Arrow: Diggle Suits Up

Finally, after 3 seasons, Diggle is finally getting his own suit… granted, it’s a bicker jacket and a helmet, but I bet there’s more to it 😀 ! Also, that helmet looks like something Magneto would wear…

Also, a new poster for the show has come out, and it features the Arrow’s new green suit… What do you think?

Arrow will now be Green!

This promo picture from Arrow was released a few days ago – but I had totally forgot about it until today. It shows Oliver’s new get-up! 😀 It’s greener! We’re slowly getting to the Green Arrow we all know.

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Arrow Season 3 finale (and some other thoughts)

So, I know I’m a bit late with this… the season finale was already a while ago – and I had Arrow up to date – but I’ve been mulling over about what to say about it.

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  • First off, it’s not exactly news about now, but this 3rd season was definitely not up to par with the previous ones. After giving it a bit of thought I figured out some stuff that did not work for me, which not to say that I didn’t enjoy this season – I did – but not as much, and here’s why: too much Olicity angst!
  • I feel I should clarify that I’m a totally Olicity fan, I ship those 2 hard! But the episodes were way too much about them, whether together or apart, and it just didn’t work. Stephen and Emily have amazingly undeniable chemistry, so it’s always fun to watch them together… however it’s not great fun that they kept angsting about not being together for most of the season. After Oliver’s decision on the first episode, I wished that they had talked about it – while obviously still loving each other – but not actively mentioning the problem at almost every single episode. It got tiring.
  • Other things that’s been largely talked about was the Hong Kong flashbacks. Here, I have to be honest, I liked the storyline. I wished it had taken less time, because the story was not that complex, but still I liked it, mostly because it introduced my favorite character from this season: Tatsu! I really liked Tatsu and Maseo, and I cried hard when she killed him… oh, the tears! I wished their story had ended differently, but I’m kind of glad that it didn’t. I also enjoyed immensely when Tatsu joined “Team Arrow” in Nanda Parbat and I wished that she had stayed with them, her skills would come in handy.

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  • Speaking of Nanda Parbat, we spent quite a few episodes with people flying in and out of there, but where the hell is it?! Because my first instinct would be to say that it’s somewhere in Asia, where you can get to and from in about a couple of hours flying?!
  • Laurel… until the middle of the season my dislike for her was at a high, as always, but then, I don’t know, she became cool… I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m really liking Laurel right now. She stood up to Oliver and her father, she learned a lot from Roy and the team, she bonded with Felicity and she actually started to have a purpose on the series… well done! And, I really like her with Nyssa (and I wanted Nyssa to stay…).
  • Other character that I didn’t care about before and now I do, is Thea. She grew up a lot – and I’m not only talking about her fighting skills. I’m just sorry that now that she’s ready, she doesn’t have Roy with her… oh, I’m really gonna miss Roy – by the way, he was amazing this season.

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  • Quentin Lance… WTF man?! The last third of the season I just wanted to throw him out of the window. I mean, I get it, what Laurel and Oliver did was wrong, they should have let him know about Sara’s death, but his behavior?! No excuse for that! He kind of redeemed himself in the last episode, only for them to let us know that he was drinking again?! Oh man… this sucks!
  • About Ray, I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about him in the beginning, I mean, he liked Felicity and Felicity belongs with Oliver. Still, he grew on me. He’s funny, smart and a damn good person…
  • … which leads me to one of my biggest problems with the last couple of scenes from the last episode, in which, in front of everyone – including Ray – Oliver declares himself to Felicity and asks her to go away with him. I’m OK with the content of the scene – though I might argue that Oliver goes from 80 to 8 in less than no time. What I’m not OK with was the lack of respect it showed towards Ray, from Oliver and Felicity, because PDA with your new boyfriend while your ex watching is not cool… especially considering that the man just gave you his company (not that you know, but still…).
  • Also, I felt that Oliver just spent the whole season repeating the same mistakes on a loop. After 3 years, I would expect him to trust his friends more and not go around doing things by himself and trusting the wrong people.
  • Which, by the way, what the hell Oliver?! You let Malcolm take control of the League of Assassins?! That smells like bad news already.

