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Arrow 2.01-2.05

Since I’m so far behind in reviewing, I’ll just do a quick thematic post of the first five episodes.



I’m liking the direction of the series this season. I like Ollie changing from vigilante-to-hero and getting a proper name. It also pleases me that Tommy is the inspiration. Too often we get deaths of people important to the main character and then they’re forgotten. I hope they continue to mention Tommy throughout the rest of the series. I cry every time I see Tommy's death scene. :(

John and Felicity are true friends and partners. They went above-and-beyond to find Ollie, and Felicity parachute-jumping was a hoot!

I like Slade, and wonder if he was badly injured on the island in the explosion? Will he become Deathstroke?

Nice flip that Quentin Lance is now the Arrow’s partner and Laurel is opposed to him. And another twist of younger sister Sarah as Black Canary, though does anyone stay dead in a comics universe anymore?

I liked last night’s episode a lot. The reunion scene between Sarah and Quentin had me in tears. That father/daughter dynamic never fails to get me! I get why Sarah didn’t want to tell her family she was alive. She’s now an assassin and also the League is after her family.

Quentin is in one hell of a position. He understands why he can’t tell Laurel or his wife but they’ll be furious with him when they find out, and I can’t blame them. But I can’t blame him, either. It’s one of those aggravating gray issues that can drive you crazy. Both sides are right but there are reasons, y’know?

So now we get a new set of flashbacks as Ollie is off the island and Sarah becomes a good little assassin.

Nice symbolism with the canary on the raft. :)

Sarah/Felicity, anyone? ;)

Nice Ollie/John bonding at the end.

I’m glad Moira decided to fight in court though will be very curious to see what secret she’s keeping now.

I loved the connection to Ra’s and the League of Assassins. Too often DC has had this irritating thing of not crossing over among their own characters! Marvel knows it’s the thing to do and it’s about time DC got into it, too. They’re finally going to film a Superman/Batman movie, though if it tanks I fear that each hero will go back to being in his/her own little bubble.

Loved Sarah’s "You should mind your surroundings" line. :)



Comments

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eternal_moonie
Nov. 7th, 2013 10:37 pm (UTC)
Absolutely LOVE it so far!!!

Still have to watch the la(te)st episode though.

Sarah just's so hot!!!

Keep the reviews comin'! :D
bradygirl_12
Nov. 7th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
*grins*

You'll see a lot of Sarah in the latest episode. I think the show's improving with every episode.
navaan
Nov. 8th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
I'm falling more and more in love with the series and the characters and characterisation.

It also pleases me that Tommy is the inspiration. Too often we get deaths of people important to the main character and then they’re forgotten.

I'm so glad they're acknowledging the importance of his death for both Oliver and Laurel and I hope he'll not be forgotten. And I'm not even convinced we'll not see a Merlyn again. I think there is a vibe to Sara's backstory with Ivo and her saying that it's not her first time dying that goes beyond her dying on the Queen's gambit. (We know that Ollie though she actually was dead, although she hadn't died the way we were led to believe, so...)

And like you say: Death and comic books. So I'm happily speculating away. :)

Sarah/Felicity, anyone? ;)

That was the first thing I thought when they had their short conversations! :D
bradygirl_12
Nov. 8th, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
They're doing a good job with the characters, though there's always that CW-grit-your-teeth moment. ;)

This is a good Elseworld, though. I can recognize characters like Ollie-as-Ollie and the original characters like Felicity are well-drawn.

While I would love to see Tommy again, I really would like a character to stay dead. All this resurrection stuff cheapens their deaths and loved ones' grieving, IMO.

I have to slash Felicity with someone! She has understated sex appeal that works very well with femslash, methinks. Sarah is a good choice but I could see her with other female characters, too. Ollie's too busy being slash-worthy with Tommy (in the past) and John. ;)
navaan
Nov. 8th, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
I agree that this is a nice adaption of canon.

While I would love to see Tommy again, I really would like a character to stay dead. All this resurrection stuff cheapens their deaths and loved ones' grieving, IMO.

I think if someone is coming back it's likely to be Malcolm and not Tommy. But in any case I'll be looking forward to finding out more about Malcolm's connection with the league, now that it's been confirmed that he trained with them.

I do already ship Felicity with Helena, so I can't do anything but agree on her femslash appeal.
bradygirl_12
Nov. 8th, 2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
Malcolm would be the one to come back. The evil ones always are.

Felicity and Helena? Hmm, not a bad choice. :)
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