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Perfect Recall - Part Two

“Is it for real this Hyper…” Rossi asked with a frown as the team gathered in the local police station next morning.

“Hyperthemesia? Yes it’s real but very rare. There are only about twelve confirmed cases in the world” explained Reid “It’s also known as HSAM - highly superior autobiographical memory. Whereas Eidetic Memory concerns things a person reads or sees and Mnemonism is the ability, with certain techniques and practice, to recall lists of information, hyperthymesia primarily concerns a person’s individual experiences. Some people are able to recall everything from as young as two weeks old.”

“We’re lucky that Lise was the one that witnessed the abduction” said Luke “Her timings were very specific.”

“And so was her description of the victim” said Emily “Garcia do you have anything?”

“I know who she is and people this is not a pretty story. Buckle up.”

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Sherlock is a Raging, Pretentious Dumpster Fire That Thinks You Are Stupid For Loving It: A Tumblr Essay by Logan Sanders

 A few days ago an anon asked me about my thoughts on BBC’s Sherlock. I decided to write an essay about it. Warning: There are spoilers for Sherlock and Doctor Who in this essay. If you aren’t up to date on both and don’t want them spoiled, wait to read this until you’ve caught up. Thank you. I also curse more than usual in this essay. Please forgive me. 

In the 1891 novel A Case of Identity, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle said through arguably his best and most influential creation, Sherlock Holmes, “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” This phrase can be applied to a tremendous amount of situations and mediums since it was penned by Doyle. It is no surprise that it can be applied to Doyle’s work itself. You know who Sherlock Holmes is. Everyone knows who Sherlock Holmes is. In fact, simply holding a pipe or wearing green plaid or saying the word “elementary” brings forth the image of a hook nosed, dark-haired, fair eyed detective who has been so saturated into our culture that any child who was raised in it will know the name ‘Sherlock.’

It is no secret that Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorite properties of all time. Even before I was comfortable expressing emotions, I made it clear that I loved Doyle’s work. It was an unbridled and unapologetic love that could not and will not be contained. I am not the only one. Holmes has left his fingerprints on Western Culture in a way that almost no other character has. There have been countless adaptations throughout film, literature, radio, animation, comics, graphic novels, and just about every single other medium you can imagine. There were fourteen splendid serial black and white films, hundreds of television shows and tv movies, and even more properties that have taken cues and given homage to this classic. Every iteration of Holmes and Watson has seen and brought out something new from Doyle’s first sixty stories. However, there are, in my opinion, two essential elements to any story containing Sherlock Holmes. The serialized nature, and Dr. Watson.

Today, I will explain how the BBC property Sherlock ignores both of these, and manages to shoot itself in the foot so many times that there is no foot left to shoot.

However, I would like to begin with a quick disclaimer. Everything herein is simply my opinion. Many people like Sherlock for what it is, and that is fine. Television shows, like books, belong to their audience. This is simply what Sherlock is to me.

BBC’s hit modern adaptation of Doyle’s works titled simply Sherlock, took off after the first season of three episodes premiered in 2009. The show follows the titular character Sherlock Holmes played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Dr. John Watson played by Martin Freeman as they consult with Scotland yard on it’s most grueling and difficult cases. There are many, many problems with Sherlock, but in order to simplify this process, I am going to generally focus on one man’s influence on the show, Steven Moffat.

