Welcome to the Arrow Season 3 Episode 6 Round Table!
Below, TV Fanatics Hank Otero, Allison Nichols, Paul Dailly, Carla Day and Carissa Pavlica dish on Laurel's new direction; Ted Grant; and the conclusion (or is it?) of Roy's deathly dreams.
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What did you think of the resolution about Roy's dreams about killing Sara?
Hank: I never really thought Roy killed Sara. Actually, I believe I said as much in last week's round table. Glad they tied it in with the police officer Roy killed while under the influence of the Mirakuru. The story came full circle and was resolved. I'm glad we're done with that.
Allison: I enjoyed it. The writers handled it really well. There was a good reason as to why Roy thought he killed Sara, and it opens up an interesting storyline for Roy. He had already started trying to process that he killed Sara, and he is not entirely off the hook. Roy did kill someone, and now he has to try to deal with the consequences.
Paul: It was what a lot of people expected. I'd have preferred if he was actually the killer just to shock us as we all assumed it was a nightmare.
Carla: Disappointed. Well, disappointed if that was truly the resolution. I'm hopeful that Roy's involvement in Sara's death isn't over. The idea that he would dream that he killed her as a way for his mind to reveal he killed the cop worked for me, my problem is with the execution of the story. How did he know what Sara said before she was shot? He was either there (I hope.) or his dreams were too close to reality to really work for me.
Carissa: I'm completely with Carla on this one. There has to be more to the story that hasn't come out yet, or else it was poorly executed.
Wildcat was the first Starling City vigilante. How do you feel about his story?
Hank: I thought his story was okay. For some reason I'm not connecting with Ted Grant yet, not sure if I ever will. Unless he brings back Wildcat or something.
Allison: It makes Laurel training with him a lot more interesting. Other than that, it was okay.
Paul: I liked this perhaps a little too much. It's good from a storytelling perspective to show the original with the current vigilante. He was straight to the point, which is another positive for him.
Carla: So far I'm enjoying the introduction of Wildcat. His character has allowed Laurel to become a person on her own away from her history with Oliver or with her family. As the first vigilante, it shows Oliver wasn't the first and the pitfalls that can come with being a vigilante. I hope Oliver and Wildcat work together at least occasionally.
Carissa: I think he's the cat's meow! He respects Laurel as an individual and didn't bend to Oliver's demands over training her. He held his own with Oliver in every respect, verbally and physically. His introduction also gives Oliver something he probably doesn't even realize yet -- knowledge there is a life after being a vigilante.
Laurel broke out of her shell a bit, verbally sparring and winning with Oliver. How do you like her direction?
Hank: It seems like after a 2 1/2 years Laurel is finally getting some respect from the writers. I like her more this season than ever before. That said, you can't empower the character one minute and then have one of the guys save her the next. Sara was still a much more believable fighter. #sorrynotsorry
Allison: I have been waiting to fall in love with Laurel for awhile now. Maybe this season will finally be the one. I still really miss Sara though. I fell in love with Sara instantly.
Paul: At first thought, I didn't like her new direction at all, but it's giving the character a much-needed storyline other than being whiny Laurel. Don't get me wrong, she's always going to be integral to the show. Now I'm on the borderline of liking and disliking it. I did like her new promotional poster as black canary!
Carla: The best thing that happened to Laurel was Oliver refusing to train her and going to get help from Ted Grant. Laurel's becoming the person she's supposed to be without the emotional ties she has with Oliver and her family. She needed to find herself and Grant has helped her do that. She's starting to hold her own even against Oliver which is a positive sign of her emotional growth. That's perhaps even more important than her physical development. Though... did you see Katie Cassidy's arms? Wowser!
Carissa: I'm enjoying the direction very much. The character has been poorly utilized in the past, but now it's coming together and they're giving her a chance to be fully fleshed out. Black Canary is even being trained by Wildcat as she was in the comics. Her line about finally facing situations without fear was great, just before she asked Ted to continue training her to give her the proper tools to get justice outside the courtroom.
What did you think about Roy getting his name? Do you think they'll actually use it?
Hank: While I love the name, it felt a bit forced to me. A comic-booky moment I can live with, but I doubt they'll refer to him as Arsenal much.
Allison: Oliver has got a knack for naming people. I don't know. I feel like most of the time the media is the one who really uses the name. Well, now if Oliver ever needs to refer to Roy when they are hooded up, Oliver has a way to do so. I'm not sure how much play the name will get. It's not really important whether or not this happens.
Paul: I liked this. His dreams were obviously beating him up and he must feel like part of the family more than ever now. I don't think they will use it though.
Carla: I liked how it came about. Oliver is good at coming up with names. I'm sure it will be used at some point, but it's not like they call Oliver "Arrow" much either. If nothing else, it ends the speculation about what Roy will actually be called. He's Arsenal now. That's a good thing.
Carissa: It's nice to know exactly who he's going to be, as Carla noted, and it was a nice bonding moment for him and Oliver. Oliver taking what Roy considered a negative and spinning it into a cool name was a good play.
Are you still invested in finding out who killed Sara, and what do you think Felicity's forensic evidence means to the case?
Hank: Perhaps I have zero attention span, but I'm over the whole who killed Sara thing. Tell us already, bring it on so the show can move in another direction. I'm worried they're dragging it out way too much. Even if it's Ra's, what comes after Oliver finds out will be much more interesting.
Allison: I'm with Hank. The writers have dragged this out long enough. Let us know, and then let's get to the justice part of this. Alternatively, we can just bring Sara back to life. I'm good with either (I love you Sara).
Paul: I feel like this storyline is dragging. It needs to be tied up. Arrow isn't a show I'd have expected to feature a murder mystery. Roy might be in for a rough time with the case. It's not as if Team Arrow can prove his innocence.
Carla: I do want to know who killed Sara. The resolution of that storyline won't be for a few more weeks at least. My guess is that it will be answered in the mid-season finale. Felicity's forensic evidence will at least provide a new lead to follow. Who killed her? No idea. I still wouldn't count out Roy. I doubt it was Ra's. So... who's left? A guess out of left field: Sin or maybe Helena.
Carissa: If we find out, will it even be the right reveal? I, too, am still hoping there's something more to Roy's story and Sara's death. Somehow, if it's Ra's al Ghul, it won't be as dramatic if it was someone we knew prior to her death, so I'm anxious to find out if the reveal will mean a story with deep meaning or just a threat to the group overall courtesy of someone with whom we have no investment.
NOTE: See you back here Tuesday for a review of Arrow Season 3 Episode 7!
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