This Week’s Arrow: Suicide Squad

MV5BMTYzNDYxMTkzOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODUzMjMxMDE@._V1_SX640_SY720_This week’s Arrow was basically a big love letter to comics fans.  Here’s my quick thoughts on this week’s highlights.

First of all, allow me to give you the Suicide Squad!

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Anyone else have a disturbing crush on Deadshot?  No, just me?  Fine, less competition.  He’s mine, all mine!

He's like a cute, fluffy, snarky puppy dog of death!

He’s like a cute, fluffy, snarky puppy dog of death!

Amanda Waller was fat in the comics and animated series, skinny in DC’s New 52 line, and is skinny here.  I am so fricking angry at the way they took a perfectly great character who was heavy, middle-aged, and kick-ass and turned her into a sexual fantasy cutout that I could just spit.  Here’s a comparison of Amanda’s two comic book selves and Arrow’s Amanda Waller:

Please insert my usual rant about representation here.

Please insert my usual rant about representation here.

Diggle and Lyla

Oh, Diggle.  You can totally lose Lyla again.  Lose her, dude.  The fact that she didn’t flee at the words “spinal column” is a bad, bad sign.  Although Lyla clearly has a moral compass, wonky thought it may be, and is capable of great kindness, plus I love a tough woman.  We’ll see how this goes.

I thought this was one of the most improbable episodes of the whole series, and that’s saying a lot.  And what I thought was most improbable was the idea that you could just come and go from Amanda Waller’s employ with all that classified info in your head without getting shot as you walk out the door.  If Lyla does turn her back on her boss, I hope she wears some good quality Kevlar when she does it.

BTW, let’s have a moratorium on Arabic male villains.  OK?  It’s overdone.  Move on.

I say they are doomed.  you heard it here first.

I say they are doomed. you heard it here first.

Ollie and Sara

Sad Ollie is about the saddest thing ever.  He’s normally so stoic that seeing him start to crumble is heartbreaking.  While I remain a Ollie/Felicity shipper, I’m glad to see him growing a little and solidifying his relationship with Sara.  I like that she understands him and that she doesn’t necessarily need his protection.

Lines of the week:

Deadshot (on hearing that he’s about to be killed by a drone): How contemporary.

Laurel: Is it because of the whole cheating, shipwreck, drowning, not drowning, you’re back, she’s back thing?

Ollie:  I DETEST swimming!

Harley Quinn:  I’m a trained therapist!

Next week is Birds of Prey!

My only problem is that the antics of the Suicide Squad felt like a prep to a spin-off, not an actual part of Arrow.  I would totally watch the spin-off, but it felt shoehorned in to the series.  Meanwhile the thought of a Birds of Prey episode makes me pee my pants with excitement (not literally) but I’d really like that to be a spin off too.  Wouldn’t you watch a show about Canary, the Huntress, and Felicity?   Of COURSE you would!  Who;s with me!  Only please nobody shoot Felicity in the spine.  Sad Felicity makes me depressed.

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