Steven Moffat is generally accepted to be the sexist, homophobic asshole who ruined Doctor Who and stained the world with the third and fourth seasons of Sherlock. That was an extremely emotionally charged sentence, so you know this is serious. However, credit where credit is due. Moffat is a talented writer. He has a knack for contained, complicated, preferably one-off stories. His early work on Doctor Who is a good example of that. Two of the first episodes in the new rebooted series were written by him, The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances, a two-part story that stood as a metaphor for the hardships of the World Wars, especially on the children of Europe, many of whom were orphaned. The story is hard hitting, terrifying, and contains one of the few truly happy endings in the series. Nobody dies. It also served to introduce one of the best characters in Doctor Who, Jack Harkness, who also happened to be one of the first openly pansexual characters on television. These two episodes are nearly perfect, and the acting of Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, and John Barrowman mix easily with the fun yet meaningful tendencies of Moffat’s style. Moffat wrote many more stories like this under show runner Russell T. Davies (a man who had an eye for the little things that we were speaking about earlier), including some fan favorites such as Blink and The Girl in the Fireplace. This was Moffat at his best. However, Davies stepped down as show runner after the fifth season and passed the torch to Moffat. This is where he went completely off the rails. As soon as he had control, he began introducing so many plot lines that it became headache inducing to follow. The Doctor encountered the crack in the universe and began to be hunted by the Silence, and when he opens a paradox, the TARDIS exploded and created the cracks in the universe, and then it’s revealed that The Silence is an organization trying to keep his name a secret (“Silence will fall when the question is asked.” “But what’s the question?” “Doctor who?” (Do you get it? Like the title of the show. That’s what the show’s called. He’s so clever)), and then the doctor discovers that the Silence programmed his wife (Amy and Rory’s daughter) to kill him and there is a heart breaking episode in which she does against her will, but it turns out that he used a robot body so that he wouldn’t die and he erases himself from history but then people begin to piece together who he was by the holes he left in history and then everyone he loves dies and he gets a new companion and, oh, do you remember those cracks in the universe that were clearly established to be the TARDIS exploding? Well, fuck you, that’s GALLIFREY THE SINGLE MOST DEFINING EVENT IN THE REBOOT DOCTOR’S LIFE HAS BEEN COMPLETELY ERASED AND IT MEANS NOTHING AT ALL AND THE REASON WHY EVERYBODY’S SO CONCERNED ABOUT HIS NAME IS BECAUSE GALLIFREY NEEDS TO HEAR HIS NAME THROUGH THE CRACK SO THAT THEY KNOW IT’S HIM AND THEY GIVE HIM MORE REGENERATION AND NOW HE HAS TO GO FIND GALLIFREY BECAUSE FUCK YOU NOTHING MATTERS ANYMORE AT ALL.

Virgil has been working overtime during our weekly Doctor Who episode over the past few years. As you can see, this need for an over arching plot completely lost the fun, buddy-adventure feeling that carried the show from the brinks of becoming little more than British history to relevance once again. Sure, the early episodes of the reboot were missing a bit of coherency and could have used a light season theme, and sure, there were a few arcs in Tennant’s days as the Doctor, however, nothing so big that it smothered the focus of the story; the actual story.

Moffat is a good writer, but he should know his limits. He needs to be controlled. He is like Michael Bay. The first Transformers movie was fine. It was funny, and entertaining to watch with plenty of humor, genuine human characters, and plenty of exciting action. It was good because Steven Spielberg was there as executive producer to reign in Bay’s more eccentric ideas. However, after the first movie was such a success, Bay was essentially given complete creative control. And once he was, Transformers 2 turned into a breeding ground for bad action, underdeveloped characters, and stereotypes that all tied together to make a boring, unfunny sequel to a good movie. Sherlock is Moffat’s Transformers 2. Someone needs to be his Spielberg and reign him in. That didn’t happen with Sherlock.

So here is why it’s bad.

