However, after two full seasons, where we watched this show mature from an awkward hybrid of a CW drama and the Nolan Batmanfilms into what became unquestionably the standard for superheroes on television, well, it’s just nice to see everyone. It’s amazing how far this cast and these characters have come. Remember how irritating Quentin Lance used to be? It’s hard not to be happy for him as he flat out tells the entire city that the cops are laying off the Arrow, now.
Even Laurel is a new woman, and we get that right off the bat. Keep in mind, I never bought her arc last season. It was all too forced and compressed, and her sudden rise to the position of DA was, well…convenient is too mild a word. If you read my season two reviews, I complained early and often, and felt that Katie Cassidy deserved better. Well, it looks like she’s getting it this year.
Of course, the biggest buzz has surrounded Oliver and Felicity’s romantic relationship. I have to be the fly in the ointment, here. I have never been behind the idea of tthese two getting together. Not because they don’t have legit chemistry. Not because I haven’t grown to love these characters. And yes, they earned it by the end of season two. But it bugs me that Oliver has pretty much slept with every woman on this show who isn’t a blood relative, and I always liked the idea that he could have a non-romantic relationship with an intellectual badass like Felicity.
Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, it’s really hard to not be charmed by their date and everything leading up to it. And y’know what else? The callback to their first meeting way the hell back in season one, something which felt relatively inconsequential at the time, was really put in perspective by Ollie’s little speech at the dinner table. I found myself changing my mind…so of course by the end of the episode it has to be all over before it even begins.
While we’re on the subject, I’d like to make a few observations about Felicity this week. Her fairly meta cracks about seeing Oliver shirtless so many times? Bullseye. The fact that she says “oh frack” later in the episode? Amazing. Also, she heals really, really fast. Not a mark on her the day after the restaurant explosion. I, ummm…kinda have to call bullshit on that one. The fact that it’s actually Felicity who ends it between her and Ollie is brilliant, though, and it frees her up to get some closure (maybe?) with Barry over on The Flashand to thoroughly annoy Ray Palmer for the rest of the season. I can’t wait.
Now, of course, the big news here is the introduction of Ray Palmer, known to Justice League fans as the Atom. Brandon Routh is really terrific, here. While his Ray Palmer couldn’t possibly be any more different than his Superman, it’s still tough to not see Superman when I look at him. The dude just has the look. Ray’s character feels like he’d be a little more at home over on The Flash and it sounds like, when it’s time for him to turn to superheroics, that’s where it will be. Nevertheless, it’s a great intro, and he fits right in.
ARROW Season 3 Premiere Recap: "The Calm"
By Dave Trumbore
ARROW recap of the season three premiere, "The Calm", starring Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, Colton Haynes, David Ramsey, and Paul Blackthorne.
The Flash got off to a fantastic start with its series premiere last night, so I was curious to see how Arrow would follow it up with its own third season premiere. Since it's first episode was titled "The Calm", I honestly didn't expect much beyond a bit of catch-up with the cast and a setup for where the show will go this season. And that's pretty much what we got from the first 58 minutes, right up until that very last gut-wrenching moment which Arrow has become known for. As for how that surprising moment will impact the rest of the season, well we'll just have to wait and see.
Hit the jump for my Arrow recap for tonight's season three premiere.
Let's get back into the swing of things by taking a look at the events of Oliver's flashbacks in Hong Kong. We see Ollie running through a crowded marketplace, which gives Stephen Amell a chance to employ his Parkour skills in a new location. It turns out that Ollie's trying to escape from his captors, of which Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) is the leader. Not much else happens here except for Ollie saying that they might as well kill him since he will keep trying to escape and doesn't fear death. The always-clever Waller then threatens the family of Ollie's handler (which includes the newly added Rila Fukushima as Tatsu Yamashiro) if he happens to escape again. It's clear we'll be spending a lot of time in Hong Kong this season, both in flashbacks and in stories from Ollie himself.
Aside from his mental wanderings back to his past difficulties, things seem to be going along just fine at present. Arrow is taking down criminals with the help of Red Arrow/Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) at his side, John Diggle (David Ramsey) as his back-up, and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) back at HQ running logistics. Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) is also helping the team on the legal side of things. Even the very-much-alive and newly promoted Captain Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) is on the vigilante's side as he publicly thanks him for his help during the recent terrorist attacks and disbands the anti-vigilante task force. It's a well-oiled crime-fighting machine at this point, so what could possibly go wrong?
Well, any time you introduce romance into Oliver's already complicated life, things go south in a hurry. Though it surely made the fans happy to see Oliver and Felicity finally flirting out in the open and going on dates, their new relationship got off to a rather ... explosive start. Complicating things was the arrival of two new additions to Arrow's cast. First, in a recurring role, we are introduced to Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), who seems harmless enough at first as he chats up Felicity at her job as an electronics store clerk (hilarious), but soon becomes both a real-world corporate threat to Oliver's bid to head up Queen Consolidated, and a romantic competitor for Felicity's hand. On the costumed side of things, the arrival and exponentially fast rise to power of Peter Stormare's Werner Zytle, aka Count Vertigo.
