ARROW Season Finale Recap: Elegance And Excellence

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Last night’s ARROW season finale was nothing short of fabulous!

The guest cast was not as expansive as trolls who managed to get into the system made it seem, but it did not matter. There was not one second of downtime in the action-packed episode. Heading the flood of fabulousness was Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson. Just hearing him call Oliver “kid” was worth the price of admission.

Nick E. Tarabay brought the smarmy as Digger Harkness/Captain Boomerang. Watching him size up Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) and her hysterical rejection of “I will feed you your eyes” was a laugh-out-loud moment. John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlin) joined the fun with a nicely-timed quip, which made his apparent departure from the Arrowverse even more depressing.

Poor Malcolm. Maybe he failed miserably at being a father (and a human being), but when Thea (Willa Holland) stepped on a landmine, he shoved her off the device and took her place, allowing his daughter and her friends to escape.

As Harkness and the bad guys caught up to him, Malcolm turned with a sly smile, knowing that with his unselfish actions, he has protected his daughter. As Team Arrow ran to safety, there was an explosion behind them, and it was assumed that Malcolm had stepped off the pressure bomb and blown up himself and Harkness.

Thea’s realization that Malcolm loved her, despite his faults, gives her character new development opportunities for next season. There has been speculation that Merlin escaped because the explosion was off-camera, but Barrowman confirmed on Facebook after the West Coast feed that “Malcolm Merlin is no more.”

Captain Boomerang could have escaped demise with the possibility of a SUICIDE SQUAD sequel. Given the off-camera explosion, nothing is locked into place, and fans have learned to never say never.

For those unwilling to let go of Malcolm quite yet, Barrowman has promised a series of Twitter videos featuring him and Katrina Law including one already posted with Barrowman, Law, Tarabay and a donut.

Speaking of Law, the fight scenes between Nyssa and Talia (Lexa Doig) were nothing short of a ballet. The artistry of movement and the preciseness and detail of the stuntwork, sound, camerawork, editing, direction, etc., surpassed perfection.

The show was not all action, however. The acting was superb with some of the more touching moments of the series. When Oliver (Stephen Amell) asked Slade for help rescuing William, he offers Slade information as to the whereabouts of his own son, Joe. It was a touching father-to-father exchange with each man painfully portraying the difficulty of losing a child.

Despite all the evil that Slade has perpetrated, the bond apparently was not in question. When Harkness tried to recruit Wilson to the other side, Oliie discerned Slade’s maneuver to extract them from the situation and followed his lead.

Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Thea (Willa Holland) were reticent to afford Wilson the same trust, with Thea pointing out that Slade made them orphans.

But the depths of the bond between the two men was best explained when Slade encouraged Oliver to forgive himself in his continued grief over Robert’s death. The ability of a child to move past the death of a parent is a long, hard road, and the child’s guilt that his parent’s death is, somehow, his fault is a life-altering emotion. Although that situation is not controllable by the child, the guilt is permeating.

How could Oliver have moved fast enough to stop Robert? The simple answer is that he could not.

Slade wisely advised Ollie to find a way to forgive himself, so he could appreciate what he has now. Both Amell and Bennett handled the emotional situation with respect and depth.

A nice flashback with Moira (Susanna Thompson) let Thompson and Amell portray the best in their relationship during a heart-wrenching phone call, and a “just-in-case” kiss marked the possible return of Olicity.

Powerful performances by all propelled the episode with no second wasted. Each made the most of his/her screen time giving new development to the team’s cohesion.

Quentin’s statement that Dinah Lance was “Black Canary” was especially touching, and his takedown of Black Siren was a great metaphor for his letting go of his own Laurel.

As Oliver clutched William, Chase (Josh Segarra) unleashed the C4 to destroy Team Arrow. As the explosions rang out, both Oliver and Adrian understood how the past can destroy the future. Fortunately, Oliver has chosen to move on, while Adrian fell victim to his history.

Did Team Arrow have to pay for Adrian’s sins? Or did it find its way to safety before the explosion? It was a great setup for next season, and neither cast nor crew wasted a moment of opportunity.

