I've seen speculation about possibly happy things for Olicity by the finale. Maybe I'm a bit of a sceptic because as much as I love them, I'm not totally bought into sunsets and wedding bells. I just want a good story. I respect your outlook on shipping and remaining levelheaded and positive. I was wondering 1) how you think the season will end for Olicity 2) how you want it to and 3) what the fandom should do to recover if things don't turn out all roses and candlelight by the end. Thanks!!!!
I’m all about good story, Anon, and I don’t know. I mean… what are people expecting exactly when you say “roses and candlelight”? Obviously Arrow is coming back for another season, so it’s not like it’s the Mentalist giving Jane and Lisbon a big fluffy wedding, a baby, and wrapping things up forever before it fades to black.
I don’t think Arrow is going to end on a bad note for anything, really, at the finale. That really isn’t their style. Look at how Season 1 and 2 ended. They drew to a close on nice beats, wrapped up the season-long drama, and faded off to hiatus with a feeling of story closure and contentment with viewers ready to come back for a new season, a new story, a new chapter.
Do I think Oliver and Felicity are going to get married in the Chapel of Love, swearing their undying devotion to each other, and ride off in a car dragging tin cans with a “Just Married” sign on to have a honeymoon at Niagra Falls and make babies? No. Then again, I don’t think that’s what people are expecting at the end of this season either. But I don’t think they’re going to leave Oliver and Felicity off in some weird bad spot either, especially when the writers/executives have said the ending of this season is like the end of a trilogy. I expect Oliver & Felicity to be left off in a spot that allows their relationship to continue to grow, organically, next season without making huge leaps and jumps that advances them too quickly. Slow and steady. Slow-burn. If you’re going to keep it, you gotta build it to last.
I fully expect more Ocean’s 11 style screwery going on before this season is over like they did the other ep with the whole dead-not-dead fake out con for a couple of reasons:
1. It’s sweeps & they want to shock you
2. It’s the finale 3 episodes
3. It’s Oliver and Felicity. I mean… seriously. Look at what they’ve done all season long with Oliver and Felicity. This is building to something somewhere. And I don’t believe they’re going to leave it hanging in some unknown suspended status going into hiatus.
4. It’s sweeps. Did I mention it’s sweeps? Cause it’s sweeps. Everything about these episodes will be about getting ratings, making your watch, and money, money, money. Money!
But you know what I’m remembering? I’m remembering what was going on in the fandom this time last season. Do you remember that? People (and I absolutely mean no offense by this to anyone) were all panicked that Slade was going to corrupt Oliver. Felicity was going to betray Oliver! Felicity was going to do something so horrible and evil to Oliver because Slade got to her that Oliver would be disgusted by her, turn on her, reject her, and the show was going to ruin the Oliver/Felicity relationship forever! …remember that? Look how that turned out. Remember how Oliver’s “I love you” and following Olicity beach scene (You really sold it/We both did) was *all* anybody could talk about during hiatus? Did he mean it? Did he not? Etc. Look where it led us in Season 3.
I am a total angst whore. I come from soapdom. I’m used to twists and turns and dark and bad things happening after bad things and usually I loved it! Drama, conflict, and things getting worse and worse before they get better make for story you want to tune back into each day. TV has one job for me: Entertain me.
That said, Arrow needs to end this season on a strong note (and with hope) for a couple of reasons.
1. You want to sell DVDs. Give me a reason to buy DVDs, thecwarrow & warnerbrostv. Because as of right now, you have me tempted (especially with the Oliver/Felicity storyline so far) but on a whole, I still haven’t pre-ordered my copy. I think about it. I’ve gone to look at it a few times and hovered my mouse over that 1-Click Buying option… but I’m waiting to see how that finale pans out before I plunk down $45 for a bluray set on a show that failed to give me:
- Consistent Original Team Arrow Interaction (Oliver/Felicity/Diggle)
- Consistent Oliver/Felicity interaction
- Olicity stunts
- Enough episodes I want to watch more than once. Now, granted, I got Felicity’s mom, Olicity ILYs, Olicity’s first love scene… but I can buy those handful of episodes individually (already have, in fact).
I need a reason to buy the DVDs. A good season ending gives me that reason.
2. You want people talking during the hiatus to keep the Arrow buzz up and keep Arrow fresh in people’s minds until the show returns for Season 4 in October 2015. That’s a long time away, and frankly, you’re not gonna get 5 months of buzz if you don’t end the show with something for your most vocal fans to oooh and aah and speculate over.
3. You want people to come back for Season 4. There’s no doubt that this season has been Love It or Hate It for people. Lots of debate about lots of things. You need to end strong to make viewers WANT to come back for Season 4. That means you have to end Arrow Season 3 in a way that makes it unforgettable, not ho-hum.
As for how to deal with disappointed expectations, I find the easiest way is this: Don’t have any.
Look, we all have things we can have fun speculating and What If-ing, that’s half the fun. But I find it best to keep one foot on the ground and realize things might not go that way. It’s nice to hope and dream and everything and be excited but I’m not one of those people that say, “If it doesn’t happen this way I’m going to hate it!” Sometimes I can’t see the forest through the trees in stories (Arrow’s been that way a lot for me this year, so I have a hard time deciding how I feel toward just about everything), so I sit and I watch and I wait to see how things shake out before I decide.
I love speculating but I don’t get crushed when that speculation doesn’t come true either. It’s all about balance.
Also, I think sometimes people overreact to other people’s speculation. They’re just having fun. They want something to talk about, laugh about, look forward to, and enjoy. Often, they’re just amusing themselves between episodes. Some people just love to spec and, come the next ep, they’ll start all over again with brand new theories now that more information has been added. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but for some reason, others feel like they have to stomp into the party to start flipping tables and popping balloons and bring everybody down like it’s a bad thing to be having fun. Everybody watches in their own way and that’s okay.
I think, especially going into the final 3 episodes it’s important to remember that these are the final 3 episodes (and sweeps!) so they’re going to pull out all the stops to get you worried, talking, and watching. But it’s also the final 3 episodes. Watch. Wait. Give that finale time to play out and the season end before jumping to conclusions about how something is going to end. We only have 3 weeks left. Don’t knee-jerk to every teaser, spoiler, article, etc., and don’t pre-judge or let people get you all worked up.
Let it play out & then decide.
Me? I’ll probably need a few days after the finale ep to decide what I think. Sometimes I need to let it all percolate before I even understand what I understand.