a perfect television show. To be fair, I don’t know one that is, but I never
needed Arrow to be perfect. All I need
from Arrow is a good story. My frustrations
with Oliver and Felicity’s break up, and the Baby Mama storyline, aren’t a
secret. I found their break up to be wildly problematic on multiple levels.
However, the one caveat I always held to was if Arrow can piece together some
interesting character growth for Oliver and Felicity it would go a long way of
easing my ruffled feathers. We’ve been
dealing with the ramifications of Oliver’s lie about William since 4x08. That’s
35 episodes. We’ve waited a long time for Oliver and Felicity’s individual arcs
to come to fruition.
The wait was worth it. At least for
of “good story” vary as widely as our perceptions of
“perfect” but “Underneath” is a good story for me. It’s almost perfect. 35
episodes. This road was long. It was hard but, in the end, I feel like I understand. It connects all the dots that need to be
connected (and some I didn’t expect) while delivering some real character
development that feels earned.
In the midst
of the crazy world of arrows, masks, Mirakuru soldiers, 15 different canaries
and Barry Allen resides the relationships between Oliver and Felicity
These characters, and the love they have for one another, is the sanity
in all the madness. It’s the real in the fiction. Oliver, Felicity and Diggle
are the beating heart of Arrow for a reason.
The love we have for these characters is the reason we watch and
“Underneath” returns Arrow to center. It focuses on the love stories
that made us fall in love with the show. In particularly, it brings Oliver and
Felicity’s individual arcs to fruition and FINALLY merges their roads into one
Forgiveness. Compassion. Humility. These
aren’t always popular concepts in our society, but they are the building blocks
to any relationship. You lose one, the whole house can come down on you. Love feels like it has its own inertia, like
it chooses you and not the other way around. And maybe that’s true. Maybe we
can’t choose who we love. However, we
can choose how we love.
If you are
either Team Felicity or Team Oliver in the break-up- Baby-Mama-drama then
there’s probably things about “Underneath” you didn’t like. As for
me, I believe there are things both
Oliver and Felicity need to learn from the breakup and “Underneath”
addresses those things. But more than anything, I am ready for Arrow to rebuild what they broke. I am
ready for Arrow to fix it. Are you?
This is, by far, my longest review. We’re going all the way back to the
pilot and discuss about five different episodes. This took me about 22 hours to
write. No need to comment on how long it is. I am well are.
The “Arrow” alum will be back as a series regular in Season 6, playing Black Siren. She will first appear in the final two episodes of the CW show in the current fifth season.
An original cast member of “Arrow,” Cassidy portrayed Laurel Lance/Black Canary for the first four seasons, before being killed off in the midst of Season 4. After she was killed, Cassidy signed a deal with the CW to appear across the DC universe portfolio of shows in a guest capacity — then she reappeared as Black Siren, the villainous Earth 2 version of Black Canary, in “Arrow’s” midseason premiere of Season 5.
If 5x19 is
indicative of the final four episodes of Season 5, then we are in for one hell
of a ride.
After setting Oliver and Felicity off into trajectories, Arrow
returns to the center as Felicity’s relationship with Helix come to a head. Original Team Arrow is splintered as Felicity
aligns herself against Oliver and Diggle. Smoak versus Arrow is more than just Felicity
going head to head with those who know and love her best. It’s about diving into Felicity’s real
motivations. Sure, we were told Felicity’s grief over Billy is pushing her over
(keep singing that tune Arrow),
but we knew there was more. The truth
is, Felicity’s motivations haven’t strayed too far from center after all.
EW has learned exclusively that Katrina Law will reprise her role as Nyssa al Ghul for multiple episodes that culminate in an epic fight between Nyssa and her half-sister Talia al Ghul (Lexa Doig) in the upcoming season 5 finale.
Law, who currently stars on CBS’ Training Day, first appeared in season 2, where viewers discovered that when Sara (Caity Lotz) left the island, she joined the League of Assassins and struck up a romance with Nyssa, the youngest daughter of Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable).
Talia, meanwhile, didn’t appear until season 5, when it was revealed that she helped train Oliver (Stephen Amell) in Russia — but she also trained his foe Prometheus (Josh Segarra) after learning that Ollie killed her father. Talia had long ago left the League to create her own cult of warriors after she realized her father would never allow her to be the Head of the Demon.
Ever since Talia’s introduction, the eventuality of an epic showdown between the pair has been highly anticipated. “They’re close enough and different enough that I would love, at some point, to do a story with Nyssa and Talia,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim previously told EW.
