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TV Review: Arrow, “Blind Spot” (S2/EP11) – Seems Like Old Times

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Blind Spot

  • Airdate: 1/22/2014
  • Director: Glen Winter (Smallville, Arrow)
  • Writer(s): Wendy Mericle (Arrow, Everwood, Eli Stone) & Beth Schwartz (Arrow, Brothers & Sisters)

Last week, Arrow moved some of the pieces of its puzzle while re-affirming the vitality of the central trio of Oliver, Diggle, and Felicity as as crime fighting unit that cannot succeed while operating at diminished capacity.  However, while still enjoyable the episode felt like exactly what it was – a mostly transitional story featuring a plot-device-villain which largely wasted the talents of Firefly‘s Sean Maher, who did at least flash some fun crazy eyes.

What happened this week?  Let’s break it down:

THE MAIN PLOT THREADS

Poor Laurel –

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Sebastian’s not cool with his aunt/mom spilling the beans last week to Laurel.  So, in a really creepy sequence featuring fantastically dark lighting, he forgives her as Sebastian, but then kills her (or inspires a fatal heart attack) as Brother Blood.  Laurel’s investigation goes into overdrive when she learns of the aunt/mom’s death.  Unfortunately, her boss, the Assistant District Attorney, is having none of her soap opera-y, circumstantial nonsense thus denies her requests for subpoenas and phone records and other lawyer-y stuff.  So, she gets her dad to set up a meeting with Arrow, the two exchange unpleasantries considering her earlier attempt to entrap him this season, and she presents enough compelling evidence for him to look into it.  Later, Diggle lampshades how insane everything they’re suggesting about Sebastian sounds, but Felicity basically reminds him of the show upon which they are characters by concluding (paraphrasing), “We’re all leading crazy ass lives.  I could buy this stuff about Sebastian.  Come on – his last name is Blood!”  Oliver mostly quietly stares off into the distance, perhaps lost in reflection on how pretty Laurel is or just waiting for the next island flashback to kick in.

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The MacGuffin of the plot becomes the physical case file surrounding the murder of Sebastian’s father, which Felicity locates but only Laurel can access.  So, yadda yadda, Laurel and Arrow work together to find the file, fight off some cops, only to discover the file is totally empty because Sebastian/Slade got their before them.  Slade’s not at all happy that Sebastian’s goofy early life drama is threatening to derail his intricate plan.  Now threatened, Sebastian sets out to neutralize Laurel by having the police raid her house to uncover her pill addiction.  But, wait, that’s not all.  He also kidnaps her just so that she can see someone in the Brother Blood mask murdered only to discover its random police guy and not Sebastian. No one believes Laurel’s rantings about Sebastian anymore, not even Laurel, and the gut punch on top of her crap salad is getting fired from her job for having a substance abuse problem.  Don’t worry – her boss hears their severance package is very nice.  Oh, make that ex-boss now.

Roy Just Wont Talk to His Girlfriend –

Roy won’t open up to anyone…except for Sin, who’s barely had a chance to playfully insult him when he just punches the side of a brick wall to display his new super strength.  She’s freaked, and then kind of insulted he assumed she’d be totally cool with it but Thea wouldn’t.  They decide to be Arrow without Arrow, using Sin as bait (hey, Arrow’s done it with Felicity) to lure a rat bastard who’s been killing a bunch of prostitutes.  Luckily, the dress Sin borrows from an unwitting Thea for “her big date” does make her look like a rather convincing hooker.  Their plan works, and Roy gets the bad guy before he can hurt Sin. Unfortunately, Roy then suffers serious roid rage (just like Slade), nearly killing the serial killer and accidentally giving Sin a hard hit to the side of the face in the process.  Roy snaps out of it, and they get the guy to the hospital.  He’ll live – just not well.  Sin calls in Thea, hoping Roy will spill his secret.  Instead, he lies, and goes off to a corner to cry. No, seriously.  That’s literally what happens.  It’s not as goofy as it sounds, though.  Oliver as Arrow decides enough is enough, and offers to train young Roy for fear he might otherwise become Slade Wilson, Jr.  Did Team Arrow just become a quintet instead of a trio?  Or were they already that because we should count Detective Lance as a part-time member?

