ARROW Season 4 Finale Recap: And Then There Were Two

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Damien Dahrk is no more. The world is saved. Apocalypse crisis averted and all that. We had an almost happy ending and, considering that this is ARROW, I’d say we got a pretty good deal out of this finale.

However, Dahrk has gone completely mad when the episode starts, so – even though Felicity and her father had successfully disarmed Rubicon last week – the villain attacks Felicity, Donna and Curtis and distracts them long enough to steal the computer with all Rubicon access codes. So he launches 15,000 nuclear missiles all over the world, because he has nothing else to lose. His wife is dead, but he is all powerful, so ending the world will only make him more powerful, right? The dude’s crazy, that’s for sure.

Felicity and Curtis manage to stop the missile that was going to hit Star City and then need to race against time to stop all other 14,999 missiles in the air. It all seems hopeless and that the end of the world is inevitable, but then Curtis, of all people, is the one who inspires Oliver to go and talk to the people about not panicking and having hope and all that. That moment is what saves him afterwards, because when Dahrk tries to kill him, these people’s hope is the one thing that helps Oliver repel Dahrk’s magic and then, ultimately, beat him.

That wasn’t really a surprise, was it? It was the season finale; the chances of a resolution for the season long arc with Damien Dahrk were pretty high, so - even though, for a while there, he seemed to be completely unstoppable - we all knew the Team would somehow defeat him. That final fight scene was all kinds of fantastic and it did not disappoint. But that is the norm with ARROW – they’re always amazing at fight scenes – so that wasn’t a surprise either.

What did surprise me, however, was that Team Arrow has been disbanded too. Unlike last season – when Oliver left with Felicity and the team stayed behind, trying to protect the city on their own – this time everyone left. When it was all over and Dahrk was officially dead and they could finally move on with their lives, the entire team just sort of imploded and each member went their own separate way. Watching those final ten minutes of the episode just got more and more heartbreaking, because this season has not been easy for any of these characters. So when they all left and Oliver was standing all by himself in the middle of a completely destroyed lair, you could feel how helpless and alone he felt at that moment.

Even later, when he accepts the title of mayor of Star City, you can see that his happiness doesn’t reach his eyes. He may be on his way to doing good to the city, but he feels all alone. It is only in the very last scene that some of his hope is restored. Despite everything that has happened, Felicity hasn’t left. They’re partners, no matter what, and she makes that very clear to him. The last shot of the episode, when the camera pans out and shows just the two of them in the middle of a broken lair, it felt like this is what we can look forward to next season – Oliver and Felicity against the world.

Stay tuned for an in-depth roundtable about the season 4 of ARROW this summer.

ARROW returns on Wednesdays this fall on The CW.

ARROW Season Finale Preview: Divided We Fall?

ARROW writers love words and know how to use them well.

They chose a well-known word — ” Genesis” — as a theme this season … the first book of the Bible, which tells the story of the beginning of the universe and features the rebirth of the world after the flood in the story of Noah.

Damien Dahrk (guest star Neal McDonough) created his own version of Genesis to destroy the Earth with nuclear weapons and rebuild it with a group of chosen people, same as in the Bible, with his own warped twist.

But, there are lesser-known phrases that connect to the theme.

Take, for example, the safe haven built by Damien Dahrk — ”Tevat Noah” — the Hebrew word for “Noah’s Ark.” The residents of Tevat Noah were chosen to live in the “new world,” much as God decided whom to save from the flood.

That is not the only part of the phrase that applies to Dahrk. The root word, “Teva,” means to “be drowned by God in the sea,” but also is used in association with a “supreme ruler or king” as well as to imply an “impending change.”

Other such creation/destruction/re-creation concepts have used “Teva” in the name, including the Tevatron Hadron Collider, a facility that was trying to discover the “God particle.”

Does Damien Dahrk consider himself the new “God?” He said as much in the episode, “Lost in the Flood.” At the least, he definitely considers himself worthy of being the supreme ruler of the planet by creating an impending change.

Perhaps the other meaning of Teva is a phrase that may be the most appropriate … “It is in the nature of the Beast to make his mark.”

Damien Dahrk’s nature certainly is more from Hell than from Heaven. Now that Ruvé is dead and Damien thinks that his daughter was killed, there is no reason for him to let Earth survive.

