As a fan of Arrow, I watch the show for Oliver Queen, John Diggle, and Felicity Smoak. The core trio saved this show for me in Season 1 and kept me watching. They added a heightened dynamic that was previously missing on the show and changed thetempo and levity of the series.
Generally, I can ignore things that are peripheral to the main story,
but it’s more difficult to ignore those things that you don’t enjoy when they
are put front and center. It was easy to
ignore Laurel previously because she was on the periphery. But last night’s episode was supposed to be
about Laurel, putting her front and center.
This was going to be a bit harder to ignore. Ignoring her meant ignoring about 35% of the
episode and so I watched it the whole thing this morning without using my
fast-forward button. You’re welcome.
I’m not going to lie, my personal opinion is that this was
one of the worst episodes this season. Some of it had to do with Laurel, the
delivery of those terrible lines and my inability to accept that in less than
two months she can suddenly take down criminals like the Count. However, most of it had to do with the feelings of anger
that permeated each and every scene involving Oliver and everyone else (except
Thea). I’m accustomed to Arrow being dark
and gritty with elements of rage and frustration, it’s why I like the show. Truth
be told, the grittier the better, in my opinion. But this was a new level of anger and all
directed at Oliver. It would appear to be the natural fallout over his death
and return, and his desire to walk in like nothing happened. I get that and understand it. But it certainly
affected the mood of the show and thus my mood while viewing. So props to
Roy and Felicity for really bringing the rage and making me feel it.
I thought for sure I wouldn’t have a favorite moment, and yet I
The moment I saw Oliver approach Thea in Verdant, I knew he
was telling her. The expression on his face, the hesitation, the fear in his
eyes – SA can do more with his face in 20 seconds than most actors can do with
words and facial expressions. The same
with WH…you can see the questions flashing through her mind when Oliver opens
the basement door and tells her he lied. But she waits and follows him down the
When Oliver flips on the light, he hesitates and seems to be
gathering his courage. You know that Diggle’s words are ringing in his mind…is
he going to lose her forever? And he gathers that courage, and flips on the
The way Thea wonders across the room, slowly taking everything
in, until she reaches the Arrow suit. Her facial expression is achingly
beautiful as she realizes her brother is the Arrow. As she realizes how many
times her brother has saved her and how many lives, to include Roy’s, he has
I love how Oliver stands far from
her, giving her space. The nervous way
he looks at her and then away and how he clasps his hands behind his back all
reflect the level of anxiety he is feeling in this very moment.
The fear on Oliver’s face as she approaches him, a fear of
rejection and hatred, made me ache for him.
And when she says thank you, the heart-felt relief, surprise, and love on his face just breaks my heart. I never want Diggle to be wrong, but I was very glad in this instance he was…
Willa Holland and Stephen Amell killed it in this scene. Just absolutely killed it here and in every subsequent scene they had from that point forward. To be frank, this show
became about Oliver and Thea’s relationship, their fight, and their
relationship with each other and Malcolm Merlyn. It was a fascinating dynamic
and truly the best parts of the entire episode.
And because of this, I was able to ignore that which was pushed
front and center that I had no interest in. I really did forget that my interest was supposed to be in Laurel’s journey.
Odds ‘n Ends.
- Loved that Roy showed some fire and gumption when standing
up for Thea to Oliver. It shows how much he still loves Roy, yet still respects
her voice to be heard.
- Diggle…*sighs*….stop putting Diggle in a corner. I get the
point was to prove that Laurel can partner the Arrow, but writers, making that
point after she is recovering from the effects of Vertigo and having the shit
beaten out of her made it fall flat and looked like desperate storytelling.
- Back to Roy. Loved how he came to Thea’s rescue, only to
get his ass handed to him, and then Malcolm came in and saved them both. Sort
of. Chase kinda took care of it himself.
- And speaking of Thea needing rescuing. I loved how her fight with Chase showed the progress Thea has made in her training, holding her own, yet
still losing to a LOA agent. I don’t think I could have swallow the BS if she
had defeated him (see, I’m consistent with my desire for consistency in
- It was sad to see Sara back and portrayed in such a
hateful way to taunt Laurel. And before
anyone gets upset, yes, I get it was Laurel’s conscience and the effects of
Vertigo showing Laurel what she fears the most. Didn’t mean seeing Sara like
that didn’t hurt. Props to Caity Lotz for really bringing her A-game and making
Sara appear so hateful and ugly in one moment only to turn into a sorrowful figure
lamenting her own death in the next. I will forever miss the fierceness that is
- Shout out to my girl Felicity for referring to Malcolm as
Oliver’s new BFF. Oliver’s expression
was just delightful.
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You like season 3 the best? Cool! I've always thought season 4 was the best by far because of the Kim/Ron relationship so I haven't watched the other seasons in a while. What makes you like s3 so much? (Love the blog by the way :))
I actually will have to say I love season 3 and 4 fairly equally, but in very different ways. With season 3, it feels like this world is really developed and there’s so much consistency, and it’s like the masterpiece really comes together. Also, you have to include So the Drama as part of it, which is easily my favorite of all Kim Possible moments ever. I like that season 3 feels like a build-up to that, like even the smallest moments or seemingly insignificant episodes are vital to all the development that we get in So the Drama. And then there’s a pretty big (or bigger) emphasis on Drakken and Shego’s relationship as companions (platonically or romantically, it’s up to you). Episodes like Rappin Drakken, Bad Boy, Dimension Twist, all so important to me.