Meanwhile, On the Island…-

Oliver and Sara return to the wrecked plane in search of Slade.  No dice.  All out of ideas, they camp out for the night.  Sara does her best to convince Oliver they should take Ivo’s offer to hand over the miracle drug in exchange for safe passage off the island, but as soon as she starts arguing Ivo is a good person who’s lost his way Oliver gets pretty huffy since Ivo’s bullet sure found its way to the back of Shado’s skull.  Touche.  Sara sneaks off to talk to Ivo over the military walkie talkie, and we get a very clear image of the horribly psychologically abusive relationship the two had.  He comes close to winning her back with his whole, (paraphrasing) “You are the only one who truly understands me.  Please come home.  I need you to save me,” act, but she’s still pretty pissed he pulled a gun on her and killed Shado.  Once rejected, Ivo turns back into a stone cold bastard, but Sara turns off the walkie talkie.  She has now officially aligned herself with Oliver and Slade.

THE REVIEW

The episode that hooked me on Arrow was “Damaged” (S1, EP5).  It’s the one where Detective Lance did only what a good cop would do and deduce Oliver was clearly the vigilante, thus arresting him for murder.  I had refused to give Arrow a chance, assuming it would be Smallville all over again.  However, for lack of a better description there was just something so cool about this plot.  They had manged to make a believable, real-world based episode out of the question that plagues many comic books, “Why hasn’t anyone guessed the hero’s secret?”  Sure, they did it by mostly having Oliver use the situation to formally apologize while taking a lie detector test to Laurel and her father for Sara’s apparent death.  Plus, why did Lance so quickly give up his case against Oliver just because Diggle paraded around as the vigilante while Oliver had an airtight alibi?  They still had some solid evidence.  Nitpicking aside, Arrow managed to do all of it as if it had always been a part of Oliver’s plan, making him seem like, again lacking a better description, a total badass.

It’s no coincidence then that “Blind Spot” shares a screenwriter, Wendy Maricle, with “Damaged.”  They set out to do the same thing as “Damaged” just from the villain’s point of view, right down to the fake guy in the suit discrediting a Lance’s theory (this time Laurel’s) about a masked man’s true identity.  It’s an interesting way to flip the script. Unfortunately, the result this time around doesn’t build Oliver up but makes him seem like a bit of a sucker.  However, the real focus is on discrediting and undermining Laurel.  Man, whenever everyone finds out Sebastian IS Brother Blood Laurel is going to have the biggest “Told ya’ so!” in the history of the show.  For now, I imagine fan satisfaction with “Blind Spot” will rest upon how cool you are with the idea that by episode’s end everyone has been completely fooled by Sebastian and Slade.

Blind Spot

Yes, it turns out that Laurel has a pill addiction problem she’d kept in secret, and yes, that sure as heck wasn’t Sebastian under the mask at the end of the episode.  Plus, the fake Brother Blood was their mole from the police force who was around enough to have maybe been able to pull some of these things off.  However, why is no one looking into what this cop’s possible motivations could have been?  Why would he have cared to remove the file about Sebastian’s father?  Does this really instantly mean that Laurel’s trail of circumstantial evidence against Sebastian is any less suspicious?  Why before even the reveal of the fake Brother Blood was Laurel’s father so unwilling to believe Laurel?  Why doesn’t Arrow find it odd that Brother Blood apparently had no guards or henchman to be fought through while rescuing Laurel?

However, while you can nitpick the resolution I rather enjoyed the journey getting there.  Laurel’s arc this season has been a point of much debate and ridicule.  Some have held the faith (looking at you applefour); I’ll admit I lost patience. First, she was President of the I Hate Arrow Fan Club.  Then, she was “OMG, dad, did you all totally know I was just blaming Arrow for everything because I feel so guilty about Tommy’s death?  Why didn’t anyone tell me!?!”  Then she was boozy and pill-popping and self-loathing, and then…nothing.  She was just gone for several episodes in a row, with some openly wondering if they even missed her.  These past two episodes have returned her to the inquisitive Laurel of the first season, following leads just like a policeman’s daughter and working outside the legal system when necessary.  It was fun seeing her back, even if the quick shots of her opening pill bottles let you know this was a house of cards about to crumble down on her just as she – not Arrow or her dad – was about to crack the case.