I think thinks of anything more to say, except that I really hope that next season is slightly better and that they do the Olicity thing right!

Arrow: Sacrifice Look Ahead

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In case you were somewhere hidden under a rock yesterday and did not come across the new Arrow promo for the next 5 and final episodes of this season, well, here it is:

So… it looks insane!!! First things first (for all Olicity fans out there): IT APPEARS IT IS FINALLY GOING TO HAPPEN!!!!

Oh yeah, Felicity and Oliver, finally.

On other news, someone will try to kill Roy – I’ll be very mad if they succeed…

Oliver will team up with Ray to protect the city.

Oliver will try to break Roy out of prison – lets all hope he’s alive until then.

Oliver will say yes to the offer and join the league – not really a big surprise given that in The Flash promo photos he’s wearing the league uniform.

Thea vs. Ra’s Al Ghul… not a chance in hell, but very cool anyway!

Again… Felicity and Oliver! I can’t stress enough how happy I am about this, I do hope they don’t screw it up, and that it’s not a dream or fantasy or something of the sorts… Also, Ray does look so disappointed…

Flash and Arrow and damn… I was surprised this week.

It’s always incredible when a 22/24 episode per season show can still pull the rug out from under you on the middle of the season. Be warned, they will be spoilers!

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Lets start with The Flash and that amazing episode. The villain was intriguing, Cisco and Caitlin were hilarious and sweet and funny (as usual). But Wells, oh man, Harrison Wells!!! We had all figured it out a while back that he was the man on the yellow suit, but now he’s not only gazing at his suit, he’s speeding. Oh yeah people, Wells is running (Flash running) and leaving behind a red lighting. But something is wrong though, he’s not able to maintain the speed and in fact, for a moment there, he’s not even able to stand up. This beg the question, is he really the “Reverse Flash” we saw a couple of episodes ago? Or they are in fact the same person at different moments in time?!

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Damn it, it looks like The Flash writers really know what they’re doing. Perfect moments come whenever Joe and Barry share the same space, their relationship is just magic – and Joe might just be my favourite character on this show. Even Iris was pretty OK this week.

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Now lets move on to Arrow and Team Arrow shines one more. For me this episode really brought Roy and Laurel up.

It’s so amazing to see Roy be a man, something he’s not often allowed the chance to be, being the youngest of them all, but here he helps Laurel come to her own, he stands up for Thea and wow, his fight choreographies are just the best.

Laurel Lance, wow, and I never thought I would say this, but wow. They are doing it so right. They are showing how not like her sister she is, but how she deserves a chance to prove that she’s capable. I’m glad she gets her ass kicked and is almost shot, and falls when she tries to jump, and that suit, ugly as hell, but hey, by the end of the episode I couldn’t help but like her a bit more (which in all honesty, was not hard at all).

Felicity finally came around, realizing that the heroes fight for those they love who are still alive and goes to help not only Team Arrow, but Ray Palmer as well. I did not like that closeness between them when she was patching his wounds, though I admit, Ray Palmer is really growing on me (and I would totally watch his would be spin-off).

Oliver is standing! Oh yeah! Did Tatsu really just treated him with traditional medicine and penicillin? And could have happen that as made Maseo leave his wife? Was he somewhat responsible for their child’s death? Just trying to guess here.

Well done Thea, though I do not approve of her relationship with her father, I did like to see her standing her ground and lecturing him, it was nice for a change to see how grown up she’s gotten. And what about that last scene, hey?! So her DJ/Wannabe Boyfriend is a member of the League?! I did not see that one coming!

The fighting on this episode was insanely good. Between the Arsenal/Black Canary team up and the flashbacks to Hong Kong with Maseo and Tatsu and Oliver fighting, and Tatsu and Maseo killing those League members like it was nothing… brutal! Amazing!