Another word used frequently this season is “Rubicon,” the name of the software that controls nuclear weapons worldwide.

From the days of Julius Caesar, the phrase “Crossing the Rubicon” is used to indicate that there is some type of treason or betrayal involved in a situation. Will one of its members “cross the Rubicon” and betray Team Arrow?

Maybe the most important word associated with tonight’s episode is its title, “Schism,” which implies discord or division among a group of people. Of course, the division could apply to the residents of Star City, some whom are under Dahrk’s influence and willing to fight their fellow citizens.

Or is the schism among the members of Team Arrow? Since his breakup with Felicity and Laurel’s death, Oliver (Stephen Amell) has gone from the more optimistic version of himself (at the beginning of the season when he and Felicity were in Ivy Town), and is closer to the darker Oliver who returned from Lian Yu.

Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) has been hurt by the division in their relationship, by the divisiveness between her parents and by the loss of Laurel. The blonde cyber-queen has endured a lot of pain in the past few months.

Pain is not limited to Ollie and Felicity. John (David Ramsey) is bitter about his own decision to believe Andy, which resulted in Laurel’s death. Quentin (Paul Blackthorne) has lost another daughter and could harbor a hidden resentment for the team.

Thea (Willa Holland) has been through extremes. Besides Laurel’s death, she has faced Malcolm’s (John Barrowman) siding with Dahrk, Lonnie endangering her and the team and Alex’s death.

Will the schism destroy the team forever? Will Season 5 look dramatically different from Season 4? Will Curtis’s (Echo Kellum) unbridled optimism be enough to save the team from its schism? Will Oliver be able to inspire Star City citizens to unite in the face of impending nuclear disaster?

The fabulous John Behring who, along with SUPERNATURAL’s fictional Bobby Singer and Jody Mills, hails from the greater Sioux Falls area and directed the episode. The story for “Schism” was written by Greg Berlanti and the teleplay was written by Wendy Mericle and Marc Guggenheim.

ARROW airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW in the U.S. and on CTV in Canada.

ARROW Recap: Smoak and Kuttler vs. The End Of The World

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There are so many things to love about last night’s ARROW that I don’t even know where to start.

We had great lines, Oliver actually being a mature human being and giving sound advice, Felicity at her very best and an apocalyptic feel to the entire thing. What’s not to love? “Monument Point” had everything that makes this show awesome and it set the pace for what I’m sure will be a pretty explosive finale.

Now that the team knows that Dahrk has Rubicon and is preparing to launch several nuclear missiles around the globe to effectively end the world, they have to race against the clock to try and stop him. Except disarming Rubicon is not the easiest task in the world and even Felicity needs help with it. And the only hacker that could possibly face such task is her father, who escaped Iron Heights during the Dahrk chaos.

Although she is not his biggest fan, she says she can swallow her pride and her general dislike for him, so he can help them save the world. Tracking him down is the easiest part and she finds him pretty quickly. Except when Oliver and Dig get there, he has already fled. It turns out that Dahrk is also after him, because he is the only one who has the knowledge on how to disarm Rubicon and, therefore, can ruin his plans. Felicity manages to hack into his computers, but even though he wiped his system clean, she finds a root directory called Ravenspur, which happens to sound really familiar to her, but she doesn’t know where she has heard that word before.

So she goes to Mama Smoak about it and gets more than what she bargained for, when Donna starts recounting how that’s the cabin she and Noah used to go to and how he could go on all night and that Felicity was probably conceived there. The whole thing is hilarious and the look on Felicity’s face is priceless, but it gives her the information she needed. So she sends her boys over to the cabin, but when Oliver and Dig get there, Noah is already trying to run from Dahrk’s men. A fight scene ensues and Felicity is the one who ends up saving her dad.

From then on, every single scene between her and her father are awesome. Felicity had so many great lines and she was also super sassy in this episode, which just made them such an entertaining duo. Despite everything, they work really, really well together and we can clearly see where Felicity’s genius brain comes from. While they were talking about algorithms and codes and other stuff that completely flew over my head, they just seemed to understand each other and speak the same language.