The stunt players and camera operators and picture editors and director and writers and the rest of the crew brought everything and more to the party.

The sound folks managed to pull off everything from the small, very important click of the pressure bomb to huge explosions and incredibly-timed sword-fighting effects.

They even made Manu Bennett understandable when he (or his stunt double) was wearing the Deathstroke mask. (More applause for Michael E. Lawshé and the entire ARROW sound team.) There truly was not one moment wasted. Bet Craft Services even rocked the donuts.

The ARROW Season 5 finale is everything it should have been, and so much more. ARROW will return in the fall on The CW.

ARROW Sneak Peek: Stairway To Heaven

‘Tis Finale Season, and our favorite shows are all pulling out the stops so we don’t forget them over the summer. And ARROW is pulling out a lot of REALLY, REALLY GOOD stops.

If you’re like my friend, Susan, who opens your presents before Christmas, skip down to the guest cast for next week.

Either the producers have put together an OMG cast or someone in Publicity is playing a cruel joke on the universe.

And it all starts tonight when Katie Cassidy returns as a precursor to rejoining the regular cast again next year. While poor milquetoast Laurel Lance of this Earth is resting in peace, the Laurel from another mother on Earth 2 is back as Black Siren.

Siren, whose mouth and attitude seem much closer to the print Black Canary than Cassidy’s previous role (except for the villainess thing), has aligned with Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) who is locked up in a cell.

Maybe she never got over Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) lack of interest, but for some reason, she just loves to take out her frustration on Team Arrow. Pair her up with Chase and his daddy issues, and there is enough business to employ a fleet of shrinks.

Other drama soaping up the landscape, Quentin (Paul Blackthorne) is furious with Rene (Rick Gonzalez) who skipped the custody hearing for his daughter, thinking that a daddy-less life would be better for her. That does not sit well with Lance who knows what it is like to lose two daughters. Stay tuned to see if the reemergence of Laurel’s doppelgänger drives him back to the bottle.

And for that other THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL moment, it looks like Ollie and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) may put on their fancy dating duds and consider another spin around the Love Boat.

Action fans, do not despair. Not everything is about mending broken relationships tonight.

Curtis (Echo Kellum) goes to Dinah’s (Juliana Harkavy) place, and while investigating a possible break-in/abduction there, he is knocked unconscious and dragged away. Either Chase is manipulating the outside world from jail or nu-Laurel thinks there are too many canaries for one cage…or both.

As ARROW shoots toward next week’s season finale, watch for the setup for more faces to return.

Warning…do not drive and read the following list of guest stars at the same time. And yes, the list is so big that it takes up 3 paragraphs…

Colton Haynes (Roy Harper/Arsenal), Audrey Marie Anderson (as Lyla Michaels), John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn/Dark Archer), Alexander Calvert (Lonnie Machin/Anarky), Joe Dinicol (Rory Regan/Ragman) and Megalyn Echikunwoke as Megalyn E.K (Mari McCabe/the original Vixen from earlier seasons and The CW Seed),

Matt Nable (Ra’s al Ghul), Matt Ryan (John Constantine), Rila Fukushima (Tatsu Yamashiro/Katana), Susanna Thompson (Moira Queen), Lexa Doig (Talia al Ghul), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Amanda Waller), Michael Rowe (Deadshot) and Colin Donnell (Tommy Merlyn),

Manu Bennett (Slade Wilson/Deathstroke), Katie Cassidy (Black Siren), Katrina Law (Nyssa al Ghul), Dolph Lundgren (Konstantin Kovar) David Meunier (Ishmael Gregor) and Nick E. Tarabay (Digger Harkness).

Sorry about your car bumper. I told you not to read and drive.

Tonight’s episode, “Missing,” was written by Speed Weed & Oscar Balderrama and directed by Mairzee Almas.

