Wednesday, January 21, 2015

EDITORIAL: Guide to Arrow S03E10 with Spoilers

EDITORIAL: Guide to Arrow S03E10 with Spoilers

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PreShow WhatWe Know (Skip this section if you have already read the write up)

1) No Oliver Queen in Starling City - 

Part 1: The Road From Now Until Seasons End?!?
To start this argument I would actually like to look ahead till the end of the season, or the end of the League of Assassins being a conflict storyline. Now I honestly ask everyone...had do they expect it to pan out...Ra's isn't a villain they can just kill (both because of a certain Pit mentioned later on and because he is just that big of a villain) and for the same reason...he can't just be imprisoned either....Ra's needs to be left to run the League...and the only way those two goals can be accomplished:

1) End League conflict with Thea/in Star(ling)
2) Leave Ra's as the League's head and cancel all debts

Is to have, what is depicted below come to fruition...Oliver needs to, whether Batman fans complain or not, fight and beat Ra's Al Ghul...and Ra's... theoretically would then use the Pit to heal himself/bring himself back.

With that being said, I already hear people saying "But Oliver can come back to life in secret, Ra's doesn't have to know"...but I ask you how is that actually possible? You want Oliver to return to Starling City, resume his exploits as (Green) Arrow, and become a hero...without Ra's noticing he's back?...Simply an impossible outcome. 

And here is where the big shock will come for some people reading this...seeing as this is one of the few ways to close the big storylines of this season...I do NOT think Oliver will be "brought back" using the Lazarus Pit. 

As I scroll Facebook all I see is "oh Lazarus Pit" ... "Lazarus Pit!!!!" ... and I ask of you to listen to what I have just said...seeing as this is the only true way to end League debts and close to big LoA (League of Assassins) storyline, I think it is highly repetitive to use the Lazarus Pit two time in one season. Or even two times at all...

Quite honestly, no... I wouldn't be disappointed if Oliver used the (a) Lazarus Pit to return to life (if he is dead...) but seems all to obvious and would become all to repetitive..."Oh Oliver fights Ra's and dies...Ra's is associated with the Pit...clearly thats how Oliver returns". 

Amell, after reposting a beautifully done fan-photo (see above) of himself emerging from a Lazarus Pit with the tagline "we have clever fans", felt the need to then post a clarifying status that said, in essence, "Do you honestly think I would spoil the mid-season finale two days after it airs...I was merely saying the art was good"...clearly he could be using this as a diversion to the fact that they are using the Pit...but it just as easily serves as a deterrent. Using the Lazarus Pit more than once really begins to negate death on Arrow which takes away from the shows realism...I mean...

Part 2: How Mr. Queen Could Return

I would like to start this section by clarifying how the Lazarus Pit actually works and what it's effects are... I see people posting and say the Pit could drive Oliver insane and something would have to happen that changes that and makes him realize the error of his ways...or that Tommy could return (again...SUPER repetitive given the few ways to tie up this storyline...) and he could serve as the "Red Hood" of the Arrowverse.

Firstly, in his initial return, pictured above, Jason Todd rose out of his grave after Superboy-Prime shatter reality and brought him back to life...he was then brought to the Lazarus Pit to CURE him of his insanity after a yearlong coma.

It wasn't until the Batman movie "Under the Red Hood" that the rebirth of Jason Todd began to change due to the fact that acknowledging Superboy-Prime and his reality shattering punch in a 1.5hour movie about Batman was a little ridiculous; and so the rebirth was simplified, and this simplification has since been added to DC's New 52 as Jason's origin as Red Hood.

Jason Todd, as seen in the movie was revived and drive TEMPORARILY insane by the longevity of his death in conjunction with the Pit's natural effects...the bulk of who he is...isn't insanity...nor is it the Pit's is a logical conclusion for one to draw in those circumstances..."I died...the man who  I viewed a father let the man who kill me I become what he wasn't"

1) The Pit is known to drive all who use it temporarily effect that wears off after time

2) The Pit is known to restore the sanity of insane people, such as a delusional Jason Todd (old rebirth story), and even temporarily the Joker's own insanity.