“Imagine being Ramsay’s prisoner in Winterfell and waiting to be rescued by Jon.”
Requested by @iknowyouwuvme: “Jon x Reader where he’s really protective of the reader and he finds out that she was raped by Ramsay and Jon kills him.”
Warnings: Spoliers from season 6 of Game of Thrones, implied rape, violence, murder, Ramsay being Ramsay.
You’d been the prisoner of the Bolton Bastard for what felt like forever. He was a cruel monster that never failed to surprise you with new torture methods, mental and physical. He’d raped you, beat you, and over the past month, even flayed you. Your only solace was when you allowed your thoughts to drift back to Jon. The only man you’d ever loved, the man you were taken from and brought here.
You stood in the room you’d been locked in, your eyes focused on the battle taking place outside Winterfell. You wrapped your arms around yourself as you watched. Dread filled you, Ramsay had promised to bring Jon back, alive, to Winterfell just so he could force you to watch him kill him in front of you or kill you in front of Jon. It would depend on his mood. You stepped away from the window when you watched the wildings and other men who fought with Jon being overwhelmed in the fields.
You knew that Ramsay didn’t fight fair, he would lead Jon into a trap. Your eyes went wide as you thought about the possibility of never having Jon hold you in his arms again. How did things become like this?
When Arrow returns after its long hiatus, Felicity will find herself going up against Team Arrow.
With Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) still on the loose, mysterious
hacker organization Helix offers Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) a way to
track him down in exchange for her services involving something
illegal. Needless to say, Oliver (Stephen Amell) & Co. won’t be
But Ollie and Felicity will be forced to face their divide head on
next week when the duo gets trapped in the bunker together. Will this
actually bring them closer together? EW turned to executive producer
Wendy Mericle to get the scoop:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What can you tease of what Felicity has gotten herself into? And will we get more info on Helix?
WENDY MERICLE: We will definitely get more info on Helix. We’re super psyched about this episode because it is really Felicity’s Dark Night of the Soul.
We’re not going to wrap it up here, but we’re definitely going to take
her to one of the darkest places we’ve ever seen her character go.
Because she’s gone down this rabbit hole with Helix, she’s going to find
out that — as per usual when people get themselves involved with these
organizations — things aren’t always as they seem. Even though she has
been really blinded by her drive to get Adrian Chase, I think she’s
going to come out of this asking some pretty tough questions about
herself and her moral decisions, and there’s a pretty big fight with
How might this actually bring Oliver and Felicity closer?
We’re also very excited about next week’s episode. We haven’t done a lot
of bottle [episodes], and this is one of the few that we’ve done. I
think it turned out so well. [Director] Wendey Stanzler hit it out of
the park. They’re stuck in a bunker together, and they’re not in a good
place. They’ve taken their individual paths, which is was exactly what
they wanted at the top of the season. They’ve gone down these different
roads. Oliver’s tries to pull her back from this brink and has failed.
All that fallout is going to happen right there in the bunker where they
have nowhere to run and there’s no escaping that conflict.
And yet the sizzle trailer seems to indicate they’re on the road to reconciliation. Is that true?
They are definitely on the road toward — well, the interesting thing
about taking her down this road with Helix is she is going to come out
of it with this, the same way Diggle came out of it when he killed his
brother — new understanding and appreciation for where Oliver’s been and
what he’s been through. No matter whether they end up together or not
(sorry, all Olicity Twitter fans), this is going to absolutely deepen
the relationship. It has to. She’s now gone through her own island in a
Speaking of Diggle, an upcoming episode features Diggle and Lyla dealing with some marital issues. What’s going on there?
We’ve always wondered, ever since Lyla stepped up and took over
A.R.G.U.S., the interesting thing about her character is she, in a lot
of ways, is very similar to Oliver in that she’s now in the position of
making some really hard decisions and having to constantly justify the
means by the end. Dig’s going to find out about some of these things
that she’s been doing, and he’s going to really wonder where did his
wife go? It’s rich territory because they’ve always been such a solid
couple. They’ve had their ups and downs, but I think this is the first
time where Dig has looked at her and wondered that this person that he
sees in front of him doesn’t really resemble the person that he fell in
love with. That’s an interesting question for anyone in a marriage
situation to be asking themselves.
It’s interesting because there was an episode where Diggle
and Dinah were working really closely together, and fans noticed
some chemistry between them. Does that play into this at all, or was
that just two good actors working off each other?
It’s two great actors working off each other. [Laughs.] That
said, I think that part of the fun of having the team there is it’s
going to create theses different dynamics. If, down the road, there’s a
little misunderstanding here or there, I’m not saying that might not
happen. But right now, that’s not the case.
