If you’ve been hating on Laurel’s ass for the past two seasons and are just now liking her because you perceive her as supporting Olicity or you suddenly think she’s ‘not whiny’ then you can just…

Laurel hasn’t been written radically differently in this most recnt episode. She’s always been idealistic and compassionate. She’s always fought for justice. She’s always been fueled by her emotions.

THIS IS WHO SHE IS. And if you hated her before, but now only like her because you no longer perceive her as a threat to your ship, then you can sit the fuck down.