ARROW airs tonight (May 17) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

ARROW Post-Mortem: Executive Producer Wendy Mericle on Prometheus’ True Identity Being Revealed

Warning: This article contains *major spoilers* from the March 1 episode of ARROW

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Prometheus has been unmasked on ARROW this week. During a fight with Vigilante, Adrian Chase was revealed to have been Prometheus all along and while he’s spent his days cozying up to Oliver as the D.A., he’s spent his nights engaging in a mental mind-game with the mayor/vigilante. Oliver, however, doesn’t know his friend and fellow city employee is the villain he’s been battling for months. And at the end of the episode, Chase kidnapped Susan Williams — Oliver’s girlfriend.

ARROW Executive Producer Wendy Mericle spoke with journalists about the show’s decision to have Chase be Prometheus and what’s to come now that ARROW fans know the truth.

Why Prometheus and Not Vigilante? In the comics, Adrian Chase is the vigilante appropriately named Vigilante, but that’s not the route ARROW decided to go when they brought in the character for season 5. Instead, Chase, as was revealed this week, is Prometheus. So why the change? Mericle said “one of the reasons we didn’t do it was because everybody would be thinking ‘of course he’s going to be Vigilante.’ We thought it would be a really fun, sort of twist to do what we’ve always done on the show, which is to take the comic book mythology and turn it on its head. And see what kind of story we can mine from a surprise like that. I think it was also just something different for this season. We wanted to change up how we introduced the big bad and when we did it, how we did it. Hopefully we succeeded in that this year.”

This Was Always the Plan. “We always knew that Adrian Chase and Josh Segarra playing him was our big bad,” Mericle explained. “We always knew from the beginning, in our very first discussions, which were started about a year ago right now. And we knew that’s what we wanted him to be, that’s how we wanted him to build it. I think in terms of the timing of this specific episode, we had to play around with that a little bit more. There are certain moments in the season where you obviously want to build to. We could have done it in [episode] 5.09, we could have done it even later in [episode] 5.18. But as much as possible we tried to let this story dictate where these big reveals [would] happen and it just felt right here and it felt right also to do it in the middle of an episode and that also, I think, played against expectations in a good way.”

What Oliver Doesn’t Know. While the audience knows Prometheus’ true identity, Oliver and Team Arrow are still in the dark. Mericle assured us that they will know about the Chase-Prometheus connection later in the season, but wouldn’t give us an exact timeline except to say it would happen “before the finale”. However, keeping our main characters in the dark for the time being will allow ARROW to “live with that reveal for a while” and will have the audience “seeing the characters not knowing what their lives are like and still interacting with Adrian Chase in City Hall and elsewhere without knowing his real identity. We really like the idea of doing that in [the] story and we’re going to play around with that for a little while before we let Oliver and the team find out.”

Josh Segarra (Adrian Chase/Prometheus), meanwhile, hinted that “We’re not going to leave it to the end of the season. It’s hard [to tease] because I already know how he reacts, and I love the way it goes. You’re going to see Chase just kind of trying to burn the world around him. We’ve seen the reluctance [in] him to kill [Oliver]. I never want to kill him. It’s just to make sure that we can make him stir a little bit, make him uncomfortable. So I think that’s where it’s going. Once they do find out, it’s how then to continue with my mission. I know how that goes, but you’ll have to see.”

How Did The Story of Prometheus Come About? Mericle reiterated that for this season’s big bad the writers “wanted to go back to season 1, we wanted to explore the roots of Oliver’s mission and the consequences of everything that he’s done. And absolutely we had that in mind that Prometheus would come back and he would start to mess with the people closest to Oliver….As we moved through the season, you’ll see as we head towards the finale, that Prometheus and Chase are going to go after…he’s obviously focused on Oliver but he’s also going to be focused on some of the people he loves the most as well.”

The Hero of His Own Story. “Our plan [for these types of reveals is] for everyone to be able to look back and go ‘oh my gosh, there were little hints here along the way’. On this show, I think historically, we’ve always striven to have the villain be the hero of their own story and to really kind of get underneath the reasons why they are what they are and they do what they do. And Adrian Chase is no exception. We will get a lot more sense going forward, I think, of why he has become so evil. Why he’s so bent on revenge. And I think the thing that’s the most interesting about it, for us, is just how close those parallels are with Oliver’s own story. We really did want to, this season, build a villain that would be a dark mirror for Oliver, in the tradition of the comic books and really honoring that. And also honoring Oliver’s past on the show and, it’s like I said, specifically the first season. Seeing what it was like to go through the loss — they both suffered losses and they both answer those losses in very different ways.”