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At this point, it might actually be kind of challenging to even remember why Laurel’s taking the pills to begin with?  Kind of a quick, “What was that about, again?  Oh, that’s right, Tommy.”  However, in Oliver’s conversation with Laurel “Blind Spot” argues her substance abuse is perhaps more cumulative.  This is, after all, a girl who has suffered repeated near-death experiences in a very short amount of time.  They also keep arguing it’s in her blood, due to her father’s past with alcoholism, drawing a direct parallel between his mourning of Sara in the first season to her mourning of Tommy.  Either way, it’s been an unexpected direction to take the character, but Katie Cassidy’s acting in “Blind Spot,” particularly when begging her father to listen to her, was up to the task.  Plus, it was interesting to see her actually murder someone at the end.  Yes, she was a damsel in distress yet again, but she was a mighty defiant one, mocking Blood’s attempts to scare her and not hesitating to pull a gun and actually save Arrow for a change.  It will be interesting to see if she suffers any psychological trauma from murdering someone.  I don’t recall her having done that before, although I could be wrong.

Blind Spot

This was a big episode for the Lance sisters what with Sara getting her most significant screen time in quite a while.  The island flashbacks are sometimes a pain, constantly pulling us away from the more immediate action in the present.  However, they’ve reached the halfway point of season meaning they can afford to take a moment to spend an episode on character development for Sara.  Her rejection of Ivo (Dylan Neal playing a great mad scientist, sympathetic one minute, crazy the next) was a huge deal.  To this point, it’s not like she voluntarily ran away with Oliver and crew.  He literally just grabbed her hand, and pulled her away.  So much has happened since then that we actually didn’t know where she stood on Ivo.  Oliver actually getting a moment to apologize to her for taking her on the cruise ship, and her accepting her own responsibility for going on the ship to begin with was a necessary conversation.

The most shocking moment, though, might have also been the quietest when Sara recounted her story of a party which Laurel once got shut down for the apparent purpose of keeping Sara and Oliver apart.  It might seem like retconning to discover that Sara had a crush on Oliver even before he was with Laurel, and Laurel knew it.  However, we still don’t know a whole lot about how those two were as sisters, and this offered an interesting insight into their sibling rivalry while also tying into the episode’s theme of people not being what they seem.  I’ll admit that maybe I just missed a mention of it last season, but I don’t quite have a handle on how much younger Sara is supposed to be than Laurel.  So, when she was describing that party I went back and forth between picturing a Sara who was clearly too young for Oliver to one who could have conceivably been his girlfriend.

As for Roy, the approach they are taking with super powers on this show so far is to equate them with corruption – that you don’t get to just stay the same person who can now hit really hard but are instead made into something you don’t recognize.  Slade is the worst-case scenario, and Oliver wants to help Roy avoid that fate.  I’m still not entirely clear why Roy won’t talk to Thea about it, although the show got in a good joke about Roy, Oliver, and Diggle all being the same emotionally reserved, taciturn type.  It was inevitable that Roy would eventually train with Oliver, and this is probably the right time to do it.  I still have my reservations about Colton Haynes as Roy, but he was good this week.  Plus, any story that gives so much screen time to Bex Taylor-Klaus as Sin is fine with me.  Heck, I even liked the supposed-to-be-funny scene where Thea quickly realizes she has no idea if Sin is straight or gay.

THE BOTTOM LINE

For Laurel, “Blind Spot” was the culmination of all of her story lines this season, representing her hitting rock bottom even though her skills of deductive reasoning are now superior to both that of her father and Oliver.  For Roy, this was about finally getting him ready to be a sidekick instead of a glorified street informant.  Plus, this episode ended with Slade Wilson officially revealing himself as Deathstroke, killing several guys to make a point in a kind of stupid scene that still managed to also kick ass.  Throw in a couple of quieter scenes with Sara on the island and three or four major action scenes and you’ve got yet another jam-packed season 2 episode of Arrow.  As such, it’s an easy one to nitpick, but the big moments that needed to land emotionally did so perfectly.

THE NOTES

1. Am I the only one who found Deathstroke’s entrance at the end unintentionally funny? Did they have a standing appointment meaning he knew when to commence the killing?  If not, was he standing off to the side of his own office in that costume for hours on the off chance they’d show up?  If they’ve had so many problems creating their Brother Blood acolytes why sacrifice 3 of them just to make a point?  Also, why do that, threaten Sebastian, and then just randomly disappear?  That’s your office.  Do you think that maybe like a minute later Deathstroke stormed back in, shouting, “I forgot this is my office, and, crap, I got blood all over my files.  Sebastian – why are you still here?  Get out.  You have a mayoral race to win.”  It is probably just a genre convention that gets a pass, and Deathstroke is a bad-ass in the comics, cartoons, and on Arrow.  I just laughed more than they probably wanted me too.

