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TV Review: Arrow, “Broken Dolls” (S2,E3) – Sick, Twisted, Awesome

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  • Airdate: 10/23/2013
  • Director: Glen Winter (Arrow, Smallville)
  • Writer(s): Marc Guggenheim (Arrow’s Co-Creator/Executive Producer) & Keto Shimizu (Being Human US, The Cape)

With “Broken Dolls,” Arrow just went to a very dark place, perhaps reasoning that if shows like The Following and Hannibal can get away with some incredibly twisted content why not add in some creepy sociopathy to Starling City.  They gave us a comic book-based villain, The Dollmaker, who is sick enough to get his kicks killing young women in such a manner that leaves their corpses looking like porcelain dolls.  The imagery was never overly extreme, but the general concept felt like new territory for the show.  Before this point, Oliver has battled a series of normal villains with more basic motivations, typically either greed or a need for vengeance or both.  We’ve had a cackling Seth Gable as a version of Count Vertigo who is just a drug dealer, a sneering James Callis as the Dodger, a taunting Michael Rowe as Deadshot, and John Barrowman as a “what part of the dead wife card aren’t you getting?” version of Malcolm Merlyn.  Even the Royal Flush Gang, Blackhawk, and Firefly received rather grounded adaptations, and China White, Bronze Tiger, and Sebastian Blood are all still in the mix alongside Isabel Rochev.

Heck, many viewers probably have no idea about the comic book backgrounds for these characters.  On the show, these are disgraced firefighters, vengeful widowers, down on-their-luck 99%’ers, and money making schemers.  The Dollmaker is a serial killer who turn women into practical porcelain dolls.  That’s some Batman-villain-level crazy, and it could have felt like something too different for this show.  However, I loved it!

–>Plot Recap

Oliver, Canary, Roy, and Sin-

Canary literally drops in through the glass ceiling to save Oliver from Laurel’s trap, sets off a super sonic device to momentarily disarm everyone, and make a getaway with Oliver.  Oliver subsequently charges Roy with tracking her down so he can better understand her motivations.  Roy uses his ears on the street to track down a young woman named Sin who might have information.

Sin, earns our affection instantly by disparagingly referring to Roy as Abercrombie, an in-joke since Colton Haynes is a real life former Abercrombie & Fitch model.
Sin earns our affection instantly by disparagingly referring to Roy as Abercrombie, an in-joke since Colton Haynes is a real life former Abercrombie & Fitch model.

Through a parkour-heavy chase, Sin leads Roy to a clocktower where Canary questions him, realizes he’s no threat, and lets him go while she leaves to save Laurel’s life.  We later see a member of the League of Assassins arrive to bring Canary back to R’as Al Guhl.  She stabs him real good in the neck when he won’t accept no as answer.

Team Arrow, Officer Lance, Laurel and The Dollmaker – 

Broken Dolls

Oliver’s quest to track down Canary takes a back seat to a plea for help from Office Lance, who has learned that Burton Mathis, an insane sociopath he arrested, escaped from prison during the undertaking and is back to killing in the way I described above.  Officer Lance isn’t allowed anywhere near the case because the cops in charge are big, stupid do-do heads.  So, we get a Commissioner Gordon-Batman-esque sequence atop a rooftop where Lance asks for Arrow’s help.  The two work together, Lance somehow never quite seeing Oliver’s face.  They are unable to save the Dollmaker’s latest victim, who is killed while Lance helplessly listens on the phone.  This leads to some investigatin’, a cool sequence where Felicity is used as bait while Lance and Diggle monitor on scene on ground and Oliver from rooftop…

arrow broken dolls felicity

…a near arrest, and the Dollmaker capturing both Lance and Laurel to kill Laurel while Lance watches.  Oliver shows up to save Laurel, but his efforts to use non-lethal tactics with Dollmaker are all for naught when Canary simply kills the bastard.  The experience forces Laurel to realize and accept her guilt in Tommy’s death, justifying her father’s earlier claims her vendetta against the vigilante was an exercise in displaced anger and guilt.

