Oliver (Stephen Amell) rallies his team as Slade’s (Manu Bennett) soldiers attack the city. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) gets a call from S.T.A.R. Labs with game-changing news and Thea (Willa Holland) comes face-to-face with her father – Malcolm Merlyn (guest star John Barrowman).
I have added to the gallery HQ stills from 20 episode of Arrow.
- Episode Stills 2×20 – Seeing Red
Slade Wilson has added several new members to his army in his battle against Oliver Queen.
The latest Arrow episode, “The Man Under the Hood,” moved several arcs along and also introduced two characters from The Flash spinoff. There was the discovery that a Mirakuru cure, a serum STAR Labs’ Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) were later recruited to help create, may reverse the effects for Slade and Roy. Then there was Laurel’s decision to keep her knowledge that Oliver was the Arrow under wraps. And just when Oliver and Co. thought they pulled one over on Isabel, who was thought to be dead, Slade resurrected her by adding Isabel to his growing Mirakuru army.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg broke down the episode’s biggest moments and the ramifications that will follow.
Arrow‘s big return kicked off with Felicity trying to line up the eyeholes in her ski mask. Yep, Team Arrow was dressed in black and on the move. They knew that Slade needed an industrial centrifuge to create his army, so they decided to sneak into the Robert Queen Applied Sciences Center and blow some stuff up. And by stuff, I mean the entire building.
And with that technology off the market, the team was finally fighting back against Slade. It was a great idea, but their success was short-lived when Deathstroke himself showed up in their cave. Cue stairwell flip! By the end of the fight, Slade had taken down Sara, Diggle, and Oliver, in that order. Although I will give Sara props for going after him first. Also, him catching her by her throat midair? Damn, that was cool. On another note, does Deathstroke just have really bad aim? How did he not hit anyone with those bullets?
Across town, Laurel was busy doing some detective work of her own, bulletin board-style. She was putting together the pieces of the “Oliver is The Arrow” puzzle. And when she wasn’t doing that, she was visiting Quentin, who was facing up to 18 months in jail for helping the vigilante. But Quentin promised he didn’t know the name of the vigilante. Now the woman in black? Yeah, that’s a bit more complicated.
Speaking of the woman in black, Laurel finally started to figure out that puzzle as well. After Slade’s attack, Sara had to go to the hospital for a hairline fracture in her wrist. And when Laurel went to check on her, the doctor informed Laurel that her sister’s entire body was covered in scar tissue. You know who else has scars like that? Oliver. Come on, Laurel! You’ve got this!
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- Screen Captures 2×19 – The Man Under the Hood
With Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) determined to ruin Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) life, the last thing Arrow’s billionaire playboy-turned-vigilante needs is more people learning the truth about his extra-curricular activities. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what Slade had in mind when he showed up at Laurel’s (Katie Cassidy) door to tell Ollie’s former love the truth about the emerald archer. But that doesn’t mean Laurel will believe Slade.
Naturally, the inquisitive ADA will set out to uncover the truth for herself in Wednesday’s episode (8/7c, The CW), which finds her slowly putting the puzzle pieces together in more ways than one. The truth, of course, could also set her father free since Det. Lance (Paul Blackthorne) was thrown in jail for working with the vigilante and refusing to give up his name. But would Laurel be as kind if placed in the same position?
“When Slade told Laurel, he thought that was going to be yet another devastating death charge into Oliver’s life,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says. “She’s not just taking it at face value, but being smart about it, and then her emotional reaction to the news is surprising. Most people assume she’s going to react one way and that she reacts a different way is great.”
One more person is in the know of Oliver Queen’s secret life as the hood, a fact executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says shifts Laurel’s world view immensely.
The ball is in Laurel Lance’s (Katie Cassidy) court.
Last we left off on The CW comic-book drama, Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) dropped an Arrow bombshell, revealing to Laurel that her former lover/friend Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is actually the Arrow — a calculated move on his part to weaken Oliver’s world.
“Laurel obviously has had a very rough year. When Slade told Laurel, he thought that that was going to be yet another devastating death charge into Oliver’s life,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said.
But life is more complicated than that and Laurel’s reaction to the news isn’t as simple as Slade may have hoped.
“I think that Laurel’s reaction to finding out the news — for one, not just taking it at face value, but being smart about it — her emotional reaction to the news is surprising. I think most people assume she’s going to react one way,” Kreisberg said, alluding to her past days spent popping pills and drinking excessively. “That she reacts in a different way is great.”
Kreisberg compared Laurel’s entry into Oliver’s Arrow universe to that of Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell), who found out about his best friend’s vigilante life in season one.
“Once he knew, it changed his character so much,” Kreisberg said. “There was so much more you could write for him and the way he looked at everything in the world. Every scene suddenly became supercharged with him, even if it was a small scene that didn’t really have anything to do with the main plot.”
“With Laurel, now that she knows, whatever she’s doing, whenever she’s in a scene with somebody, her world view has shifted and it’s different. Katie has really risen to it and it’s really exciting to see how it plays out,” he added.
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.
Fans still have to wait for the next episode of “Arrow” Season 2, but thanks to the “DC All Access” web series, you can get a peek into what’s coming to the show’s world. Footage from episodes 19 and 20 — “The Man Under the Hood” and “Seeing Red” — appears in the video, as well as cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.
The cast interviews come first, featuring chats with Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Caity Lotz and executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. During these chats, fans can learn important Season 1 facts like the number of shirtless Oliver scenes (23) or the number of arrows shot (142).
One of the highlights of this webisode is an extended clip from “The Man Under the Hood,” featuring Danielle Panabaker and Carlos Valdes — Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon from the “Arrow” spinoff, “The Flash.”
After an interview from the comic-book side of things, the web show moves on to stunts (starting at the 6:00 mark) and costumes (7:20).
Interspersed throughout the web video are clips from both episode 19 and episode 20. Good luck catching them!
“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.