How are people so okay with all these newbies? Felicity & Diggle have 20% less screentime in 5x01 because of all the action & Berlanti is apparently all 5a is about building up the newbies. And all the promo stuff has been about them. And it's not that there can't ever be new characters entering their world but I watch Arrow for our core characters not a bunch of new people. And it's becoming quote obvious that these newbies will suck up so much time from the regulars & that's not okay.
Continuation of ask about newbies. The more new characters they add in roles like vigilantes on TA the less time they have to spend on the regulars, there’s just no way around that. And so far season5 sounds way too focused on newbies. And that’s just not why I or most people watch Arrow. Why are we supposed to be okay with new vigilantes taking time away from the superheroes we know and love already? It’s just too much. I want proper story time for the core cast not time wasted on newbies.
I have to say this kind of attitude always surprises me when it’s coming from an Olicity fan. Thank heavens the writers are open to new dynamics and characters, otherwise we would never have had Felicity, Olicity or OTA. If they’d been worried about pulling focus from Oliver by having some blonde newbie IT girl in every episode and diluting out his story, just think what we would have missed out on. Just think about all the sides and aspects of Oliver’s personality and story we would have never gotten to see and enjoy.
I mean, it’s awesome that people love Olicity and OTA so much, but to love it to the point that they want to exclude anyone else from being on screen - that I just don’t understand. How do you know you won’t be losing out on something truly magical if one or more of those characters really click with OTA? Why do you want to limit the Arrow universe to just OTA, turning the stories all inward and making this suffocating universe where it’s all about them?
You can expand a universe and still maintain an intimacy with characters. Those two things aren’t mutually exclusive. So what if one episode out of 23 features the newbies? Some people are acting like that is how every episode is going to be. It’s not, and it’s nonsense to even think that. These characters won’t be in every episode, or heck, not all of them will necessarily be there all season. And they won’t be the focus. But they will be used as tools in telling Oliver’s story, and Olicity’s and OTA. Because that’s how stories work.
I love Olicity and OTA as much as the next person, but I don’t want Arrow to be reduced to just them. I know you think that’d be awesome, but trust me, it wouldn’t, for two reasons. First of all, it’s like eating chocolate all day every day. Sure, you love chocolate, but when it’s all you eat, its impact starts to wear off. You become numb to how awesome it is, because you’re overdosing. Olicity and OTA are all the sweeter because of the very fact they’re not every single scene. You crave them, you always want more. If you always have them in every scene, you never get to crave them and that would be a very big disservice to them.
Second of all, I can’t help but think that the folks who want the show to only focus on Olicity and OTA have really thought that through. Arrow is a show about drama and tragedy and pain and suffering, with occasional moments of happiness. Do you really want all that drama, tragedy, pain and suffering to just be told by Olicity and OTA? Wouldn’t you be a bit happier knowing all that angst is going to be shared around with other characters?
I know I’m pretty happy knowing that if they’re going to play out the loss of a partner beat, Olicity and Dyla can have their odds of being spared increased because of Curtis and Paul… sorry Paul, but when it comes down to you, Felicity and Lyla, there really is no choice to make. Because make no mistake, Arrow will always have tragedy at its core… along with love and hope. I don’t mind sharing the love and hope if it also means diluting out the tragedy for my faves.
I’m excited for the newbies. They’re not going to eat the show, but we are going to get to see our faves interacting with them and seeing different things drawn out. I’m excited at the thought of discovering a new Curtis. That’d be awesome! Bring it on, newbies, and lets have some fun. :D