Great list. A lot of fabulous characters on it, but Felicity Smoak is my favorite. She's amazing on Arrow.
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.
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