I love watching Stormare chew the scenery in any role he gets, and his time on Arrow was no exception. Unfortunately, his character is very much a (likely) once-and-done "Villain of the Week" and the path to bring him down follows Arrow's tried and true template from seasons past: chase scene, factory fight where the hero loses and retreats, chase scene, rooftop fight where the villain loses but is captured by the hero. I was hoping that after the shake up with the introduction of The Flash, Arrow would refresh its plotting a bit, but perhaps it's just too early to tell.
What is new is the aforementioned relationship between Ollie and Felicity. Unfortunately, it seems to last about as long as this first episode. In the space of that hour, they flirt, confess their past difficulties, nearly get blown up by an RPG, take down some bad guys, kiss, and break up. (Is this show set during high school?) There's clearly going to be some tension between the two for the rest of the season, so fans will have to wait and see whether or not there's a chance for them in the long run. We'll also have to wait and see if Ollie finally, finally lets his team members do their own thing rather than trying to dissuade them from helping him every week. By this point, you think he'd trust them enough to make their own choices, regardless of life-changing events like births (Congrats to John and Lyla!) and personal vendettas. Oh, about that...
So I had no idea why the show's writers chose the season three premiere to re-introduce Black Canary/Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) out of nowhere. Apparently it was to set up the false pretense that she'd always be there waiting in the shadows to help the team out. Nope. Instead, someone, a deep-voiced someone with a bow and arrow, was waiting in the wings to shoot her three times and knock her off the rooftop to her death in the alley below. As we saw in the sneak peek at the upcoming episodes, there's a funeral for Sara Lance coming soon, so she's likely gone for good. Who do we think was behind such a dastardly act? (My money's on John Barrowman's Malcolm Merlyn.) All in all, a strong start to the season, but it fell far short of the show's potential.
Quips & Quivers:
- Arrow: "Vincent Stilgrave, you have failed this city!"
- Love the new arrowhead logo for this season.
- Arrow: "Last girlfriend, she's in the League of Assassins. Girlfriend before that shot my girlfriend before that."
- Felicity and Oliver's new relationship (and employment status) is like a gender-reversed Chuck.
- Lyla: "I feel like an M1A1." John: "It's a tank. Think, a big, big tank."
- So how many lives does Quentin Lance have anyway?
- Palmer: "Sorry I'm late. Traffic was terrible, which is why I took my helicopter. I parked on your roof, I hope that's okay. You guys validate, right?"
- Nice nod to the comics' version of Star City during Palmer's speech.
- Proverb: "A man cannot live by two names."
- Is it just me or does Roy seem like he's just going through the motions?
- Rooftops are the hip new meeting place for today's conflicted twenty-somethings.
- Normally, I'd say that Black Canary will be back soon since this show's characters heal abnormally quickly even for a comicbook story, but showing her brains dashed out on the pavement seemed incredibly final to me...
Kathy Bates is unforgettable as Annie Wilkes. But James Caan is an interesting choice that doesn't pay off.
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Arrow season premiere recap: 'The Calm'
As EW‘s Natalie Abrams reminded us in her handy-dandy round-up of the 33 spoilers for Arrow‘s new season, this season’s theme is identity—and everyone is in on it. Arrow has never been one for subtly when it comes to its thematic material—and there’s nothing wrong with that—so, we shouldn’t be surprised that the theme of identity is all over Arrow‘s cleverly titled third season opener “The Calm.” From Oliver trying to figure out if there’s room for him to be Oliver Queen to Detective Quentin Lance dealing with circumstances that challenge how he defines himself, all of our characters are using the calm after last season’s epic finale to decide who they want to be. (Even Starling City itself gets in on the thematic action.) Something happens at the end of the hour that has repercussions for everyone and will definitely redefine how one person conceives of his place in the world.
STARLING CITY — PRESENT DAY
Villain of the week: The New Count Vertigo
After HBO’s Game of Thrones, the CW’s Arrow is the master of action sequences, and the fast-paced one that opens tonight’s episode is a great reminder. It’s clear from the ease with which Team Arrow carries out its operation in the fast-paced cold open that, since last season ended, they’ve become a well-oiled machine; everyone has their tasks and executes them perfectly: Felicity is monitoring communications back at HQ, Diggle is in charge of securing a shipment of black market weapons, and Oliver and Roy—who flips onto the scene debuting his new Arsenal costume—handle the bad guys. An underlying sense of calm that wasn’t in the Team before could be detected in the opening mission, signaling that they’ve finally got this crime-fighting business down.
