[SPOILERS BELOW FOR LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE OF ARROW]
I really really liked last night’s episode, “Tremors,” though honestly, Bronze Tiger and the earthquake machine, the supposed A-plot, took a back seat, for me, to the various interpersonal developments. First of all, I love the budding mentoring/partnering relationship between Oliver and Roy, especially now that Roy knows who Oliver is. Oliver had him slapping water in a bowl! Adorable. “Yeah, well, I can’t wait to get attacked by a dog dish.” Roy’s look when he sees who the Arrow really is is great, and I hope this relationship remains a prominent part of the show for a while. “We’re just getting started.” Wheeee.
Meanwhile, Walter is trying to convince Moira to run for mayor against blood, which is an interesting commentary on the mindset in Starling City, at least. If Walter’s polling numbers are correct, a whole lot of people either believe Moira was doing the right thing or believe she was being manipulated but want to put her in charge anyway. (And yes, I love when my superhero shows digress into polling numbers and campaign minutiae. I know, I know.) I love Moira, so I’m excited about her getting another storyline, and curious what will happen with the paternity stuff (which I’d sort of forgotten about). Also, Oliver has already come out in favor of Blood and campaigned for him. Will his allegiance switch or will he try to stick with his convictions? Either way, there should be drama.
Laurel’s story continues to be sad and spiraling, though I like that the people in her life are honestly trying to help, within their own conceptions of how that would work. Her dad might be going about it the wrong way – tricking her into going to an AA meeting – but at least he’s obviously, visibly caring and trying. And Thea cares enough to call Oliver when Laurel’s a mess at the bar, and he in turn cares enough to get her home safely and call her sister. I am very much looking forward to seeing where the Laurel and Sara stuff goes. On the other hand, I have no idea how they leapt from a rumor – not even an official notification! – of the beginning of disciplinary proceedings to “I’m being disbarred.” I’m pretty sure there should be several other steps in that process.
- Oliver: “He was my friend.” Felicity: “Troubling use of past tense there.”
- Oliver: “You hacked into a prison system network?” Felicity: “Is that judgment I’m hearing?” Oliver: “Pride.”
- “You do know that thing could kill hundreds of people.” “No, Mr. Turner. It could kill thousands.” Such a cliched line, but it still gave me chills.
- Oliver: “Do you have one of your hoodies?” Roy: “Do you seriously have to ask?”
- Presumably that picture of Tommy was inserted into the Merlyn house scene just to make me cry.“Coffee and olives? Bad combination.”
- “Bar me from your bar. That’s today’s theme, right?”
- In case you, like me, need a refresher on who Amanda Waller is and why she said “squad” like it was so meaningful, here she is.
- “Do you actually think I’d kill my sister’s boyfriend?” I mean, maybe.
- “But these are the only two that matter.” Aww.