Finally we’re done with calling Oliver, “The Hood”, and we can call him what he really is, the DC superhero, “The Arrow”.
This episode was full of the unexpected. We find within the first few minutes that the hoods that have been causing so much ruckus in Starling City, are minions of a gang-lord known as “The Mayor”. This gang-lord has an arsenal of weapons and wants to take over the Glades.
Obviously, Arrow wants to stop him. BUT his main concern is the new blonde vigilante that keeps getting him out of trouble. Felicity figures it out. The Canary isn’t following Oliver around, she’s following Laurel. Oliver finds the Canary watching Laurel from a distance and unmasks her.
The Black Canary is Sarah Lance, Laurel’s sister who ran off with Oliver and presumably died the night of the ship wreck. It makes sense though, Oliver had to have known that she was still alive, because his guilt with still being in love with Laurel was too strong for just wanting to honor Tommy.
Laurel, who still doesn’t know his sister is alive, has fallen off the deep end. With the weight of Tommy being gone, Oliver not being there for her and then her near death experience due to the DollMaker. Her father has to save her from herself as she almost threatens her career with a DUI.
Leave it to Felicity to find where the Mayor is getting his guns. Well The Arrow captures him as we expect and he gets hauled off to jail. Except he doesn’t. The Mayor is taken to this underground area and strapped to a chair. This man in a mask injects him with a green, glowing liquid and welcomes him to the army if strong. When the masked man reveals himself, we see it’s the Alderman Blood. GASP!
Blood, the man that Oliver trusted. Blood gave Oliver some crucial advice at the gun-buy back event that helped us realize that his being evil, may not be so unbelievable.
The flashbacks normally don’t interest me too much, but the last one we were shown was Sarah torturing Oliver as he was captured on the freighter from the island. It proved that he knew she survived the yacht sinking. That’s a pretty hefty secret to keep when you want to win Laurel’s heart. No wonder he gave up.
I’m excited to see where the writers to the CW are going to go with these plots. Will Sarah and Oliver team up and run off into the sunset. What does the alderman have planned? Oliver may have just saved his life, but will he remember that or is the only thing on his mind revenge?
Watch Wednesday at 8/7C on the CW!
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Steven McQueen Leaving TVD for Arrow?
Is Steven McQueen leaving The Vampire Diaries?! Maybe. Possibly. Actually, probably not, so no one panic!
Steven McQueen, who plays Jeremy Gilbert on the hit CW show, has been campaigning to play Nightwing on Arrow, another CW drama.
And the picture on his Instagram with Stephen Amell, proves that his wishes might just come true…. eventually. At least he’s talking to the right people!
Photo Credit: Stephen McQueen Instagram
The two were hanging out and supporting hockey’s L.A Kings for the NHL finals. The photo does however include #nightwing in the caption, which makes it clear that McQeen is not giving up on his dreams anytime soon!
Nightwing is a DC comics character who is a later incarnation of Batman’s sidekick Robin. As of right now, Nightwing hasn’t even been introduced on Arrow mainly because there hasn’t been room for him on the show’s complicated storyline. No word on whether the producer plan to introduce him in season 3 either. Maybe this is already a done casting and McQueen is subtly trying to give us all a hint?
Or maybe he would be better trying his efforts at the new Fox show, Gotham, which focuses on a time before Batman existed, although the producers have said the show is set so far in the past, Nightwing might have not even existed yet.
What are your thoughts?
Arrow: “Suicide Squad” Preview
Opposites attack. How will the Arrow team hold up against everyone enemy they have ever let go? Find out Wednesday at 8/7C on the CW!
Arrow: The Promise (02 x 15)
We come back into Arrow right where we left off last week. Slade is in Oliver’s house and he’s getting pretty friendly with Moira Queen. Turns out that he’s now making donations to Moira’s mayoral campaign. Well played, Slade Wilson, well played. Slade even digs the knife in deeper when he suggested opening a bottle of rum and having a drink toward “friendship”.
Normally I’m not a big fan of the flashbacks as you’ve learned from my reviews of Season One, but this episodes flashbacks were actually crucialto the storyline. Oliver and Slade were brothers on the island. Slade taught Oliver everything he knew, especially when it came to the bow and arrow. Which puts in perspective how dangerous Slade actually is.
While trying to take over the cargo ship, Oliver allowed for himself to be caught by Ivo and his men and thrown into a cell. Ivo, not being agentle man, puts Ollie in his torture chair. After realizing that Oliver won’t give up the coordinates of his friends easily, he injects him with a truth serum. The location of Slade and Sara flows easily from his lips the moment the serum goes through his system. No, Ollie, No!! But wait, another flashback, Sara created a serum that would fight off the truth serum and give Oliver a clear head. He gave Ivo the wrong information and now Sara and Slade can come take over the ignorant ship. After a long fight, Ivo lets it slip that Oliver is the reason that Shado is dead, that Ollie chose Sara over Shado. The anger that flashes in Slade’s eyes is mystifying. His “brother” betrayed him and is the reason the woman that he loves is dead. Slade turns on Oliver and Ivo escapes. More truth starts coming out when Slade reveals that he kept the Mirakura. He makes Oliver a promise that he’s not going to end his life until he has known complete and utter despair.
Back in Starling City we find Roy training with Sara, Diggle and Felicity. He looks pretty hopeless. When Oliver alerts them that Slade is in his house, they all devise a plan. Diggle sets up outside the mansion to take a shot at Slade as he leaves, Roy heads into the house to get Thea and Moira out of the way just in case anything goes wrong, and Sara is just ready to fight. Everyone is there except for Felicity.
Just before Slade leaves, he tells Oliver that he made a promise a while back, and he’s now here to fulfill it. Diggles goes to take his shot and someone comes behind him and knocks him out. What?!! Slade gets away free.
Moira takes Slade’s side when Oliver goes back in to talk to his mother. She can’t overlook the way he was treating her benefactor and if that’s the way he’s going to act, maybe he shouldn’t live with them anymore. Bold move, Moira. Especially since a few months ago, you tried leveling the city.
The last scene shows Slade watching several video screens. His trip to the house wasn’t for nothing. The tour Moira gave him provided plenty of time to plant cameras throughout the mansion.
Slade is set on making Oliver pay, but who will be caught in the crossfire? And who knocked out Diggle? Could it be Felicity? What do you think? Tweet @brittanydebaltz and keep the conversation going.
Arrow Wednesday at 8/7C on the CW
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