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.
So Slade’s plan is officially underway, and the first three steps seem to be as follows: 1) Tell Thea that Malcolm Merlyn is her biological father. 2) Hijack a bus full of prisoners in order to expand his army. And 3) Tell Laurel that Oliver is the mother freakin’ Arrow. Yep, that just happened. Let’s get into it!
We started right where we left off last week, in the car with Slade and Thea. Things seemed fine at first, as they discussed heartbreak and how it’s something Slade knows “all too well.” But Slade was quick not to bury the punch line: “You’re not going home, Thea.” And cut to her running away, straight into the arms of Skull Mask/Sebastian Blood.
At headquarters, Roy was really sucking at archery when Felicity informed Oliver that he couldn’t avoid being a CEO forever. Ollie had to attend a board meeting, which quickly evolved into him attending his mother’s mayoral debate, where things really got going. When the first “video question” of the debate came from a kidnapped Thea Queen, Oliver put two and two together. He needed to find Slade. Step one of that plan meant he couldn’t be bothered with stupid work stuff. Therefore, Oliver appointed Isabel Rochev temporary CEO of Queen Consolidated so that he could find his baby sister. Yes, it was dumb. And step two involved a League of Assassins poison that Sara had concocted. That? Not so dumb. Team Arrow shot Slade with it in order to get him arrested.
Although Stephen Amell was cast as a superhero, it wasn’t necessarily the one he would’ve picked. Asked Saturday at Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon which superhero he’d play if it were entirely his choice, the “Arrow” star name-dropped the Main Man.
“I’m gonna go with Lobo,” the Toronto-born Amell told a packed convention hall at the noon panel. “Lobo was my favorite comic as a kid. I loved Lobo. I was way too young to read it.”
In its first season, which began in 2012, “Arrow” returned Oliver Queen (Amell) to his native Starling City after five years on a Pacific island. He reappeared with a cut physique, deadly skills with a bow and a list of upper-crust ne’er-do-wells that needed killing. In the current, second season, Oliver has attempted to renounce deadly force, squaring him more with the nonlethal stunt archer of comics history.
The show’s success precedes several new DC Comics TV adaptations, which had threatened to go dormant with the end of “Smallville” in 2011. Now the CW action-drama has wedged open the door for “The Flash,” to air this fall on The CW, and “Gotham,” slated for Fox.
The return of The Huntress to The CW’s Arrow coincided with an uptick in the ratings Wednesday night for its “Birds of Prey” episode. Arrow was up 12 percent in the adults 18-49 demo and beat NBC’s Prince Harry special. But The CW’s newest drama, The 100, dipped 22 percent in the demo for its second episode. (Hang in there: I’m told the freshman sci-drama picks up considerably with some game-changing twists in the next couple weeks.)
The episode started with a police raid, in which Quentin got shot — but was wearing a vest! — and Sara gave us our first glimpse at her dark side when she threw her father’s shooter out a window. But more importantly, Oliver tackled Mr. Frank Bertinelli, the father of Oliver’s psycho ex-girlfriend bent on killing her father because he murdered her fiancé, as Felicity put it. Just like that, Team Arrow was after Helena.
Attempt number one was a fail: The team got distracted by a decoy, but it did give us an amazing moment when Ollie, in an attempt to keep Roy from killing a man who had just shot him through the hand, called Roy “Speedy!” At least that’s what it seemed like. We later discovered that Ollie called him Speedy in order to snap him out of his rage. The interaction went like this:
Ollie: The only thing that snapped you out of it was when I brought up Thea.
Roy: That’s why you called me Speedy. I thought you were trying to give me a nickname, but for the record, don’t call me Speedy.
“This is the episode where Laurel gets her groove back,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim said of Wednesday’s “Birds of Prey” installment.
Helena is back on Arrow and that usually spells trouble.
In Wednesday’s “Birds of Prey” episode, Helena is lured back to Starling City to exact her revenge after her father is arrested. Laurel is handpicked to serve as lead prosecutor on the case, putting her in the middle of the crossfire at the city courthouse after Helena discovers there is more to her father’s arrest than meets the eye. Meanwhile, Sara risks her Canary identity to keep Laurel from harm’s way.
