Last night was the mid-season final of Arrowwhere the show remembered it had quite a bit of plot to move along since resolving Ollie’s (Stephen Amell) botched attempt at bonding with fellow vigilante, The Huntress, Helena Bertinelli (Jessia de Gouw). There were some island flashbacks, more investigating from Walter (Colin Salmon), the reveal of an “evil” archer in Starling City, and Ollie trying to save Christmas.
And his attempt to imbue his family with the holiday spirit they are lacking is awkward at best. Actually, the Queen family is all sorts of awkward and their forced enjoyment of each others’ company is heaped with awkward moment upon awkward moment. Have I said awkward enough, yet? Does it make you feel uncomfortable? Good, ’cause that’s how watching the Queen family interact makes me feel.
Turns out since Oliver and his dad disappeared they’ve stopped celebrating Christmas, and more importantly stopped throwing their annual Christmas party. And if one guys knows how to throw party, it’s Ollie, and he does so with the hope it’ll liven up his family’s dreary Yuletide. It, of course, has the opposite effect but that’s exactly what I’d expect from the most awkward family in Starling City.
It must be my day for posting articles about shows and movies with bows and arrows. This one’s about CW‘s Arrow episode nine entitled: Year End. This episode introduces a new bow shooting character who just happens to be killing the bad guys on Oliver’s list. Of course this mysterious ‘Dark” archer is labeled as Oliver’s “toughest adversary yet.”
Who is it, could it be Merlyn the Dark Archer, a mercenary for the League of Assassins, or The Rainbow Archer, or Archie the Archer (No I am not making that up, he really is a villain in the comics), maybe it’s Black Arrow, or The Crimson Archer, and there is always Lord Kalesque? There’s a ton of arrow using villains to choose from.
Check out the stills and the episode plot synopsis below the gallery and you can check out the other photos at GreenArrowTV for the full gallery of episode pictures.
IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME AT THE QUEEN HOUSEHOLD — Oliver (Stephen Amell) discovers that after he and his father went missing, Moira (Susanna Thompson) and Thea (Willa Holland) stopped celebrating Christmas. Determined to make up for lost time and restore a sense of normalcy to the Queen household, Oliver decides to throw the family a Christmas party. Meanwhile, Tommy (Colin Donnell) asks Laurel (Katie Cassidy) to spend Christmas with him but she points out that Christmas was also her sister Sara’s birthday and she needs to be with her father (Paul Blackthorne). Tommy suggests changing things up might be the best way for everyone to heal but Laurel isn’t sure her father is ready for that. Meanwhile, Diggle (David Ramsey) tells Oliver someone is murdering the people on his father’s list with arrows, which sends Oliver off to face his toughest adversary yet. John Dahl directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim and teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim (109)
The Green Arrow adaptation, Arrow, starts up next month. Fans are all praying that CW does something to make it shine and it doesn’t end up being just another in a line of often-failed attempts at bringing a super hero to television. And though they’re updating the show for the modern day, it looks like many old favorites will be showing up during the series – 11 DC characters have been confirmed so far, in fact.
Which ones, you ask? Well, just in case you’ve missed the piece-meal news announcing each character and who will be playing them, we’ve organized a list here. Some of these you may know, while others played more obscure roles in Green Arrow’s comic and may be lost on you. So without further ado, the line up is…
Black Canary (AKA Pretty Bird, Scream Queen, Canary)
Played by: Katie Cassidy
Super martial arts lady who ends up on the romantic side of Arrow’s life. Looks like this one may have been seriously nerfed by the Arrow team, however (lame).
China White (AKA Queen of thePacific Rim, The Woman without a Heart)
Played by: Kelly Hu
Leader of a drug cartel in the Pacific Rim who butts heads with Green Arrow.
Played by: Darren Shahlavi
Kick-ass martial arts master and assassin who almost takes Green Arrow down.
Deadshot (AKA The World’s Finest Assassin, The Man Who Never Misses, The Greatest Sniper on Earth)
Played by: Michael Rowe
Expert marksman who, despite being an assassin, has a softer side.
Deathstroke (AKA Deathstroke the Terminator)
Played by: ???
Super-soldier mercenary with mega-genes who once managed to kick the entire JLA’s ass. Little info is available about what they want to do with the character in the series, including who will be playing him.
Played by: Emily Bett Rickards
Computer software businesswoman who fights the good fight.
The Huntress (AKA Batgirl II)
Played by: Jessica De Gouw
Mafia daughter who sees the evil of crime and dedicates herself to taking down the bad guys in rather violent ways. Looks like this one will be a regular on the series.
Merlyn (AKA The Dark Archer, Vordigan)
Played by: Colin Donnell
Bow and arrow wielding member of the League of Assassins. Looks like this one may not be quite the character he was in the books, as the team at Arrow has seen fit to rewrite his story just a bit.
Speedy (AKA Arsenal, Red Arrow OR Mama Mia)
Played by: Willa Holland?
There are two versions of this character, one male and one female. Both ended up serving in a side-kick capacity for Green Arrow. All the rumors so far point to using the girly Speedy and having Holland play the role as a mash up of side-kick and sister to the titular hero.
Played by: Colin Salmon
Stepfather of Oliver Queen and CEO of Queen Industries who stays out of the action.
“The Well-Dressed Man”
Played by: John Barrowman
Who is Barrowman playing? We do not know yet, but that shouldn’t matter too much. I mean, it’s John Barrowman! Speculative folks have kept the list short on who they think he might be, the possibilities including Count Vertigo, the Star City Slayer, Dr. Light or Deathstroke (which would put the real total to 10, I suppose?).
Well, this is certainly looking to be more interesting than I had first though. Luckily, the show starts up on October 10th, so we’ll all soon get to see what DC has planned for us.
Btw, screenrant has an excellent breakdown of each character, including where you might have seen them first, some of their background and what CW is looking to change about them. Check it out.
News for the CW‘s pilot, Arrow, based on DC’s character Green Arrow, is simply rolling in. Last week we learned Susanna Thompson, David Ramsey, and Katie Cassidy had joined the cast as Ollie’s mother, security expert John Diggle, and Dinah “Laurel” Lance respectively. We also has the chance to read an early review of the pilot script. All in all, things seem to be moving quickly for the proposed series.
Today it was announced Colin Donnell has been cast as Green Arrow’s best friend turned worst enemy, Tommy Merlyn. I was surprised to read the villain Merlyn and Ollie’s friend Tommy were to be one in the same with this series, but I’m sure the change was made to amp the drama. This is a CW show, if it doesn’t have an unprecedented amount of drama the kids won’t watch.
In addition to this bit of casting news, Stephen Amell, your new Green Arrow, updated his Facebook page with a video answering fan’s questions. Here’s a breakdown from Comic Book Movie,
1:00 – He describes the training process for Arrow. 3:58 – Describes the pilot process that Arrow will most likely go through. 5:18 – Switching to a gluten and dairy free diet in preparation for Arrow. 6:38 – Stephen reveals that he has seen his Arrow gear (costume). 14:20 – His thoughts on the casting announcements of late, and he believes there is still one more major role to be filled.
You’ll notice he’s wearing a hat and many are presuming he’s hiding his new blonde locks, or he’s just cold, who knows. I’m happy to say I like what an easy-going guy he seems to be, hopefully he’ll bring his down to earth nature to the character of Oliver Queen.
What are your impressions of Amell? Think he’ll make a good Green Arrow?