P.S. If you didn't know by now...the Lazarus Pit heals people and has been shown...on few occasions to be able to bring people back to life we are semi is how I think Oliver Queen could return...yes...I will be acknowledging the Lazarus Theory despite my previous inclinations because as I's still quite possible...but is easily over used.

1) The Lazarus Pit: The Lazarus Pit seems to be the option everyone is grasping for considering Oliver died at the hands of Ra's Al Ghul... frequent user of said-Pit. As of now we do not know the extent of the Pit's abilities in the Arrowverse, but we do know that it does exist; "I haven't been challenged in 67 years" said Ra's, this should give some indication to its existence given the fact that Matt Nable's Ra's is clearly not older than 67. The main question that arises is... How does whoever saves Oliver (logic suggests Malcolm with Maseo in a close second) gain access to this Pit...seemingly it would be heavily guarded and only used by Ra's. However...depending on the approach they use, there may be multiple Pit's around the world.

*Cool thing about the Lazarus Pit approach...depending on how they do it...could no longer have his scars*

2) He didn't die: Considering Oliver was stabbed through the lower chest...and not the heart, he was then kicked off cliff but landed in snow...that could have not only slowed and given less impact to his fall, but also, depending on how long it takes to bring him back (to life...not Starling) slowed his death to the point that someone could heal him. However...I also find this unlikely considering that fact that a promo for 3x10 shows Malcolm returning to the Arrow Team's lair with the sword used to kill Oliver and claiming "Oliver Queen is dead".

*Just because he shows up with the sword...does not mean he is the one seen staggering towards Oliver in the promo...the sword wasn't in Oliver when he fell...despite this...we DO know Malcolm is on the Mountain Top sometime between Oliver's death and 3 days following as confirmed by the there are only 3 missing days between the mid-season finale and the next episode.

3) The necklace?: Your probably

Malcolm Merlyn's rebirth from the dead is a plot point Arrow has yet to discuss...heck...we don't even know if he actually died...but some people have begun to notice a certain pendent...or necklace...or vial...he carries around his neck. Whether this is taken from the Lazarus Pit and has minor healing abilities...we have yet to see, but it could easily be a good way to bring Oliver back without negating the use of the Pit.

4) Other...clearly...there are other ways to bring him back...but these are the ones that make the most sense in the over arching story and tying everything up.


2) Oliver doesn't return to Starling right away: With all the change and character evolution coming in the next few episodes...Roy...Ray...Laurel. It may be best to have Oliver revived...yes...but possibly in a long term sedated or comatose state, as seen in the episode following him being shot in the chest. We know that we will still be getting Hong Kong flashbacks...and Arrow has NEVER given us an Oliver-only flashback without panning out from a living Oliver. They could approach this much like they did with episode 12 of Season 1 (I believe) where Moira shoots Oliver and Felicity and Diggle fight to save him...with the flashbacks occurring at each chance of life he gets. The same could be done if Oliver was not to return right away to Starling....we not only get a lot of character development from other heroes...but also the proper introduction to Oliver-centered flashbacks in Hong Kong.


3) Arsenal and Black Canary team-up: Do you remember this set photo?... With Oliver disappearing and Roy still in the vigilante/hero game I wouldn't be surprised if the dynamic shifted in the wake of Oliver's disappearance. Roy is relatively versed in being a vigilante...and I'm sure he and Laurel could team up and do some we know they will be doing.


4) THIS is how fans will finally see the goatee (Prediction): The ever-long fan claim that we need to see the "classic" Green Arrow goatee...which he not only doesn't have NOW but didn't have when he was FIRST introduced is one that is really only logical in a few ways, much like the boxing glove Arrow...which Arrow worked in beautifully, it simply isn't practical considering we KNOW people can see his lower face out of the bottom of the hood, it honestly makes for a worse disguise than Clark Kent...The ONLY way to introduce us to the goatee is either have him reveal his identity to the world...(...NO...NO...NO...NO...NO), or for him to grow it while in his "exile" from Starling City, only to shave it after his initial and triumphant return

 *queue the Felicity making a joke about him looking good with a goatee*

Considering Amell left this comment on his Facebook...I wouldn't put this to far in your "not happening column"

5) It will be a joke (Prediction): As we see the shift from gloomy and emotionally in the right the light-hearted Ollie we know (as producers have confirmed we will see), I can almost guarantee that down the line...Barry and Ollie will joke about how they were both dead at some point.


