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.

ARROW Sneak Peek: The Departed

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Since the beginning of this season of ARROW, much has been made of the question, “Who is in the grave?”  Producers promise that the question is going to be answered tonight.

There certainly are more theories than answers.  The producers have promised a big change..the end of an era…with this episode.

Executive Producer Mark Guggenheim is co-writer (along with Keto Shimizu) of tonight’s episode, “Eleven-Fifty-Nine,” which presumably is the time of death.

When writing for DC Comics, Guggenheim was known to make drastic changes in the canon from time to time (check out the old Justice Society), so assumedly no one except Green Arrow is safe tonight.

Here are some random thoughts about the possibilities and the relationships.

There was a flash of a name on one of the gravestones by which Oliver stood.  On some stills, the last letters on the marker appeared to be “ayton.”  Oliver’s son, William, and William’s mother share the last name, “Clayton.”

There were 3 wreaths in the cemetery.  Does that indicate that William, Samantha and a member of Team ARROW possibly may meet their demise?

While it always is sad to see a TV child character get killed, frankly, I don’t care about William.  He hasn’t been on the canvas enough for me to establish a “relationship” with him.  If he or Samantha dies, I don’t have enough invested in either character to care.

Yes, maybe it will propel Oliver to kill Dahrk as a result, but after seeing Neil McDonough interact with a little girl at a recent convention, all I will get out of that scenario is that McDonough is a really good actor if he can make me believe that he would kill a kid.

As far as killing off Dahrk, I doubt if his death would have the huge impact on Team Arrow that is promised because the bad guy generally has a short shelf life. Ra’s al Ghul is immortal, and he’s gone.  Vandal Savage is immortal, but slated to take his leave from LEGENDS OF TOMORROW at the end of this season.  Audiences expect the villain to depart, so that doesn’t feel “epic” enough to change the team.

Another person in whom I’ve not had enough time to invest emotionally is Andy Diggle.  Don’t get me wrong.  I really enjoyed actor Eugene Byrd’s recurring stint on BONES, but if he gets “his” tonight, big whoop.  I have no doubt that Byrd could bring more to the character, but that takes time.

Speaking of the Diggle family, I don’t see Lyla (recurring guest star Audrey Marie Anderson) as a possibility.  They just put her in charge of A.R.G.U.S., so Warner’s Feature Division could snag the character of Amanda Waller for exclusive use in their films.  Why bother to give the job to Lyla then kill her?

Curtis/Mr. Terrific seems safe.  Portrayer Echo Kellum just got boosted to series regular for next season.

Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) was seen after the funeral in the limo with Oliver.  Unless that was his unconscious talking to him, she’s probably safe.  Of course, if it were his unconscious and not really Felicity, his brain probably would have put the engagement ring back on her finger.

Then, there’s Felicity’s mom.  Donna Smoak (guest star Charlotte Ross) has been getting more airtime lately, and her character is more audience-connected than William, Samantha or Andy, but to tout her death as having a major effect on the team as a whole seems like a stretch.

Felicity’s dad, Noah Kuttler (guest star Tom Amandes) seems like low risk.  Not only has he not had time to develop a relationship with the audience, his death certainly would not live up to the “epic loss” that is being predicted.

Furthermore, Amandes is slated to appear in the May 11 episode, “Monument Peak,” not coincidentally the same fictional location of Guggenheim’s shakeup of the Justice Society.  We’ve already seen Guggenheim’s tendency to tie in his past work into the canon when he gave Felicity the name, “Overwatch,” the title of a novel that he had written.

Although Nyssa is not a part of Team Arrow, I would hate for her to get dispatched.  Katrina Law (and her stunt doubles) always provide great fight sequences, and she really rocks the duster coat.  As far as non-regular cast members, she’s my favorite.  Besides, I don’t see Felicity being all that upset that Oliver’s “wife” is dead.

Diggle (David Ramsey) seems like a low possibility.  He was introduced on this show as a character specifically for the TV series having never been in the comics.  Why go to all the trouble to introducing a new character only to kill him off?

