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“I think Felicity needs a job. She needs to be employed,” Rickards offered. “So hopefully we get to see her – not so much in the Helix area, not going down the rabbit hole, but maybe working with Curtis a little bit more?”

The actress also teased her character’s on-again, off-again relationship with Oliver, after the once-engaged pair seemed to be finding their way back to each other before the explosive season five finale. Rickards presented two truths and a lie for “Olicity” in season six, cryptically sharing, “They’re already married, they’re getting married, they’re never getting married.”

Truth: Arrow 5x20 Review (Underneath)

Arrow isn’t 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 me.

Our perceptions 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

and Original Team Arrow. 

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 again.

Trust. Honesty. 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?

Buckle up. 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.

Let’s dig in…

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Five seasons in and Rickards is still keeping it light on the set - even while rolling around on the ground. “I think Stephen really enjoys working with Emily,” Guggenheim says. And it shows! “Those two have undeniable chemistry. We’ve always written toward it, even when we were writing away from it, you know?”
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Olicity 5x20 Bunker Sex

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#when promitheus reminded of oliver one of the first times that he truly saved felicity from a villain(and that I think was the first moment oliver ever let himself show his concern and feelings for felicity)#i think that moment was one of the most important olicity scenes and the fact that promitheus focuses on that moment shows a lot#he could have picked any other villain from season 2 to taunt him#he has a whole collection of photos on the wall# but he picked the count#he knows how important she is to oliver