Moira & Thea-

Prior to her pre-trial hearing for her part in the undertaking, Moira counsels Thea against optimism as she believes she will be in prison for the rest of her life.  However, around as fast as an audience member could ask, “Wait, is life in prison all she’s going to get?  What about the death penalty?” the actual pre-trial hearing reveals that the District Attorney plans to pursue the death penalty.  Oliver promises it wont happen, but Moira seems more concerned about keeping secrets, refusing to divulge all details to her lawyer as there are apparently more dirty deeds from her past we don’t know about.  Arrow Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim must have enjoyed putting his law degree and pre-Hollywood life as a lawyer to use in co-writing this episode.

The Island-

arrow broken dolls prison

Oliver and Slade leave Shado alone while they seek higher ground to check out Slade’s hunch that there is a boat off-shore.  He’s right – yay!  The boat fires on their location – boo!  Oliver charges recklessly forward to save Shado, Slade chases after him, they both fall admist heavy weapons fire, Slade earning severe burns to either his face, hands, or both in the process.  Oliver awakens to find himself a prisoner on the boat, with Arrow apparently deciding that the Christopher Nolan mimicry must now extend to a Dark Knight Rises-esque prison escape for Oliver.  The name of the boat is a DC comic book easter egg for those who care as was a reference to a Metamorpho van earlier in the episode.

–>End Plot Recap

Of course, just because quite a lot happens does not make an episode good, as too much story can result in feeling overstuffed.  However, other than just the general “what the hell?” ending of the island flashback sequences I can find nothing to heavily criticize here.  The closest might be the resolution of Laurel’s storyline, which felt a bit like Laurel was taking way too long to reach an incredibly obvious conclusion (although grief can do that to you).

arrow-broken-dolls laurel

Plus, the dialogue might have gone a little too out of its way to really make sure we get just how much Laurel and her father have switched roles this season.  However, with an ever-expanding roster of characters “Broken Dolls” managed to find significant moments for every major character other than maybe Diggle, a lesson in character and story development currently lost on the still-figuring-itself-out Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Plus, for lack of a better description seeing Officer Lance partner with an incredibly efficient and on-their-game Team Arrow for a week was just, well, so cool.  You know, before Laurel was almost turned into a porcelain doll and everything.

NOTES

1. With Great Powers Comes Great Abs…

Actually, for the first time this season Oliver didn’t open the episode shirtless, although being a direct continuation from last week’s cliffhanger has a lot to do with that.  They do manage to sneak in a quick shirtless scene with him, though, when he and Diggle spar in the Arrow Cave while Felicity researches the Black Canary.

2. Comic Book 101: The Dollmaker

There have been three villains to bear the name The Dollmaker for DC, the first a villain for Plastic Man and the second for Supergirl.  The version used in “Broken Dolls” is based upon the most recent Dollmaker, who was only just recently introduced as a Batman villain in D.C.’s rebooted new 52 continuity.  The comic book version of Burton Mathis is a gifted surgeon who creates dolls out of the skins and limbs of his victims.  He’s engaged in a feud with Commissioner Gordon, but is most notable for being the man who cut off The Joker’s face as per the Joker’s request.  This lead to a remarkably creepy Joker story arc called “Death of the Family” in which the Joker’s appeared to have had his face awkwardly re-attached.  While not as grisly, Arrow‘s notion of a version of Mathis who uses a chemical formula to kill women in a way that leaves them looking like porcelain dolls is arguably even creepier than the deeds of his comic book counterpart.

3. Comic Book 101: Sin

Like The Dollmaker, Sin is actually a relatively recent comic book creation, making her first appearance in Brides of Prey in 2006. She is an ideal choice for introduction in Arrow since her comic book history is intertwined with Green Arrow and Black Canary, and she has no superpowers beyond mere excellent but normal martial arts skills.  In the comics, Sin is a young girl Black Canary encounters while training in a remote Asian village.  Her real name is unknown as Sin was a title used by the villagers to dehumanize her.   Eventually, Canary departs the village, taking Sin with her to raise as her foster daughter (giving her the legal name Cynthia Lance).  Since that time, Sin has been placed in peril by bad guys on multiple occasions, and after the League of Assassins became convinced she was destined to become their new leader Green Arrow faked her death (without telling Canary it was fake).  Arrow’s version of the Sin/Canary relationship at this stage most closely resembles the way Catwoman was shown to look out for the street hustler Jen in The Dark Knight Rises (a dynamic lifted straight from Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One, where the relationship is far more explicitly sexual).

4. Comic Book 101: Black Canary

arrow broken dolls canary
Canary’s home base of a clocktower is an homage to the Gotham City Clocktower used as a base of operations by Barbara “Oracle” Gordon for the Birds of Prey when Canary was a member.

