to Oliver he wasn’t willing to sacrifice his son.

At Good Arrow HQ, the 3M conflab about how they’re not going to fail this city. And now I have an earworm, damn it. Anyway, Diggle insists on backing up Ollie with MM, so they call Quentin to go disarm the earthquake machine with Felicity’s help. So much for Ollie working alone, although he manages to spin it in a bit of a callback to her earlier comment about the vigilante being a hero.

SOP for a city or neighborhood during a time of tragedy: riots, looting, random fires and auto collisions, etc. Roy’s just catching up, and since he’s the smart one of Theroy, he decides to jet. Quentin is doing the salmon swimming upstream thing so he can bust into the subway system.

Evil Arrow HQ. Digs and Ollie arrive. They figure he’s left, but he’s waiting to lure Ollie into a fight in an arena he owns. But first, Ollie finds Tommy, who’s just coming around. Tommy acknowledges Ollie was right and asks if he’s going to kill MM. Ollie just tells him to get to safety. Digs finds the false wall, and they burst in on MM, in full Black Arrow regalia. Three-way fight. MM incapacitates Digs, then heads up to the roof so he can take out Ollie and then watch his master plan succeed.

In The Glades, Felicity’s talking to Quentin, who’s just found the machine. Roy runs into an alley to stop a mugging, and takes out two of the gang. Number Three pulls a gun, but Thea shows up and uses the TV trope of hitting him on the back of the neck with a bottle, thereby rendering him unconscious for an indeterminate amount of time but with no further damage whatsoever. Then she and Roy have the following stupid conversation:

T – “I went to your house.”

R – “I figured I’d run for my life with everyone else. Did – did you come here to rescue me?”

T – “Yeah. Come on.”

Again, why the hell didn’t she just call him? Because of course he has the brains to vacate the premises when said premises are sitting on top of a major fault that’s about to blow. And I think it would’ve made more sense for her to tell him she was there to rescue him, and for him to reply with something like, “Well then, let’s go!” Argh. Rant over.

As tempted as I am to sum up all the zillion storylines we keep cutting back and forth to in the last ten minutes, I think it’ll be more efficient if I just use short phrases.

Rooftop Arrowfight.

Felicity – “Cut the blue wire.” Quentin does so, and the machine obviously speeds up, like it does in every similar storyline. Felicity decides there’s an anti-tamper device. Guess she didn’t look at the blow up for that part of the schematic. There’s less than two minutes left, so Quentin promptly gives up and wastes most of the remaining time calling his daughter to tell her good-bye and to leave CNRI (which is in The Glades) because he knows she’ll be there. He tells her to get out right now, which only scares her. He tells her he’s not going to make it. He does NOT tell her there’s less than two minutes for her to move her ass out of a building that’s most likely going to collapse. I hate this guy so much right now, I almost hope Felicity doesn’t get his attention in time to disarm the antitamper device, but she does and he does.

Roy and Thea are driving out, but stop so Roy can help get people off a bus that’s been rammed in the front door by a car. The driver of the car is trying to open said door. People, I have been on buses, and there is not only a back door that opens separately from the front one, but there are egress windows in the back and possibly one on the roof. No wonder Roy needs to help, he’s the only one with brains in that neighborhood. BTW, I have to say I’m enjoying watching Colton Haynes play someone rather the opposite of the character he plays on MTV’s Teen Wolf.

Rooftop Arrowfight, now bow to scimitar, then hand-to-hand. There’s a move called a hurricanrana. Diggle crawls partially through the doorway in time to witness MM put Ollie in another TV trope – a sleeper hold. Instead of going unconscious for an undetermined amount of time with no further damage whatsoever, Ollie grabs  a nearby arrow and thrusts it straight through MMs heart. He thanks MM for teaching him what he’s fighting for.

Tunnel. Quentin’s disarmed the machine. Felicity reports success to Ollie, who’s busy knocking MM back down. MM smirks that being a successful businessman taught him about redundancy, then dies. Oops! Ollie tells Felicity there’s another device, but there’s also no time. Cut to the second earthquake machine finishing arming.

