I had a stray thought about last night’s Olicity moment that I will try to present without a rant. :) I have seen some fair arguments about different aspects of a certain storyline that are worth considering, so… Reluctant acceptance. (I will say that I think there’s sometimes a difference between critiquing a character’s actions within the storyline they were given and critiquing the storyline itself, so explaining/defending one doesn’t always resolve the other, but it’s complicated, for sure.)
Anyway, I think it should have been Felicity who wanted to move up the marriage (as much as I love how thirsty Oliver is). Her dad brings up her old insecurities, she’s not sure if she did the right thing, and Oliver is more supportive and *there* than ever - so she asks him to marry her. She wants this new family with him. Now. And even brings up how quiet things are at the moment, how often does that happen?
Oliver can’t say no (and doesn’t want to) - but next ep the guilt sets in. And then…
Maybe there’s an obvious character element I’m missing that wouldn’t work with this (though this is the girl who chased him down at a public party for answers and basically proposed in a cage). Maybe they’re saving a Felicity proposal for after… Maybe there’s another story they’re setting up here that I don’t know.
But it just felt a little… off to me, I guess, in the midst of said storyline. Unlike the proposal that Felicity moved him towards (by reassuring her answer and questioning any desire to wait), this felt like more of a wrong (and slightly random) move to me. I guess this is the man who thought he could be a vigilante and his family would never know (and he’s clearly compartmentalizing here to the extreme), but I can’t help wondering what he thinks is going to happen? This kid is for *life*, so… Okay, no rant, because I still love poor, flawed Oliver (and I agree Felicity wouldn’t want him to neglect his son), so this isn’t about bashing him. This is the way the writers chose to go. Okay.
I just would have enjoyed that (cute and delightful) scene a little more this other way. Alas, I don’t think they make this show just for me. ;D