Origin Story. Don’t expect to see flashbacks to how, exactly, Chase became Prometheus because that’s not really the route ARROW will take. However, Mericle assured us that “we’re going to get that story and get that understanding, actually, in the present day story. We did toy with [doing flashbacks] because I think it’s a very great story idea. It’s something we definitely thought about. But I think we ultimately felt the need that we could get what we needed to get out of his character, and understanding of his character in the present day story, specifically with the relationship to his interactions with Oliver.”

The Kidnapping of Susan Williams and Prometheus’ Game. At the end of this week’s ARROW we basically saw Chase corner Oliver’s girlfriend. With this season’s big bad, Mericle explained that “we really wanted to build him up as someone who is extremely good at being ten steps ahead of Oliver [and] really being psychological in the way that he manipulates him. And one of the ways he does that is by going after the people that Oliver cares about. We’ve seen villains do that in the past, but this year Adrian does it in a way that’s a little bit more specific. Not to take the wind out of the sails of the story, [but] his goal is very clear: he has really no drive to kill Oliver. It’s purely based on torture. And so in taking Susan…he’s headed to that and it’s all part and parcel to break Oliver down psychologically as opposed to physically which we have seen with Slade and Merlyn and everyone else do — take him on hand-to-hand, this is much more of a mental game.”

The Motivation to Save Diggle. Chase had an opportunity to get close to Oliver by helping to save Diggle from prison and, according to Mericle, a big part of the reason for this was the game he’s playing with Oliver. “It was a way for him to get closer to Oliver. Again, this is part of his psychological torture of Oliver. The further he gets into Oliver’s head, the closer he gets in gaining his confidence and gaining his trust, then obviously one of the ways to do that is by gaining the trust and confidence of the people that Oliver cares about. So it definitely part of his long-term game and those chickens will definitely come home to roost by the end of the season.”

The next new episode of ARROW airs on March 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

ARROW Sneak Peek: The Buck Truly Stops There

In a twist of ironic timing, art delivers a valuable life lesson, tonight on ARROW.

A leader, faced with political opposition, tries to allay the fears of his constituents by holding a press conference. After a man is killed in service to others, cries of impeachment abound when Mayor Oliver Queen must take responsibility for his role in the action.

His constituents call for impeachment when their leader is perceived to be inexplicably protecting Green Arrow’s involvement in the killing of Detective Malone.

Oliver (Stephen Amell) decides to do what responsible leaders do. Emerging from the tornado of palace intrigue where misrepresentation, blackmail and alt-facts are propagated by surrogates, Mayor Queen steps forward and takes responsibility.

Knowing that undertaking a leadership role means that “the buck stops here,” is what a true leader does, Oliver neither runs from the truth nor lets his staff obfuscate what his constituents have a right to know.

Nobody promised Ollie a rose garden when he took on the responsibility of leading others, and Team Arrow has its own issues in dealing with the crisis.

Oliver insists Thea (Willa Holland) make the situation right in Susan’s firing, while Thea and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) consider blackmail. Felicity continues down her dark path with Helix, and Quentin (Paul Blackthorne) tries to fend off the press with a terse, ineffective “no comment.”

Vigilante attacks Oliver while he is acting as the mayor, and Diggle (David Ramsey) leads the team in a mission to stop Vigilante once and for all.

Adrian (Josh Segarra) tries to resign, offering to fall on his political sword and take responsibility for the cover-up, but Oliver declines. Having evolved into a stronger leader, a better person and the responsible officer of the government, Ollie chooses to take responsibility for the situation, despite being manipulated by the devious Prometheus.

Emulating Harry Truman, Oliver Queen believes that “the buck stops here” when it comes to being the person in charge.

Kids, next time your mom (like my mom) asks you what you think you are learning from comic books, cartoons and superheroes, the correct reply might be, “I’m learning how to be a better version of myself.”

