– by Mark Cook

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Olicity — You have to be KIDDING ME.  This picture says it all (when I saved the picture I titled it “No”).  Not only is it another re-hashed storyline, but it is one that no one wants.  I have an idea, let’s throw the mantle of the Green Arrow onto Diggle since he is clearly fit for the job at this moment in time (sarcasm) in order to have a better relationship with William, then go back to Felicity.   He hasn’t had enough trauma, let’s move a new woman in as quickly as possible.  Maybe I’m going overboard, but the logistics of Arrow at this moment in time don’t make any sense.  It’s as if they are making it up as they go.  The first five seasons had a plan.  Granted, some of it was disjointed (Season 4), but it fit together.  Season 6 seems to be a hodge-podge of previous stories mixed with new ideas that don’t make sense.  There is so much great source material out there.  Use. It.  You know what could be a great storyline to adapt?  The Outsiders War.  This is a group representing clans from a specific totem weapon including: arrow, sword, spear, fist, shield, axe, and mask.  The team consists of Komodo, Golgatha, Magus, John Butcher, Shado, Emika Queen, and Katana.  Some of the characters have already been introduced into the Arrowverse, which would make for an easy transition.  If any of them are dead, well, pull a Lance family and bring them back as many times as you’d like.  In the story, Oliver learns of the group and that he and his family were involved from their connections from the island.  Now granted some aspects would have to be adapted, but that is a story that is unique, fits into the Arrowverse, and gets off of the “save this city from the inside out” that we have seen Every. Single. Season.  If you haven’t read, or heard, of the storyline, I’d highly recommend it.  Even if this wouldn’t work, what about Vigilante?  Remember him?  The person we thought would have a huge role only to be randomly tossed from a building never to be heard from again?  Bring him back.


(Image Courtesy of DC Comics.)



(Photo Courtesy of DC/The CW).

Diggle is The Green Arrow — On Diggle’s first mission, everyone seems to notice that the Green Arrow did not use any actual arrows.  I think the main issue I have with this, aside from what most have mentioned about putting Diggle in charge, is that this doesn’t feel like Green Arrow.  It’s a show about Team Arrow, which has been the downfall of the past couple seasons.  What made previous seasons so great was the focus on Oliver being Green Arrow.  It had a sense of mystery and intrigue.  This just feels like another group thrown together to fight a “bad guy” as Anatoly put it last week.  Diggle seems to not only have issues firing a weapon, but his decision-making is off as well, which makes a hit to his credibility as leader. The discussion between he and Oliver worked well in the episode, and shed more light on how close to two are. At the end of the episode viewers find that Diggle is taking some type of drug to calm his tremors.


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The “Bad Guy”? — Maybe this is who Anatoly was referring to.  Anyways, a woman (Onyx Adams) breaks into Kord Industries in order to steal military grade gas weapons (let’s hope it’s not to use against Star City).  In the comics, Onyx was a member of the League of Assassins who eventually had encounters with Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Batman while eventually training  with Cassandra Cain (Batgirl).

Next week looks to bring us…Black Siren again…I’ve always been a strong advocate for Arrow, but this is becoming frustrating.  There is still so much potential for what this show could be, yet they have become completely unoriginal and mundane.  I would rather have flashbacks than Olicity again.  What did you think of this week’s episode?  Is there a Green Arrow storyline you would like for them to adapt?  Is there a villain you’d like to see (as of right now there doesn’t seem to be a formidable foe in sight)?  Does anyone actually like Olicity?  Leave your comments in the usual spot, and thanks for reading (sorry, not sorry for the ranting!).

Arrow returns next Thursday at 9 p.m. on The CW.

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