With Chase still on the loose, how much danger is the team in?
It’s safe to say, without teasing too much, they’re in the most danger they’ve ever been in.
How will the team — most of whom are relatively new and have
not faced an ultimate showdown with a big bad before — deal with heading
into the final battle with Prometheus?
Each character is going to have a different reaction to it. Dinah is
very much on the page of, “This guy just needs to be taken down.” Rene
is too, but he’s going to have other stakes; we’ve met his daughter
before in episode 513. The people who have potential for collateral
damage, if you will, the people with families who have more at stake are
going to have different attitudes about that. Everyone is going to be
on the same page of wanting to take this guy down. Nobody has really
been left unscathed by Adrian Chase. They’re going to be all in, and all
in in a way that newbies would be. There’s no doubt that Oliver is
going to have a much more profound sense of the dangers ahead, but by
the same token, he’s come to rely on this team and he needs them.
Malcolm Merlyn popped up in the sizzle reel. What role will he be playing in these last episodes?
Malcolm is going to be doing exactly what he’s always done. Part of the
fun of him is that you never know exactly where he stands. One thing
that is absolutely clear is he’s always there for Thea. He and Thea are
going to have some pretty cool scenes together because she’s going to
come back and he’s going to be there. She’s not happy to see him. Oliver
is going to be pulling at any possible help, whether he can trust that
help or not; he’s going to be calling in every reinforcement he has to
take down Chase. I think Josh Segarra has done an amazing job at really
making Chase one of the scariest villains that we’ve seen on the show.
Are Oliver and Slade actually aligning then?
That’s a great question. With Deathstroke, you never really know who
you’re dealing with, in a similar way with Malcolm, but with a little
bit more of an edge, because the history between Slade and Oliver is as
deep and troubled as the one between him and Malcolm. Slade is
definitely coming back. We’re definitely going to be thinking he might
be on Oliver’s side. That’s all I’m going to say about that, to quote
Forrest Gump. [Laughs.]
What’s next for Thea?
Thea is going to be going through a very similar emotional journey —
Oliver’s going to maybe arrive at his conclusion emotionally a little
bit sooner than she does, but it’s the same idea of really grappling.
The last time we saw her, she was going away to try to figure herself
out, because she had gone down this very Moira-esque road and started to
pull these antics that were really morally questionable. She sees that,
so when she comes back, it’s not going to be because she’s ready, it’s
going to be because she has to. She’s going to be working that out.
Eventually, she’s going to get to a place where she can put the past
behind her, but it’s going to be a pretty hard road for her.
Will Oliver ever be able to operate as Green Arrow again? And
if not, what does that mean for the future of the show? Are we going to
see a new legacy for him?
He’s questioning his legacy; he’s been doing it all season. The fact
that we’ve put the Green Arrow under the microscope to such an extent,
we are definitely setting some stuff up for season 6. We will definitely
see the Green Arrow again, but in what capacity? That’s a really good
question. That’s a premiere question.
Warnings: Gaston/Luke Evans feels, FLUFF, super angsty ending sorry not sorry, etc.
A/N: This was a request from @brooke-supernatural16 : Can you do a one-shot with Gaston? Where the reader is a huntress and Gaston see the reader and instantly falls for her and follows her like he did with belle but is more polite with her?
A/N: I do hope this is what you were looking for in this fic!
It was a crisp and French morning. The ground was wet with a fresh layer of dew. The sun had barely risen over the horizon. Twas a nearly perfect morning for a hunt. Gaston has his sights on his hunting musket centered in on an innocent and meek, deer. He was patiently awaiting for the correct moment to apply the right amount pressure on the trigger.
I guess to illustrate my point about BotW, I’ll talk about one of the quests - there’s a part in the game where you can’t continue until you have 20 lightning arrows. The NPCs helpfully tell you there’s a monster at the top of the hill that shoots lightning arrows, and you can scavenge them from around his lair. There’s the assumption that you’ll go either sneak around and collect arrows up there, or even kill that monster and return with all his arrows.
I simply teleported to a town, bought lightning arrows, and returned. The game continued without a pause. I didn’t have to fail fighting the lightning guy 100 times. In other Zelda games, I would have been railroaded into fighting the lightning guy. But in this game, the Hard Zelda Game, I could choose not to go fight him.
Ultimate player control, multiple (multiple) solutions to any given problem, optional challenges. No abrupt bottlenecking where you’re not allowed to keep playing the game you bought until you mastered some tiresome un-fun mini game. All of this = great fun.