About two-thirds of the way through Arrow‘s season 2 (circa episode 216), I came to the realization I was watching a soap opera. Granted, a soap opera with lots of action and really cool stunts, but still, a show with completely manufactured drama. It happens when a character’s actions make no sense. A sudden change of heart, overreaction, and unexplainable meddling all lead to major WTF moments.
Minority opinion #1: I do not like Sara. (And I’m ashamed to say it’s for purely physical reasons.) When Oliver proclaimed his love for her, I rolled my eyes. Every time they had a “romantic” scene, I yelled at the tv. It wasn’t completely out of character for them to hook up, given their shared history and similar experiences, but that doesn’t mean I had to like it.
Minority opinion #2: I felt sorry for Laurel. When Sara invited Oliver to the “Lance family dinner” (at Laurel’s house no less), and both admitted they were still together, I understood Laurel’s anger. She didn’t deserve the verbal beat-down Oliver gave her in the hallway. I suppose it was necessary for Laurel to hit rock bottom, but it felt wrong, and out-of-character for Ollie to be so heartless towards her.
Then there’s the whole Malcolm-Merlyn-is-Thea’s-father debacle. What might have been a good storyline has been poorly handled.
- Felicity goes to Moira because…? So Moira can threaten her?
- Felicity tells Oliver at the worst possible moment because.. ? Ok, so Oliver coaxed it out of her because he “knows her so well.” Whatever.
- Oliver decides to break all ties with his mother because this is the worst thing she’s ever done. Except it’s not.
Like I said, manufactured drama. Buy hey, at least they didn’t go the romantic route with Laurel and that guy from Orphan Black.
(Favorite episodes will be listed in the End of Season 2 review.)