Black Canary has a comic book history that goes back as far as 1947.  As such, there is a lot of story to drudge through.  The basic gist is that Dinah Drake Lance was trained by her policeman father to fight crime, but when she was turned down by the police force she chose to honor her father by becoming a vigilante.  During the day, she ran a simple florist shop, but at night she was the Black Canary.  Eventually, she gained additional attributes, such as legendary martial arts skills and a rather shakily defined super sonic scream.  She married her love interest, Larry Lance, a private investigator, and the two had a daughter they named Dinah Laurel.  By the time Dinah Drake retired as Black Canary, her grown daughter wished to follow in her footsteps, training with various Justice League/Society members to become an expert at martial arts and benefiting from a genetic mutation which naturally gave her a super sonic scream.  Against her mother’s wishes, Laurel became the new Black Canary, also working during her days at the family florist shop in Gotham City.

The version of Laurel Lance on Arrow combines aspects of the Canary backstory from the comics and molds them onto something closer to Rachel Dawes from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, the attorney played by Katie Holmes and then Maggie Gyllenhaal.  However, this particular version of Canary (whose real name we do not yet know nor has she even called herself Canary) depicted on Arrow is completely unique to the show (as far as I know).

5. So, Malcolm Definitely Trained With the League of Assassins, Right?

The member from the League of Assassins who Canary easily kills at the end was dressed exactly like Malcolm when he was the Dark Archer, seemingly confirming suspicions that the mysterious man who transformed Malcolm was someone in the League of Assassins (probably R’As Al Guhl).  This means that not only is Arrow ripping its playbook from Christopher Nolan they are now using Batman villains as well, with the Dollmaker a new 52 Batman villain and R’As Al Guhl primarily a Batman villain as well.

“Next Week on Arrow.“:

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15 comments

    1. Thanks. It’s something new I was trying for this week’s review mostly because there was just so much comic book stuff going on this week, more so than normal. I probably could have also written a 101 about the League of Assassins/Shadows since they get a mention at the end. But I, too, really enjoy seeing the history of the characters and differences once adapted.

  1. ARROW INFLUENCES
    From my understanding the creators of ARROW have based the TV show on the Mike Grell’s The Longbow Hunters (1980s) and Andy Diggle’s Year One for proof of concept for the island.

    Andrew Kreisberg wrote for the Green Arrow and Black Canary comic book series.

    Very influenced by Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight (Batman series), also mentioned family based TV series they’ve worked on – Brothers and Sister, as well as looking at the popular TV series Revenge. They’ve also distanced themselves from the Smallville TV series.

    I am not too sure if the 52 series has been widely accepted. “Green Arrow #1 is one of the weaker launch times in DC’s ‘New 52’ launch lineup.”

    THE PIRATE SHIP
    Did you see the name on the pirate ship? The Pirate Ship is called Amazo, and nothing is called anything in Arrow simply by chance. So here is what has been said about Amazo previously.

    “Today, CBR News reveals exclusively that the returning series has cast “Heroes” alum Jimmy Jean-Louis as a mysterious character called “The Captain” for a multi-episode arc. The news follows recent word of actor Dylan Neal debuting in the second season’s fifth episode as classic DC Comics villain Dr. Anthony Ivo.

    “The Captain is a mysterious and deadly associate of Anthony Ivo,” the “Arrow” production team told CBR, “and has a connection to a mystery of Season 2 called the ‘Amazo’ — which will be a familiar name to DC Comics fans.”

    Of course, comic readers know Amazo as the name of the villainous android created by Professor Ivo who can mimic the super powers of the original Justice League — including Superman, Green Lantern and the soon-to-arrive “Arrow” character The Flash. Since his debut in 1960’s “The Brave and the Bold” #30, the Gardner Fox/Murphy Anderson creation has been a constant thorn in the side of the Justice League and the heroes of the DC Universe in general.

    But will Jean-Louis — who “Heroes” watchers will remember as “The Haitian” — undergo a transformation from The Captain into Amazo on “Arrow?”

    Source :http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=48253

    1. That was a lot of cool information. Thanks for sharing it.

      I knew about Kreisberg’s background, but that’s cool about Longbow Hunters and Year One.

