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Arrow Review: Laurel Gets Her Mojo Back

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Despite the title, there was little about the blast that commanded attention on Arrow Season 2 Episode 10.

However, the radius of all of the other stories and the way they're reaching beyond their immediate focal point hit home.

For those eager about word regarding Barry and the STAR Labs explosion, it was addressed immediately. Felicity has been at his side on and off for the last five weeks while he lay helplessly in a coma, which has made an already edgy Oliver even more agitated.

That was big story number one.

The bigger, overarching story was about Sebastian Blood and Mirakuru and giving Laurel some legs to stand on this season. It's wonderful how all encompassing what happened on the island is really becoming at this point. It makes a lot more sense to have gone though the more boring bits on Arrow Season 1 to get to this meaty stuff.

Laurel Turns to Oliver

Is the battle of wills between Oliver and Felicity confusing any Olicity shippers out there? On the one hand, it's easy to see that they have some feelings for each other, and on the other hand, it's sometimes difficult to tell to what degree those feelings really go.

To use an 80s movie analogy, I think of Oliver and Felicity a bit like Sam and Jake from Sixteen Candles. They aren't in each other's league and are wholly aware of one another and attracted to each other, but there will have to be a very special circumstance for them to end up together. 

So, for now, Felicity is still having feels for Barry and Oliver is supporting it, despite his need to have her nearby and on his team. At least that keeps her close and until they reach a more comfortable personal place between them, that will have to suffice.

It's really good to see Laurel feeling stronger about herself and enough so that she's willing to do a little digging about Sebastian Blood when she senses something off about him.

Did I miss what she sensed? She was on to him way before this, but I was disappointed in Oliver not smelling a rat when Blood held the Unity Rally. Simple deductive reasoning tells me that he would do that if he knew who was behind the bombing. 

It didn't matter whether Blood knew the bomber or not. Just putting the public into such a harmful position with such blatant disregard for them would make me immediately question everything about him. Blood's slick use of words has everyone fooled. It's a tad embarrassing. 

We may have learned why Slade was clenching and unclenching his fist when he was behind his desk in Arrow Season 2 Episode 9 -- because that's the hand he used to throttle Oliver on the island and he was clenching it then, kind of in awe of it's strength.

The island scenes are up and down for me right now. Oliver seems to have lost some of his mojo, reverting back to the dork he was when he first arrived. It was especially noticeable when Slade gave him Shado's hood. I just can't wait to see the day the two of them meet about Shado. It's going to be terribly painful.

Oh... back to Laurel. While Oliver is throwing campaign parties for Blood, Laurel is sifting through papers on his desk and having Lance run background checks. She's going on her gut and it's taking her places. Poor Maya Resik. She's no aunt at all, but Blood's mother who watched her son murder her husband before he sent her to the loony bin. No wonder she's mumbling and rocking back and forth.

Since Oliver is Blood's new best friend and Lance thinks he's Prince Charming, I suspect what we're going to see here is a situation where Laurel knows -- KNOWS -- Blood is behind something truly awful and that being elected Mayor will be the worst move for Starling City.

She will try to stop it, but her ex-boyfriend and her father will start saying she's using drugs or drinking and, if Blood gets wind, may force her to use those things to make sure she looks as bad as she should.

The rock bottom she's going to hit will be because she cried wolf, didn't get the help people wanted her to get, got well on her own and had the nerve to question the man who is not only becoming the most powerful in the city, but is running an army of Mirakuru juiced men and doing it under the supervision and with the blessing of Oliver's most powerful enemy -- Slade Wilson. Wouldn't he take pleasure in seeing Oliver's ex fall asunder?

Other thoughts:

  • While it was interesting to see Roy heal and save Moira, despite having Mirakuru running though his veins, he really has no interesting story to tell at this point. What a shame.
  • Alright -- So Lance has been able to SEE Oliver's face this entire time when he's The Arrow? He asked, "What's with the mask?" That leads me to believe he can see Oliver's face perfectly well. Is his vision otherwise that bad? If he can see the eyepaint is gone, then he surely can make out Ollie's facial features. Gimme a break!
  • At least we have absolute confirmation that Oliver chose to save Sara. He said it out loud. They must be reading our round table discussions. 

How do you think Laurel's story will progress?

 

Here is the promo for Arrow Season 2 Episode 11:

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I am so happy Laurel is being given a good story line. I am looking forward to this long road to her becoming the Black Canary. And I do wish the writers would stop pushing Ollicity on us, it's a waste of time on the show that could be used for the main plot of the show. And I hate that Digg is being pushed to the background in the Arrow Cave. He has been with Ollie from the start, and relegating him as the third wheel is making me start to dislike Felicity intensely.

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@ RedLilly

They are not pushing Olicity down anyone's throat. Laurel just so happens to be the weakest link.