6) Malcolm delivers the bad news -  Judging by what the trailer shows us...we know for a fact that Malcolm brings the sword back to Starling to deliver the bad news to Team Arrow... we also know that in S03E12 (in the synopsis) that Malcolm joins Team Arrow to help take down a mutual enemy... which makes it seem like he is VERY busy in Starling City (see next point for why this is curious...)


7) Oliver's body is moved - In the trailer we see Oliver's body being moved via stretcher to what seems to be a sanctuary or indoor home...initially many people (myself included) assumed this meant Malcolm was going to heal him...which...I still do see as a possibility...but seeing as Malcolm is very busy in would seem Maseo is still a viable is Katana.


8) Laurel is going to be a rookie - Producers have confirmed that Laurel won't be kicking butt in any major way despite the fact that she is suiting up...and we will see that...she won't be as well trained as anyone else.

9) The ATOM is born -  Well it seems as if Ray is getting to building his ATOM suit


The Show

1) Brick - A big part of the next few episodes on the villain side, Vinny Jones will be playing Brick. Brick is a metahuman super-villain and crimelord in Star City, making him an enemy to Green Arrow. His skin is thick and brick-like, making him almost impervious to damage. Beginning his career as a low-level enforcer, his ruthlessness allowed him to rise through the ranks. Brick was created by Judd Winick and Phil Hester, first appearing in Green Arrow (Volume 3) #40. (2004). Click here to learn more.

2) The Real Black Canary - Ah tis finally time to see Laurel fulfill the destiny and path we always knew (comic fans at least) she would take. RELAX...both her and the producers have said she is 
no where need a skilled fighter, just basic training...don't expect her to suddenly be an expert. In the comics Dinah Laurel Lance was born into a family of crime fighters. Her father Larry Lance, was a police officer, while her mother (also named Dinah) was the original Black Canary.

The younger Dinah chose to become a crime-fighter at the age of nineteen, despite her mother’s wishes to the contrary. Following a rigorous training program under the watchful eye of a former colleague and life-long friend of the original Black Canary, Ted Grant, also known as Wildcat, Dinah took up her mother’s identity and adopted her costume as her own.

According to her origins during the Silver Age, Dinah’s ‘Canary Cry’ was the result of her being cursed by the Wizard during her childhood. This explanation has been retconned for the current continuity, however. These sonic powers are now the byproduct of her possession of the metagene, making her a metahuman since birth. Dinah’s metahumanity distinguishes her from her predecessor; in fact, no other member of her family is known to have possessed the metagene at all. To learn more about the true Black Canary (Laurel) click here.

3) Oliver's return? - Will we see how Ollie escapes death this episode? Possibly in the final minutes? Or will that revival/healing be featured in one of the following episodes. 

4) Team Arrow still going strong - Nice to see the team can function without Ollie....not to max capacity...but still working. But why can't Oliver just have the same bike as Roy?

5) Diggle in suit - Well you saw it again folks...the return of Diggle/Arrow

6) Why has Diggle not asked to be trained with the bow? It just seems strange he hasn't asked, not once to learn to shoot a bow, despite Roy learning right in front of him. 

7) Ollie still kicking - It's also a very nice touch to have Oliver still alive and kicking in the flashbacks, it brings a nice element of Arrow without, but with Oliver

8) ATOM Armor - Looks like Ray's armor will do more than just shrink...but don't expect guns.