      The family dynamic is definitely the primary aspect of this show that has nothing to do with the Christopher Nolan films, and to hear that they took inspiration from Brothers & Sisters and Revenge is not at all shocking.

      I did see the name on the pirate ship, and I had previously read the spoiler-y report about the inclusion of Amazo in some form this season. I didn’t mention it in my review because I am still waiting to see how that plays out. Frankly, Amazo the comic book character always kind of bugged me as to me the ease with which he could simply mimic the abilities of the heroes seemed to somehow make the heroes feel a little less special. But that’s beside the point. I haven’t written anything about Amazo on the site because I am still at a complete loss to picture how the heck a version of a super-power mimicking robot would ever feel organic on Arrow. As such, they’ve got to be up to something completely different, like when they made Count Vertigo a simple drug dealer, but I have no idea what it is.

    1. See What AppleFour Said:

      “I believe they have to negotiate for the use of each DC Comic universe character. The showrunners have previously stated that Batman and Nightwing are off limits, but see how the Flash wasn’t. I think any possible character that could have a movie made out of it would be a no go. But this does not mean that characters that have been in Batman couldn’t appear in Arrow – such as Ra’s al Ghul.”

      That’s my understanding as well. I think because Smallville struggled to incorporate anyone from the Batman mythos it’s been assumed that anything Batman-related was off limits for any of the D.C. live action shows. The producers have indeed stated they’d love to do a version of Nightwing on the show but W.B./D.C. will never allow it, and that the process for incorporating characters involves having to be granted permission on a case-by-case basis from W.B./D.C.

      So, expanding Arrow’s universe to include a version of Dollmaker and The League of Assassins is an incredibly interesting development, the Dollmaker presumably not off-limits because he’s not notable enough and The League of Assassins not needing to be saved for the movies since Christopher Nolan already used them in the Dark Knight trilogy. To be fair, Black Canary and Green Arrow did have at least one major storyline with the League of Assassins in the comics. So, there is at least some comic book canon involving Green Arrow fighting the League (or a version of it).

  2. You’ve got the comic book guys Kreisberg and Guggenheim, and then you’ve got the TV wiz kid Greg Berlanti. It is Greg’s influence that brings the family drama into the mix, as he was executive producer (104eps) for Brothers and Sisters, which was a fabulous show. This combination of comic book action story telling and family based drama, gives it that broad appeal, so you don’t have to be a comic book fan to understand what is going on. But if you do, then there is lots of little “easter eggs” for those people too, which I am one of them. While I like to see them mix things up a bit, I certainly wouldn’t want them to throw the ‘baby out with the bath water’ so to speak. One of those canon items is the love affair of Oliver Queen and Dinah Laurel Lance, that one is a scared canon. It is what makes those two comic book characters different to all the others, as it seemed a more grounded and realistic love affair. The struggle of two independent super heroes and how they keep their love for each other going.

    This episode is now in my top 5. Apart from each character being allowed to shine on their own within the story line. I was please that we are beginning to finally make some movement towards Laurel becoming the Black Canary. It was a tremendous performance by Paul and Katie in bringing the grief arc to the surface, and recognizing for what it is. I know there has been plenty of criticism around this story line, but many failed to have empathy for a person suffering in pain. Perhaps the writers need to be a little more overt for the audience demographics, as some seem to like things over the top. I prefer more subtlety Sorry I digressed a bit didn’t I, anyway we can now see Laurel at her lowest point so far, but I feel there is still more darkness to come. As we know there is still the substance abuse story line to come. Once this is all in play, will be able to see the transformation from the righteous lawyer to full fledged vigilante in the form of Black Canary. Most fascinating to watch.

    There is just so much in this 42 min. episode to talk about, but where do you stop. Probably here for now.

    Anyway, i give the episode a 9.5 stars. (I deducted half a star, as i want to know how the Canary knew where Oliver would be in that Police Station and when to jump in at the right time).

    1. I agree about the potential for broad appeal for this show. In truth, I’ve only come by my DC knowledge over the past year or so, absorbing quite a bit of it around the same time that I was getting into Arrow. That means there are a lot of comic book references in the first season of Arrow I didn’t get at first, and not being in on it in no way impaired my enjoyment of the show. In some ways, it might have made it easier since I had no pre-conceived notions about anyone on the show other than a basic knowledge of Green Arrow and Black Canary’s long-standing history as a couple. I wouldn’t care as much about the vigilante stuff if the family drama aspect wasn’t engaging enough.