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I think it would be nice if Laurel is given the mirikuru drug and is trained by her sister. Sara then gets killed by Slade and Laurel becomes the black canary next season. Also, I cannot help but think Felicity will get shot and crippled becoming Arrow's version of Birds of Prey's Oracle. And Isabelle will be Rhas al Ghul's daughter.

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@ john

Isobel won't be Rhas Al Ghul's daughter... otherwise they wouldn't have cast someone to portray Nyssa Al Ghul, her other daughter, sister to Talia Al Ghul.

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I love Katie Cassidy but what the serious heck are the writers making of this character. Did they watch her on Supernatural? Ruby was awesome! But Laurel I'm so indifferent to her. I don't really enjoy her. It's difficult for me. The episode was a little slow at some parts. Scenes with Oliver/Dig/Felicity ON POINT as always. Does it even need to be said? The linchpin of the show! It's fantastic. I love Team Arrow. It's always the friendships/the bond/the brotherhood (Oliver and Diggle)/ the unspoken growing love (Oliver/Felicity) that really just make a show. And of course the characters individually. Any and ALL things Oliver were perfect! Especially that last scene. He stolen my heat. His character is so complex. It's a glass case of emotions. I'm so excited about his development. Laurel and Blood? Meh. Only cos it felt like she was going in circles. Roy and Thea? Meh. Just cos. Roy needs to join Team Arrow, if you watch Blood Rush online episodes you'll see how he is totally going to fit! It hurts to see him wasted on the outside but there is a time and place. But I will say this I'm glad she wasn't pill popping...wait did she take a pill at the beginning of the episode?

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Laurel's so called story is seriously just a waste, so she get to date a bad guy then she pretends she wasnt dating him, and start to realise he is a bad guy yet before she was all over him. How did they get close anyway, the story came out of nowhere. Not to mention the blood guy is boring as hell, the actor has always been dull since True Blood.The whole thing is forced, the writers clearly have their priorities elsewhere. Felicity/Olicity fanservice is slowly but surely ruining this show. Thats all they can think about. Many of the supporting characters arc do not make sense, do us a favor and rename the series from Arrow to the Olicity show.

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@ Trene

Please.. i love it when people say that about any show 'the thing majority of fans enjoy the most and make most noise about is ruining the show stop it' errmm.. that would be so stupid. It's like when people complain about Delena or Olitz. It's like be quiet it gets people buzzing! Seriously no they should spend 42 minutes on boring laurel (i like her loads but its kinda weak) and the alley way of the glades. Ok I do like Laurel but i understand her character hasn't clicked with the fans yet, so i understand them needing time to flesh out her character. I miss Tommy, he really showed Laurel's good side. But Team Arrow (Oliver, Felicity, John), Olicity, Slade, Laurel, Dt Lance, Mama Queen ALL together make the show great! I love it when there's a ship that makes SO much impact. Cos it's great for the show. Fans have to care. Otherwise the show would fail.

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I don't want to be mean, but I hope that's Laurel who gets killed off.
I didn't find her performance tonight believable...like when she said "sorry" to Blood after he told her the most painful secret of his childhood (a lie, but still). she was plain...I don't know... I actually liked Oliv and Felicity fighting, they care, they get pissed about stuff, it makes their relationship even more real, no matter what kind of relationship is going to be.

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When will people understand that they don't have power over the writers? People argue all they want with who has chemistry who doesn't and all that BS. At the end of the day, the writers are going to tell their story the way they want to and feed us some BS explanation. We're just along for the ride and it won't change that we don't make up the majority audience.

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@ Jessie St Fury

What story are you unhappy about?

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Im rooting for Laurel. I've always been rooting for Laurel.

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I am very happy Arrow is back. This show is slowly creepy up to the top of my favorites list!!! I have one issue, what is up with Katie Cassidy's face, are they filming her from a weird angle? Did she have plastic surgery? Is it just me or does her face look totally different? Anyone have any ideas?

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@ Christina

she looked skinnier...if it's even possible!

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@ Christina

I think it was her darker hair and the makeup to match. Dark lips. She looked stark in comparison to how she's looked in some of the past episodes, but I think it was a cinematic decision to set her apart from her sister.

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I think/hope that the story will lead to her being killed and Sara will become the black canary in memory of her.

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@ Tom

Sara is already the Black Canary. I still think Sara is going to pay for Shado's death and Laurel will don her superhero persona.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

There's a rumor going around though that someone from the main cast may die again this season. So idk i'm not Laurel's biggest fan but I found myself enjoying this episode that was somewhat centered on her. My biggest problem with her has been the fact that up until this episode she has served no actual purpose.

Arrow Season 2 Episode 10 Quotes

Sara: Ivo killed Shado. He’s the one that pulled the trigger.
Oliver: Because I chose to save you. He needs to know the truth

Diggle: I've just never seen you spooked like this before.
Oliver: That should tell you something.