I really think that the writers didn’t do Susan Williams any favors.
SA, and MG, and WM, keep pushing her, saying that she’s not an Isabel 2.0, that Oliver just needs a friend, Susan is following a lead she found that might be Oliver Queen during the five years, she’s a reporter, ect. They’re singing her praises. However, us the fandom, HATE HER*. (*not the entire fandom). I mean they’re promising us that Oliver’s gonna bang her, some one we hate. It’s not going over so well.
The reason we hate her isn’t because we ship Olicity. Of course we do. But did we hate Billy with such a passion? Not really. We thought he was weird and a bit shady, and we didn’t LIKE that he was dating Felicity but he wasn’t a bad guy (some of us were hoping he was Prometheus). But we hate SW because of our First Impression.
First Impressions are paramount when meeting new characters. We loved Felicity because she was cute, quirky and not letting Oliver bullshit her. We liked Moira, but then found out she had a dark side and so she’s complicated. Some of us like her some of us hate her.
So our First Impression of Susan Williams was not positive. It was a catty reporter who did whatever she could to undermine Oliver’s mayoral office, running over and betraying Thea Queen– a favorite. It’s a bitchy thing and we immediately thought of Isabel. And now, because of a little flirty flirt with the ‘Mayor Handsome’, she’s all well and good? She’s a saint and Oliver’s friend?
I’m just waiting for her to betray him, because that is what I’m expecting from her. I’ll be sad to see Oliver hurt in the process ( the poor boy makes horrible decisions we know) but all this Promotion for SW that’s good and sweet, is like tasting lemonade with waaaaay too much sugar.
Susan Williams is sour, so stop EP, from trying to make us like her.
Prompt: Imagine being from the same Earth as Kara and Cisco and Barry instantly being attracted to you.
A/N: This was so rushed and so terrible I think I might throw up, but whatever! Hope you guys enjoy!
“Kara, I swear to god, what did you leave in your apartment now? We have to go! I can’t miss Chris Evans being hot!” I was whining like a child. Kara was dragging me down the hall, using her strength to pull me.
“We go up the stairs so much I might as well skip leg day at the gym.” I grumbled. I know it’s immature, but she needs to see just how displeased I am.
“I’m sorry, okay?! I just don’t want to have to pay for $3,000 popcorn when we have some at home!” Kara took her keys out of her pocket to unlock the door, only to drop them onto the ground. She sighed and quickly picked them back up.
“You are so clumsy, sometimes I wonder if it’s even you out there fighting bad guys!” I said pushing the door open. I quickly stopped in my tracks in the door frame when I saw two guys standing in the middle of Kara’s kitchen looking very lost.
“Um, Kara? Are there supposed to be two strange men standing in your kitchen?” I asked, not taking my eyes off of them. Kara was still rifling through her bag.
“No, why-” She was cut off by the sight of them. A huge smile spread over her face as she saw them and she dropped her bags.
“Barry! Hi! Why are you here?” Her face suddenly turned serious. “Is there something wrong in Central City?” He smiled and laughed, shaking his head.
“No, we just wanted to come visit again. We were travelling through the Earths, making sure everything was as it was before I, you know, changed the timeline…” He looked down at his feet awkwardly and scratched the back of his neck.
“But, ummmm who is this, lovely lady?” The shorter one said, attempting to lean back onto the kitchen island.
“I’m Y/N. Who are you guys?” I asked, still cautious. Listen, I don’t care if Supergirl thinks that these guys are swell, they just showed up in a locked apartment on the tenth story. That shit is not right.
“Right! Um, Y/N, this is Barry Allen, the Flash, and this is Cisco Ramon, also known as Vibe. I told you about them after I came back from fighting the Dominators. Barry, Cisco, this is Y/N, my best friend. She is also known as the Black Mamba.”
“Whoa, you have superpowers? What are they?” Cisco bounced up and down excitedly, waiting for my answer. I smiled at his childish attitude. It was like looking into a mirror. If that mirror made me a dude. And a geek. And nothing like me.
“I can borrow other people’s powers. I have no idea where a name like ‘The Black Mamba’ came from…” I cleared my throat before shooting a stern glance at Kara.
“But it seemed to stick with people.” Kara sighed loudly.
“Look! I just suggested the name in passing! Ms. Grant seemed to like it, and you know when she likes something, she does not change her mind.” I playfully rolled my eyes at her exasperation with me. This always happened.
“But we have to leave now if we’re going to have enough time to go see the movie and buy the tickets. You guys wanna come?” Kara offered to the two of them.
“Yeah! Sounds good. What movie are you guys going to see? It’s not a chick flick, is it?” Barry asked, whining a little at the end. Kara and I looked at each other before laughing loudly.
“Are you kidding me? I’m like the biggest geek in National City! We’re going to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” I said, throwing one of the bags Kara handed to me over my shoulder. Their faces lit up with smiles.
“You guys have Captain America here too?! Man, this day keeps getting better and better!” Cisco said.
“Well we have to go if we ever want to actually see the movie, let’s go!” Kara said, speed walking to the door.
I think I’m going to get along just fine with these guys.
Part Two: Coming Soon!