Arrow: Left Behind

Arrow is back and let me take a moment to wipe all the tears away (and now my headache just got bigger). Left behind is an incredible well chosen title… Oliver is gone and everyone is feeling a little left behind… Caution, there will be spoilers.

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With Oliver gone for 3 days, Team Arrow does its best to keep the baddies of the streets, with Diggle wearing the Arrow’s costume and being a rather bad bowman. Still, Roy and Diggle raise to the challenge and do their best, while Felicity commands the troops from the Arrow cave, all the while maintaining that Ollie will be back, he has always came back before. The boys though, are not so sure and John tries to warn her that she should ready herself, that maybe this time things did not went Oliver’s way, but she’s having none of it.

It’s not until Malcolm gets there (for the second time) with the sword that killed Ollie, with his blood all over it, that she crumbles and admits that he is gone. Then, unable to process her grief, she tells off Ray on his plans for the ATOM suit, saying that she can’t lose another friend, and allows the bad guys to run off with a bunch of evidences, which will allow most of the people they had put away for the last 8 months go free, because she was afraid to lose Diggle and Roy too. This leads her to conclude that there is no “it” without Oliver, she’s DONE.

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Roy is broken by the lost of his friend and mentor, and Diggle is as lost as Felicity, not knowing where to go from there. Meanwhile Laurel deals the only way she can, she puts on her sister’s Canary costume and off to the street she goes, after the bad guys that were released for lack of evidences.

Meanwhile, in the flashbacks to Hong Kong, we learn that Oliver went against Waller’s orders and helped Maseo in getting Tatsu back. And this is the reason he’s alive, Maseo takes him to Tatsu in order for her to save him (as to how, I assume we are going to learn next week). So, take a deep breath people, Oliver Queen is ALIVE!

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  • This was probably the first episode (ever) that I did not find Laurel insufferable. The fact that she consoled Diggle and stayed strong, made me like her a bit.
  • I loved that Thea is worried about her brother (finally), but poor girl, she can put together that her ex boyfriend is Arsenal, but can’t get to the conclusion that her brother, that is always with Roy, is in fact the Arrow?!
  • Where is the hallowed ground where they fight their battles? Because they can get there in next to no time, but the weather is totally different.
  • So, are Malcolm and Thea going on the run? Or is she putting her foot down?!

Arrow: The Climb

This Arrow winter finale was heartbreaking and totally unexpected… there will be a lot of spoilers

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Ra’s al Ghul and The League of Assassins give Oliver 48 hours to deliver Sara’s killer to them, otherwise they will kill 50 people a day. This puts a rush on team Arrow to find the killer, which they do. The DNA from the arrow matches Oliver’s and this leads him to think that Malcom Merlin set him put. They’re able to find out that Malcom was indeed in town when Sara was killed, but more, he wasn’t alone, Thea was with him. So Oliver asks her about Merlin and she plain out lies to him. So he returns as the Arrow to ask some questions and she fights him and gets away (while defending Merlin). Soon after Merlin seeks out Oliver and shows him a video of Thea murdering Sara, while under the influence of a powerful drug that made her susceptible to suggestion and then she forgot everything. Knowing that the League will hold her guilty (even with the knowledge that Malcolm drugged her), Oliver has no other choice than to take his sister place and reveal himself as Sara’s killer to Ra’s al Ghul, Nyssa and the others and demand a trial by combat, which leaves him with 13 hours to set his affairs in order.

Oliver then says his goodbyes, warning Thea that Malcolm is not to be trusted (which she ignores completely), saying goodbye to Roy and urging him to protect Thea, declining John’s offer to accompanying him and saying goodbye to Felicity, where she asks him to kill Ra’s al Ghul and he tells her that he loves her. He then proceeds to the CLIMB, ultimately arriving to the neutral ground that Ra’s has set for their match… obviously he loses, ending up with a blade through his chest and falling from the top of the mountain…

Everywhere else, Dinah Lance arrives to town and notices right away that something isn’t right, Laurel crumbles and tell her that Sara is dead, promising to make whoever did it pay, to which Dinah is all for. Meanwhile, Ray shows Felicity his plans for the ATOM suit and asks her help to protect the people in the city.