You know what else is new this season? Almost every character seems genuinely happy. Well, I’d say Oliver’s more cautiously content than full-on happy. But Diggle is definitely happy because his and Lyla’s baby girl will soon be born. After Oliver gives Diggle a present for her—an arrowhead on the chain because that’s the extent of Ollie’s artistic abilities—Diggle makes a point of telling him that he should take advantage of Starling City’s current calmness and try to find himself someone to be with, a.k.a. Felicity. Unfortunately, the moment Diggle tells Oliver that things are as good as they’re ever going to be signals that things will quickly take a turn for the worse. But, who cares because Starling City’s crime rate has decreased in the months since Slade’s terrorist attack, the city loves the Arrow, and as a result, Detective Lance—who’s still alive—has decided to formally recognize the Arrow and to disband the anti-vigilante task force. Everything’s coming up Ollie!
While Team Arrow and associates are enjoying the new status quo, a low-level vertigo drug dealer takes over a leaderless crime group to become Starling City’s new Count Vertigo. With his version of vertigo that forces a person to confront their worst fears, this Count Vertigo is less Heath Ledger’s Joker and more Scarecrow. His first act as the new Count Vertigo is to kill Oliver Queen.
After Detective Lance’s press conference, Oliver takes Diggle up on his advice and decides to ask Felicity out. She doesn’t believe he’s serious at first, thus requiring Oliver to ask a second time. Obviously, she says yes. The whole thing is almost too cute to handle, but the cuteness doesn’t stop there. While out on a mission, Oliver asks Felicity, who now works in an electronic retail store, if she’s into Italian, but quickly realizes that “everyone’s likes Italian.” However, the twee is interrupted when Oliver finally catches up to the guy he was chasing and meets up with Detective Lance, who is not looking too good because his heart is having a hard time being out in the field.
Back at Felicity’s store, a gentleman comes in to buy a satellite frequency communicator, and it’s none other than Brandon Routh making his low-key debut as Ray Palmer. Not knowing who he is, Felicity bonds with him over their shared hobby of hacking things, and she goes even further and recommends a better device. Spoiler alert: She’ll regret this later.
NEXT: A fiery date
Now the moment shippers have been waiting for: Oliver and Felicity’s date. As expected (and was clear from the previews), it doesn’t go too well, but that doesn’t matter because it’s still a joy to watch and was a nice respite from the breakneck speed at which the episode was moving up until that point. It’s rather clear that Oliver has not been on a date in quite some time. As Felicity pointed out, they’ve already talked about anything normal people would talk about on a date and she’s already seen him shirtless, so Oliver decides to get real.
He tells her how he wasn’t always on the island during his time away, specifically that he spent time in Hong Kong. Lately, he’s been thinking about his time there and the choice he had to make. He explains to her that he feels so out of his element right now because during the five years away, he was always in so much danger that he stopped being able to trust people and started seeing others as threats or targets that needed to be handled. It wasn’t until he walked into her office for the first time, he says, that he finally saw a person as a person again.
As with almost every Olicity moment in tonight’s episode, this one is interrupted, and this time by Count Vertigo, who managed to place a tracker on the Arrow’s suit and followed him to this restaurant. Count Vertigo gleefully fires a rocket into the restaurant bringing an end to the date… and any chance of Oliver committing to a relationship with Felicity. And Oliver’s mad at himself for letting his feelings for Felicity distract him from noticing the GPS tracker on his suit.
Oddly, this rocket helps bring back the typical Arrow episode feel. We’ve stopped indulging the fantasy that it might be possible for Oliver to have a life outside of being the Arrow. It was fun while it lasted, but now we can move on to Oliver’s identity crisis, something we should’ve seen coming.
With the help of Detective Lance, Oliver tracks down the Count, who ambushes him and injects him with his new vertigo formula. The effects of vertigo cause Oliver to hallucinate fighting his out-of-costume self while he’s fighting the Count. Although the fight sequence is fun to watch—as all Arrow sequences tend to be—it still feels like the writers are hitting us over the head with this season’s theme: Oliver is scared that he can’t be both the Arrow and Oliver Queen, and that he needs to decide or risk losing everything. Oliver’s identity crisis is interrupted by Detective Lance, who fires a warning shot at the Count. Unfortunately, Detective Lance is unable to follow through on his threat because his heart starts to give out from overexertion, and he collapses, which forces Oliver to rush to his side and let the Count escape.
Luckily, Detective Lance makes it to the hospital in time and will be fine. His ego is a bit bruised, though, because he’s slowly starting to come to terms with the fact that he can no longer be a cop.
There’s little time to dwell on his fight with the Count because Oliver has to give a presentation to Queen Consolidated’s board. Things get complicated when he finds out that Ray Palmer is also making a bid for the company. Brandon Routh’s first scene was merely a teaser for the main attraction: his arrival and presentation to the board. In the role of Ray Palmer, he’s achieved a near perfect mix of charm and cockiness.
