I saw so muchhhhhh Olicity hope in this episode. This may have been my most favorite episode all season, so much happened!
While I can’t say it’s my favorite episode of the season (that might be 5x08, followed by 5x06 and 5x02), I didn’t hate it as much as some did. I had an immediate visceral reaction, but it was more… hmmm… how to say this… It was more humorous. Because I’m not blowing sunshine up anyone’s ass when I say I don’t get too upset about happenings within the show anymore. I just… don’t. My immediate reaction was “what the fuck??” with lots of laughing. I didn’t find it to be the caliber of midseason finales I generally expect from Arrow. But… I didn’t think it was a bombed out shitshow either. There were plenty of moments of value in the episode.
And yes, the hope for Olicity was one of those things of value. The flashback moment is a big chunk of that. I’ve seen a lot of people suspicious of why that flashback was included, what the motivations were and I think… “but it’s all just gravy.” Because no matter why it was included, the important thing is that it was included. Due to where they are in their relationship and personal story arcs at this point in the season, we could not get overt hope in the present day between Olicity. We just couldn’t. Felicity is seeing Billy, Oliver is seeing Susan… and then later, Oliver was responsible for Billy’s death which, while Felicity doesn’t blame him, IS a bit of a wedge.
But the show could give us a glimmer through that flashback. That was the show telling us “Hey, it’s not all bad. These two have a rock solid foundation, they have the red pen, they have magic. Just be patient and trust in them to come back around.” And I’m good with being patient, trusting and waiting.
Because that flashback told me to hang in there, good things are coming. That scene where Oliver told Felicity about Billy… that scene gave me chills. I could see their connection there, and while they are not together, that connection is still valid and will lead them, ultimately, where they need to go.
Of all the things I wonder about this show and where it’s headed, the thing I wonder the least about is Olicity. I know they will get there. The second thing I worry least about is LL. 😉 With these two concerns off my plate, I’m free to wonder all kinds of fun other things like: What is Felicity’s big story in 5b? And who is Prometheus???