Lights go out across The Glades, and the Arrowlair and CNRI start rocking and rolling. CNRI more so, because guess where the second device is? Yeah. Quentin’s headed there as Laurel gets pinned beneath a huge chunk of cement. Ollie leaves Digs to admire the view, and heads to rescue the love of his life, but Tommy gets there first. He tells Laurel he loves her, then uses that hysterical strength to lift the cement slab off of her. She runs into her father’s waiting arms, but Tommy is not right behind her. Which means, when the building collapses, he’s buried under the rubble. Q holds his daughter back from going back in after him. Ollie shows up just in time to get in through the back door (of the building!) and dig Tommy out, but Tommy’s got a piece of rebar coming out of his torso just below the sternum. He makes sure that Laurel’s safe, and Ollie lies that he didn’t kill MM. Tommy thanks him and dies. Ollie desperately tells him to open his eyes, even though you can tell he knows Tommy’s gone.

Through the camera lens, we exit the building and swing up past Laurel’s coworker, Quentin, and Laurel. Up over a collapsed wall to a helicopter, searchlight illuminating the rubble, rabble, and streets below. Title card. See you in the fall!

Nina Lisa

The Artful — Arrow Season 1 Episode 15

When the episode started tonight, I was thinking that Felicity would wind up staying longer than finding Walter. Then she quit.

Two dates in one night! Excellent! And about time for one of them.

I like Ollie’s chemistry with McKenna.

Time for Daddy to check in with Laurel?

McKenna’s still calling Quentin Sergeant.

Any bets that Harper is the new fence?

Geez, Dig, way to screw it up.

I bet he has to kill this guy; he’s a plant.

Good use of the collar.

His attic.

Hi, Quentin!

Ah, I thought I recognized the name. Colton Haynes plays Jackson on Teen Wolf. But was he telling the truth about his mother?

So she’s out now? That’s good, I guess, but something tells me that getting out of there is kinda like getting out of the mob or a gang. You don’t, alive.

Dang, she cleans up nice! Ollie noticed. Heh.

LOL! Yeah, I bet he’d rather deal with the jewel thief.

Yeah, I think you have a problem, too.

heh. Go, Oliver!

Riding between the lanes is legal here in CA.

Not sure a cycle can cause a car to crash. More like the other way around.

If this was H5-0, I’d have a couple three squares already.

Well, of course, The Arrow can cause a car to crash.

No, he isn’t. That’s why I wish they’d quit calling him The Hood.

Well, I thought he’d kill the guy, but this is better.

Glad she’s giving him a second chance.

So don’t think, just kiss her already! There you go!

Oh, this is interesting. The neighborhood looks like he’s telling the truth.

Thea! Give him some money. Oh, wait, nevermind. Is it just me, or was there some chemistry there?

Ruh-roh. This should be fun.

Hello, China White!

Well, that should be interesting. I kinda hope she succeeds.

See you next week.

Nina Lisa

 

Last week, Thea regained her trust in her mother, this week, Ollie loses his, and Laurel finds out her dad set her up to be bait. Here are my thoughts, jotted down as the show progressed:

Yay! David Anders! Uncle Snark Daddy! Ooh, he’s so good at being bad. And his girlfriend’s pretty chilling, too, what with that little look at the corpse and straighten the jacket bit.

I wonder if, by the end of the episode, Oliver will find out either a) Walter’s alive and being hidden somewhere or b) Mommy dearest has a hand in it all.

Consigned to the fire. Good thing Ollie has another copy. I wonder if he suspects her yet? The look on his face seemed like he may be beginning to lean that way.

Wait, Thea still has 499 hours to go because orientation doesn’t count? What about all that filing she did last episode?

I guess it’s not meta when Arrow mentions The Bachelor, since it’s on a competing network. But it is pop culture. Hmm.

No, Ollie honey, you were gone for five years and you were a party boy before that. You were shocked to find out that your mother had actually married Walter. You have no clue who she is.

This meeting is going to end badly for Quentin.

I hope Dig has a tape or video recorder on him. Ollie’s not going to believe him otherwise. Aaand, looks like it may just be a party after all, though I’m not sure I’m buying it. Where’s she going afterward? I saw John Barrowman listed in the guest credits.

It’s LAID in wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s a little weird that Oliver’s giving Tommy love advice about Laurel. I do hope she’s not into The Arrow, though. I don’t like them together.

Ha! Another pop culture reference. Sorry, guys, I think Michael Voltaggio’s too busy running his two restaurants to come work for you, although he might be interested in popping by for an interview, since he’s done that kind of appearance before.