Needless to say, Ray’s presentation to the board, which contains data he stole using Felicity’s advice, is stronger than Oliver’s, which appealed more to emotion. Ray points out how little growth there was while Oliver was head of the company; he has a plan not only to resurrect Queen Consolidated, but also Starling City, which has suffered from two terrorist attacks—oh, and he wants to rename it Star City. (ASIDE: It’s not until Ray’s presentation that you realize that Starling City is the Seattle Grace/Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital of cities.) This further convinces Oliver that it’s not possible for him to be Oliver Queen.
NEXT: The calm is over
Team Arrow figures out that the Count is going to attack a boxing match to take out his competition: the three remaining crime bosses in Starling City. Because of Lyla’s pregnancy, Oliver has decided to sideline Diggle, and Diggle is not happy about it. But once Oliver has made up his mind, there’s no changing it. Unfortunately, Oliver doesn’t realize that his argument with Diggle is further ruining his chances with Felicity, who overhears their conversation and clearly realizes that things aren’t going to work out between them.
Oliver and Roy make it to the stadium, and the former goes after Count Vertigo, while Roy handles disarming a bomb that’s set to go off in less than five minutes. With Felicity in his ear, Roy tries disarming the bomb, but runs into trouble when Felicity tells him to cut the yellow wire—there is no yellow wire. Thus, Felicity comes up with Plan B: using the stadium’s AC to freeze the bomb. It works.
Meanwhile, Oliver is on the roof fighting The Count, who tries to weaken him with vertigo again, but this time it doesn’t work and Oliver starts kicking ass. To his and the viewer’s surprise, Sara shows up and lends him a hand. In defeat, the Count ominously tells Oliver that he’s like hydra—take one Count Vertigo out, and someone else will step up to take the role over and sell more vertigo: “You have given the power, don’t you see? Don’t you see?” says the Count.
In their post-fight debrief, Sara takes an opportunity to tell Oliver exactly what Diggle told him earlier:
“Words of advice: we’re not our masks and we need people in our lives who don’t wear one.”
This advice goes in one and ear and out the other.
Elsewhere, Felicity is rushing through the halls of the hospital. She’s intercepted by Ray Palmer, who decides to offer her a job because he needs help after someone hacked into his devices and replaced all his files with audio of porcupine flatulence. However, Felicity dismisses his offer because she has no time to think about anything other than the birth of Diggle and Lyla’s baby! The birth provides not only an opportunity for Diggle and Oliver to make up, but also for Felicity and Oliver to talk.
Or, not. Felicity is adamant that she doesn’t want to have the talk because as soon as they do, she will know it’s over. Ignoring her wishes, Oliver starts talking and says he can’t be both the Arrow and Oliver right now… or possibly ever. But Felicity is done with back and forth, and she tells him to mean “never” because it’s unfair to her. And in a moment when every Arrow fan freaked out, Oliver interrupts her speech by kissing her. Sadly, that’s not enough for Felicity, and she confirms that it’s over. Pretty sure she’s going to end up taking the job, too.
If this moment wasn’t heartbreaking enough, the writers did something we all expected them to do last season, but didn’t: They killed off Sara. After meeting up with Laurel on a roof, an assailant we don’t see shoots three black arrows into her stomach and she falls to the ground and lands in front of Laurel. Although it’s sad to see Sara go, this can only mean great things for the show. Arrow has always done a great job of showing the effect losing a loved one has on its characters. Sara’s death will also give Laurel’s story line the jump-start it has needed for a long time. We know this season that she’ll start training with Ted Grant, known to comic fans as Wildcat, something good for Laurel—for the first time in a while.
FLASHBACKS – HONG KONG
Tonight’s flashbacks did an adequate job of giving us a context for Oliver’s inability to trust people. After trying and failing to escape from Hong Kong multiple times, Amanda Waller places Oliver in the care of Maseo Yamashiro and his wife, Tatsu, also known as Katana, because she has a use for someone with his skills. To ensure that Oliver doesn’t try fleeing again, Amanda knowingly threatens the lives of Tatsu’s family because Oliver cares very little for his own life. During their first civil meeting, Tatsu tells Oliver something that his father used to say and that sums up tonight’s episode perfectly:
“A man cannot live by two names.”
Tonight’s episode definitely put this proverb to the test, and we know this issue will come up again once Ra’s al Ghul comes into the picture. If there’s one complaint about the season premiere, it’s that Arrow has already been down this road with Oliver before. Although it was great to see him and Felicity make a go at something more, it was a sort of a letdown that we saw him go through the “Can I have a normal life?” plot again. Moreover, if this episode proved anything, it’s that Oliver Queen is actually fairly interesting when he’s not being the Arrow. Here’s hoping we get more of it.