Sherlock loses its footing in the very first episode. For the majority of it, things go well. The story is introduced from Watson’s point of view and we spend most of the episode focused on the actual murder. That is until the very end, where James Moriarty is introduced as an overarching villain for the entire series. James Moriarty? As in the one, relatively unimportant villain who only showed up in two of the original stories and was only famous because he was the one that “killed” Sherlock, for a decade, at least. They have taken one of the two most important aspects of the show, the fact that you can watch or read the stories in any order and not be lost, and they have completely abandoned it an hour and thirty minutes into show. You cannot watch an episode out of order, lest you miss the entire story. Jim Moriarty is also relentlessly queer coded in this show. There are several mentions of his sexuality in every episode he is in, and there is no point to it besides illustrating his “obsession” with Sherlock. That’s not even mentioning the fact that Moffat and Mark Gatiss, Moffat’s co-writer on the show, often refer to Moriarty as, and I quote, “absolutely psycho.” Yes, because the best way to establish a problem with mental health is to make your character a raging stereotype of the homosexual community. As though this isn’t an extremely popular show that informs the way a very large audience thinks about gay people. Because if the one gay character that people see in popular culture is the villain, there will be a part of them that labels every gay person they meet as, how did Moffat so elegantly put it? Oh yes, “absolutely psycho.”

I can provide many examples of healthy, happy, non villainous gay people, i.e. Virgil, Roman, Patton, and, incidentally, myself.

Sherlock also has an unhealthy insistence on Holmes’ intelligence. That’s nothing new, Sherlock has always been established to be a very, very intelligent man. It’s who he is, he is a detective who sees things that other people don’t, at least not a first. The difference between the Sherlock in the original series and the Sherlock that we see here, is that the original Sherlock was practically smart. There were explanations inside of the story that made sense and taught the audience something through information that was available to the them. His intelligence is tangible, and we see that filter through which Sherlock receives information develop and even begin to inform Watson’s and the audience’s point of view. You feel smarter after reading a Holmes story. This Sherlock? He is smart because he’s smart. He draws from information that we as an audience never even get the chance to observe and his process is unexplained and usually, nonsensical. He shows up knowing exactly what happened because oh, he heard someone say it off screen, or oh, he figured it out while Watson was messing around with a cat, or oh, it was a fucking boomerang. He is smart because he has to be smart, and we barely have the brainpower to argue with it anymore.

Dr. Watson is perhaps this show’s greatest sin. Watson is the center of Doyle’s stories. He is the narrator and the human eye through which we see the sometimes eccentric and alien nature of Holmes. Watson is essential to our viewpoint, and the reason why we learn throughout the series. Watson is not necessarily the heart of Holmes, but it is an easy way to generalize him. Holmes has emotions, make no mistake. He might rely heavily on logic and intelligence, but he is a human being. The reason why he is written into a robot in our minds because the writers of Sherlock have no idea a) what the actual definition of ‘sociopath’ is (here’s a hint, Sherlock is not one), and b) how to balance intelligence with emotion. So we have Sherlock who is all smarts and any attempt at emotion is fruitless and compromising, even literally revealed to be a life threatening weakness by the end of season three, and we have John who is not allowed to have any intelligence or further the plot in any way because he is always on the brink of an emotional break down. Instead of Holmes playing off of Watson, the two of them bouncing ideas around and noting information that comes together to make a full case, Sherlock has little white text explain everything to the audience and keeps John around to call stupid and show everyone how dumb we are because we literally had no way of getting the information that Sherlock had. So John’s role as the audience surrogate is turned into a way to mock us, and he, as a character, is utterly useless.

Let me just say that John Watson is a doctor, a soldier, a veteran, and a very, very smart man. Turning him into this ghost what his character actually is an insult to Martin Freeman, who is by the way, quite a good actor, everyone who has ever portrayed him, the character, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself.

This show frustrates me beyond words.

I would like to get into the aggressive queerbaiting, the absolute destruction of the entire purpose of Irene Adler’s character, and the mistreatment of all of the show’s female characters, but I think that those three problems could be essays in and of themselves. In fact, I think I will write them eventually and post them here. That’s for a later date, however. I’d like to end with something that I think really sums up the show’s relationship with the original works.