Meanwhile, another father-daughter duo was at each other’s throats. Malcolm has obviously found Thea in Dahrk’s arc and is totally on board with the villain’s twisted plan of destroying the world in order to build a new one. Thea thinks he is just as insane as Darhk is. The problem is, Lonnie Machin (aka Anarky, remember him?) has somehow made his way into the arc and he has it in for Darhk. He kills a bunch of ghosts before Thea finds him and tries to talk him down. But he would have none of it and poor, drugged Alex is the one who perishes in the end.

Back in Star City, Felicity and her dad are trying their best to disable the nukes, but the ghosts attack and Noah gets hit. Felicity tries to finish what he started, but one missile still gets launched and is headed to Monument Point. They are at a loss of what to do, until Felicity decides to scramble the missile’s GPS and manages to send it to a less populated area. When it hits the small town, the blast is deadly, so tens of thousands of people die. Poor Felicity will now have to live with that on her conscience.

This genocide, however, only feeds Darhk’s powers and, when Oliver finds him underground, he is the picture of the mad villain, soaking in all his power.

Watch ARROW, they said… This season will be lighter, they said. Sigh.

A new episode of ARROW is scheduled to air on May 18 at 8/7c on The CW (U.S.) and on CTV (Canada).

 

ARROW Sneak Peek: A Brick, A Calculator, Merlyn and Anarky In The Dahrk

Back before Oliver (Stephen Amell) or Team ARROW had a mission to save their city, Danny Brickwell aka “Brick” had a plan to conquer The Glades, a rough neighborhood of Star City.

Before Laurel Lance died… before Tommy Merlyn died… before Maseo and Akio Yamashiro died…before Shado died…before Slade Wilson or Moira and Robert Queen died…

…before so many favorite characters died, Rebecca Merlyn was killed by Danny Brickwell as part of a gang initiation. A common street thug, Brick killed Rebecca because she was begging for her life.

This one act of incomprehensible cruelty and cowardice helped point Malcolm Merlyn down a tortured path to become the flawed human being that he is today. Malcolm’s plans to destroy The Glades to “revitalize” and set something different in motion, ended up with the most ironic death of all…his wife’s.

Killing for killing’s sake tends to have unfavorable repercussions, and if there is justice, those who kill for indefensible reasons, should get their comeuppance.

Killing to provide a new “landscape” for those designated to remain alive, whether it is The Glades, Dahrk’s Genesis plan to kill off most of the world and keep a select few, or another motive for a “good reason,” defies decency.

But, the world is nothing if not ironic, so how will Malcolm (John Barrowman) react to Brick’s escape from lockup and to Brick’s relationship with Dahrk?

We find out that Malcolm is the reason that Thea (Willa Holland) was kidnapped to the Stepford-world on her vacation with Alex. The “perfect” town also is a bunker that protects her from Dahrk’s nuclear blasts. Is Malcolm really content to let the world go up in flames as long as he and his daughter survive? Or will his actions at The Glades and the memory of Rebecca’s death stir any humanity within him?

Another irony is the pairing of Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and her evil mastermind (with a few redeeming qualities) father, Noah Kuttler (guest star Tom Amandes).

When Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson) explains that, even as Director of A.R.G.U.S., she cannot access the nuclear codes, Felicity realizes that the only person who can help is Noah, aka The Calculator. Noah has a few questions for Oliver that leave Green Arrow unsettled.

Als0, Daddy Dearest has broken more than a few laws in his lifetime, but the realization that Dahrk has the nuclear power to decimate the world (including Felicity), may make him an asset to Team ARROW, at least for tonight. They will need him to hack A.R.G.U.S. to help stop the nuclear launch that will destroy the world.

Then, there are those other nagging points…Danny Brickwell’s name was on The List compiled by Robert Queen and handed down to Oliver. The list contained the names of corrupt individuals who were dedicated to destroying Star(ling) City in The Undertaking. Is The Undertaking making a comeback, or are Brick’s ties to The List and to Dahrk just an evil coincidence?

It could be a coincidence, but everybody knows that Brick is a bit touched in the head (possibly from being shot in the head). In the comics, Brick kidnaps the mayor’s child and kills the mayor. If that storyline carries over to tonight’s episode, “Monument Point,” will Brick hit Dahrk where he lives? The Dahrk one loves his wife, Mayor Ruvé Adams (Janet Kidder), and child. Will the big-bad get out-badded?