2. After Oliver actually admitted he has a real blind spot when it comes to Laurel, Diggle displayed great restraint in not responding, “No shit.  I’ve only been saying that now for as long as I’ve known you.”

3. Considering all of her recent in-fighting with Oliver, I loved Felicity’s prefacing her suggestion that they find a new way of investigating Brother Blood by saying, “Now, don’t yell at me, but…”

4. Where was Sebastian hiding that mask when he went to visit his aunt/mom?

5. Laurel won’t be charged with manslaughter because it was “clear self-defense,” but, come on, she shot the dude 7 times.  That stopped being self-defense several shots ago.  Plus, hasn’t Sebastian been instructed not to kill Arrow?  So, was his life every in any real danger while fighting fake Brother Blood?

6. Apologies to any frequent readers who missed my normal review format of breaking it down into the things I liked, and things I didn’t.  I decided to instead focus most of my review on the Laurel portion of the episode since this was a really big one for her, and my opinions didn’t as neatly break down into a pros/cons list this time.  Sorry.

SECOND OPINIONS

What did you think?  Like “Blind Spot”?  Hate it?  Love it? Let us know in the comments section.

All of the pictures used in the above review, unless otherwise noted, came from CWTV.com © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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16 comments

  1. I have to say that i didn’t find this episode to be “9.5” or “epic” or “best ever” like i’ve seen it reviewed somewhere. I don’t like the fact that writers are so into making Laurel likeable that they are treating all of Starling City stupid. I myself like Katie Cassidy and don’t understand all the hate towards her but her (Laurels) standing alone against everyone is such a cliche, and a bad one. I mean no one questions Sebastian? He’s been around for less than a year, right? No one from DA office, police, other politicians… No one knew that his aunt was his mother… No one has brain? Diggle who was suspicious about Moira when no one was? Oliver with his extra sharp senses? Only Felicity was willing to consider it… Didn’t like it at all

    1. It most certainly wasn’t a “best ever” type of episode. Not even close. I don’t think it was horrible either. I think as far as Arrow season 2 goes “Blind Spot” was maybe in the above average range. It was the episode where they finally made it clear what the heck they’ve been building to with Laurel this season. However, as you said, that did come at the expense of the other characters. Their way of making her smarter was to make everyone else slightly dumber. I’ve seen others in comment threads to other reviews of “Blind Spot” go back and forth on that point. Laurel does end up looking pretty dang bad here – she stole her dad’s pain pills, lied about it, raved about Sebastian being a bad buy, only to shoot the bad guy herself and see that it was someone totally different. If by the end Laurel no longer believes the craziness she’s selling then why would anyone else? However, everyone on Team Arrow has far too much of a “well that settles that” mindset at the end of the episode. Even if Laurel has been discredited, they’ve done enough investigating to know that something is definitely not right here. Or at least they should know that instead of just washing their hands of the whole thing, oddly swearing to never listen to Laurel again, and moving on.

      The idea behind Sebastian Blood in the comics is that he has slight hypnotic powers, put to great use in his position as cult leader of the Church of Blood. On the show, they have transplanted that into the public realm where Blood is almost a biblical anti-christ figure who is able to persuade everyone through an impassioned and compassionate public persona that hides a dark ulterior motive. I am kind of okay with the idea of Oliver also being duped by him, and in their broad strokes execution of the story line I think it’s been effective. It’s the little details, like the many you pointed out, that undercut it though. Out of everyone on the show, I think the one who I’m most surprised is giving Sebastian a total free pass is Laurel’s dad. He’s a freaking cop with a long career behind him, yet over these last two episodes he’s suddenly grown immune to recognizing a good lead on a case when he sees one.

      Ultimately, it sounds like I’m willing to give them a bit more of a pass than you are. I still enjoyed both “Blind Spot” and “Blast Radius.” However, I agree there are some logic issues working against them.

  2. It’s amazing how good this show can be when the A and B plot tie together, no matter how thin the string. All we had this episode, off the island, were people dealing with the fall-out of Sebastian Blood’s actions. Laurel trying to prove him the psycho he is and Roy dealing with being injected by the mirakuru. Even their personal drama for the both of them was tied to Blood even though they’ve both been dancing on that edge for awhile.

    That said, and it’s been a problem the entire series, my gosh, could the writers be any more lazy? Instead of finding legit reasons for the characters to act the way they do, they just make them act out of character to suit the plot, which causes holes in it and continuity so large you could drive a truck through them.