The show’s first episode, A Study in Pink, is a reimagining of A Study in Scarlet. In the original story, the word rache is written in blood on the wall of a cabin in which a body has been found. Inspector Lestrade suspects that the killer was trying to write “Rachel” but was interrupted before he could finish, therefore, a woman named Rachel must be involved. However, Sherlock points out that rache means ‘revenge’ in German. In the show, a detective named Anderson, points out that rache means revenge, and Sherlock literally slams a door in his face before stating that, of course she was writing Rachel. It would be simply ridiculous for someone to write rache on the floor, right Doyle?

The best two word description that I think I can give to Sherlock is “wasted potential”. There is so much in this show that could be good. They had a set of a solid actors, plenty of funding, great technical and camera work, and writer that, given the right parameters could have written a series of fun, smart stories that paid homage to one of if not the most influential piece of literature in British history. If they had just remembered the little things that made Sherlock Holmes stick out in our hearts centuries after he and Moriarty tumbled over the falls together, then maybe this show wouldn’t have left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Instead, Moffat hit me in the back of the head with a fucking boomerang.

I suggest you watch this video for a much more in depth look at some of the things that I touched upon here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkoGBOs5ecM

I’m angry and I’m going to bed.

9 Things We Learned From The Recent Persona 5 Famitsuu Article, That You Might Not Know Yet

…Hey, I’m allowed to have a click-bait title now or then too, alright!?

I wanted to make a video on this tonight, but I just realized I’m already too tired, so I’ll try record it tomorrow instead. 

For now, I’m giving you my script for that video, in order to share with you my summary on what has been learned this past week: 

1.) The heists

The targets of the party are malevolent, corrupted adults. The thief gang invade the inner worlds called „Palaces“ of these people to steal their „heart“ - here actually meaning their wrapped desires and ideals. Inside a palace, the host’s desires take the form of an item called „Treasure“. The party are trying to remove that „treasure“ from the target’s soul, thus forcing them to feel remorse for their actions and sins. However, since the target’s psyche usually has tons of defenses up against the Treasure being removed, getting to it is pretty tricky, hence the dungeons of the game.

2.) OtherworldNavi

The protagonists use a „mysterious“ Smartphone App called „OtherworldNavi“ to find their next targets and access their Palaces. From the description, it seems like „OtherworldNavi“ scans the hearts of people for corrupted desires and also opens portals to their inner Palaces.

3.) The Interrogation

We finally see the face of the woman interrogating the protagonist during the trailers. More on her later, in Makoto Nijima’s section. Personally, my theory right now is that this woman is a member of the Shadow Operatives, due to her demeanor and how unsurprised she seems by supernatural forces being involved. In the beginning of the trailer she threatened the protagonist with death if he doesn’t comply, meaning either that she is an extremist who would kill a minor for justice, or that the protagonist is under suspicions of murder at this part of the game and might end up being sentenced to death unless they bail him out.

4.) Makoto Nijima:

Previously called „Biker Girl“ by Fans, Makoto Nijima is one of the three female party members revealed in the new trailer. And yes, it annoys me a bit that her name is the same as that of the Persona 3 Protagonist in the movies. Anyway, according to the Famitsu article, Makoto is a third year student at Shuujin Academy, the same school the protagonist, Anne and Ryuuji visit. She is the student council president and very headstrong with a strong sense of justice, which apparently has been causing the problems of sorts. Her title in the article is „The Student Council President of Flawless Justice“ and her quote is „It’s true, I too am aiming for the Justice you guys speak of.“ According to director Katsura Hashino, she gets pulled into the events after the protagonist and Co realize that she is lonely and feels like she has no place to belong. Her Persona is called Johanna, and yes, Hashino confirms here that this „Johanna“ is in fact Pope Joan, the legendary female pope and inspiration for the images on the Priestess Tarot Cards. If you wanna know more about her, feel free to check out my video on the Priestess Arcana from a couple of weeks ago. (I had amazing timing there…) Her Persona is also capable of using Nuclear-Elemental Frei-spells for the first time since Persona 2, meaning that this game is not going to conflate Almighty and Nuclear Skills into the same category, but treads them as separate elements.