With so many bad guys in the mix, let’s hope that something good can spring from less-than-honorable minds? Maybe they are hoping for Anarky (pun intended).

ARROW also stars Katie Cassidy (still listed in the credits), David Ramsey and Paul Blackthorne. Also guest starring in “Monument Point,” is Christopher Ang.

“Monument Point” was written by Speed Weed & Jenny Lynn and directed by Kevin Tancharoen.

ARROW airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW in the U.S. and on CTV in Canada.

ARROW Sneak Peek: Repercussions From Laurel’s Death… Dark Souls, Dark Places, Dahrk Magic

Shakespeare said, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet.”

Wait, don’t fall asleep. This isn’t English class.

But names may (or may not) give a glimmer into what the plans are for the rest of this season on ARROW. The clues may be in the codenames.

With everyone still reeling from Laurel’s death, Team Arrow and associates seem to be stumbling around, trying to make sense of their loss.

Diggle (David Ramsey) blames himself for not listening to Oliver (Stephen Amell) about Andy’s continued connection to Damien Dahrk.

As a way to atone for his error in judgment, John goes after his brother, Ruvé (guest star Janet Kidder) and Dahrk with a vengeance. Unfortunately for him, Andy (guest star Eugene Byrd) gets the drop on John and tortures him.

Instead of using his usual codename, “Spartan,” the credits have opted for “Guardian” for Diggle. Does this mark a change in John’s belief system and will he become a darker character?

Assumedly, the “Guardian” in DC Comics (James Harper) is not the same one as Diggle, since the comic book version is Roy Harper’s uncle. In a town the size of Star City, they probably would have known each other.

It does not seem that Evelyn Sharp (or Crawford in the comics) will be returning tonight, at least, as portrayer Madison McLaughlin is not listed in the credits.

Whether the teenager, mourning the death of her idol, will don the Black Canary costume again in Season 4 remains to be seen. Perhaps she will keep her comic book codename, “Starling,” and stick around long enough to spin off that BIRDS OF PREY series that I continue to push.

Another codename adjustment…Thea (Willa Holland) now is listed as Thea/Speedy/Red Arrow. Perhaps Laurel’s death has pushed her into a mindset that tries to manage the pain with a new persona, “Red Arrow.” Or, maybe she misjudged Alex (guest star Parker Young) who takes her on a vacation that quickly turns into a nightmare.

Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) finally gets the “Overwatch” codename listed on the credits. She should “over-watch-her-back” because Dahrk (guest star Neal McDonough) is mad with power and seems to be unstoppable. And he loves hurting Oliver by hurting the ones that Oliver loves.

So, how do you fight a mystical madman, especially if you hate magic as much as Ollie? Try going a little mad yourself and adding a bit of mysticism to your repertoire.

Hunt down Esrin Fortuna (guest star Gabriella Wright), a woman who looks like a priestess, hangs out at an INDIANA JONES-type locale and seems to have the goods on adding a little magic to your life. Time to fight “Dahrk magic” with “dark magic?”

ARROW also stars Katie Cassidy (still in the credits as “Laurel Lance” but not “Black Canary”), John Barrowman and Paul Blackthorne. Michael Bardach guest stars.

Tonight’s episode, “Genesis,” was written by Oscar Balderrama & Emilio Ortega Aldrich and directed by Gregory Smith.

ARROW airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. on The CW (U.S.) and CTV in Canada.

ARROW Recap: The One With All The Guilt

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I don’t even know where to start. Last night’s ARROW was so emotional and bittersweet and heartbreaking that I admit there was some serious waterworks going on in my living room. I’ll be honest when I say that I wasn’t a Laurel fan most of the time, but they did such an amazing job at turning her character around and redeeming her for the back half of this season, that I am surprisingly taking her death really hard.

“Canary Cry” picked up right where we left off a couple of weeks ago, so the shock and the grief and all emotions in between were still a whilwind for all the characters. They all broke my heart, but it was Dig, Felicity and especially Captain Lance that really did me in. His refusal to accept that Laurel was really gone this time and there was no way to bring her back was heartbreaking. The way he kept going, particularly after it was on the news that the Black Canary had attacked some people, was actually pretty hard to watch.