At least Laurel can fight and defend herself pretty well. I’d expect that from the daughter of a cop, but it is difficult to block a taser.

You know, I’m sure Ollie has all sorts of cool listening devices in the Arrowlair, why didn’t Dig just plant a bug on Moira?

So, Quentin knows there’s a leak in the cop shop. Still can’t figure out for sure if he’s been repromoted.

There you go, Dig! I knew Ollie’d only believe a recording.

I don’t feel sorry for Quentin at all.  Because I totally agree with the dressing-down Laurel gave him at the beginning of the episode.

Ha! I like the description of how Vanch’s safeguards will take the Arrow out going on and being intercut with it not working. But I’m afraid Laurel’s more in to the Arrow than ever, now.

Back-up is always a good thing. So is a voice of reason, although I don’t think Quentin really appreciated being reminded it’s not his job to dispense justice. Not that it’s the Arrow’s either, except in the world of this show.

Well, I didn’t think that interview was going to end well for Moira, what with that usually fatal line, but the previews for next week make it look like it’s going to be really bad for The Arrow.

NT

Cold open of a thug in a brown leather jacket running through puddles. Somehow, he gets pinned to a platform by one of The Hood’s arrows, and dangles there for their ensuing talk, wherein he gives up the name of the Vertigo distributor. Ollie shares this info with his bodyguard/sidekick.  Diggle’s got some of the best lines on this show. “The Count? That’s worse than The Hood!”

So, Thea’s heading to court for a hearing on her DUI arrest. She asks Ollie for advice, which makes sense, because he’s probably got plenty of court experience to offer. They even have an arrangement for community service since the arrest happened when she was still a minor.  But Vertigo has become a city-wide plague, so the judge wants someone to make an example of, and he throws out the arrangement and declares there’ll be a trial. Thea looks back at Ollie, shaken.  When they get to the house, however, Thea decides she’s happy to go to jail if it will punish her mother for all the (imagined) wrongs she’s done.

Ollie heads to the police station with the name. He runs into an old flame, McKenna Hall, now a detective on the vice squad. Of course, they have the name, but not much else. For some reason, she hands him the folder of the info they collected.  They make nice some more, then he leaves, which prompts Detective Lance to query Detective Hall as to Ollie’s purpose in being there. She calls him Sergeant, though, so I guess he didn’t get repromoted after all.

The Count has Leather Jacket in some kind of lair, and injects him with something that makes his brain think all his nerve endings are on fire, then gives him a gun with one bullet. He says the guy can either kill him or himself, and since the guy’s brain thinks he’s in massive pain, he chooses to end it.

Ollie shows Diggle a copy of the police file. He had it for about 30 seconds and didn’t even open it, how the hell did he get a copy? He figures his Russian connection can hook him up with The Count, so the two head there.  Despite his ranking as captain in the Russian gang, the local leader doesn’t trust him, so he tells him to kill someone who’s been giving him trouble. Ollie goes over to the guy, and, despite Diggle’s protests, puts a sleeper hold on the guy that evidently stops his heart.

Through flashbacks, it is revealed that Ollie’s Chinese frenemy got him out of the cage he was being held in by the simple expedient of dragging him along to where the head of the prison is encouraging Deathstroke to “educate” a transgressor by killing him. When he asks for the next volunteer, Chinese guy (possibly named Yao Fei) shoves Ollie into the center, then walks in after him. After a short fight, he puts the same move on Ollie we just saw Ollie use. Later, they’re about ready to drop Ollie’s lifeless body off the edge of a cliff, when Yao Fei offers to do it. He rolls him off the cliff, and somehow Ollie avoids all the rocks and lands in the river in a dead man’s float. Of course, we know Ollie’s not dead, just like we knew he didn’t really kill that Russian mob guy, and it’s revealed that just before he pushed him off the cliff, Yao Fei stuffed a map into his pocket and touched him at the temporomandibular joint. Shortly after he hits the water, Ollie wakes and somehow manages to avoid aspirating water even though he probably gasped while face-down in it. He struggles to the shore and immediately reaches into the pocket with the map.  It’s marked with a trail, a red X, and the Chinese phrase for “Survive!”