Tonight’s episode of ARROW, “Fighting Fire with Fire,” was written by Speed Weed & Ben Sokolowski and directed by Michael Schultz.

ARROW airs tonight (March 1) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW in the U.S. and on CTV Two in Canada.

ARROW Sneak Peek: The Gang Of Three

Today is Washington’s birthday, and I cannot tell a lie…Last week’s ARROW was an incredible sounding television show! More effective than a Covey seminar, more nuanced than a Joseph Conrad novel, the artistry of the post production sound team was both profound and elegant.

Supervising Sound Editor, Michael E. Lawshé, Rerecording Mixers Dan Hiland and Gary D. Rogers, Dialogue Editor, Jessica Goodwin, and Sound Effects Editor, Robert Ramirez, delivered a spectacular ARROW last week.

Film students, take note. Along with SUPERNATURAL, this is how television and film should sound. If you did not see either show last week, find them online and enjoy!

Powers-that-be… please submit these folks for Emmys and buy the advertising to ensure that great work gets rewarded.

Also, worth noting when extolling the treasures of ARROW and SUPERNATURAL, a brunette young Mary Winchester, guest star Amy Gumenick, returns to Star City tonight looking for that dish that is best served cold… revenge.

Tonight, Gumenick who returns as Cupid, is part of a 3-pack of crazy-yet-charming-yet-homicidal ladies who break out of Iron Heights and head out to SC for a bit of payback. Also in the dastardly trio are China White (guest star Kelly Hu) and Liza Warner (guest star Rutina Wesley). Definitely time for Team Arrow to suit up.

When Green Arrow tries to corral the new girl gang, the ACU intervenes. But not to arrest the threesome. Law enforcement wants to arrest GA for murdering Detective Malone.

Quentin (Paul Blackthorne) continues to battle his demons and feels responsible for the prison break. It seems as though Warner heard about him working with Damien Darhk. So much for Lance’s hard work getting her to follow the straight-and-narrow.

ARROW also stars David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, Echo Kellum and Josh Segarra. Guest stars on tonight’s episode, “The Sin-Eater,” include Corina Akeson, Lexa Doig, Hesham Hammoud, Juliana Harkavy, Adrian Holmes, David Lloyd, David Meunier, David Nykl, Carly Pope, Dimitri Tsoy and Carlo Yu.

“The Sin-Eater” was written by Barbara Bloom & Jenny Lynn and was directed by Mary Lambert.

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

ARROW Sneak Peek: Law & Order

ARROW gets current tonight and tackles the divisive issue of gun control. Executive Producer, Marc Guggenheim, penned the episode, which should offer viewers a real-world take on the subject.

Guggenheim spent his early career cutting his teeth on the ripped-from-the-headlines, LAW & ORDER.

Guggenheim wrote and produced one of my favorite LAW & ORDER episodes, aptly titled, “City Hall,” and tonight’s ARROW episode, “Spectre of the Gun,” may remind L&O viewers of that quality.

Watch for Guggenheim, who rarely shied away from hot topics in his pre-sci-fi career, to bring home the emotions when another city hall is attacked… Star City’s.

Tragic memories resurface for Rene (Rick Gonzalez), aka Wild Dog. Gonzalez, who like Guggenheim, is an alum of Kelley/Wolf/Zuiker/Bruckheimer procedurals, should have no problem handling the material.

Flashbacks will reveal how Rene went from everyday family man to gun-toting Wild Dog and give the audience more insight into how and why he has evolved into the man that he is now.

If Rene will be the voice of gun owners’ rights, the clip shows Curtis (Echo Kellum) as the voice of gun control proponents. Recently a victim of assault, Mr. Terrific is not as sure about the “fight fire with fire” approach, and tensions flare in the bunker as the team deals with this timely subject.

Guggenheim shows respect to this real-life discussion by sending Oliver (Stephen Amell), not Green Arrow, to deal with the perpetrator behind the attack.

Sometimes, a “regular guy,” not necessarily a superhero, is the right person to assist in a crisis. (“Regular guy” except his penchant for dressing up in a hood, who is millionaire playboy, good-looking and is in phenomenal shape. You know, just a “regular guy.”)