Interestingly, this character here, who’s name could be either Sae, Saya or Saeru, depending on the reading (Japanese names tend to be stupidly ambiguous with how they’re actually read) shares Makoto’s last name, Nijima, meaning that they’re probably related by blood. It’s gonna be interesting to see how an antagonist and a party member being related by blood is gonna play out here. (She’s the interrogator from the start of the trailer.)

5.) Futaba Sakura

We’ve already been introduced to her during the trailer, so I’ll keep this brief. Futaba’s title is „The Hikikomori Genius Hacker“, and personal quote is „…Navi. I will guide you to victory!“ Her characteristic is an extreme mathematical intelligence, which causes her to be a programming genius, but also incredibly awkward with social interaction. Due to that and a Trauma that caused her strong social anxiety, she stopped leaving her house and has been holed up in her room ever since middle school. The article doesn’t mention which High School she is enrolled in, if any, only that she should technically be a High School First Year, but has never set foot in there. Futaba is also a giant nerd; in one of the screen shots she even calls the protagonist outright “Protagonist”. If that’s how she refers to him in her navigation too, just “Protag”, I can die happy. And yes, Futaba is her given name. Sakura is her family name, not meaning „Cherry Blossom“, but „Helpful Storage“. By the way, Futaba means „sprout“. Again, her Persona is Necronomicon, and according to the director, its futuristic design is meant to symbolize Futaba’s technical genius. He also mentioned that Futaba is one of the most important characters within the party when it comes to the plot, so, look forward to that.

6.) Haru Okumura

Haru is a third year student in Shuujin Academy and, boy, does THAT confuse me. Despite Shuujin being supposed to be a correctional facility, Haru is characterized as a little princess, the daughter of the owner of a famous brand of take-out-food, and very rich and spoiled. She’s good at talking to people, but doesn’t really value others, because of her wealthy upbringing, that has rendered her rather naive to the harsh reality of the world. Her title is „The company Heiress who trusts nobody“ and her quote is „…I will commit myself to this. Whatever I can do, I want to do with commitment.“ Her Persona is Milady de Winter, an Antagonist of the Three Musketeers.

7.) The Velvet Room

According to Katsura Hashino, the Velvet Room this time is supposed to represent the protagonist’s own „Mental Prison“, and Igor is trying to lead him towards a „Rebirth into Freedom“. According to the director, Igor acting and sounding different to how he did in past games has been incorporated into the plot and likewise, Caroline and Justine being twins is plot-relevant as well. It’s also mentioned that Caroline and Justine don’t really have much respect for the Protagonist and treat him like a child.

8.) Day To Day Life, now including double-identity

While many mechanics have been brought back from Persona 1 and 2, a lot of mechanics from Persona 3 and Persona 4 make a return as well. You can still hang out with friends after school, date characters you like (the article only mentions girls, but who knows) and send your protagonist to part time work. There’s also gonna be a story event where they fly abroad, among other things. Hashino said he wants to place huge emphasis on the characters’ double lives here.

9.) Real Life: Morgana has taken over the official Persona 5 News Twitter. (Just a little bit of trivia)

This twitter page was previously hosted by Teddie from Persona 4 and had been written in-character in his speech style ever since it was first started in 2008, but starting last week Thursday night, it was permanently „taken over“ by Morgana of Persona 5. When asked about Teddie’s well-being, Morgana said, „Don’t worry about Teddie, the guy’s doing just fine.“ Fans responded to this with heartfelt farewell messages to Teddie in honor of his „Retirement“ and a lot of good luck wishes for Morgana in the future. Also, the Mangaka responsible for the Persona 4 Ultimax Manga (which, by the way is amazing and better than the game), drew a picture of Teddie and Morgana together, to commemorate the baton-pass.

Matthew Schiavello has left ‘excuse me...’

What begins, ends…. and here I am writing that I, Matthew Schiavello, have left ‘excuse me…’.