Plus, Oliver needs Diggle to keep ARROW on the path of redemption, not retribution.  Besides, Ramsey is such an audience favorite that killing off the character only might work for fans if Warners gave Ramsey the John Stewart role in GREEN LANTERN CORPS.

Thea (Willa Holland) also seems out of the running for the grave.  She’s already died once.  It they wanted to be rid of her, they could have just left her dead.

Malcolm had more impact in previous seasons.  Sending him off to be the new Ra’s made him less invested in the “dad department.”  His ties to the team are weakened, so for me, his death would not be epic, just irritating. I absolutely love John Barrowman and would rather see him integrated into the team, either as the main scenery-chewing villain or as a hero.  Either option is preferable to killing him off.

Quentin Lance is a definite possibility in my mind.  He’s become the moral compass of the floundering team, even giving up his career and risking jail time to do the right thing.

My based-on-supposition-only thinking on this is that his portrayer, Paul Blackthorne, is British and has three non-ARROW projects slated for this year, all helmed by British production companies.  If he wanted to leave Vancouver for his homeland, I would miss Quentin, but be happy for Paul.  Of course, there are those pesky leaked pictures showing him in the cemetery, past and future, so maybe he’s safe.

Much has been made of those leaked photos of Katie Cassidy’s appearance at one funeral, which seems to be Sara’s in flashback (Quentin has hair in those photos).  She also is slated for a crossover with VIXEN, and has an upcoming guest shot on THE FLASH as an alternate Earth version of Black Canary named “Black Siren.”

This is where I’m going to go against fan wishes.  I love the Felicity character, and she brings a lot to the team, as does Rickards.

BUT, decades of comic books have Green Arrow linked romantically to Black Canary, except Cassidy hasn’t been given the chance to develop the “Canary-ish-ness” of her comic book counterpart.  We all know that, based on her portrayal of “Ruby” on SUPERNATURAL, Cassidy could be full-on Canary with a little character development.

It may be too late to bolster THIS Laurel Lance into the comic book version, but killing her off and importing a stronger version from another Earth could work.  It also could give Oliver a new woman to fall in love with and put the pain of his breakup with Felicity behind him.

Regardless, can the TV series continue to fly in the face of a decades-long canon without hardcore fans starting to complain?  Maybe.  If there are any plans for Black Canary to be in either of the upcoming Justice League movies, how will DC Entertainment handle competing canons on Green Arrow’s relationships?

Besides, I’m still rooting for Felicity, Huntress and Vixen to bond into the BIRDS OF PREY.

Guggenheim has done some major character redirects in the past.  Maybe it’s time for one more.

Tonight’s ARROW was directed by Rob Hardy and airs at 8:00 p.m. on The CW in the U.S. and on CTV in Canada.

ARROW Recap: Of Broken Hearts and Bittersweet Goodbyes

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I don’t even know what to say. Tonight’s ARROW has completely shattered my heart. Obliterated it into nothingness. When I thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse from Felicity returning her engagement ring and literally walking out of Oliver’s life, they go and parade a fake wedding in front of our faces just to toy with our feelings.

After a month-long hiatus, the show returned with a very appropriately titled episode. “Broken Hearts” reintroduced Cupid, that crazy lady, who was obsessed with the Green Arrow once upon a time and that, supposedly, was in ARGUS’ custody. Somehow she got back to Star City and decided to reinforce her crazy notion of “love is death” by killing celebrity newlyweds. And of course - of course - she just had to have the most amazing timing in the world, because she decided to strike exactly when the whole William secret hit the fan and Felicity called off the wedding.

The angst and hurt and the overwhelming urge to punch Oliver in his pretty face for causing this permeated the entire episode. Even though we could see Oliver was devastated, it was Felicity’s reactions that really cut deep. From her wanting to keep everything as it had always been, backing the team on missions to her even serving as bait for the crazy psychopath, the journey they took her character on in this episode was as beautiful as it was completely – and I mean completely - heartbreaking. Throughout this episode, we saw her carefully constructed façade that everything was fine start to crack, and eventually, completely shatter.

