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Andrew Kriesberg Interview – Look Who’s Returning

EP Andrew Kriesberg has given an interview with TVGuide, in which he specifiies the return of a fan favourite character…

Colin Donnell is coming back in Episode 302. Tommy will be in the flashback story. We’ll be telling the story about how Tommy and Oliver just missed each other in Hong Kong. It’s a really amazing story and we’re so excited to have Colin Donnell back. It’s one of the advantages of the storytelling that we do that even when you die in the present day, you can still be alive in the flashbacks. It was something that we had talked about last year and then when we committed to doing the Hong Kong story, we knew we could really make it work.

Kriesberg also talks about some of the things we can expect to see in season three. You can read the full interview here.

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Arrow Season 3 Description

Today, the CW has released a description for the third season of Arrow. There’s a big spoiler about the cliffhanger from ‘Unthinkable’, and one big thing for all you Olicity fans. Read the description below:

In the aftermath of this victory, Season Three opens with Arrow now a hero to the citizens of Starling. Crime is down, people feel safer, and Captain Lance even calls off the Anti-Vigilante Task Force. Basking in his success, Oliver believes he can finally have a private life and asks Felicity out on a date. But the second Oliver takes his eye off the ball, a deadly villain reappears in Starling, forcing Oliver to realize that he can never be Oliver Queen – not as long as the city needs The Arrow.

We also have a longer, much more general description for the season. Read that below:

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. He returned home to Starling City, bent on righting the wrongs of his family and fighting injustice. To do this, he creates the persona of the Arrow and allies himself with former military man John Diggle (David Ramsey), computer-science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), street brawler Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) and international assassin Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), while keeping his secret from those closest to him including his sister Thea (Willa Holland), who has allied herself with his most deadly enemy. Rivalries and allegiances will shift as Oliver faces his most difficult challenge yet. Based on characters appearing in comic books and graphic novels published by DC Entertainment, ARROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Green Lantern,” “Brothers & Sisters”), Marc Guggenheim (“Eli Stone,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Warehouse 13,” “The Vampire Diaries”) and Sarah Schechter.

Arrow will probably return around October time to our screens in the UK, there’s no confirmation yet but stay tuned to ArrowFansUK and we’ll let you know…

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Season 3 Premiere Title Revealed

Production starts tomorrow (Wednesday) on Arrow season 3, and Marc Guggenheim has announced the title of the premiere episode: ‘The Calm’.

This may refer to the old saying ‘the calm before the storm’, but after the hell that rained down on Starling City in the final episodes of season 2, I’m scared as to what is to come.

What do you think it means?

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Unthinkable Review: Killer or Hero?

Arrow concluded its excellent second season in predictable style, as ‘Unthinkable’ saw Slade and Oliver finally square off and things end, once and for all.

I was already ridiculously up for the episode, but the 90 second recap of Slade and Oliver’s developing grudge raised the anticipation even further! Whereas, perhaps, the previous two episodes with Starling City steadily descending into hell and been all about the Mirakuru army threat, that recap alone reminded us of what it’s all about…

Slade’s promise to Oliver, most certainly a very personal one.

The highlight of this impressive finale, for me at least, were the two fight scenes as the episode neared its conclusion, intertwining with one another. It was something that could have come across stuttery, the swift switching of scenes, but it was executed to perfection – as both fights reached their conclusion we were given them in their entirety too, allowing the ‘arrow through the eye’ and Oliver’s final choice to both have their moment.

The Slade-Oliver fights on both the island and in the present day have been things we’ve been looking forward to and they didn’t disappoint, they were absolutely worth the wait.

So, what about both fights? Let’s start with the island, now Slade and Oliver’s feud has been steadily boiling, Slade has tortured the man he once referred to as a brother, making him ‘that’ promise though Oliver still tried to get through to him. Perhaps an interesting spot was Slade testing the Mirakuru on shipmates, was this army a plan for Wilson as far back as then? But anyway… back on Oliver ‘begging you (Slade) brother-to-brother’ to try and get him to think, while Shado’s ghost was twisting everything Oliver said started things saw Slade pretty conflicted. Credit to Celina Jade for being pretty chilling there and Manu Bennett for that brief spark of conflict, confusion, perhaps pain? Though as soon as he put the Deathstroke mask on and pointed the gun at Oliver, there was no turning back.

Then, to add fuel to the fire – we get the Amazo exploding thanks to those missiles. The fight broke out, but what of the conclusion to it? Oliver deciding to dump the cure and drive an arrow through Slade’s eye? Now, Slade was at his mercy and making all manner of threats. He no longer had Sara, he’d just lost her. I understand the choice he made really, what else could he have done in that situation? Stab Slade with the cure, drag him out of there and probably get fighting again? Could he have taken the risk?