ARROW also stars David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, Josh Segarra and Paul Blackthorne. Guest stars on “Spectre of the Gun” are Bruce Crawford, Lexa Doig, Doris Chase, Eliza Faria, Nisreen Slim and Juliana Harkavy.

Re Harkavy, a shoutout to producers for choosing Dinah Drake, the Golden Age Black Canary, to put BC back on the GA landscape.

ARROW airs tonight (February 15) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW in the U.S. and CTV Two in Canada.

ARROW Sneak Peek: Canary Cry, Baby

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The big lie. “The check is in the mail.” “I’ll respect you in the morning.” “Hi, Ollie.”

When ARROW went on winter hiatus, there was Katie Cassidy, in the bunker, giving hope to Black Canary fans that their 2nd favorite DC character (right after Catwoman) was making a return.

But cliffhangers being what they are, and ARROW fans being a bit jaded (green pun intended), were suspicious that it was no miracle, but perhaps a Mericle (as in Wendy) and company, who was bringing back their favorite songbird.

As weeks passed and clips came out, fans realized that Cassidy was returning not as Black Canary, but as Black Siren from Earth-2. And that was fine. While this earth’s Laurel Lance never had a chance to bloom into the comic book Canary persona, this was a chance to start over…to let Cassidy deliver her lines with the appropriate amount of snark that fit BC’s print image.

But, tonight is about deception. Star City D.A., Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) offers to defend Diggle (David Ramsey) from military charges, but both men know that the General has a secret agenda.

Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), still reeling from Detective Malone’s death, is on the path to avenge him at any lengths, a possible ploy by Prometheus to trick Green Arrow into hurting those close to the emerald archer.

Curtis (Echo Kellum) tells Rene (Rick Gonzalez) that his work with the team has cost him the love of his life. Will a run-in with Black Siren be the final straw for Mr. Terrific?

And is this Mericle or miracle? It would be fabulous if the print-style Black Canary could end up as Ollie’s (Stephen Amell) love interest.

Cassidy is billed as a “guest star,” not a series regular. But guest stars sometimes can be more permanent than the billing implies (like Jim Beaver, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard and Cassidy, herself, on SUPERNATURAL).

Case in point, actress Lexa Doig makes her ARROW debut tonight as Talia al Ghul, half-sister of Nyssa. Doig is listed as “recurring,” but it looks as if her character is in every episode in the near future.

For those keeping score on the SUPERNATURAL/ARROW references, the arrival of Talia makes three. Talia and R’as kidnapped the 2nd Robin, Jason Todd, in the animated feature, BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD. Jason was voiced by Jensen Ackles.

ARROW also stars Willa Holland and Paul Blackthorne, and guest stars Chris Furci and Mike Kovac. Tonight’s episode, “Who Are You,” was written by Ben Sokolowski & Brian Ford Sullivan and directed by Gregory Smith.

ARROW airs tonight at 8pm on The CW in the U.S. and on CTV Two in Canada.

ARROW Fall Season Finale Sneak Peek: And The Candidates Are….

OK, people, it is time to vote! No, not for those folks. It is time to vote for the likely candidate who is hiding under the Prometheus hood on ARROW.

Evelyn’s (Madison McLaughlin) resentment of Oliver (Stephen Amell) continues to grow, despite his attempts to build a relationship with the young woman. No amount of that famous Queen charm can erase her anger. Not only did Ollie not rescue her parents from Damien Dahrk, but he failed to save her hero, Black Canary, from death at the hands of the blue-eyed monster.

Her bitterness has driven her to team up with Prometheus, delivering intel on Team Arrow.

When Curtis (Echo Kellum) and Paul (Chenier Hundal) are attacked by Prometheus, it becomes clear to Oliver that the big bad knows their secret identities, which puts the team’s lives and existence in jeopardy.

Shall we round up the usual suspects?