      I’m with you on loving this episode. I appreciated the interplay between Laurel and her father throughout, and although I might have thought “well duh” when Laurel had her breakthrough I thought Katie Cassidy played the moment admirably. However, now that she has had her big “this is all because I feel guilty about Tommy” moment I am curious to see what that means for her in the coming weeks – does she stick with trying to take down the vigilante since he is still guilty of multiple counts of murder, and if not how on Earth will she wiggle out of the corner she’s backed herself into with pretty much devoting her career over the past 5 months to stopping the vigilante. For as unpopular as this storyline might have been, they appear to be burning through it pretty fast.

      If we look to the comics, the original Canary chose her calling as a way of honoring her deceased father after she was denied the chance to become a cop, and the second Canary simply wanted to follow through with the family business. So, part of building the Katie Cassidy Laurel to becoming Canary is finding her motivation and laying the groundwork for the moment she decides the system is corrupt and to do good she must work outside of it. They’re playing the long game on that one.

      That is a good point – how did Canary know exactly where and when to drop to save Oliver? Maybe she’s been tracking him? Or monitoring Laurel?

  3. In reference to Batman and Arrow, I believe they have to negotiate for the use of each DC Comic universe character. The showrunners have previously stated that Batman and Nightwing are off limits, but see how the Flash wasn’t. I think any possible character that could have a movie made out of it would be a no go. But this does not mean that characters that have been in Batman couldn’t appear in Arrow – such as Ra’s al Ghul.

    1. I kind of did, too, until the moment two months ago the spoiler broke on the internet that they were going to do a version of The League of Assassins this season. I managed to have not read anything about the latest episode prior to watching it, though, meaning the Dollmaker was a total surprise to me.

  4. In regards to the Laurel Lance story line I get the feeling that Laurel had only just started to work for the DA office, ie City of Heroes and that she was on a task force. Seeing what happened to her, she maybe able to excuse herself from it, or perhaps become an insider feeding intel back through her father to keep the Arrow safe. I’ve always held the belief that in season 1, Laurel had not only had an infatuation with the Hood, but had in fact begun to fall in love with him, and that is why she was angry when she thought he had failed Tommy, as he had failed in her eyes too (albeit they were the eyes of a woman traumatized by grief).

    I do agree they will tear up this story line rather quickly. But the last image we see of Laurel, is her father putting her to bed and turning the light off – we see her in the darkness that she now finds herself. And from my understanding of the up coming story lines for Laurel, we can expect more darkness for her. We will see her dabble in substance abuse (probably sleeping tablets), i think she will see Oliver flirting with Isabel and Felicity and this may leave Laurel feeling more isolated and alone. This may leave her open to the advances of Adam Donner. Is it just me, but I get the distinct impression that there is more to Adam Donner than what meets the eye. We will also see her get dragged into Moira’s trial (I suspect Adam Donner has his dirty hands all over this one) and Oliver will become angry with her, again perhaps making her more isolated and vulnerable. I have also read that ep. 7 State vs Queen is a Laurel’s centric episode (like Broken Dolls was for Quentin), so perhaps that is when things really come to ahead. I do think her decline into darkness and enlightenment will coincide with the decline of the Black Canary (Caity Lotz). We already know she is injured in episode 5 – League of Assassins, when Al-Owal turns up. But it is hard to pick when the current version of Black Canary is killed, as Caity Lotz has been still seen on set (episode 9). But it may happen sooner than we think, and possibly we might see Sara Lance (BC) continue in the show but only in flash back scenes from the pirate ship near the island, who knows.

    Of course, the above is mostly my musings based on the episode descriptions we have available to date, but I’m definitely invested in season 2. As Laurel once said to her clients, “this could get rough.”

    1. Actually, you’re probably right about the actual length of time Laurel has been on the anti-vigilante task force.

      I haven’t actually read any of the summaries for the upcoming episodes. I only really knew that Barry Allen shows up in Eps 8-9 and 20, and that an upcoming episode will bear the title “League of Assassins.”