–Check out Natalie Abrams’s post-mortem with the executive producers.
–Barry Allen makes a quick cameo. That’s all that needs to be said.
–Oliver thinks Thea is in the Amalfi Coast. Can’t wait to see the look on his face when he finds out he’s wrong.
–Oliver fighting himself was reminiscent of Clark Kent fighting his kryptonian side in Smallville‘s fourth season premiere.
'Arrow' Season 3, Episode 1 Recap: Oliver goes on an explosive first date in 'The Calm'
As season three begins, things are really looking up for Team Arrow. Crime has plummeted, Roy Harper is a full time member of the team, Laurel is bagging all the criminals Oliver catches and the newly promoted Captain Lance has disbanded the Anti-Vigilante Task Force.
Though Oliver (Stephen Amell) does not have control of Queen Consolidated and his sister Thea has supposedly fled to Italy, he is feeling so good about the state of things that he starts to ponder his life outside of being the Arrow.
Though it's been five months since Oliver told Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) he loved her as a trick to trap his enemy Slade Wilson, it's obvious as the two share flirtatious glances that Oliver was not actually lying when he said those three words to her. Diggle (David Ramsey), who is expecting a daughter with his ex-wife Lyla and is the biggest Olicity shipper of all, encourages Oliver to embrace his feelings for their female team member.
Making a huge leap toward having a normal life, Oliver asks Felicity on a date. Once Felicity, in her confusion, clarifies that it's a real honest-to-goodness date, she says yes.
While a beaming Oliver plans for the big night out and multitasks on a mission to see if Felicity likes Italian, forces in Starling City are conspiring against him and when they are through, Oliver's hopes of a normal life will be dashed.
The first threat is in the seemingly innocuous form of Ray Palmer, played charmingly by former Superman Brandon Routh. Ray comes across Felicity at her new day job at Starling City's version of a Best Buy. Ray recognizes that Felicity used to work at Queen Consolidated and it's obvious he has his eye on her for more than one reason. Not realizing who he is, Felicity inadvertently gives Ray some crucial technical information that she'll regret later.
More seriously, even though Oliver killed Count Vertigo last year, there is a new Vertigo in town played by Peter Stormare and who possesses an even more powerful version of the drug that wrecked havoc on the city. This new Vertigo wants the Arrow dead and if that interrupts a certain long-awaited romantic date, so be it.
As Oliver arrives at the restaurant for his date, he's unaware he's been tracked by Vertigo's henchmen. All he's thinking about is how lovely Felicity looks and how nervous he is.
After hugging tentatively, Felicity realizes they've already told each other everything one normally says on a first date and she's already seen him shirtless. Many times. What is there to say?
Oliver uses this moment to confess that he wasn't on Lian Yu for the whole five years he was away. He was in Hong Kong and he's been thinking a lot about his time there as the episode's flashbacks demonstrate.
While he was gone, he could never completely trust anyone and only saw people as threats or targets. When he came home, he couldn't turn that part off until the moment he walked into her office. And it all changed. Felicity was the first one he could see as a person. Embarrassed, Felicity remembers she was chewing a pen when they met. Showing how much of an impression she made on him, Oliver remembers her pen was red.
After all this time, maybe he was wrong when he told her he couldn't be with someone he really cared about.
Of course, that's the moment the restaurant blows up.
Oliver wakes to see Felicity knocked out and bloody. He brings her back to the Arrow cave where Roy (Colton Haynes) finds a tracer on Oliver's jacket, a tracer Oliver missed because he he lost his focus pondering a relationship with Felicity. From the sad look on Oliver's face, he's starting to realize a normal life might be impossible.
The disastrous date over for now, Oliver and Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne) try to track down the person responsible for the explosion and Oliver is attacked by the new Vertigo who injects him with drug. The drug brings out one's greatest fear and Oliver hallucinates that instead of fighting Vertigo, he's fighting himself. Lance stops the fight by shooting at Vertigo but collapses to the floor from his heart condition. After being shot by Oliver, Vertigo escapes and Oliver calls for an ambulance.
Oliver returns to the Arrow cave where Felicity has fully recovered from the explosion. Detective Lance is in the hospital but he'll be fine. Oliver asks how she is and Felicity being Felicity says she's had worst first dates.
After Roy leaves to gather intel and Diggle reluctantly goes home to Lyla, Oliver tells Felicity they have to talk. But since they have a villain to catch and an important board meeting to attend, the discussion has to wait.
As Oliver and Felicity arrive at Queen Consolidated for the board meeting that will decide the company's future, they discover that Ray Palmer is also bidding for the company. Oliver and Ray make their presentations and although Oliver invokes his mother's spirit, Ray dazzles the board with plans not just for the company but for the city itself. During his speech. Felicity realizes she accidentally gave Ray the information to access the Queen Consolidated computers.