OK, now that all the flashbacks are done with, we can get back to Starling City. Russian leader dude is contacting The Count to set up the meet, Diggle and Ollie are walking to the car. Ollie has the “dead” guy over his shoulder, and surprises Diggle when he revives him after stuffing him in the trunk. He immediately cold-cocks the guy, and tells Diggle they’ll have to get him out of town.

Somewhere in there, Ollie asked Laurel to talk to her father about interceding with the judge on Thea’s behalf, and he did.  Now Laurel and Ollie are presenting the new plan to Thea, who reacts badly. When Ollie tells her she doesn’t have a choice, she says she does, because she’s 18 now and can choose to go to jail to spite her cheatin’ mother. Laurel exits, and Oliver takes this opportunity to set little sis straight on which of their parents was running around on the other one. Mommy Dearest comes in at the end of all this, and she’s not very happy that Thea now knows what’s what.

Ollie has to split so he and Diggle can become druglords.  In the middle of the meet, though, the cops show up. The last thing Oliver needs is to get caught by Sergeant Lance. Everyone runs for cover, except for Ollie, who goes after The Count. OK, I changed my mind. Getting a double dose of Vertigo straight in the heart is the lat thing Ollie needed.  Diggle gets him back to the Arrowlair and whips up a batch of what I presume is the same poison antidote Ollie once made for him. It appears to work, so they head back to the house, where they’re met by a double-dose of cops: Lance and Hall.  Lance explains they have a witness who spotted him at the drug drop. Ollie denies it, but it turns out the witness was Detective Hall.  Ollie covers, and since Lance doesn’t really have grounds to arrest him, they head out. Ollie calls “Detective” Lance back and thanks him for going to bat for Thea.  Quentin (that’s his first name, and I’m going to use it from now on since I no longer know what rank he holds) tells him he did it for Laurel.

Ollie’s mother is understandably upset at his getting involved with the Russian mob, and he retorts that she’s just mad because Thea now knows the truth. When Moira yells at him he shouldn’t have done it, Thea comes back in and says yes, he should’ve.  She can’t believe that her mom still didn’t tell her the truth even after Thea spitefully told her she wished Moira’d been the one to die. Moira says maybe one day she’ll have a daughter and then she’ll understand. They hug.

Diggle and Ollie head off to Queen Industries and recruit Felicity to run a spectrum analysis on a sample of liquid Vertigo (which The Count foolishly left in Ollie’s chest), claiming it’s an energy drink with a secret formula that Ollie wants to know about before he invests. I really want those two to get together. Talk about going above and beyond! I’m quite sure that analyzing a “sports drink” in a syringe is well out of the realm of the job description for an IT flunky.

Once the results are in, they’re able to narrow down the probable location of The Count’s headquarters. Ollie’s still experiencing lingering effects, though, so Diggle doesn’t want him to go. He tells Ollie if he can shoot a tennis ball out of his fingers, he can go. Ollie can’t even draw a bead on the ball, but he tells Diggle he doesn’t need a bow and leaves anyway. No, Ollie, you may not need the bow, but you do need all your faculties when going up against a dangerous criminal.

He manages to ninja his way to the center of the crimelord’s lair, and he’s fighting The Count when the cops show up.  I wonder who the SCPD’s CI is? He sure seems to be right on top of things.  Quentin gets there in time to prevent The Arrow from completely emptying a syringe of Vertigo into The Count, but at the hospital he’s told that the doctor’s never seen anyone survive that big an overdose.

At the end, Ollie and Thea show up at Laurel’s job.  He tells her he’ll pick her up at five. Laurel corrects that to six, as they have a lot of work to do. Ollie says to be safe, he’ll see her at seven. Laurel puts her to filing right away. I rewatched this after seeing the following episode, and I really want to know why then she still has 499 hours to go.

Nina Lisa

So, Oliver trained himself on that island? That’s really testing my WSOD. I mean, really testing it. But I guess we’ll learn more each flashback.

I’m glad Tommy and Laurel are getting closer. I like them better than Ollie and Laurel.  I also like the idea of Carly and Diggle getting together, even if the guy who planted the seed turned out to be a baddie.  And I think Ollie’s keeping Diggle around for comic relief, not his optimism.

As soon as I saw Thea in her car (guess she did get one), I said, “Oh, this isn’t going to end well.” Didn’t see her arrest coming, though.