    1. Astute observation on the way this episode managed to tie its A and B plots together. I addressed some of the logic issues with the episode in my other comment. However, in general, I agree that in the current season of Arrow they’ve had a nasty habit of having their cast members behave out of character to suit the plot. It’s annoyed me on multiple occasions. I think at this point I might be less critical of it simply because I’ve kind of adjusted to it, i.e., that’s just what this show does now. I’m already so invested and like most of these characters that I’ll go along with it because they still seem to land most of their big emotional moments. I have an easier time with it in an episode like “Blind Spot” than I do elsewhere when an Olicity moment might feature Oliver or Felicity doing something totally strange.

      1. Same here. After the unexpected direction they took Laurel this season it’s certainly possible they could do crazy stuff with Felicity at some point. I know some would argue they’ve actually already ruined Felicity this season by forcing her into Olicity moments. However, I still really like her, and she does always seem to get the best lines.

  3. She has the best lines, she is uber cute and she is so real. I really do know a couple of girls who are as geeky, naive, awkward… as Felicity. One of my closest friends is just like her, except she’s not it expert but physicist.

  4. I really tried to find as many things as I could to enjoy this episode. But I have to admit, I was left with crumbs. I’m one of those people that stopped caring about Laurel in season one. So I’m just not sure there is any room to “fix” that at this point. Having said that, I’m a Team Arrow fan, anytime those three are on my screen, that is all that is needed. I feel that the Arrow writing team did a fantastic job building that dynamic. So I was not pleased at the amount of “dumbing down” they endured to make this episode work for Laurel. I mean, a rent-a cop out smarts Felicity? Get out of here. But I did appreciate that Diggle, rightfully so, was the one to be the voice against blindly trusting in Laurel. It played well into he and Oliver’s history regarding her. I prayed it would not be Felicity and have it be some catty jealousy thing. P.S. I’m still a little annoyed no one has mentioned David Ramsey aka “Diggle” in that blue shirt. *faints* And while I enjoyed Oliver owning his “blind spot” and trying to show actual “growth”, it’s sad that it was used in this instance since Laurel will be proven right about Sebastian Blood and that growth will disappear. I also really enjoy the complex relationship of Oliver & Felicity. Felicity is my favorite character on the show followed by Diggle and Moira Queen. So I’m one of those people annoyed by the show’s insistence on delving deeper into Laurel when I know nothing about Felicity Smoak. I’m convinced she leaves on a park bench and was raised by wolves. So I feel there’s something just…wrong with the timing of this Laurel arc. It almost feels as though it slowed the momentum of the action packed, drama laced mid-season finale. The only saving grace in the episode for me was DEATHSTROKE!!!! Yes, I’m screaming it, because in those few seconds I got with him, I reveled in the justification of having to sit through that episode. DEATHSTROKE!!!!!

    1. Starting episode 13 there will be sporadic hints about Felicity’s past. Her story is pushed into season 3 because they have many different stories now and the producers said that her story is huge.

      1. Felicity is your classic audience-surrogate character where part of the ease with which we can picture ourselves in her situation is that she does have such an ill-defined background. Personally, I’m all for meeting Felicity’s relatives (if she has any living relatives), or maybe just a quick shot of her apartment to juxtapose the comparatively meager living existence she likely enjoys versus Oliver’s mansion or something. I just hope they don’t go too big with her background. So far on the show pretty much everyone’s background has taken on some shading of tragedy (so much angst, so many dead relatives). I’m kind of cool with Felicity just being a relatively normal IT girl who gots sucked into something bigger than herself. Sure, it begs the question of why Felicity would decide to help Oliver and Diggle, and why Felicity would be so gung-ho about saving Walter for no greater reason than he was nice to her and it’s the right thing to do. That does warrant some more information about her. However, I’ve seen shows like Fringe which try to use new background information to retcon characters to make them seem like star-crossed lovers, like Olivia and Peter on Fringe. So, I dread the potential for a flashback revealing Felicity and Oliver knew each other as kids or something but don’t remember it for some reason (like on Fringe). Beyond anything involving Oliver, I just hope the background isn’t overly complicated and makes dramatic sense for the character.