After they lose the company to Ray, Felicity chases after a despondent Oliver After the last twelve hours, Oliver thinks being anything but the Arrow might be impossible and he's afraid of what would happen if he let himself be Oliver Queen.
Vertigo still remains a problem and when Team Arrow realizes he plans to take down the other crime bosses at a heavyweight title fight, Oliver tells Roy to suit up. But when Diggle asks where Oliver wants him to be, he gets angry when Oliver tells him to go home. Now that Diggle is about to be a father, Oliver can't ask him to keep risking his life for a fight that is not his. As they fight and Diggle storms out, Felicity is near tears realizing what Oliver is doing and what that means for their future together.
As Oliver and Roy arrive at the arena, Roy disables the bomb Vertigo has set while Oliver chases after the man himself. As Oliver fights, he gets a surprise assist from the Canary (Caity Lotz) who has returned from her travels in the nick of time.
After Oliver defeats Vertigo, the captured villain tells Oliver that no matter how manner criminals he eliminates, there will always be another to take up the mantle.
After the fight, Oliver catches up with his former girlfriend. When he confesses the trouble he's been having being Oliver and the Arrow, Sara reminds him that they aren't their masks and that it's good for them to have people in their lives that don't wear them.
Though Diggle was upset with Oliver for benching him earlier, all is forgiven since Lyla gave birth to his baby girl that night. As Felicity goes to visit them, she runs into Ray Palmer who tracked her down because someone hacked him and he would really like his data back. And he's also like to offer her a job at Queen Consolidated. She says no but from the strength of their banter, it's not the last they will see of each other.
As Oliver arrives at the hospital, Diggle thanks him for being right because once he looked at his daughter, his whole universe changed. As Oliver watches Felicity and Lyla coo over the baby, he's wistful for a life he might never have.
As Felicity and Oliver leave the hospital, he tells her that they need to talk. Sensing the heartbreak that is about to come, Felicity doesn't want to because she knows as soon as they talk, their burgeoning romance is over.
Oliver thought could be both himself and the Arrow but he can't. When he tells her maybe one day, she stops him cold. She can't live with maybe. He can't keep dangling this relationship in front of her as a possibility. It's too hard.
But when she tells him to stop saying he loves her, he pulls her close and kisses her. Over the shrieks of Olicity fans nationwide, Oliver says still holding her face, "Don't ask me to say I don't love you,"
Instead of joy, Felicity feels only the sadness of what cannot be and leaves him with "I told you as soon as we talked it would be over"
At that moment, Oliver's phone rings and the obligatory Flash crossover occurs as Barry Allen tells Oliver he woken up from his coma and he needs his help.
Meanwhile, the Lance sisters reunite on the rooftop where Sara tells her sister she doesn't want their father to know she's in town yet for reasons unsaid. Unfortunately, the reunion is short since Laurel (Katie Cassidy) has to deal with Vertigo's capture.
As Sara leaves, she's confronted by a figure she knows but who remains unseen by the camera. But his gravelly voice suggests it must be Ra's al Ghul and unfortunately for Sara, this is where the Canary's song ends. After being shot by three arrows, Sara falls off the roof in front of Laurel who runs to cradle her sister's dead body.
The mask of the Canary falls to the the ground. But as we know, it won't be laying there for long.
That ending is surely a game changer for Laurel. It's been hard for the show to justify making Laurel the Black Canary when there was a perfectly good one in the form of Sara. Now that Sara is dead, the mask needs to be filled and Laurel finally has the storyline that will allow her to fulfill her comic book destiny. Whether fans take the loss of Sara out on Laurel's character remains to be seen but the show will definitely miss Caity Lotz.
While we lost one superhero, we gained another in Ray Palmer, who most DC fans know is the alter ego of The Atom. Brandon Routh already had one go round as one of DC's most famous characters and although that didn't work out too well for him (though he was an underrated Superman), he was absolutely delightful as Ray. He also had fabulous chemistry with Emily Bett Rickards (though who doesn't?) so their relationship looks like it will be a fun one to watch.
In the flashback portion of the story, outside of learning that Oliver tried to repeatedly escape Amanda Waller's clutches in Hong Kong, we meet Oliver's new handler Maseo Yamashiro (Karl Yune) and his wife Tatsu Yamashiro aka the DC heroine Katana (Rila Fukushima). The flashbacks on Lian Yu were a bit of a mixed bag (well, any that didn't have Manu Bennett were) but the move to Hong Kong seems promising. Thankfully, Oliver's flashback wig remains hilarious as ever.
Considering that it must have a limited budget from The CW, this show still looks amazing in everything from the cinematography to the stunt coordination. All of these things helped the premiere hit the ground running and it's safe to say the third season of Arrow is off to a great start.