“We had been talking throughout the year about bringing Helena back under a variety of different scenarios,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim said of Helena’s return. “This is the episode where Laurel gets her groove back. We knew that we wanted to return Laurel to the D.A.’s office and we knew that Laurel by the end of the episode had to be in a good emotional place.”
“When you’re talking about bringing her back to the D.A.’s office, you naturally start thinking about, ‘Well, what case is she prosecuting?’ ” Guggenheim added. That led to Guggenheim, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg and the other writers pitching different elements of the episode. One of those elements features Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Sara (as Canary) spending a significant amount of time together after Laurel is taken hostage.
As if Arrow wasn’t flying high enough already, the superhero hit is aiming for new heights with this week’s episode, inspired by the popular DC Comics title Birds of Prey (which was also the basis for a short-lived 2002-03 WB series). “It’s beloved,” says executive producer Marc Guggenheim of the comic book, whose menagerie has showcased the Huntress, Black Canary and Barbara Gordon’s tech-savvy Oracle. “We’re excited to be doing our version of it.”
The CW show hasn’t introduced Oracle (yet), so this take has Laurel (Katie Cassidy) stepping in to team up with Black Canary — unaware, of course, that the costumed crime fighter is actually her sister, Sara (Caity Lotz). Together, they’ll battle Helena Bertinelli (Jessica De Gouw), who has returned to town as the Huntress to finish off her mobster father (Jeffrey Nordling).
But this flock won’t make Oliver (Stephen Amell) the odd man out. In fact, it’s the chiseled Mr. Queen’s efforts to keep the entire Lance family safe from crazy Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) that ends up triggering this epic battle of the babes, which promises to rehabilitate one of Starling City’s most troubled residents. “This episode is really about how Laurel gets her groove back,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says, adding that the ordeal could eventually drive a wedge between Ollie and his by-any-means-necessary sidekick. “It becomes an issue of what Sara is willing to do to protect her sister from the Huntress,” he says. “Remember, Sara was in the League of Assassins, not the League of Heroes. She has a different moral code than Oliver.”
While all this sounds serious, the producers promise that the hour has humor. “It is comic-booky, and we address that,” says Guggenheim. “Felicity [Emily Bett Rickards] can’t help but comment on how heightened things seem to be getting.”
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
Colin: In desperate need of some spoilers on Arrow! Will anyone else find out Oliver’s secret this year? So many people are in the know!
First, let’s address this one: how has Det. Lance not caught on yet that his hooded friend is Oliver, who has dated both of his daughters? “Episode 19 pretty definitively answers that question as far as Lance is concerned and I think that the answer will surprise you,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim teases, adding that a few more people will learn Oliver’s secret by the end of season two.
The episode began in the way that every episode should, with a shirtless Oliver. Only instead of working out or doing something sexy, he was having a nightmare within a nightmare at Sara’s clock tower apartment. He dreamt of a dead Shado calling him a murderer, which prompted him to take action. He called Bratva and arranged a meeting, where he asked for help finding Slade Wilson. But when the Russian was all “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours,” Oliver decided that instead of back scratching, he’d do some ass kicking. With a gun aimed at his head, Bratva was much more willing to play along. Good work, Ollie.
At headquarters, Sara was worried about Oliver. He hadn’t been eating or sleeping since he found out about Slade. But Ollie assured her that he wasn’t scared. He was ready for a fight, and this time, he’d make damn sure Slade was dead.
With all of Oliver’s loved ones under special surveillance, Diggle was caught sitting outside Felicity’s house. She brought him some hot cocoa in her adorable pajamas, and the two of them shared a moment. Those Felicity-Diggle moments are some of my favorites. But it wasn’t long before he got a text from an unknown number. It had a hotel room number in it. Off he went, gun in hand, only to find Lyla, who was back from a mission! She missed her ex-husband/new boyfriend, and I can’t blame her. She was using one of A.R.G.U.S.’s rooms for a quick reunion before the duo ran into Amanda Waller. She had a mission. For both of them.