Tommy Merlin (Colin Donnell). Yes, he is dead. Or he was dead. But Flashpoint gave John (David Ramsey) a son instead of a daughter, so it is not beyond the pale. The time aberration may have restored the Lazarus Pit. It is not unreasonable to think that Malcolm (John Barrowman) could have used it to reanimate Tommy in the new timeline.

Considering that their love for Laurel turned Tommy’s friendship with Oliver into a rivalry, the modus operandi could fit. Prometheus wants to make Oliver suffer as much as possible before finishing him off.

Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett). Ah, if only this were the case. The brief glimpse at Deathstroke in last week’s 100th-episode crossover reminded viewers how much this character is missed. Hopefully, the rule that “Features trump TV” as to who has control of the character will slacken and return Bennett to the ARROW canvas.

R’as al Ghul (Matt Nable). Yes, he is dead. See #1. Not only could Flashpoint have revised the circumstances of his death, he OWNS the Lazarus Pit. If they could pull off the seeming size differential on the Prometheus costume, it could be any of the al Ghuls.

Roy Harper (Colton Haynes). He knows a lot about Team Arrow and may have gone ‘round the bend due to any number of circumstances. Perhaps he is jealous of the recruits, played by McLaughlin, Kellum, Rick Gonzalez and Joe Dinicol.

Billy Malone (Tyler Ritter). Not yet. He may be in the works as a future villain, but tonight is the fall season finale and 42 minutes is not enough time to establish a backstory before going away for 8 weeks…is it?

Justin Claybourne (Garwin Sanford). Who? Claybourne was one of the names listed in Robert Queen’s book who has not shown up as a character on ARROW until tonight. Considering that Robert instructed Oliver to deal with the unscrupulous people on the list, Justin is a viable candidate, even though his name rarely has been referenced since the series pilot. However, Prometheus is using anagrams of the names on the list to kill Star City residents, and the photos show Ollie and Dig at Claybourne Pharmaceuticals.

Executive Producer, Wendy Mericle, says that some of the stories that were foreshadowed in Season 1 will be told this year.

Side plug for SUPERNATURAL: Claybourne is played by Garwin Sanford, the actor who portrayed the fabulous Jim Michaels in “The French Mistake,” my favorite episode.

Anybody else in Robert’s book. Why not? While they would not know as much about the team, Evelyn has intel, and they also have had issues with the Queens. The same goes for anybody who belongs in the “deceased but possibly resurrected” category.

Jim Jordan. Who? Jim Jordan. For those who did not spend their allowances on DC Comics, Jim Jordan is Hal Jordan’s brother. Hal Jordan, arguably, is considered to be the preeminent (but not the only) Green Lantern. In print, Jim Jordan is married to Susan Williams (Carly Pope), Oliver’s potential new reporter squeeze. It could explain why Susan is so interested in digging up dirt on Ollie other than being good at her job.

It’s a stretch, but what a great way to introduce a new GREEN LANTERN series to fill the Friday night gap next year to replace the departing THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, and there was that one brief reference to Hal Jordan last season. Hopes are up.

ARROW also stars Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Josh Segarra and Paul Blackthorne. Tonight’s episode, “What We Leave Behind,” was written by Mericle & Beth Schwartz and directed by Antonio Negret.

ARROW’s fall season finale airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW in the U.S. and on CTV Two in Canada.

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Sneak Peek: Some Team To Believe In!

In what was, arguably, the best ARROW ever, head honchos Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle got together and created a story that was worthy of any comic book spectacular…they pulled together characters from the past, present and other worlds to bond into the thing that most people want…a supportive network.

That elusive touchstone which occurs only so often in life, sometimes at family holidays, other times at a convention of strangers who seem like friends, or at somewhere in between, there is little else among the human spirit that is as satisfying as the feeling of acceptance by others, despite one’s failures and flaws.

ARROW brought that feeling (along with many late lamented characters) onto the canvas and gave each other (and us) the feeling that everything would be OK, even in the most trying of circumstances if we have the help of a supportive network.

That long has been the hallmark of graphic novels, and now, the hallmark of the Berlantiverse.

The world that was created in the hallucination was perfection, and TPTB should consider an ARROW flashpoint that restores those characters to the canvas. The effect of their mutual appearances elevated the 100th episode to one of the better nights in modern television. It was a new era in “must-see TV.”

