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.
#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
I like seeing them together, I like the dynamic. I like that she’s a badass, that she’s capable in the field, that she’s smart, that she has a child. The couple has evolved. They’re Felicity and Oliver in five years.