She has finally come to the conclusion that we all had when this whole baby mama drama stupidity started. Oliver cannot change. No matter what happens, no matter who he loves, he will always revert to the man he was during those five years – and that man protects only himself and thinks only of himself first. It might even be involuntary, but the fact of the matter is, he lied to Felicity out of fear; and fear has been his driving force for the past nine years. He has gotten good at hiding it and sometimes even at confronting it, especially if it’s something he can deal with physically. But when it comes to emotional obstacles, he reverts back into that shell of a man he once was and just shuts down.

And this time, he nuked the very best thing that had ever happened in his life. When Felicity says she loves him, with everything she has, but she cannot be with him anymore because she knows this will inevitably happen again… that was such a strong punch to the stomach. We all knew it, we had been expecting it, but hearing her say it was like a bullet to the heart. It was like Oliver said, once he cancels it, it’s truly over. Now that Felicity has told him she basically can’t trust him ever again, it really is over. And it hurts. Because they have been through so much to get here.

Meanwhile, Damien Dahrk is trying to get released from prison, following William’s kidnapping, but Laurel managed to nail him, after Captain Lance testified. It effectively axed his career, but it served to keep Dahrk in prison and buy Laurel and Team Arrow some time to produce some evidence against the villain.

Oh yeah, Felicity also quit the team. She didn’t just break up with Oliver; she broke up with the entire team Arrow.

Mission accomplished, “Broken Hearts”. My heart is in pieces.

A new episode of ARROW airs on March 30 at 8/7c on The CW.

ARROW Sneak Peek: How Do You Mend A Broken Heart?

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Poor Oliver Queen.  ARROW continues to be his own worst enemy.

First, Felicity finds out that her fiancé has been lying to her about his son.

Then, Dahrk (guest star Neil McDonough) puts Green Arrow, Speedy (Willa Holland) and Black Canary (Katie Cassidy) in a magical chokehold in front of William, who has been abducted by Dahrk.

That danger prompts Oliver (Stephen Amell) to send William and Samantha away to a place where he cannot find them.

The secrets and lies have become too much for Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) who returns her engagement ring just before she is able to walk again.

Now, ARROW’s #1 crazy fan, Cupid (guest star Amy Gumenick, also known as SUPERNATURAL’s Young Mary Winchester) is back in Star City.

The character, created by ARROW Executive Producer, Andrew Kreisberg, during his stint on the print version of Green Arrow at DC Comics, makes her fourth appearance on ARROW tonight.

Despite being recruited to the SUICIDE SQUAD by Amanda Waller, Cupid aka Carrie Cutter, still harbors feelings for Green Arrow.

Although her time with the SUICIDE SQUAD has given her purpose and a feeling of teamwork, her continuing disappointment with romance has changed her faith in love.

It is a sad day when Cupid stops believing in love, and even more dangerous when she sets out to destroy the happily-ever-after of celebrity couples by killing them on their wedding day.

Could Cupid really believe that death is the only way to save someone from love?

To stop the raging redhead, and despite their recent breakup, Oliver and Felicity stage a fake wedding (as seen in those faux wedding photos) and set themselves up as bait to capture a crazy Cupid.

What possibly could go wrong with that scenario?

ARROW also stars David Ramsey, John Barrowman and Paul Blackthorne.  Additional guest stars on tonight’s episode, “Broken Hearts,” include Dani Alvarado and Preston Vanderslice.

“Broken Hearts” was written by Rebecca Bellotto & Nolan Dunbar and directed by the fabulous John F. Showalter.  (Rumor is that the “F” actually stands for “Fabulous.”)

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

ARROW Photos: You’re Cordially Invited….to a Wedding

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Are Oliver and Felicity getting married this week on ARROW?! New photos for the episode seem to indicate that….but there’s a bit of a twist.

Here’s what we know about this week’s episode, titled “Broken Hearts”: “A heartbroken Cupid (guest star Amy Gumenick) returns to Star City with one goal — to destroy anyone in love. The team learns she’s killing couples on their wedding day so Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) decide to pose as bait.”