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'Arrow' Season 3 Premiere Images: The Calm Before the Storm
Arrow is arguably the most popular superhero TV show on the air currently - which could change if shows like The Flash have anything to say about it - and that's thanks in large part to the producers' decision to up the ante and expand the universe. While the show was once Batman Begins for TV (more or less), it quickly became an honest-to-goodness DC superhero power hour.
Now, with the season 3 premiere little more than a month away, we've got images from the episode to whet your Arrow-loving appetite, featuring Arrow himself (Stephen Amell), the recently revealed Arsenal (Colton Haynes), Laurel and Quentin Lance (Katie Cassidy and Paul Blackthorne), The Canary (Sara Lance), and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards).
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Obviously, there's not a whole lot to glean from these images, as they mostly feature characters from the series doing some pretty mundane stuff. The standout image is probably the one with Arsenal, as it gives us only our second look at the character of Roy Harper in his new superhero digs - and he appears to be working rather well with Arrow.
Arsenal, of course, is based on the comic book character Speedy, who functioned as Green Arrow's sidekick for much of his career and is perhaps most famous for his teenage heroin addiction. Later, he went by the codenames Arsenal and then Red Arrow when he replaced Green Arrow on the Justice League. And later still, he lost an arm, got addicted to heroin (again), and was convinced that the corpse of a cat was his dead daughter. (Spoiler alert: it wasn't.)
The other most interesting thing about the above images is that Quentin Lance seems to be all healed up. Arrow fans will recall that he was gravely wounded in the battle against Deathstroke's army at the end of season 2 - he was internally bleeding and had a collapsed long - and his fate was left hanging in the air.
Finally, it's probably worth pointing out The Canary's presence in one of the above images. Is she back from her work with the League of Assassins? Temporarily? Semi-regularly? We'll have to wait a month to find out.
Speaking of The Canary, showrunner Marc Guggenheim recently spoke to TV Line about what we can expect to see in upcoming episodes, and seemingly revealed who will be donning the mask and wig down the line:
"Episode 3 will focus on dad-to-be Diggle, episode 5 delves into Felicity’s past [with 'NYPD Blue‘s Charlotte Ross as her mom], viewers will get to sit in on the limo convo between Malcolm and daughter Thea, and Ted 'Wildcat' Grant [played by J.R. Ramirez as a Latino boxing instructor] will play a role in Laurel’s evolution into Canary."
It's not particularly surprising that Laurel will eventually become The Canary - or maybe just a Canary - considering the Black Canary of the comic books is named Dinah Laurel Lance. Frankly, they've hinted at this development for a while.
The question is, will there be two Canaries running around Starling City? Or will Sara Lance remain a member of the League of Assassins - or worse, will she die?
What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you looking forward to the season 3 premiere?
Arrow season 3 premieres October 8th, 2014 @8pm on The CW.
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Arrow (season 3)
Season of television series
The third season of the American television series Arrow premiered on The CW on October 8, 2014, and concluded on May 13, 2015, with a total of 23 episodes. The series is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, a costumed crime-fighter created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, and is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with other Arrowverse television series. The showrunners for this season were Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg. Stephen Amell stars as Oliver Queen, with principal cast members Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Colton Haynes as Roy Harper, John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn and Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance also returning from previous seasons.
The series follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), who claimed to have spent five years shipwrecked on Lian Yu, a mysterious island in the North China Sea, before returning home to Starling City (later renamed "Star City") to fight crime and corruption as a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrow. In the third season, Oliver's company Queen Consolidated is sold to businessman, scientist and aspiring hero Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), who changes the company's name to Palmer Technologies and hires Felicity as Vice President. After Sara is found murdered, Oliver becomes embroiled in a conflict with Ra's al Ghul (Matt Nable). He struggles to reconnect with his sister, Thea, who knows Malcolm is her father. Laurel sets out to follow Sara as the Black Canary. Meanwhile, John becomes a father and struggles as a family man. The season features flashbacks to Oliver's third year since he was presumed dead, where after escaping Lian Yu, he is forced to work for A.R.G.U.S. leader Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) in Hong Kong. Oliver and Tatsu Yamashiro (Rila Fukushima) work to stop corrupt general Matthew Shrieve (Marc Singer) from unleashing a pathogen, which Ra's al Ghul acquires in the present.
The series was renewed for its third season on February 12, 2014, and began filming in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in that July. Despite a strong critical start for the season premiere, the season received more negative reviews than the previous seasons, and averaged 3.52 million viewers each week. The season would go on to be nominated for eleven nominations in various categories, winning two. This season includes the first annual Arrowverse crossover with spin-off TV series The Flash. The season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 22, 2015. The series was renewed for a fourth season January 2015.
See also: List of Arrow episodes
Cast and characters
Main articles: List of Arrow characters and List of supporting Arrow characters
Arrow was renewed for a third season by The CW on February 12, 2014.