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  • How could Thea defend Malcolm? No, seriously, she knows what he is and still, when Oliver is warning her she tells him not to make her choose?! WTF Thea?! Between a brother who would die for her or a father that uses her, she would have a problem choosing?!

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  • Thea is bad for Ollie, right? I mean, here is this guy literally dying for his sister and she, who complained so much about all the lies last year, is lying to his face? This dynamic needs to change.
  • Nice tie-in with The Flash.

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  • Did Ra’s al Ghul just said that no one has challenged him in 67 years? How fu**ing old is he?
  • How could Nyssa believe Oliver? Nissa knows him and she knew Sara, how could she ever, for a moment, believe that he would kill her… I wouldn’t find weird that she would ask, he would never do it.

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  • Laurel is just plain weird, so she keeps secret from dad for months, then in a matter of two days blabs about it to Thea (ironic much) and then to her mother, whom she hardly sees?!
  • Oliver and Roy’s hug drove me to tears. This guy is the true Speedy!

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  • However, that simple and curt handshake with John Diggle said more than hours of words would.

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  • My heart literally broke when Oliver said his last “I love you” to Felicity. It was all calm and certainty and heartbreak… damn you!
  
  • Why is everyone so convinced that Oliver can win in his match with Ra’s is beyond me, first Malcolm Merlyn and then Felicity seem sure that he can win… fools! To Malcolm is good either way, still, it would have been better for Oliver to win.
  • Maseo is in the League because something bad happened, right? He would never have join if his wife and son were not dead, so will we be seeing them murdered during the rest of the season? Tatsu can have a swordfight in every episode from now on… I approve!

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  • Ray is cute and all, but this episode should have been all about Oliver, Felicity and Ray just took up to much time 😦 …
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  • What I think will happen next: Maseo will find Oliver still alive and lie to Ra’s al Ghul, saying that he is in fact dead (because let’s not forget that Maseo clearly told him that he wanted him alive and all); the fall wasn’t as high as I originally though (as seen in the preview for the next episode), so this will mean that Ollie is alive (duh!) and he’ll probably be out of commission for a bit, but alive. No I’m gonna go and cry in the corner… January can’t come fast enough…

The Flash & Arrow epic crossover!

Let me start by saying that it’s pretty cool that we have two superheroes who live in the same universe… that means we can have more moments like these!!! The crossover event was pretty amazing, very cool scenes, witty dialog, a bit of stabbing at each world and methods, but most of all a realization that these two guys are really friends and that’s just super!

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The Flash – Flash vs. Arrow:

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  • “Bad Barry” is kind of cool, at least he tells what he’s thinking, which is something real Barry could do a little more often.
  • Felicity’s clothes on fire – PRICELESS!!!
  • Why Oliver would win? Because he looked at Wells and thought that something was wrong with him!!!
  • Diggle’s reaction to Barry’s speed was fantastic: “Does he does everything really fast?”. I just love Diggle so much!

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  • I’m glad Iris “broke up” with The Flash, that was sounding way too much like the Lois/Superman dynamic, with Iris being too annoying for that.
  • That said, her crush on Ollie was cute, too bad she said it to Barry (poor guy), who already has her boyfriend to worry about.
  • Felicity reiterating how she and Barry will never happen… we all got it =/…
  • The way that Felicity and Ollie acted throughout the whole episode… they looked like a couple, she can even manage to get the reactions she wants on cue. And his smile… ohhhh…

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  • At least now we know why Eddie Thawne will go against the Flash…
  • The big surprise of the episode was the reaparence of Ollie’s baby mamma, right? I can only assume that she’ll be back sometime in the second half of the season…

Arrow – The Brave and the Bold:

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  • Bart Allen!!! Well, Captain Lance, are you foreshadowing the Impulse, Flash nr 4, or was it just a really cool reference to make?! I go with the third ;-).
  • Wasn’t that the best possible way to introduce Flash in this episode?!