When he finally breaks down with Oliver, after he tells the Captain that there really is no bringing her back - dear god almighty, that was so, so incredibly sad. The way that they used the flashbacks to show the aftermath of Tommy’s funeral was also such a nice touch. I usually don’t really care about them, but last night was exactly what we needed. Seeing Laurel one more time, before everything happened, and also seeing what could have possibly been the first push towards her becoming the Black Canary was fantastic.

And the guilt. Guys, I could hardly stand it. Because it’s not just grief over losing one of their own. It’s that feeling that if they had done something different, Laurel would still be alive. There is plenty of guilt to go around, but Dig is bearing the brunt of it. After all, he was the one who chose to believe his brother over Oliver and now that is weighing heavily on him. That scene where he attacks Ruve Darhk was so painful to watch. David Ramsey did such a fantastic job here, because his pain was so obvious and so intense, that he couldn’t even think straight. The Dig we know would never hit a woman, but this grieving Diggle, overwhelmed with guilt, is another person altogether. When Oliver tells him to stand down and he finally breaks down… my feelings, guys. My heart was so not ready to watch this.

And then we have Felicity and Oliver. Felicity feels guilty because she wasn’t there. If she hadn’t quit the team, maybe she could’ve done something, maybe she could’ve foreseen this, and maybe Laurel would still be alive. What surprised me, however, was that Oliver – usually the king of guilt – was the one who kept the team grounded and together and working to save Laurel’s legacy. My guess is that he will only allow himself to fall apart later on. Right now, they have work to do.

Which brings us to that final grave scene. Now that we have more information, both scenes – Oliver and Barry and Felicity and Oliver – make so much more sense. If you follow both shows, you know that Laurel died probably a little bit before Barry loses his speed to Zoom, just when things were getting critical in Central City. But the scene that said a lot was the one with Oliver and Felicity in the car.

When we first watched this scene earlier this year, it looked like Oliver and Felicity were completely stranged, right? What a difference understanding the context makes, guys. Last night, I saw that scene in a completely different light – especially because we were treated to the complete scene. They are not stranged at all. They’re grieving and it will be that grief, that anger and their love – which is very much alive, thank you very much – that will help them find a way to defeat Dahrk. Oliver just needs someone to believe in him and when Felicity says just that, that’s all he needs.

These two will be working together and will be back together in no time, guys. Mark my words.

Don’t miss a new episode of ARROW on May 4 at 8/7c on The CW.

ARROW: Questions Surrounding The Death Of Laurel Lance

Open letter to ARROW fans… yes, I also am upset about Laurel’s death…BUT…

I am giving the producers time to explain why Laurel Lance had to die… an explanation to be revealed within the storyline, not on social media or in the press. But I know what she means to many of us.

Lest anyone think that I am not a huge Black Canary fan, you are wrong. She is my second-favorite DC character (after Catwoman). I have “Green Arrow” comics galore, and too many Black Canary action figures for someone over twelve-years-old. (I call them “maquettes” now that I am an adult.)

I was thrilled to work on the animated JUSTICE LEAGUE because I love Black Canary, and I even screamed out loud (much to the chagrin of my husband) when Katie Cassidy first donned the black jacket on ARROW.

Yes, I do plan on a good cry tonight at Laurel’s funeral. Black Canary showed a lot of young girls that you can be sexy, smart and sassy without shame, and that no man is better than you, simply based on gender.

And I will not bash the producers and writers for making a decision that forced them to kill off a beloved character. They had to know that there would be a major backlash, and I am sure the threats to them, personally and professionally, have been no picnic.

Most television viewers have no idea what a massive undertaking it is to create, develop, sell and run a TV series. I doubt if anyone wants to add to their 20-hour workday having to justify storylines to the fans by “making nice” with the media.

Before we skewer the producers and writers, and even The CW, over this traumatic loss of a fictional character, I, personally, am going to give the storyline a chance. There have to be reasons (both real-life and character-driven) for them to have made this painful choice. Why would anyone want their nights and weekends filled up with Internet chaos unless there were extenuating circumstances.