I wish it was for some dramatic and exciting reason, but it is instead for really boring and mundane reasons, like the fact that life is just too busy, it has been for a really long time and is getting busier. My personal life and my own art need much more of my time, so I need to step away from the reblogging tumblr ‘Excuse me…’, which will continue on and I look forward to seeing what happens next with it!

I started my time at 'excuse me…’ wanting to promote the work of others. A week into the life of the tumblr and Nur Nielfa officially joined (https://nurnielfa.tumblr.com/). Nur and I had been chatting online for a while and I really liked her own photography, as well as her values and opinions. I had no idea what her selections would be like, the main point was that I liked her and we shared some important ideals, and both wanted to promote others. That was all that I needed!

Nur and I discussed and decided upon some some 'rules’ for the tumblr (keeping in mind that We didn’t want too many rules to get bogged down in!) But we did decided that: we would not promote the work of anyone currently involved in the tumblr (the focus was to be on others and that included promoting exhibitions, events -including other reblogging tumblrs), there was no boss or editor (in fact, no one would edit the others choices and if we did not like a choice that was made, we would talk it though), and a few other 'rules’ including a decision not to show images which sexualised or exploited women or other marginalized groups… and  we also agreed that the rules could be broken and should be broken, when we felt they needed to be! There we were, a Spanish women and a male Australian with (Italian heritage), on opposite sides of the globe. We asked for and accepted submissions and I am certain, shared most of those that were received.  

After a time, we felt we needed another person on board and decided to ask Thierry Facon (http://thierry-facon.tumblr.com/) to join us, a French male living in Thailand! Nur and I both liked his work and had chatted with him a lot. I really admired Thierry’s sensibilities and approach which could be quite subversive, quirky and fun. Again, we didn’t ask for samples of what he would share and had no idea what that might be, but knew we would find out once he joined us.

After a while and due to people being busy, we realised we needed one more person. At the top of all of our wish lists was the same person, A female Brit, living in the USA - Jules Falk Hunter (http://justjulespictures.tumblr.com/). We didn’t think she would say yes to us, why would she? She was busy with her own blog, her own reblogging tumblr and was also a member of Luxlit! And to top it all off, she is so, so talented! But we bravely asked and she said yes! And there we were, a global (albeit western), group.

I think Jules was the glue that got us involved in more group activities/events. Jules may have even came up with the idea: 'a day of….’  We had fun and it felt like a real team, rather than a group of people working separately.  Again, no one was the boss, it was all collaborative, respectful, mature and fun. And then unfortunately, my busy life got much busier and here I am, wishing that Nur, Jules, Thierry and I, were all doing this from day one and that we had three years of fun camaraderie, instead of the shorter time that we had. Nur left a few months back due to other commitments and now I am doing the same.  

It has been such and honor and a privilege to  be part of this weird little tumblr (to borrow Nur’s phrase), to be part of something with three other creatives I greatly respect and admire, and who’s work inspires me. It has been an honor and a privilege to be part of something which other creatives have taken the time to follow and to take an active interest in. We have had many people trust us with their submissions ( I need to say that we never take lightly, a decision to not share a submission, and many a conversation has been held amongst ourselves on the topic of such things!) and we have greatly appreciated this trust. I have loved the messages of support and thanks sent to us over the years, the generous suggestions to check out other peoples work and the opportunity that I have had, to indulge my thoughts on what work needed to be seen by a wider audience. The support 'excuse me…’ continues to be shown, is greatly appreciated and encourages all of the team members to give up time away from their own creative pursuits, to actively support and highlight the work of others.

From the beginning Nur and I both felt that 'excuse me…’ would shift and change over time and would one day cease to exist and/or go on without either of us. It was a warming thought that kept our egos at bay. After being there from the beginning and for the past three years, I leave 'excuse me…’ feeling content and proud to have been a part of something that made a small difference, which promoted others and tried to do so without ego.  