Nice to know Walter is alive. I’m not sure I believe Moira wasn’t having an affair, though. Maybe not with Barromerlyn, but still. She just seems that type. And aren’t she and Walter supposed to have gotten together fairly quickly after The Queen’s Gambit was declared lost at sea?

Wait, what? Mysterious Chinese guy is one of the baddies again now? I think I’d like a full episode of flashbacks soon.

Is it my imagination, or is the drug they’re going after next week this “Vertigo”?

NT

Not a Transport Ship

And yet another GA villain rears his ugly head. In fact, when we finally saw his face, I was having flashbacks both to Batman’s nemesis Two Face and Ragetti in the first POTC movie (Ragetti was the one who had a glass eye).

So this new nemesis was named Firefly, after the group of firefighters he was a member of. I say was, because as another commentator pointed out, Arrow has a villain of the week who usually bites it at the end of the episode. The exception, of course, other than China White, is the Black Arrow, who thoroughly kicked Oliver’s ass and left him extremely demoralized before the holiday break.

I agree with the other commentator, who says that Oliver’s resultant six weeks off has a good side in that the people of Starling City (I’d been thinking it was Sterling, but I guess I heard wrong) have realized that crime actually lessened when the vigilante was on duty. In other news, those six weeks haven’t really advanced Laurel and Tommy’s relationship any, since although he evidently has a key to her apartment so he can be there waiting for her when she comes home from work, he doesn’t have a drawer.  I wonder if she’s even letting him keep a toothbrush there? Speaking of which, where’s Mr. Empty Trust Fund staying these days? Nor has it advanced Tommy’s job, since Oliver’s club is still so far under construction that it really doesn’t even matter when Firefly burns it down at the end. (Evidently the Arrowlair in the basement was fireproofed.)

But whatever the people of Starling City think, Laurel’s daddy Harry Dresden — oops, I mean former Detective now Sergeant Quentin Lance (did anyone notice if he’d been repromoted? I could’ve sworn that his tech guy called him Detective) isn’t buying it. When his pet techie isn’t able to come up with any incriminating info from the phone GA gave him, he’s not happy at the dead-end. But when Laurel subsequently swipes the phone and uses it to contact her favorite mystery man (necessitating an amusing scene where Oliver has to run away from her so she doesn’t hear him when he answers it), he takes advantage of the situation by nonchalantly handing it back to her after bugging it so he’ll be able to hear everything the two of them have to say to each other. What he thinks this is going to get him, I don’t know, since Oliver uses a voice scrambler and always meets with Laurel in shadowy places in full hood, mask, and gear.  I was also amused by their initial meet his episode, because I couldn’t help but think, “That was awful nice of her to turn the lights out for him!” when they met in what looked like her living room. Then again, I wasn’t paying full attention; someone wrote in their recap that Oliver took the lights out?

As for GA’s personal life, which he also worked on during the six weeks vaycay, it doesn’t really appear to have gotten any better, despite his claims to the contrary, although his little sister appears to have suddenly transformed from a druggie to an inspirational speaker. Or at least she was able to convince her mom to start running Queen Industries, or Enterprises, or Corporation, or whatever the heck it’s called, since the smart money’s on Walter being dead. All I have to say about that is: yeah, and the smart money was on Oliver’s being dead, too. But since I’m pretty sure Mr. Barrowmerlyn’s behind stepdaddy’s disappearance, I’m afraid that Oliver and Diggle are right.

Speaking of Diggle, how great was it that he was the one to push Oliver into putting his big vigilante pants back on? But was I the only one waiting for Oliver to add, “And you” when he was listing off the people he cared about to his sidekick?

Although I missed John Barrowman this episode, I was quite happy that the show appears to be just as bad ass as ever, and am looking forward to seeing what happens next.

NT

Arrow

I seem to remember the comic book character as having a blond Van Dyke and wearing a green Robin Hood hat and mask, not a hood.  I’ve noticed that they’re now putting green paint around his eyes, but what’s the point when you can’t see his face under the hood to begin with?

Another break from the comic (or so I’m told) is that it doesn’t look like Laurel’s going to wind up being the Black Canary. But I’m just glad that Katie Cassidy is back on a show I watch. I think I like her better as a brunette.  Looks like John Barrowmerlyn is around to stay, too. That also makes me happy.

Arrow comes back to the CW on January 16.

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