Though obviously, it caused all manner of problems a few years later…

So we had that confrontation, Slade with both Laurel and Felicity in his clutches – with the latter making Slade eat his words about ‘stronger women’ as she stabbed him with the cure, making Slade and Oliver equals – or at least more on a level playing field. The fight was brutal, each of them put all they had into it, Slade’s hate for his former friend bleeding through, Oliver’s desire to take him down driving him. Then we had Oliver had to decide again, firing two trick arrows and thus rendering Slade, captured.

It all ended where it started, on the island. Oliver choosing to lock him up, arguably a worse punishment than killing him – especially with him telling Slade how he’s helped him become a hero, how he helped him get home, pretty much digging the knife in. “You helped me become a hero, Slade. Thank you.” He could have just slapped him with a wet fish and it probably would have had a similar effect. And to finish things we had Slade roar that he keeps his promises, I’d imagine we haven’t seen the last of him…

But nevertheless, Manu Bennett has been superb this season as the unhinged, out of control Slade on the island and the more chilling, cold, calculated counterpart in the present day.

So, catch your breath. What else did we have?!

Oliver telling Felicity he loves her, probably causing Ollicity shippers to stop breathing or blow up their lungs screaming. I wasn’t really fooled by it, I knew the angle I must admit – it was clever though. After Felicity told Oliver you’ve got to outthink him, him knowing Laurel had been taken and the fact that the house had cameras installed by Slade – it was clear what he was doing. But I must admit their final conversation got me wondering… Oliver just let her babble on, as she does, smiling the whole time before admitting they both ‘really sold it.’ He didn’t flat out deny anything and there’s certainly been hints… We’ll have to see what happens in Season 3.

Oliver getting off the island, with Sara ‘dead’, Slade ‘dead’, Anatoli off in a submarine… It’d have been a bit boring to have him go back to the island and sit around a campfire with nothing to do so it wasn’t much of a surprise. We now know how he’s got a history with Amanda Waller and he’s now in Hong Kong. She said in 2×16, “Who do you wanna kill more than me?” so I’m assuming we’ll find out why he wants to kill her next season.

Roy woke up, got a mask which was pretty neat to see. He doesn’t seem to have his strength anymore, at least I don’t think so. But he could handle himself having remembered his training and seems to know how to fire an arrow now. His path to Red Arrow/Speedy/Arsenal is moving along nicely.

But what wasn’t going quite so nicely for Roy would be his relationship with Thea, with his girlfriend discovering a quiver of arrows and deducing he lied to her about working with the Arrow. Awkward. Thea has really reached rock bottom in the past few episodes, which proved perfect for Malcolm to manipulate her and take her away. What is he going to do to his daughter? Oliver told her she has the purest heart, but it seems to be taking a battering – worse still, Oliver doesn’t actually know a thing about all this. As far as he knows, she got away from Starling City before it started not that she went off with her biological father who tried to destroy half the city. John Barrowman was a bit underused throughout these two episodes which was a shame, I was hoping we’d see a Malcolm-Oliver team-up as that would have been awesome but it wasn’t to be so.

Diggle is going to be a daddy, with Oliver having a son he doesn’t know about, perhaps we’ll have an Arrow version of Daddy Day Care or something in Season 3! Our Team Arrow are certainly growing up.

Deadshot back. Awesome. Michael Rowe is great.

There was also to drone threat from ARGUS which I never really felt the danger of, it added some fuel to the fire but it just didn’t really resonate with me. There was a fair bit going on elsewhere though, it’s not a major complaint by any means.

Isabel got killed, to be fair she had that coming. But Summer Glau has come into her own since getting in touch with Isabel’s nasty side, she’s been totally dislikeable which in fairness is the sign of a good performance. She may have disappeared mid-season but she’s been a right pain in the ass since she returned.

As for Quentin collapsing, coughing up blood – don’t you dare Arrow writers. Don’t you dare! Or I’ll go and set Slade free and set him on you lot! (Kidding, love you really. Thanks for an awesome show.) But not Quentin, not Paul Blackthorne! Give him a desk job if you need to, but don’t kill him!

We also had Sara going back with the League of Assassins, though again I’m guessing we haven’t seen the last of her. Nyssa and the League filled their purpose, the scene with Nyssa and Felicity towards the opening of the episode was another highlight for me…

“I am Nyssa, daughter of Ra’s Al Ghul, Heir to the Demon.”
“Felicity Smoak, MIT class 09.”

I don’t think I need to say much more. Also, was Nyssa almost doing a Captain Jack Harkness introduction to Felicity? That’s a genuine question, I did think she may have been subtly hitting on her a little bit…

Also that tunnel scene was massively impressive, the initial shot of the Arrow-Canary-Nyssa-the League and Roy waking in was wonderfully badass.

And that’s that, I think. It was a fitting conclusion to what has been a terrific season from start to finish (except Blind Spot), the unthinkable thing now is the 5 months we’ve got until Season 3. Sit tight everyone…


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