One of the complaints that I have seen repeatedly on various YouTube rants is that since Oliver has teamed up with Felicity, “Oliver has become soft,” and that “a common street thug can beat Green Arrow, now.” Some even liken the show to a soap opera, claiming that Ollie has lost his edge.

If that is true and GA can be smacked around by a local purse-snatcher, how is he supposed to destroy someone like Damien Dahrk? To me, the answer seems to be for him to revert to the killing machine who returned home from Lian Yu.

You want to harden someone’s heart? Mess with the people that they love. Personally, shooting Felicity should have been enough to “Dahrk-en” him, as should Dahrk’s kidnapping William.

But, Oliver Queen may have become too moralistic for his own good, and maybe he should hang out with Batman a bit more. Sometimes, lines must be crossed for the “greater good.” Perhaps killing off Dahrk and Ruvé should be considered more of a community service than a moral dilemma.

Yes, I will be tuning into ARROW tonight, and I probably will cry all the way through the episode aptly titled, “Canary Cry.” I may even bring my action figures into the living room to watch with me so they can see their inspiration has passed on for the greater good.

I will watch Cassidy as Earth-2’s Black Siren on THE FLASH, listen for her voiceover on VIXEN, and watch her tonight at what leaked photos suggest is a flashback to Tommy’s funeral. Through it all, I will mourn the passing of one version of my childhood role models.

Maybe the rumors will come true, and SUPERNATURAL’s Alona Tal will play BC in the JUSTICE LEAGUE feature film with possible springboards into BIRDS OF PREY and/or solo BLACK CANARY movie(s).

Like Black Canary, I will never give up hope. Perhaps, in the future, someone will take up the Canary mantle. While I wait, I will console myself with my new DC Comics Black Canary (Vol. 4) #11, published and released today.

I imagine that it took a lot of effort and convincing for the writers and producers helped produce “geek chic” when they brought the Arrow-verse to television. I suspect that they love Black Canary as much as I do. I am certain that they have satisfactory end for fans in the future.

ARROW stars Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, Paul Blackthorne and John Barrowman. Guest starring in “Canary Cry,” are Neal McDonough, Katrina Law, Eugene Byrd and Alex Kingston.

“Canary Cry” was written by Executive Producer Wendy Mericle and Co-Producer Beth Schwartz and directed by Laura Belsey.

ARROW airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW in the U.S. and on CTV in Canada.

ARROW Commentary: Looking For A Mericle Cure

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I am hoping for a Mericle cure, pun intended, for the death of Black Canary.

The next episode of ARROW will air on April 27th and be headed by its own team of female superheroes…Executive Producer Wendy Mericle, Co-Producer Beth Schwartz and Director Laura Belsey.

Marc Guggenheim has said, “Laurel Lance is dead.”  But, I never have read where anyone has said, “Black Canary is dead.”

And I am banking on that.

Since the beginning of moving pictures, strong women have struggled to find their place in the world of cinema and television.

Actress Mary Pickford was smart enough to co-found United Artists, but gained fame by playing the damsel-in-distress onscreen.

Television pioneer, Lucille Ball, was a prolific producer who ran Desilu Studios, yet had to play the bumbling Lucy Ricardo to achieve her greatest fame.

Disney princesses have evolved to be strong role models for little girls, but when I was a child, the princess waited to be saved by the handsome prince. I always had what my mother described as “the patience of a gnat,” and waiting for anything, including the handsome prince. never appealed to me.

So, I turned to comic books and cartoons.

In that wondrous world, there was no waiting.  Women were allowed to be smart, strong, snarky and sexy. Sure, Lois Lane always was getting saved by Superman, but generally she got into trouble because her intrepid-reporter instincts drove her to get the story, regardless of the risk.

But, there also was Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Mercy Graves and even crazy ole Harley Quinn…women who were smart, strong, and occasionally snarky.  Women who lived in a man’s world without apology and who never hid their intelligence.

Then, there was Black Canary.  Definitely smart and strong.  Could snark with the best of them, and do it wearing fishnets and thigh-highs without fear of being considered anyone’s princess waiting to be saved.  Black Canary was her own woman.

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So, what happens on ARROW, now that “Laurel Lance” is dead.  There are plenty of plausible options.