    2. If you are not a big fan of Laurel then “Blind Spot” was always going to be a real tough sell. Basically, Laurel became a problem on this show due to forces outside of the show’s control (the unexpected popularity of meant to be bit-player Felicity) as well as a direct result of what the writers decided to do with Laurel here in the second season. So, they had a leading lady who was not so much even in the show anymore, yet they invested so much in her last season and will always have the “yeah, but she becomes Black Canary in the comics!” keeping her a vital part of the show. “Blind Spot” was either their attempt to course-correct or simply the culmination of their carefully laid-out plans, depending on your interpretation. I am not quite as down on the ending of the episode whereby Laurel’s ascension to the moral high ground means the descent of everyone else into temporary idiocy. However, you are right that their ending does undercut Oliver’s big character growth because once Laurel is proven to be right she’ll probably just go right back into Oliver’s blind spot.

      I have argued elsewhere that my favorite part of the show has become the Team Arrow stuff, seeing the three of them working together, kicking butt, occasionally arguing. A lot of that time this season has been taken up by Oliver and Felicity’s flirtations/arguments or however you want to interpret them. So, even though they had less screen time than the recent norm I really enjoyed Team Arrow operating again as a tightly coordinated team in “Blind Spot,” even if it was a bit odd that a rent-a-cop would outsmart Felicity.

      And, yes, Deathstroke made his first true appearance in full costume as a villain. He’s a definite bad-ass with those blades. With such a major villain from the comics, though, I wonder if they will actually allow Oliver to win and kill Deathstroke by the end of the season, or if they’ll somehow end the season with Deathstroke still alive. Then again, they killed Malcolm Merlyn and brought him back. So, there’s always that.

      1. Like i said, i hope they don’t ruin Felicity. I like the fact that she doesn’t have dark or tragic past like most of them do. They (writers/producers) hinted smth about her past and parents and it is big that they are moving her story to season 3. Adoption, foster parents, who knows… I don’t want any more drama around her. She is the light character is this dark show and it should stay that way.

      2. I’m not sure what I’d like to see regarding Felicity’s background. I will agree that I don’t want it to be dark and dramatic. She is the only bright spot on the show. Although I have to admit that I don’t want it to be too boring. I would even be OK if she were in fact the daughter or granddaughter of Barbara Gordon, thus paying homage to all of this Oracle talk. I’m also really fond of, what I perceive to be, her closeness with Quentin Lance and Sara Lance. I almost feel guilty because they are both Laurel’s family.

        As for Deathstroke, Arrow would be crazy to treat him as the typical villain of the week. He should stick around and be THE ultimate Arrow villain for at least two seasons. It would certainly make me happy. I’m also a bit confused by the lack of continuity within certain areas of the show. For instance, what happened with H.I.V.E? I need to see more of Team Arrow in action. What about the obvious underlying issues between Moira and Isobel? What about Isobel’s name being in Oliver’s father’s book? There are so many things I’m looking forward to.

      3. I guess we’re saying we want Felicity’s background to be the Goldilocks & The Three Bears porridge of character backgrounds: not too extreme and crazy, not disappointingly boring, but somehow just right. It would be funny if they did make Felicity their Oracle considering that’s exactly what Smallville did with Chloe. I’m also with you on being fond of Felicity’s relationship with Quentin and Sara Lance even though that’s Laurel’s family.

        With Deathstroke, it just occurred to me that he’s kind of a big deal in the comics, much bigger than Malcolm Merlyn. However, the Joss Whedon school of seasonal storytelling dictates that whoever your multiple big bads are per season you’re supposed to kill them off to return back to default settings and start a new big bad the next season. Of course, not even Joss Whedon followed that – Angel got his own TV show, and Spike morphed into an anti-hero regular cast member. Coming into this season, Arrow’s producers hinted at wanting to use more of a nesting doll approach to their villains with a mini-bad being the public face of a secret big bad who turned out to be Deathstroke. However, they didn’t even let Malcolm Merlyn stay dead. So, the more I think about it the more I struggle to imagine them actually killing off Deathstroke, although Sebastian Blood is probably a goner.

        And speaking of big bads I, too, am curious to see where they end up going with Isabel Rochev. She’s been but a minor presence this season. I am beginning to wonder if she will end up being added to the list of big bads, aligned with Deathstroke, or if her story will be carried over into next season and her likely evil intentions having nothing to do with Slade or Blood. As far as HIVE goes, they’ve said Diggle with get another showcase episode in the second half of this season. I would assume that will involve HIVE, but it could be totally different.

        You’re right – we have a lot to look forward to. However, I do remember that they carried over Diggle’s story with Deadshot into this season instead of resolving it last season. So, I wonder how much might just carry over into season 3 instead of getting resolved.

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