Q1: The wedding was too short. I didn't expect it to be the whole hour (or even half) but that was it? Really? Such a disappointment. It feels like this is becoming a habit with Arrow: Rushing through the exciting things & dragging out filler stuff and/or focusing way too much on characters I do not care about. I think the writers keep suffering from "and then THIS has to happen and then THIS has to be crammed in and now THIS! Oh and THIS! And hey, we can use this an excuse to shove THIS character in for no reason and...." Narrow the focus, tighten the story, and actually put some stakes in the game, Arrow. Q2: I suspect Lyla will either die, be found to have "betrayed" Diggle in some way, or be dragged back into ARGUS before this is over. I'm not a fan of Waller's. I find her boring and I keep waiting for her to actually do something. Hm. This seems to be a trend with me this season: I'm waiting for something to happen. P.S. Paul? I agree with you. Can we focus on the present? I do enjoy Deadshot & Diggle though, so I was sad to see Lawton "die." Q3: I'll just point to Paul and nod. This was a major, ugly, wtf flub for this character. It came across super ugly and when Felicity was all apologetic at the end, I wanted to smack her upside the head and tell her to RUN. I wasn't particularly interested in the spin off series but now I'm not even interested in the Flash crossover coming up. Nope. Count me out. Q4: LOL at Roy just.... vanishing. Apparently he's still smoldering in a puddle somewhere. Not that I noticed until someone pointed it out to me. Roy is always just kind of.. "there" for me on Arrow. #pointless. Paul said, "I don't get it. It's like the people behind the show are just looking for stylized scenes in favor of having consistency." YES! THIS! And this is why Arrow and I have been frenemies this season. A lot of that quality/consistency has just gone out the window in favor of, "Well it looks good." Yeah. No. I'd have even gone for Oliver holding that bow & arrow and tossing a, "You okay, Roy?" and getting a groaning, meek, "yeah... but I feel like walking static cling" while we some sizzling pops offscreen. I mean, come on, now. Q5: Oh man, only one?! Seriously? Hm. I'd never have taken the focus of the stories off character driven plots circling around the core trio Team Arrow of Oliver, Felicity, Diggle (and yes, I'll throw Quentin in here). It was the strongest part of the show featuring characters we all connected to, were invested in, and wanted to see more of. it was fun watching them work together, suffer together, pick each other up, and band together as a family. This season has lacked that heart and I think it's because they removed it when they forcibly split Oliver/Felicity/Diggle apart for.... what? I'm still not exactly sure this season. But yeah, it weakened the season considerably. I'm actually skipping episodes/not watching live this season. That's a first. I adore Oliver and Felicity (and Felicity, so don't be buying this guff that suddenly "everybody" doesn't like her this season. Not true), but yeah, I keep hearing people claiming it's "all about Oliver/Felicity" this year and I don't get that because, while Oliver's feelings for her are present, they're rarely on together, they're not making forward progress in the relationship, they're just stalling it out to (I guess?) get to the end of the season and then do something to string into next season? But yeah, put it on the screen already. I'd also love if Arrow would stop being used to build all these other one and done characters who aren't even staying on Arrow while the core Arrow characters feel sidelined and stand around twiddling their thumbs. It was glaringly obvious with Diggle and Felicity this season, Quentin too, but when even Oliver felt sidelined and lost in a show that's supposed to be about him? That's when I got frustrated.
Yep, let's go, Arrow. Let's start getting Oliver and Felicity back together.
I haven't chimed in on a round table in a while because I haven't had much to say. The Return was, at times, a reminder of what is The Best about Arrow and, at the same time, The Worst. Arrow has made it clear from the start that Oliver wasn't always on the island. He "chose" to return home. I expected the show to, during the flashbacks (which are never my favorite part of the show but I actually like Maseo & Tatus) illustrate how he got off the island, what he did in the meantime, etc., and I've always suspected that his flashbacks and the present day storylines aka Andy/HIVE/Diggle and even Felicity and her father would collide. It did not shock me at all that Oliver had sideways encounters with both Diggle and Felicity in those flashbacks. I actually liked that. I predict Season 4s flashbacks will bring Andy into Oliver's flashback storyline and incorporate HIVE. I'm not saying Oliver will know who Andy is in them... but I fully expect them to go there while Diggle is getting closer to solving Andy's murder in the present. As for the rest Slade returning could have been great. Instead he was toss away. He got some great lines and that acting is always good. I enjoyed that implied threat against Felicity. I'd love to see Oliver/Felicity/Slade scenes. Slade & Oliver have great chemistry together but they need to drop the Shado thing as the main reason these two hate each other. As a whole though, this was a throw-away episode that made zero sense because, again, it falls back to Malcolm Merlyn and how absolutely nothing he's done this season is built on even a single shred of logic. If Oliver is against Malcolm turning him into a killer, why's he training with him? Why's he even trusting the guy not to start slipping him the mind-wiping drug? If he's not going to reclaim that killer instinct needed to defeat Ra's, what's Oliver doing? Motivation went out the window a long time ago. Everything about season 3 has hinged on the "mystery" (using that word loosely) of "Who killed Sara." There were no clues, no grand conspiracy, nothing she uncovered (at least so far) to warrant her death. It was Malcolm scrambles Thea's brain so she commits murder because.....? Um. Is anybody exactly sure? Because Malcolm knew Oliver would put Malcolm under his protection and then, when the Thea reveal came out, be forced to take his place in a duel against Ra's to protect his sister because Malcolm was going to tell the guy Thea did the murder because... huh? You get dizzy just trying to figure this out. Unless all of this is just so Malcolm can manipulate his way into being the one to stick a sword in Ra's back and ascend the League of Assassins throne as a horrified Team Arrow looks on, realizing this was his plan the whole time (more power!), I'm not buying a single second of it. It's been 13+ episodes of What is the point? Where are we going? What is this about? Why is everybody doing what they're doing? WHO's the bad guy? With a lot of plot holes and logic leaps thrown in. It's a mess. There's so much going on you can't see the forest for the trees here. On top of that, pretty much everything I liked about Arrow has been sidelined. Diggle's never really doing anything, even Oliver feels very sidelined lately, Felicity's rarely with the team, with Oliver, in the field, in action, or even driving a story of her own (though her scenes with Malcolm were fantastic). There's nothing pressing enough in this story to build a sense of urgency. All the characters I care about and the dynamics they're involved in are rarely included. I feel like we're just kind of floating around waiting for something to happen and then when something does happen it's disappointing and makes no sense. I really need Arrow to slim down, stop bringing in all these new characters and building more story and character development for them, and get back to the core characters of Arrow, on Arrow, for Arrow, and tighten the story up so you don't get all these plot holes, unexplained motivations, and loose threads. This show is so overcrowded it's about to sink itself. Stop building things around easter eggs and start building story around characters again. Get back to Diggle/Hive/Andy, Felicity/Mom/Dad, Oliver/Bratva, etc., that I was expecting when Season 2 ended. For the first time ever I can actually say Arrow's boring. I'm actually okay if I miss a week. Or two. That ain't good.
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