About two weeks ago (and a day or two before I discovered Outlander, which has consumed me), I decided to spend the torturous Arrow hiatus by watching two Arrow episodes a day from the beginning. (And yes, I counted the number of days and episodes so that they would evenly end—unlike how you can never finish a sundae’s ice cream and topping at the same time.)
Yesterday The day before yesterday (because I’m the world’s greatest procrastinator), I finished season 1 and began season 2, watching “Sacrifice” (123) and “City of Heroes” (201). I’d forgotten how emotional “Sacrifice” was. Not just Tommy’s death, but many other interactions. Oliver telling Moira how his father really died, Detective Lance’s calling Laurel when he thought he was about to die, Diggle and Felicity unwilling to let Oliver fight alone. I teared up several times, letting those tears fall when Tommy died. And now I find the episode didn’t even make my top 5 list. We may have to rectify that.
I began to realize I’m not really excited about season 2. As I’ve mentioned before, Sara bugs me, and the thought of spending another 20+ episodes with her isn’t something I’m looking forward to. It’s an unpopular opinion, but it’s my opinion. I didn’t/don’t like the actress, and the whole setup it just made Oliver look flaky. He professed his love for Laurel in the first season; then he not only did the same thing with Sara, but threw it in Laurel’s face. Now, I know Laurel is not a popular character, and I’m not a big fan either (the producers should just cut their losses and let Katie Cassidy go), but that was just thoughtless and cruel. But there’s another reason Oliver’s serial love-fests bother me.
It makes his profession of love for Felicity feel… less special. I know their relationship is different because they were/are friends first. But c’mon. At the beginning of this season, Oliver told Felicity “Don’t ask me to say that I don’t love you.” He said nearly the same damn thing to Laurel in season 1. And the way Oliver kissed Felicity on the forehead before he went off to… die!.. was exactly the same as one he gave Sara at some unremarkable time in season 2.
We all know Felicity and Oliver are the end game. But geez, if it is, make it special! Make it new!
I will continue with my schedule, painful as it will be. At least I know there will be some goodness in the season.. I know it’s hard, but someone’s got to do it. 😉