9) Ray's respect - Ray dropped a line about Arrow and Arsenal...clearly he respects them and we won't have a hero v. hero situation

10) "Start small" - Ray -  A clear reference to his ability to shrink in the comics

11) Far fall - Did Oliver fall far? yes....BUT did he fall all the way? NO ... WHO is by his body...if Malcolm heals his body...why not tell the team...yes he is nefarious...but could it be Maseo? Those two would be the top choices. People also say Tommy, but again...resurrecting Katana, Oliver, defiantly Ra's, AND Tommy in one season...completely derails the belief that anyone stays dead on this show. I wouldn't be mad that Tommy came back...but in the overall scheme of things it would seem just a tad pointless.

12) Parallels - Does anyone see parallels between Brick and Ra's? The way they lead, the challenges and fights they have.

13) Canary v. Brick - Stills from the next episode also reveal a fight between brick and Black Canary

14) Does Malcolm still have League ties -  He mentions "old associates"

15) The man next to Ollie's body wasn't Malcolm - Unless he can travel from the Middle East back to Starling extremely fast

16) Unless Malcolm did go there and back that fast? - Is this the scene where he reveals the sword? Reveals that Oliver is dead? NO...he just Malcolm is going to the fighting site NOW...which means it was Maseo or someone else near Ollie's body

17) "The Demon's Head" -  I believe this is the first time they have dropped the true nickname/translation for Ra's Al Ghul, The Demond's Head 

18) Felicity's Atom Blue Dress - Felicity has been rocking the "Atom Blue" colors every few episodes 

19) Laurel believes in his return as well.  - I am more excited to see their reactions when he does return.

20) Malcolm finds the sword - This should clarify that it was NOT Malcolm standing over Oliver's body in the beginning of the episode. Let the speculation begin in 5...4...3...2...1...

21) Malcolm delivers the news - I'm sure we have all seen it in the promos at this point....he travel's really really fast between the site and Starling

22) Malcolm's guilt - Malcolm thinks of Oliver as a son, more-so than he did Tommy. The League IS still after Malcolm...Malcolm DID think Oliver could win.

23) Moving the body - Who is moving Oliver's body? Will we find out tonight? 

24) The life cycle - Does the DEATH of Oliver Queen mean the BIRTH of GREEN Arrow?

25) Roy and Thea's relationship - Interesting relationship...WAIT Thea knows Roy is Arsenal... BUT she doesn't know Oliver is the Arrow?.... Mind = Blown

26) The Amazing Spiderman 2 - So far every scene that has been remotely big we have seen in the trailers...just like TASM 2....hoping for a big scene this episode we have yet to see #39minutesin

27) Roy the bada** - Every Roy fight scene he seems cooler and cooler.

28) Diggle v. Brick - Will Arsenal come to the rescue? 

29) I have a feeling this episode will either end with: Oliver in the present day based scene, a pan of Laurel's costume...personally I'm hoping for both...but I know Laurel suits up next Wednesday, so I would prefer the Ollie tease

30) Diggle missed? - Never thought Diggle would miss a headshot...from 5 feet away...considering what we have seen him do

31) Felicity's diss - Felicity basically told Diggle and Roy they are worthless without Oliver...#Snorefest...#YouSitAtAComputerAllDay

32) Oliver centric scene - MASEO AND KATANA .... He 100% went to Katana ... right? Maybe Maseo turned to the League and left Katana

33) Just dedicating this my Maseo respect....

34) Again...more excited for their reaction when he DOES come back

35) Diggle/Laurel - This could be the first Diggle/Laurel scene...ever...3 seasons...1 scene

36) Laurel the theif -  Ahhh that's how she gets the suit (part of it) and the ideas...she steals Sara's stuff!

37) Malcolm lies - Malcolm is lying to Thea about what he knows of Ollie, out of respect? or out of fear of her doubting him?


39) Evergreen City - One of the storage containers at the bay is marked "Evergreen", Evergreen City is where Hal Jordan resides for a time

40) OLIVER DIDN'T DIE...TOLD YOU...YEA....but did she bring him back? Clearly he wasn't dipped in a adios Lazarus Pit theory. Good way to tie Katana back in.

You can debate point #40 all you want...but unless your going to suggest Katana brought an entire Lazarus Pit with her...not happening. The idea that he was brought back using liquid from the pit...different story.

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