Arrow Analysis Season 2, Episode 10: Entering the “Blast Radius”
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Ah Arrow Analysis, I missed you! If you’re unfamiliar with this, this was a series I started at Comics Crux for Season Two of Arrow. Now Arrow Analysis is back in action here at Rhymes with Geek. As I missed a couple of episodes during small hiatus, I’ll cover them quickly here. The Barry Allen episodes were a lot of fun and I’m excited to see The Flash make his appearance. Now onwards with Episode 10, introducing Shrapnel to the Arrow-verse. The episode also follows the events of the mid-season finale that set up The Flash, and much more fun to come out of this. Deathstroke is officially in the picture, we know Shado is dead, and how the events on the Island are all officially hitting the fan in the present day. The Mirakuru or The Miracle is in full effect now, Roy Harper got jabbed in the finale and now we’re getting to see the fallout of that and also Sebastian Blood/Brother Blood’s role in all of this. A lot to cover here, so let’s get started with entering the “Blast Radius” here in Arrow Analysis.
First off I want to say, Katie Cassidy finally got the writers of Arrow to give her something to do. In the midst of Black Canary, John Barrowman returning as Malcolm Merlyn, and everything else, poor Laurel Lance has gotten lost in the shuffle. With Sebastian Blood she’s now been given an active role in Arrow again, because for a main cast member she was getting shorted in screen time immensely. At least now she gets to figure out what’s going on with him, though I’m not happy she’s been saddled with the use of painkillers storyline. Yes I see they’re going to have to have the whole, “you’re addicted to painkillers!” story come about at some point but that’s so played out and I’m not happy it’s happening to her. So far it’s not affecting her character majorly but somehow someway they’re going to do something stupid with it. Probably my least favorite aspect of Arrow the handling of Laurel Lance. Which is why I get this out of the way now, because overall this episode wasn’t too bad and is setting up a theory I have, more on that later.
As for the rest of the episode, one part I especially enjoyed is the possibility of a Felicity and Barry Allen relationship. The people involved in Arrow are saying that they’re not going to have The Flash make his first appearance on the show. Maybe they’re planning on actually doing something with The Flash on Arrow after all? Who knows because in television plans can turn on a dime, we’ll see how that story ultimately works out. Just neat to see that they’re still working with that story and it’ll be fun to see where Felicity and Barry go from here. Even more fun was Felicity not putting up with Oliver’s intensity in any given situation and gave him a verbal smackdown. Diggle having to play the cool head in the midst of this too, a good episode to let the relationship of the trio shine.
The Shrapnel story was just a means to an end. Still good mind you, the story was just moving all the pieces into place. We’re not at the point of having Deathstroke (Slade Wilson) being a regular bad guy yet and we still have Sebastian Blood to deal with. We have Roy Harper with his Mirakuru injection and that hasn’t even come to a head at this point. There is a lot that Shrapnel did to set more in motion, which is exactly what he was there to do. As on the surface this could easily be a filler episode, though ultimately it furthered a couple stories in a strong and positive direction. Shrapnel was there to set up the big team up of Sebastian Blood and Arrow, as Laurel Lance learns that Sebastian Blood killed his Father and put his own Mother in a mental institution. A nicely edited and directed sequence by the way, cliché yes but my goodness did that work in setting up a great, “Nooooooo!” moment. Well played Arrow.
As I finish up, the flashbacks are actually starting to matter to the story more and more as this is going to be the way we learn more about Mirakuru. We’re seeing where that will go and how that correlates with Roy’s condition. I’ve never been huge on the flashbacks after Season One, at least nearing the second half of Arrow Season Two they’re going somewhere rather than slowing down the episode. That I’m appreciating as they keep this as a plot device in Arrow, I’d rather it matter than take away from the show.
As for my theory, oh yes we are seeing Suicide Squad by the end of the season. All of these bad guys being set in play, Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, and Shrapnel, amongst others are too perfect for a Suicide Squad. As Arrow isn’t making a habit of killing bad guys, this sets up a Suicide Squad perfectly. The rest of this season is setting up big things to come. Possibly we’ll have Roy Harper in a situation making him Speedy or Arsenal, as he’s only played a small role this season it’s still up in the air how he’ll play out. We still have the League of Assassins to deal with, Ra’s Al Ghul, and more fun to come in the Black Canary saga. We got a lot of mid-season to cover and hopefully this lives up to the promise being set here.
Thank you all for reading and I’m happy to be back with Arrow Analysis once more. I’ve missed writing this column and will be here for the rest of the season to come. We’re in for one wild mid-season and it’s a pleasure to cover Arrow once more.