Friday, January 17, 2014

Review: Arrow 2x10 “Blast Radius”

Original air date: January 15, 2014

It was fun to see Oliver running around town fighting crime in his brand new mask.  I have to admit, I think I might miss the black paint.  There was a nice look to it and I don’t care how impractical it was to have to paint that on every time when you're in a hurry to go save the city.  I just enjoyed the way it looked a little different from the classic superhero mask.  I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority on this one.


We open up on a borderline jealous Oliver, who is annoyed that Felicity is still visiting Barry.  He's sleeping because it sounds better than "he's in a coma."

Sidenote: If someone has not written the “While You Were Sleeping”-esque Barry x Felicityx Oliver fanfic yet, I am disappointed in all of y’all.   

Sean Maher makes his entrance by blowing up a building and declaring war on the city and all of its politicians.  He knows his bombs, owns a souvenir shop in Sterling City and is a member of “The Movement”, an anti-government terrorist group.  Ya know, your average Sterling City bad guy. Code Name: Shrapnel. I'm crossing my fingers this is not the last we see of him, because I love me some Sean Maher. 

Roy is not quite himself.  He feels strange and he’s pushing all those who love him away.  He’s showing signs of super human strength and healing.  It remains to be seen though, how the serum will affect him mentally in the future. The Island gave us some crazy foreshadowing on the not so pleasant effects Roy might have in store for him. 

After the first bomb explosion, Felicity catches the first train back.  Too bad Oliver is still dealing with his feelings and takes his frustration out on her.  This leaves Diggle in the middle trying to act as a referee. 

Laurel finds herself trapped between trusting her instinct and believing what everybody else tells her.  “You deserve good.” YES SHE F*CKING DOES! I've said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s hard watching Laurel's storylines this season.  She keeps getting stuck with all this crap that is being thrown at her.  I’m glad she followed her instincts.  I’m sure we were all rooting for her to uncover the truth about Sebastian Blood.  Perhaps, now that she knows to trust her gut above all else, this might be the start of Laurel returning to the greatness we all know she is capable of. 

Meanwhile, Blood decides to set up a Unity Rally in the middle of the city.  Which of course is like bomb bait.  I might have missed the reason for this, because I’m still trying to figure it out.  He knew what was going to happen.  What was his motivations for this? Was it part of his evil skull mask agenda?  Or was he just trying to make a political stand and hope it made him look good? I don’t know.  Maybe I’ll re-watch the episode and try and figure it out because I do not understand.

Favorite bits of the episode?
  • Felicity telling Oliver to get his head out of his ass.
  • “You deserve good.” I just thought it needed to be mentioned again, because it’s the truth.
  • The fact that even though the city is in danger and Oliver is trapped by lasers and bombs, Felicity still gets in a not so subtle passive aggressive crack in there. 
  • “Are you apologizing to me, or are you talking to your quiver.” First, that he apologized and second that Felicity made him look her in the eyes when he said it.  She doesn't just let him get away with things and I love that about her.  Plus, *fangirl feels* he said she was his partner.
  • “Does this mean I have a shot?” *the longest pause in the history of pauses* “at Employee of the month?”

In Conclusion: Oliver is not ready for somebody else to be touching Felicity’s shoulder.  Diggle was clearly contemplating sending them both to their separate corners till they could learn to play nice.  Laurel is starting to look a little more like herself and it’s glorious.   

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