This Week’s Arrow: “Seeing Red”

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What the Hell was that?

I’d deliver my highlights of Arrow as promised, but excuse me I’m BUSY CRYING HYSTERICALLY.  Jesus, is this show trying to kill me?  Wait a minute…is this Game of Thrones?

So as you all know, this is the more or less weekly feature where I share my two cents on Arrow.  It’s not a full recap.  Recaps abound online, I highly recommend io9.com, which does hilarious and insightful recaps.  This is more a thing where I watch Arrow by myself and then I pretend that we are all hanging out chatting or, in this weeks’ case, curled up in fetal position waiting to die.   SPOILERS ABOUND HEREAFTER.

That Thing That Happened

So…this thing happened.  Now we are all depressed.  I don’t want to talk about it except to say the same thing I say about Slade every week: What. A. Whiner.  Yes, also a murderous evil wacko guy, but above all a whiner.  Death by Whiner is a terrible way to go.  I can’t even.  No, I’m not gonna say who died – go watch the episode so you, too, can be utterly miserable.

I know I said spoilers, and I also know this is already all over the Internet.  But whether it’s because I’m sad or spoiler-adverse, I still don’t want to say much about this except that it was very, very well done.  One thing I liked is that the death was about the person, and their emotional arc, and their experience, not just about Ollie.  It was brutal and upsetting and it would should be great for our surviving characters to catch a break.  If this season ends on a cliffhanger I will not be amused.

 

I bring you these therapy animals.  Feel better?

I bring you these therapy animals. Feel better?

The Magnificent Brats Rock On

In other news, Roy goes crazy because of all that pesky mirakuru in his system.  I have not been a fan of the actor who plays Roy, Colton Hayes, but I gotta hand it to him – he plays “whacked out on mirakuru” in a truly terrifying manner.  We get to see Sin again (yay) and her interacting with Thea again (double yay – I love their friendship) but although I get that redemption is important to the show, it was pretty disturbing to see not one but two women ardently defend the man they’ve been attacked by.  Weirdly, even though that aspect of the story completely creeped me out, I still want Roy and Thea to have a happy ending.  I guess I’m just Team Thea and I want her to have what she wants.  Although what I really want is a Thea/Sin spin-off show.  Also, no matter how many times she does it, I never get tired of hearing Sin refer to Roy as “Abercrombie”.

Once again, Thea makes me proud.  Go, you magnificent brat, go!

Once again, Thea makes me proud. Go, you magnificent brat, go!

True Love – Or Not

Romantically, this episode makes it painfully obvious that Ollie has no chemistry with either Laurel or Sara.  I’ve always maintained that Ollie’s friendship with Sara is important, because he needs to spend time with someone who understand vigilante life and his past experiences.  But I’ve also always maintained that Ollie should be friends with Sara and in a romantic relationship with someone who isn’t like him, someone who balances his chronic “mopey” disposition (someone like, say…Felicity!).  Finally Sara agrees with me and she breaks up with Ollie.  I think it’s interesting that people keep telling her that she’s not a killer even though her profession for many years has been killer.  What do they think she did as an Assasain?  Still, I see great heroism in Sara and I’m worried about her as she seems to accept that she is a dark person.  On the other hand, she’s visiting an “old friend”.  Maybe it’s Nyssa!  Maybe Nyssa and Sara will kick Slade’s ass!  This I would love to see.

 

Come back, Nyssa!  We love you!  Sara is single now!

Come back, Nyssa! We love you! Sara is single now!

Best lines:

There is one clear winner for best line of the night, and it’s not a shock that that goes to Felicity, who is horrified by Ollie’s determination to jab his injured knee full of painkillers and keep on limping after the bad guys:

“Are you sure thats a good idea?  Can you even get into those leather pants with that knee?”

Ouch.

Ouch.

Catching Up On Arrow: The Promise

MV5BMTYzNDYxMTkzOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODUzMjMxMDE@._V1_SX640_SY720_I sat down this morning to watch Arrow and guess what – there was no new Arrow this week.  What the hey, Arrow?  I need my weekly fix!  Hurry up and get me to the upcoming Birds of Prey episode!  Also get a spinoff going, OK, because I need a Birds of Prey show like I need oxygen.  Make it so.

Anyway, last week, we did have a new Arrow, which I did not write about due to book revision drama.  So now I can catch up, yay.  The only problem is that last weeks’ episode, “The Promise” is basically just showing us lots of stuff we already knew.  I have two highlights:

Slade grabbing Ollie by the foot was pretty badass.  How I wish I had a gif for you.  My google-fu has failed me.  Basically the whole episode is worth watching for this one stunt.

