In the DC Comics, Oliver Queen died and the role of Green Arrow was taken up by several others in his absence. Eventually, he was revived in the story arc “Quiver” written by Kevin Smith (yes, the Jay & Silent Bob guy). I quite liked it at the time because it dealt a lot with the repercussions of his death on all his friends and loved ones. And I mention it here because Quiver has some potential story elements which may show up in Arrow. There was the emotional devastation left on all his friends and loved ones. He had unknowingly fathered a child with a woman who was not his current love interest. People were not always happy to see him back, and I think the same will be true on the TV show.
You’ll notice that I haven’t made much of a big deal out of the reveal that Oliver is still alive. That’s because as I explained in my review of the last episode, his survival is not a surprise at all. Of course he’s alive. I previously guessed that Oliver’s duel with Ra’s Al Ghul and death was all a ruse arranged between the two of them to fool Malcolm Merlyn. It’s a little disappointing to find out that the truth really is exactly what it appears to be on the surface: Oliver died and was brought back by a Deus Ex Machina. It’s nice to see that he was rescued by Tatsu who is still alive. Hopefully when we get to see the flashback of her rescue she isn’t too much of a damsel in distress. But all the same, this means Ra’s was dumb enough to believe Oliver’s claim that he killed Sara and that Merlyn was dumb enough to believe Oliver could actually win. Admittedly, it is rather nice to see Merlyn panicking a little.
Meanwhile though, there are those left behind to pick up the pieces. It makes sense that Diggle would be dealing with loss the best since he is a soldier. It was also a lot of fun watching him play the Arrow. Oliver’s normal outfit really is rather tight, isn’t it? I also have to point out that when he was in action with a pistol, I’m fairly certain he probably killed some of the people he hit.
I actually kind of like Laurel as a tough prosecutor. I didn’t think the show could get me to like her at all, but I admit Katie Cassidy is effective when she’s being stern and bitchy. Perhaps the show’s problem all along is that the writers have tried to make her a weeping, sad angel when that’s not in her range. If we can forget all the wonky characterization of the past two seasons, this could actually go well for her. Too bad it had to come at the cost of sacrificing one of the richest, most well-written and well-acted characters to appear on the show (Caity Lotz as Sara Lance). Unfortunately, Laurel is always going to end up looking like a pretender to me unless she manages to forge her own style and identity.
Vinnie Jones is always fun to watch as a tough guy. His character is Brick, and in the comics, he’s a metahuman with red, tough skin. In here he seems to be a normal human although there’s some hint that he’s not bothered by bullets. It seems a little inconsistent though, unless I’m missing something. Arrows do seem to pierce his skin.
There’s a plot with Ray Palmer continuing to build his suit, but honestly I don’t care until he actually finishes it and becomes the Atom. In the meantime, it does give Felicity a chance to give a heartbreaking speech about the people she’s lost. Emily Bett Rickards has nothing to prove as an actor at this point. She can sell any emotion she needs to. But in this case it helped that her speech was pretty well-written.
Serious question: does Thea ever wear shirts that don’t expose her belly?