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  • Lyla and Oliver bonding is just the best! Even if it’s how if you’re fighting some kind of extreme people, you have to able to go to extremes yourself – ARGUS and Amanda Waller in every single word.
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  • Cisco is the ultimate fanboy. And extremely helpful, he and Felicity make one hell of a team.

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  • Doesn’t Thea think it’s kind of weird that her ex-boyfriend hangs out all the time with her brother and her brother’s ex-secretary and bodyguard? Shouldn’t she know a little better? Because there’s no way that the Roy from when she met him would be friends with those people.
  • I love the lingering and meaningful looks between Ollie and Felicity and I was so glad that Ray was not on this week’s episode.

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  • One can hope that after the big lesson Barry taught Ollie that he might relax and put Oliver Queen in first place sometime, even if it’s only for a bit.
  • Pretty cool gesture of the “Arrow Team”, to have a place for Barry to hang up his suit when he’s in town… we hope that’s sooner rather than later.
  • Cisco is also kind of amazing, tweaking up Ollie’s suit like that, but keeping the hood because of sentimental value… Oliver thanks you so much Felicity!

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  • Diggle and Lyla are going to get married again!!!! After 3 previous references of them not being married, that was kind of predictable, but awesome all the same.

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  • Laurel who? For a character that was supposed to be the female lead, she’s irrelevant nowadays.
  • I like that Oliver points out to Barry that Starling is very different from Central city. Later Caitlin and Cisco ponder over why the methods are different – because they deal with metahumans, which makes it less real, while in Starling City, they deal with “normal” people, who are just bad.
  • Barry, to do the Salmon Ladder right, you have to be shirtless… Flash costume doesn’t count…

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Arrow: Draw Back Your Bow

This week’s Arrow, Draw Back your Bow was all about relationships.

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Just a quick recap:

  • A crazy fangirl named Cupid is dropping bodies to get the attention of Arrow, her one true love… she’s cray-cray and ends up on the right place for her;
  • Thea is opening the club and has a new douche DJ/love interest (I like Austin Butler, but did like him as Chase);
  • Ray Palmer asks Felicity out on a platonic non-date diner, that ends up being not platonic at all – it starts with him on the salmon ladder and ends up with a steamy kiss. Ray, the salmon ladder is not yours… and Felicity, don’t get blinded by diamonds worth 10M$ or couture dresses… you love Ollie, don’t ever forget that!!!

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  • Oliver is not happy about Felicity’s love life, I fell for the guy. After Diggle tells him that if he doesn’t move, he’ll lose her, he goes there to tell her and finds Felicity kissing the other dude… not cool!!!

  • Diggle suddenly is everyone’s counsel, he tries to tell Felicity how Ollie fells, and then manages to get Ollie talking – good for him. The last scene was particularly nice, with Roy and Oliver showing up at Lyla and Diggle’s house for a late diner, showing how much they are now the family that the 2 guys don’t have… also to illustrate the gap that’s going on with Felicity and Ollive right now, she wasn’t there… instead, she was craving for more kisses from Mister Ray Palmer.

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  • Meanwhile in the island, sorry, Hong Kong, Maseo goes out for an assignment and fails to deliver news for over 9 hours. Worried about him, Tatsu wants to go after him and so does Oliver. So they both go, leaving their differences aside for a moment and providing a good moment of bonding between the two, which I guess was the whole point of the flashback… When Oliver asks her: “Why did you leave Japan?”, my first thought was: “Well, she went after Logan (Wolverine), didn’t she?!!” =P

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  • Katana is a fitting name for Tatsu in deed!
  • On a happier note: no Laurel this week!!! =D