Angry Slade needs a hug.

Angry Slade needs a hug.

The stunt in question is part of the Island storyline.  Ollie, Sara, and Slade try to take the freighter.  Mooks dying everywhere, new prisoners showing up, gambits galore – it’s all very exciting.  Ivo turns out to be trying to find a cure for his wife, which is supposed to make us feel sorry for him.  Alas, I continue to think he’s a sadistic crazy asshole, and my opinion does not change when he tries to convince Ollie and Slade that because Ollie chose to save Sara, Ollie holds full responsibility for killing Shado.  Oh, for the love of bunnies.  That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.  And since Slade and Ollie are both dumb as a bag of hair, they seem to buy it, at least in part.  End result:  Sara is back on the island, Ollie is locked up on the freighter, Slade is in charge of the freighter, and Slade promises to make Ollie feel complete despair.

In current time, Ollide discovers a nicely cleaned up Slade chatting up Ollie’s mom and viewing landscape art (not a euphemism) with Ollie’s sister.  The amount of stink-eye delivered in this storyline is magnificent.  Ulitmately the team swoops in but Diggle is knocked out before he can shoot Slade (which honestly, shooting Slade in cold blood seems pragmatic but out of character).  Ollie, Roy and Sara surrounding Slade at Moira’s house was pretty beautiful.  Stephen Arnell’s delivery of the line, “So what would you like to do now, Mr. Wilson?” deserves to be worked in crosstich and hung in a frame.

And yet, still less awkward than dinner with the Lance family.

And yet, still less awkward than dinner with the Lance family.

I enjoyed this episode but it didn’t move us forward.  The flashback stuff moved forward but only to places we already knew we were going.  This seems to be the pattern with Arrow – an episode that sets up a tower of blocks, and an episode that knocks them down.  As long as the set up episodes remain entertaining I’m good with that.  We have a new episode next week that looks to be Diggle-centric, YAY!  See you then!  Meanwhile I leave you with a question.  Why is Roy practicing archery without a shirt?  Yes, he works out, God knows I appreciate it, but what possible reason could he have for being semi-nude at this moment?  Not even an arm guard?  Dude, I actually have practiced archery, years ago, and that’s gonna hurt.  I’m just saying.

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This Week’s Arrow: Blind Spot

MV5BMTYzNDYxMTkzOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODUzMjMxMDE@._V1_SX640_SY720_This was not the greatest episode of Arrow, but not the worst either – this is another one where things get slotted into place.  The short version recap is that Laurel tries to out Sebastian Blood as a bad guy, but no one, including Arrow, believes her, especially when Blood tips off the cops that there are a bunch of drugs in Laurel’s apartment.  Then one of Blood’s minions tries to kill Laurel.  If you were going to try to kill her, why bother with the drugs?  I thought the beauty of the drug thing was that it got Laurel out of the picture without doing anything other than revealing a secret Laurel really did have.  Laurel is a wreck, she’s fired – it’s basically another episode of “Kick the Laurel”.  For the love of all that is holy, could someone please get this woman a basket of kittens.  It’s an emergency.

All better now.

All better now.

Back on the island, Sara reveals that Laurel new Sara had a crush on Ollie and set her up to be grounded so Laurel could make her moves.  See, this is why my dear daughter should be grateful to be an only child.  Sara has a chat with Ivo and throws in her lot with Ollie (maybe).

Roy has issues because of the serum he was injected with and Sin spends the whole episode being awesome and trying to get him to tell Thea what’s going on, but he doesn’t, because Roy is a moron.  And now Arrow has a protegé!  Whee!

No major romance developments except that Ollie has “a blind spot” when it comes to Laurel and despite the fact that Thea has suddenly become the most mature person on the show, Roy continues to keep her in the dark.  No one likes a pouter, Roy.

Bizarre tech of the night:

Felicity doing a lie detector test on a guy remotely…how?  I dunno.  It’s being done by Felicity, so I’ll accept it.

Best Lines of the night:

Felicity finally says what we’ve all been thinking:  “Well, his last name’s ‘Blood’.  That can’t be a good sign.”

Sin:  “Good thing Thea and I are tight”.  Friendship between women!  I am now officially logging my request for a Thea/Sin spin-off show.  Sin proceeds to rock the entire episode, from her face as Thea leads her to find a “first date outfit” to her response to a john who says, “You’re pretty”  (Sin:  “You’re disgusting”).  Sin, NEVER CHANGE.

Ollie:  “He doesn’t like to talk about his feelings”, to which Diggs, replies, “Not like us!”

Sin, AKA: My Hero.

Sin, AKA: My Hero.