Wow the vertigo thing sounds really interesting. I'm excited to have a new Count in town. Season 3 sounds like it's going to really building character for the series regulars, which I'll enjoy immensely as they've needed that. And Oliver and Felicity! I love them together. I can't wait to see how this entire year deepens their relationship and brings them closer together. They're my fav couple on this show.
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Yep. This. And backstory is NOT character. It might help understand "why" a character is a certain way but it does not "build" character. Character is built in the present, in the present day story, their actions, their deeds, their words.... Felicity Smoak is an awesome character. We knows lots about who she is without understand "where she's from."
Q1: I don't think anybody can stop thinking about those Oliver/Felicity scenes in the finale and what they meant. LOL. It's going to be THE burning question this summer, leading into the 3rd season. I think, as in all shows that use this particular type of setup, there is an unrealized truth behind the words for the people involved. Oliver's ILY might have been part of the ruse, but whether he realized it or not, I think there's clearly unspoken feelings between them. They're both fighting them, trying to deny them, or just outright confused by them at this point. LOL. So I totally agree with Nick: While the ruse was a set up, I don't think the words are. I think he truly does love her, and the look on his face when he tells Felicity is telling for me. I think the beach scene was the think that cinched it for me. Felicity's thing about the idea of them being together being "unthinkable" and that soft smile Oliver gave her.... Yeah. Definitely something there. With Amell and Rickards' outstanding chemistry together, a romance for them is definitely a place I want the show to go. Like Kate, I really want to see them explore this in Season 3. I don't need the show to rush to get there, but they do need to let the audience know -- much like they have with Felicity in season 2 -- that Oliver has feelings of his own for Felicity, even if he's not ready to voice them or act on them. Let season 3 spend the year building up more of that sexual tension and awareness. But if Arrow wants fans to feel satisfied and content enough to wait and around see it play out (and not just view it as a jerk-you-around moment as some do) then they need to offer something up to keep that trust established. Q2: Oh, Thea. I felt bad for her. I did. It's got to be a heck of position to find yourself in but... no. Terrible decision by her. But like everybody else on the panel, I think it's going to be great story for her character and it's about time. I think she and Felicity definitely deserve "character" story of their own for season 3. Q3: I adore Quentin, so he better not die! Q4: I think it was pretty much stated upfront in Season 1 that Oliver hadn't spent the entire 5 years on the island. I remember being very thankful to know we were going to get a change in flashbacks at some point, and I'm glad Season 2 brought an end to it. It kind of reminds me of James Bond, in a weird way. Oliver dragged into a secret, shadowy government organization to do lord knows what and be on all sorts of adventures to sharpen his skills. I expect that we'll have Oliver/Amanda/Argus cross paths in the past with HIVE, Deadshot, and Andy Diggle to play out how Andy died. I think that'll dovetail in the present with Diggle's quest to learn more about HIVE and why they wanted his brother dead, and if there's a show writing god out there, it'll tie into Felicity's backstory as well. I really want her father to be a baddie. Q5: I thought the S2 finale was outstanding. When an hour basically flies by and you find yourself sort of breathless at every turn? You know it's good. I'm a big fan of action and stunts but, as has been mentioned here a few times, I believe, you need to have that emotional connection between characters and *for* characters, and for me, the finale really shined that light on Oliver/Felicity and Team Arrow (Oliver/Felicity/Diggle), and even managed to make me feel something for Thea and Roy (both individually and as a romantic pair). Then Quentin's fate, too. It dangled such delicious stuff with the League of Assassins, even Deadshot (who I'm really beginning to like), along with Quentin. It left me excited about season 3 instead of "Uh oh, how badly are they going to screw this up?" I think Arrow proved you don't have to drive your show into the ground with unnecessary angst and cliffhanger drama like so many other shows did this year to make your finale feel epic and exciting and keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more.
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