I leave 'excuse me..’ looking forward to seeing what unfolds with it and looking forward to being taken along on new ride.  I am still online and about, just much less than I have been, as I make more time to spend on my own art work  and on other personal matters.

Thank you for being there for part, most of, or all of my time at 'excuse me..’ and for inviting the team and myself into your own lives. I hope that you continue to support 'excuse me..’ as I will continue to do so, as it promotes the work of others.


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Damien Darhk as Felicity’s father, I doubt it... V2.0

Every season brings its lot of questions and with it a wave of confusion, theories and desires. Season 3 was, among others, about the will they/won’t they between Oliver and Felicity and who would become the next Ra’s Al Ghul.

Season 4 is no different. Who will die in Season 4? When will Oliver pop the question? And the question that is of interest today, who is Felicity’s father? And more specifically, is Damien Darhk Felicity’s father?

For the last few months, we all have been speculating on Damien and if he could, yes or no, be Felicity’s father. In APRIL, the theory was already really strong when the information we had at that time was close to nothing. In July, I wrote my first spec on it  but as the evidence piles up, I feel like I need to dip dive once more into this spec to convince myself than Damien is NOT Felicity’s father.

For the record, I did not read any of @jbuffyangel , @callistawolf or @fanmommer’s theories on the topic. I decide to trust my gut feeling and I talk to the girls often enough to know why they think Damien’s Felicity’s father.


The fact that Damien comes across as the main candidate for Felicity’s father is not pure coincidence. A LOT of facts lead us to believe that Felicity is his daughter.

The Timing : Season 4 is all about Family and the producers claimed loud and proud that Felicity’s father would appear in the new season. Damien being the only middle aged recurring character that has been so far introduced in the new season, he is by default the most probable candidate.

Damien’s past: If Damien is incontestably the scariest villain Team Arrow has ever come across, it is mainly due to the fact that Damien has a presence, an intelligence and a spirit that hit everyone around him. His mystical powers are as intriguing as the values he seems to be so attached to.

The incident with Anarchy about the kidnapping of Jessica Danforth’s daughter and the mention of “lines that one does not cross” were enough to extrapolate and associate Felicity with the said daughter.

Clearly, Damien Darhk’s past is full of secrets and painful events that make him the determined but grounded killer he is today. What would be more determining than an event involving his own child?

The angst potential of the storyline : If Damien was Felicity’s father, the impact on the relationship between Oliver and Felicity would be more than significant. If Oliver fights more than ever to find a different way, mainly driven by his love for Felicity, Damien represents everything that Oliver fears. He is pure darkness, a cold killer with a very specific etiquette and values. His still unknown end seems to justify drastic means, including destroying Star City, when Oliver wants to incarnate the hope for the citizen of the city.

The duality between the two men is so intense that consequently they have to have something in common, like night and day share dawn and dusk. Their dawn would be their love for Felicity. A strong woman caught up between the two men she is supposed to love the most on Earth. The potential of the storyline is strong in a TV show where the story relies on making the right choices and choosing light over darkness. 

The involvement of the cast : It looks like a few cast members are playing the game of Damien Darhk being Felicity’s father. In first line comes Charlotte Ross who doesn’t hesitate to favorite or retweet some photos or post involving Neil McDonough and a mention of #PapaSmoak. Charlotte Ross will be back soon on the set of Arrow which could coincide with the Flashbacks Neil McDonough revealed will be included towards the third/middle of the season.

Stephen Amell himself picked a question of one of his latest Q&A videos about Felicity’s father being Damien Darhk which he replied to “Maybe”.

These are the main 3 reasons why Damien could be Felicity’s father (among SO MANY OTHERS) and would be a GOOD candidate. His past could unveil so much on the father he was for Felicity and help us understand what made Felicity the woman she is today. Damien could totally be Felicity’s father…


He could… but all of this makes me extremely SUSPICIOUS, for several reasons.

The “Drop the mic” effect :

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