      However, I, too, think that part of Laurel’s journey this season will be uncovering injustice/corruption with the DA. It just makes sense. Last season, she fought for the little guy, and worked outside of the system with the Hood on multiple occasions. This season, she has re-embraced the stabilizing force of adherence to law and order, clearly placing her faith in the system. For a woman who we suspect will become a vigilante at some point in the run of this show, that new faith in the system will have to be shaken to pave the way for such a crime-fighting turn. I don’t know if they will reveal the DA to be a straight-up villain, but they could at the very least draw back the curtains and reveal him to be just as shaky in his stance on the moral highground as Oliver/Arrow. A symbol of justice being burnt down and coinciding with maybe an unjust death of a loved one would be certainly comic book origin story ingredients necessary to take Laurel to next level.

      As for the new Canary, I recall that when The Wrap broke the news about Caity Lotz’ casting they wrote that the intent was for Lotz to join the show as a recurring character with the hope of eventually promoting her to regular status. So, although I, too, anticipate that she is ultimately destined to be killed off to perhaps provide the final motivation needed for Laurel to take up the mantle I was not thinking this would happen anytime soon (like, I was kind of thinking she’d still be around by the end of the season). However, that impression was mostly informed by what The Wrap said back in July. Now that we are seeing the actual episodes I could see things progressing faster than I anticipated.

      I was also wondering if we were going to start getting Lotz pop up in island flashback scenes. It’s just that almost all of those center around Oliver, and I couldn’t figure out how it would work for us to see Sara and her League of Assassins ordeal if any of what happens in the present is supposed to be surprising to Oliver. The same kind of goes for how exactly they might handle any flashbacks involving Malcolm training with the League. I’m not saying they won’t or it can’t work; I just can’t picture it based upon how the flashbacks have functioned to this point in this show. They did do the big flashback episode where we got the backstory on the undertaking, but Oliver was around even those, albeit on the periphery. I guess that would be the closest model for them to use.

  5. I definitely think we will see Caity Lotz on the pirate ship, but i also think we will see the demise of Shado somewhere down the track. I know she would be a reoccurring character, but I never heard regular – unless they meant the character of Black Canary (in all its versions).

    I totally agree with you on the DA’s office/justice corruption coming to ahead, and that for me sounds like episode 7 – State vs Queen, when Laurel will be forced onto the Moira’s trial. I think all of the worlds that Laurel operates in have a crisis – but it will be the one event that will push her over the cliff.

    Next weeks episode is titled Crucible and it has got me who is having the Crucible. It would make sense it would be Laurel, but things are in alignment for that to happen. So I am wondering if it’s actually Oliver Queen’s crucible moment – i.e. being on the pirate ship.

    One thing is for sure, season 2 is definitely action packed with lots going on in plot and character development. As Katie Cassidy said recently, “it’s like season one on crack,” and I would have to agree with that statement.

    1. The exact quote from The Wrap this past July – which is the same report that exclusively broke the news about Lotz being cast as Black Canary – “While the Black Canary will start out as a recurring role, Lotz is expected to eventually become a series regular, as her character will be groomed as a love interest for Arrow (Stephen Amell).”

      At the time, I was highly skeptical of their report because nobody on the show had ever referred to Stephen Amell’s character as Arrow. It came off, to me, like someone referring to Simon Baker’s character on The Mentalist as The Mentalist because they’ve never seen the show enough to know the main character’s actual name. But we all heard Det. Lance last week when he coined Oliver’s new name.

      However, that all being said I still think it will be the death of a family member, not just Tommy, that will be the final instigating moment in Laurel’s journey to becoming her own Black Canary. While that could certainly mean killing off her father, the more obvious choice would be for it to be Sara at some point to create a vacancy. It’s just a matter of how long they hold off on that. I think how they handle John Barrowman this season will speak to what they might do if the storyline calls for writing Lotz out of present-day stories but they are reluctant to sever ties completely with Lotz.

      As for Shado, we all know the version of Oliver that emerged from the island. That’s not the same lovestruck Oliver with Shado we’re seeing now. So, ultimately, we know that Shado either dies or turns evil or something in-between but is nonetheless no longer in the picture. She is being set up in the flashbacks as an achilees heel for Oliver as well as a possible wedge between Oliver and Slade. Based on how this show operates, she will most likely be used this season to provide parallels for Oliver’s attachment to either Laurel or Canary or weird potential entanglement with Isabel Rochev. That would point toward a tragic end for Shado was a way if illustrating how things turned out badly for Oliver in a similar situation in his past.

      Cassidy on Season 2: “It’s like season 1 on crack.”

      Hilarious. That is the perfect assessment so far.

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