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First of all, sorry to bring this scene up. I know it’s a painful one, but I also think it’s a hopeful one.
I remember writing a post about how this scene might lay out the road map to Olicity’s reunion. I can’t find the post, but I dimly recall rambling on about it lol. Given that we are 9 episodes into season 5, I thought I’d revisit the idea.
In this scene Felicity tells Oliver that his default is always to go it alone. To revert back to the man on the island. To save the city-alone. She tells him that sooner or later he will find himself in a situation where he feels he has to hide things from her.
That is this life.
All of this has been relevant this season.
At the start of the season, Oliver was back to being the lone wolf. He was waiting for Diggle and Thea to come back and was reluctant to bring in the new recruits.
But he did.
He even unmasked himself in order to gain their trust. This shows remarkable progress for Oliver and directly calls back to Felicity’s words in 4x16.
Then in 5x05, after the truth comes out about Felicity and Billy, Oliver doesn’t shut himself away and hide in a cave because the love of his life has “moved on”. No. He decides to open himself up to the possibility that maybe there’s something else out there for him. We see him pursue a “relationship” with Susan.
As much as I have thoroughly not enjoyed this “relationship”, it shows Oliver not choosing to be alone.
Felicity made him realise that he deserves to be happy. So maybe he and Susan will live happily ever after, or maybe she will be revealed to be a skeevy, manipulative b-i-t-c-h (I really don’t like that word). My money’s on the latter. But he tried, poor soul.
In 5x09, Oliver killed Billy.
Isn’t it funny that once Oliver removed the mask, they felt the need to have a flashback to Billy? A) because he’d made little impression that I’m sure a large part of the audience didn’t even realise who it was. B) the writers/eps actually thought that the audience might not know who it was. Evidence of your great writing, guys. Right there lol.
Anyhoo, sooner or later Oliver was going to find himself in a situation where he felt he’d have to hide things from Felicity.
A situation like accidentally killing her boyfriend?
Oliver could have told her that Prometheus killed Billy, and then compartmentalised the guilt. He’s had plenty of practice in that department. But he didn’t. He was honest. He told her everything. No lies.
He then goes onto say how everyone should get as far away from him as possible.
Not this again.
For f**k sake, Oliver.
This is the next stage in his evolution. Recovering from a setback and choosing to move forward and embrace the light. Instead of going backwards.
I think we’ll see that in 5x10 with him embracing the miracle that is Laurel’s return, before the reveal that it’s Black Siren. This will push him to move forward in keeping his promise to Laurel, and the search for the new Black Canary will begin. I also think we will see him take on more responsibility as Mayor. I’m all about seeing Oliver flourish at something other than putting arrows in people and being the salmon ladder champion of the world.
These are all pit stops on the one way road to Olicityville.
I think the scene in 4x16 also applies to Felicity.
This season has really seen emphasis on Felicity walking in Oliver’s shoes. On seeing things from his perspective.
Oliver and Felicity are more alike than people give them credit for. They both put up walls and shut others out.
Much of the time we focus on what kind of impact Felicity has had on Oliver’s life, but he changed her life too.
Of course you do.
How silly of me.
Remember when she told him how he had changed her life for the better?
He’d opened up her heart in a way she never thought possible?
It was right before all the sexy times.
Anyway, when Felicity is hurting, she reverts back to that self preservation technique that helped her survive her father’s abandonment, Cooper’s “death” and whatever else the world has thrown at her.
She has her own island to run back to.
Or she has her own cave to run back to. Just like when we first meet her, she’s hiding away behind her computers. Not really embracing her full potential or what life has to offer her. Why? Because she’s scared. What if she gets hurt again? Billy was a buffer. She didn’t have to deal with her shit because he wasn’t part of it. He was a distraction. She couldn’t even admit that he was her boyfriend without internally freaking out. But she was okay with that because he couldn’t hurt her, not like Oliver could.
I’ve said it before that Oliver is the source of her greatest pain and her greatest joy. It’s scary giving someone that kind of power over you when they’ve already hurt you before.
So the buffer is dead and gone. Harsh but true. Now Felicity will have no option but to face the truth. To deal with her stuff including Havenrock, Billy’s death, her past, and her future.
We will see her go it alone to a certain extent. She will even keep something from Oliver. This is all part of the process in opening up Felicity’s eyes and her heart to finally, truly embracing the inevitable.
Crossover headcanon: Oliver, Mrs. Danvers and Joe West cooking for everyone for the holidays. Oliver and his chicken cordon blue. Mrs Danvers and her Thanksgiving specialities. And Joe and his mother's recipes. And imagine Oliver thinking "Is this what cooking with your mother is like?" cos he's reminded of Moira and then Kara jumps in and says he can borrow her mother anytime.
Joe being very reluctant to actually like Oliver but then the archer reveals his slow cooker, lifting it into the air above his head as if it’s Simba, and the detective has to call a truce with him because every respectable good man has a slow cooker and the one Oliver has, is one of the best ones on the market. Eliza teaching Oliver how to make a proper lasagne and then Oliver declares that they need more pasta sheets in it because Kara and Barry are going to need the carbs, and Eliza basically declares at that point that she would adopt him if she could.