Producers have said that Laurel’s death will propel storylines into next season.  Many characters have died on ARROW, but none that were part of the team. Since Katie Cassidy is listed on the credits through the end of this season, there is a laundry list of possibilities.

Already slated for an upcoming guest role on VIXEN and to appear as doppelganger, “Black Siren,” from Earth-2 on the May 17th episode of THE FLASH, if “Laurel” is dead, could “Black Canary” survive?

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Hopefully.  The press release for the next episode, “Canary Cry,” indicates that Quentin (Paul Blackthorne) asks Nysssa (guest star Katrina Law) to bring back his daughter.  Nyssa is at Laurel’s funeral, so perhaps she has restored the Lazarus Pit and can bring back Black Canary, even if Laurel Lance must remain dead.

Bringing back Black Canary as a metahuman who is equal to Damien Dahrk’s (guest star Neal McDonough) magic could be an interesting concept.

Then, there is that moment where nobody knows what Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Laurel said, right before she coded.  Did they decide that “Laurel Lance” must “die” because Dahrk would continue to use her against Quentin, even after his testimony?

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It is a possibility.  Check out the photo of Oliver in the cemetery.  He is standing next to a tombstone with the last name, “Clayton.”  Since Samantha and William are still alive and in hiding, is the entire cemetery just window dressing of the not-really-departed to keep them safe from Team Arrow’s enemies?

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The ramifications of Laurel’s death, real or faux, will have a huge impact on the team. Personal relationships will be altered.

The very real truth that, every time Team Arrow heads out for a fight means that one of them might not come back, will weigh heavy in their minds.

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Diggle (David Ramsey) will doubt his instincts after being fooled by Andy (guest star Eugene Byrd).

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Thea (Willa Holland) may suffer the loss so deeply that she lets Malcolm (John Barrowman) back into her life to fill an emotional void.

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Surely, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) will be drawn back to the team, perhaps donning the mantle of “Black Canary” herself, leaving Curtis (Echo Kellum) at the cyber-controls.  Could that chip implant turn a klutzy computer geek into a fighting machine?  Stranger things have happened.

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In print, not only has there been more than one Black Canary, but Black Canary has died more than once and has had several different storylines.  The original Canary was Laurel’s mom, Dinah, who is seen at the funeral (guest star Alex Kingston).

Additionally, although this never has been explored on ARROW, Black Canary trained the Young Justice team.  Amell recently tweeted a welcome note to young actress, Madison McLaughlin, who played the spunky teen huntress, Krissy, on Supernatural. 

While remote, the 20-year-old actress would be the right age to be one of the members of YJ, who theoretically could become a new Black Canary.

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Then, there is my personal favorite theory…use Laurel’s death to free Black Canary to springboard a spinoff for a new BIRDS OF PREY, because the world needs more female heroes who are smart, strong, and on occasion, a bit snarky.

Regardless of what the next step is on this journey, the death of Laurel Lance already has impacted the Arrowverse.  Trends, tweets, treatises and even threats to stop watching the show are propelling the story into new directions.

While all of this is theory, the fact remains that killing Laurel Lance to propel the story, regardless of the fan reaction, took courage on the part of the producers and writers.

I think the smart money is on the writers.  They will not fail this series.

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ARROW Recap: The Black Canary Falls

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The cat is out of the bag.

The season long mystery on ARROW was finally revealed tonight and the Black Canary pulled the short straw. I have to say that, while I was not surprised that it was Laurel in the grave, I am surprised about how it actually happened. Even though they had been hinting strongly at the fact that Laurel was being written out of the show – foreshadowing really isn’t one of this show’s strongest suits – now that it has happened, I find myself actually sad that she is gone.

Because, for all the damage they inflicted on the character in the past couple of years, they did an exceptional job at redeeming her in the past ten or so episodes. And while I had never been a Laurel fan, I found myself enjoying her a lot these past few weeks because they seemed to have finally found her place in the show. It’s just really sad that they did that when it was entirely too late. And how ironic was it that they made her resurrect her sister Sara, only to die half a season later.