In addition to the always-fabulous sound and choreography was a story with a character-rich payoff and an expensive-effect-but-worth-it big bad.

The epic 4-night/4-series crossover event ends tonight on LEGENDS OF TOMORROW as the bad guy aliens, the Dominators, escalate their nefarious plans for Earth. Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), The Flash (Grant Gustin) and Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) and their respective teams join the Legends to save Earth while illustrating that humans are capable of bonding and working for a mutual goal of what is best for all, despite their differences…something that graphic novels have championed for decades.

To quote Felicity, “best team-up ever!”

Another era in which groups from disparate backgrounds come together to fight a common enemy, World War II, is on the forefront of tonight’s episode of LEGENDS OF TOMORROW. Footage comes to light revealing that the Dominators were here at least one other time…the 1940s..in a war film that was shot by none other than the U.S. Signal Corps.

And as I sit here, chuckling at the cleverness of the writers on their delicious inside joke, understand this…

When the U.S. entered WWII, the U.S. Army Signal Corps’s motion picture division covered the war and was headed by none other than Jack L. Warner, one of the four Warner Bros. Yes, the same Warner Bros. whose studio produces SUPERGIRL, THE FLASH, ARROW and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW and is half-owner of The CW. (The Signal Corps has among its ranks a storied group ranging from Stan Lee and Frank Capra to Julius Rosenberg.) Thanks to writers Phil Klemmer, Marc Guggenheim and Greg Berlanti and director Gregory Smith for the best laugh I have had all week.

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW stars Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill (reportedly returning soon), Caity Lotz, Franz Drameh, Matt Letscher, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Amy Pemberton, Nick Zano, and the master of dry humor, Dominic Purcell. Carlos Valdes and Danielle Panabaker return from THE FLASH as does Amell, David Ramsey, Thea Holland and Emily Bett Rickards from ARROW. Christina Brucato guest stars as Lily Stein, the daughter that Martin acquired in a time aberration in 1987.

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW airs tonight in the U.S. on The CW at 8pm and on CTV Two in Canada.

ARROW: Stephen Amell Reflects on the 100th Episode

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ARROW is hitting a milestone right in the middle of this year’s four-part DC/CW crossover. As the 100th episode of the show approaches, ARROW is combining the events of the crossover with the return of familiar faces from the show’s tenure. During a visit to the set of ARROW in Vancouver, star Stephen Amell talked about the milestone episode.

Here’s what we know: at the end of THE FLASH last night Oliver and several other heroes were taken hostage by the Dominators, a race of aliens who have come to wreak havoc on earth. Now they’re all hooked up to some alien pods as their friends back on earth struggle to find a way to save them.

“To explain the 100th episode is impossible because it is such a radical departure from anything that we have ever done on the show and we’ve done a lot because we’ve done 100 episodes,” Amell said. “But we utilize the fantastical elements that we bring in on THE FLASH and carry through to LEGENDS OF TOMORROW with the present day storyline to create something for the 100th episode of the show that is not a flashback, it’s not a flash forward, it’s something else entirely.”

Related: See photos from the four-part “heroes vs. aliens” crossover

“It basically gives us license to do whatever we want and to show some things that we’ll never be able to show on the show, to have some characters interact that will never be able to interact on the show again (probably). There was a very therapeutic moment for my character in the episode towards the end where I get to say goodbye to people that I never got the chance to say goodbye to. When you mix that together with the idea of doing a 100th episode, and the sense of accomplishment that came with that – which was much greater than I ever anticipated it would be.”

“People ask me all the time, put the past five years in perspective in terms of…we started as one show, we are now four shows in a universe that has developed on a network. I never have the ability to see the macro of what we’ve done, because I’m always in the weeds so much. But there was really a moment on the 100th episode where I took a deep breath and was like ‘this is really cool.’ We went around and looked at all the different people that have been there since the beginning and shared stories and it was very, very cool.”

Don’t miss the 100th episode of ARROW (and part 3 of the four-part crossover) tonight (November 30) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.