Talking ahead of San Diego Comic Con, executive producer Marc Guggenheim stated that the theme of the season would be 'identity'. He and fellow EP Andrew Kreisberg confirmed that the series would continue six months on from the end of the previous season. Producers confirmed that the flashback sequences would continue this season, but be focused on Oliver's time in Hong Kong, and also examine the beginnings of his relationship with Amanda Waller.
Regarding character arcs, Guggenheim confirmed that both the characters of Thea Queen and Laurel Lance would be developed further over the season saying "Laurel and Thea are the two characters we haven't done as much with in the past, and they have the strongest storylines that we've ever given them." In particular, Thea's relationship with her father Malcolm Merlyn would be further explored, including a flashback to their encounter in the season two finale. Regarding Laurel, Kreisberg stated that "We're going to see Laurel take a few big steps toward her comic book self this season." Following previous revelations that the first episode would feature a date between Oliver and Felicity Smoak, Kreisberg stated that "The way the show has shaken out and the experiences the two have had, it feels like it's time to explore that." He also confirmed that Brandon Routh'sRay Palmer would be "invading Oliver's life in every aspect", as well as injecting more humor into the season.
It was also disclosed at San Diego that the season would feature an episode exploring the origins of the character Felicity Smoak, to be entitled "Oracle", which would focus on her time at M.I.T. It was confirmed by Marc Guggengheim in August that the episode name had been changed to "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak" and that the episode would also introduce Felicity's mother, Donna Smoak.
Kreisberg also confirmed that Colin Donnell would make an appearance as Tommy Merlyn in the second episode of the season, during a flashback sequence.
The preview of the third season trailer revealed the season 'big bad' to be Ra's al Ghul. Talking about potential story arcs, Kreisberg noted the possibility of Oliver working with Malcolm Merlyn against Ra's – "We've established firmly that Ra's al Ghul hates Merlyn and Oliver doesn't like Merlyn. It's going to be series of who hates who more. The enemy of my enemy is my friend."
In July 2014, the series cast several season regulars, including Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer along with J. R. Ramirez was Ted Grant / Wildcat,Karl Yune as Maseo Yamashiro and Rila Fukushima as Tatsu YamashiroVinnie Jones was also cast as Danny Brickwell, in a guest role. The following month, it was announced that Charlotte Ross would be joining the series as Felicity's mother, Donna Smoak. Later the same month, Nolan Gerard Funk was cast as Felicity's former boyfriend Cooper Seldon. In September, Matt Nable was cast in the role of the season's antagonist, Ra's al Ghul.Amy Gumenick was cast in a guest role as Carrie Cutter in the same month.Caity Lotz was confirmed to return as Sara Lance for at least three episodes at the start of the season.
The season began filming in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in July 2014.
The third season includes the first annual crossover with spin-off series The Flash: "Flash vs. Arrow".
The season began airing in the United States on The CW on October 8, 2014, and completed its 23-episode run on May 13, 2015.
Arrow: Season 3 was released as a 5-disc DVD set and as a 9-disc Blu-ray and DVD combo pack set on September 22, 2015 in the United States and September 28, 2015 in the United Kingdom. The DVD and Blu-ray box sets contain additional features, including making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, gag reel, and highlights from the Paley Fest.
Despite a strong critical start for the third season premiere, the season received more negative reviews than the previous seasons.
Writing for Entertainment Weekly, Chancellor Agard noted that season had been an uneven one where the "highs have been rather high and the lows have been almost insufferable" and highlighted that the season' biggest problem seemed to lie in the characterisation and motivation of the season's big bad, Ra's al Ghul. He did however praise the development of the character Laurel Lance as well as the development of Oliver's relationship with John Diggle.
Katie Kulzick, of A.V. Club noted that the season had a habit of "making bold moves and all too frequently backing away from, rather than embracing, the ramifications of these series-altering decisions." Despite the season's "significant problems", she felt groundwork had been laid for interesting potential storylines, in particular the development of Thea Queen becoming a member of the team as Speedy, for Felicity Smoak with Palmer Technologies and for Oliver to develop a fresh perspective.
The season finale was described as "dull", "lacking scope", and "underwhelming" by IGN's Jesse Schedeen in light of the "high standard" the show had previously established for its finales. He cemented the mixed reception of the third season as being "haphazardly paced" and "struggling to develop a clear sense of direction".
The third season holds a score of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 8.37/10. The site's consensus concluding: "Arrow stays on target with new characters and a steady supply of exciting action."
The third season averaged 3.52 million viewers across the 23 episodes, ranking 135th among television show viewership.
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Her nipples were burning, I was constantly kneading and massaging her breasts when I could reach with my palms or lips. It seemed to me that I would not have another night like this, and I tried to give her everything I could. I vaguely remember how we fell asleep. And in the morning she kissed me on the cheek, took the notes and slipped out the door.
See you after the exam.