Laurel came full circle. She was going to go back to her career in law, having just received a job offer from Darhk’s wife, after she won the mayoral election. As a District Attorney, she would be able to be the eyes and ears of the team inside the Darhk’s family lair. It was perfect. She was going to do something she liked and would still be able to help Team Arrow from time to time. Oliver was super supportive and that was what gave her the final push to accept the offer. She was just going to go on this one last mission and that was it. No more Black Canary.

Little did she know that she was walking into her death. Because Darhk started a riot in prison and things just went south really, really fast. To make matters worse, Andy fed them some intel and Dig was quick to trust him, even though Oliver doubted him and told him of his suspicions about his brother.

The thing is, it was Andy’s betrayal that got them all in this mess, so there is going to be plenty of guilt to go around for the team. Oliver, for letting her join the team in the first place; Dig, for obvious reasons; Felicity, for quitting the team and not being there to help them when they needed it; Thea for focusing on her feud with Malcolm instead of being focused on the mission at hand. It’s going to be a dark, dark path until the season finale and – if they have already revealed who died in episode 18, my guess is that whatever they have planned for the season finale is going to be a hell of a lot more shocking.

So back at Iron Heights, Darhk has everyone immobilized, Andy reveals himself as the filthy traitor he is and – well – things just aren’t going well at all. Andy gives him the missing piece of the idol that would restore his powers and then things really go awry. Because Darhk, just out of spite, shoves an arrow into Laurel’s stomach and flees the scene.

Oliver rushes her to the hospital and they do manage to get her into surgery. For a while there, they make us think that everything is going to be okay – the doctor even tells them Laurel is going to be fine. But when Oliver is finally alone with her and she starts telling him how happy she is that he has found Felicity and that he should fight to get her back; and then she says he would always be the love of her life, I knew this was goodbye.

And it hurt. It hurt a lot.

Because the cast brought their A game to this moment and they literally ripped my heart out of my chest and tap danced on top of it with their performance. Laurel is gone, poor Captain Lance will probably fall into a deep depression, the entire team will feel guilty, along with having to deal with their grief over losing Laurel and this show is about to get so much darker.

Watch ARROW, they said; this season will have a lighter tone to it, they said. Sigh.

ARROW returns with a new episode on April 27 on The CW.

ARROW: Who Died? It’s [Spoiler] In the Grave

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Warning: This article has spoilers from this week’s ARROW

Who is in the grave has been this season’s biggest mystery on ARROW. We first found out a major character was going to die at some point this season in the very first episode back in October. Just when we thought things were going to work out and Oliver and Felicity were going to live happily ever after, fighting crime in Star City side by side, the show punched us in the stomach with a flashforward scene, where Oliver was standing over a grave with Barry, vowing to kill whoever was responsible for that particular death.

Cue the internet exploding about it. Who could possibly be in the grave? Whose death would affect Oliver so much? And why was Barry there? The fans hit social media with countless possibilities and we soon had a list of possible candidates for the grave, with Felicity leading that list for a while. After all, she is the one person Oliver loves the most in the entire world, so it was either her or Thea – the two most important people in his life.

The fact that the mid-season finale ended with Felicity shot and bleeding out in the back of a car did not put the odds in her favor. So we entered the long hiatus for the holidays and a lot of fans were counting Felicity as the person in the grave as a done deal. However, when the mid-season premiere aired, we were treated to another flashforward, and this time we saw Felicity alive and well, even though she and Oliver seemed to be estranged. So we knew something bad was going to happen between them, but we knew Felicity wasn’t the one in the grave. The discussion was then reopened, with Captain Lance, Laurel and Donna Smoak as the front runners.

Fast forward to tonight’s episode.

Laurel is offered a job as the D.A. with Dahrk’s wife, after she wins the mayoral race. She is very tempted to accept it, even after Captain Lance tells her not to. She decides to go on one last mission, before she accepts the promotion, especially after Oliver was so supportive of her taking the job as District Attorney, saying she could do so much good in the light of day.

So they go try to take on Dahrk in the middle of the chaos he created in prison, and that’s where everything goes wrong. After an intense fighting sequence, Dahrk has everyone immobilized, and just out of spite, he pierces Laurel in the stomach with an arrow.

And the Black Canary falls.

We’ll have a full recap with our thoughts on this death in the morning.