Browse through photos below for an all new episode of ARROW airing on March 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

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ARROW Recap: The One With The Dirty Little Secret

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I don’t even know how to start this recap. Tonight’s ARROW felt like watching a car crash: it’s awful and ugly and painful, but I just couldn’t make myself look away.

Everything most of us had predicted happened in this episode. Last week, we learned that Damien Dahrk had kidnapped William and that Oliver’s dirty little secret was about to hit the fan. And it did.

And it hurt. It hurt so much.

It hurt because Felicity was the one who got the brunt of Oliver’s secret keeping tendencies. It hurt because we saw how his betrayal resonated with her, and I have to give major kudos to Emily Bett Rickards for this entire episode. She played Felicity with just the right tone, holding onto her sanity and self control just long enough to get William back. It hurt so bad to see her broken heart shining painfully in her eyes in that final scene.

I just can’t get over it. I can’t.

Let’s just do a quick recap of tonight’s “Taken”. Curtis’ biostimulant is implanted in Felicity’s spine and she is doing the very first tests with it. Curtis’ cute husband is assisting her and, when she can’t move her legs right away, he reassures her that she needs give her body enough time to heal.

But then Dahrk corners she and Oliver and happily tells them that he’s got William, and that Oliver won’t ever see his son again unless he drops out of the mayoral race. Oliver immediately jumps to action and calls for a Team Arrow meeting, where he tells everyone what is going on.

And here is where everything about this episode started to really bother me. Everyone – and I mean everyone, including Felicity - tells Oliver that he was faced with an impossible decision, and that he ultimately did the right thing. Although Felicity may have disagreed about that last part, she did agree it was a hard choice to make. And you know what? I’m sorry, but it really wasn’t. This whole baby mama drama has been weak and contrived from the very start; it’s no use turning every character into a writer’s mouthpiece to justify your poor creative decisions.

Do you know what made this whole thing even worse? The fact that William won’t even know that Oliver is his father until his 18th birthday, which just invalidates this entire drama. But I am getting ahead of myself. Oliver calls upon Vixen’s help and, while it was cool to have someone go against Damien Dahrk with the same fighting magical power – and it was great to know that Dahrk does have a weakness they can exploit – everything about this episode reeked of Oliver’s lie.

In the end, they do manage to get William back and Samantha is very relieved, but the consequences of Oliver’s decision back in the crossover will most likely spill into the next season. Samantha did try to reassure Felicity that Oliver only lied to her because she made him promise not to tell anyone about William, but it all feels like empty excuses to justify a plot that just makes no sense.

Let’s talk about the real consequences here. First of all, Felicity called off their engagement to absolutely no one’s surprise. But that is not the only thing we should be focusing on. Sure, I am an Olicity supporter and I want them to be together and live happily ever after, but let’s stop and think about what this is going to do to Felicity in the long run.

Our dear Felicity Smoak is the most wronged character in this entire mess. Ever since she joined Oliver’s cause, she has sacrificed her life and her safety in order to achieve a greater good. She is the heart of Team Arrow because this is a cause she wholeheartedly believes in, just like she believed in Oliver – no matter how many times he had kept her in the dark.

But this just seems to be one time too many, you know? Just when she thought she had finally gotten through to him and that he had changed, he goes and pulls something like this. To make matters worse, her devotion to his cause has landed her in a wheelchair after nearly killing her. And as if that wasn’t enough, her fiancé – the person who she loves and believes in more than anyone else in the world – has been lying to her face for months.

So, I’m sorry to say, Oliver, but you’re on your own on this one. I don’t feel the slightest bit sorry for you.

How ironic was it that the biostimulant finally worked in the end not to make her walk down the aisle, but instead, to make her walk away from Oliver. That last scene felt like a one-two punch to the stomach and I am still reeling from it.

I want to believe that everything is going to be okay and that, somehow, Oliver is going to find a way to make things right. But as of right now, I am firmly on Team!Felicity, and Oliver can go to his corner and think long and hard about all the stupid things he has done. I still can’t believe he did this.

Don’t miss the next episode of ARROW on Wednesday, March 23 at 8/7c on The CW.