****NOTE: MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THE EPISODE BELOW****
What a winter finale, eh? Whoa. I need to rewatch that a time or 10 just to absorb it all. But what I do know is that Arrow 2.09, “Three Ghosts,” kicked off with Oliver coding on the table and never let up. We got Barry saving Oliver, Oliver freaking at Felicity over the reveal of his identity, Roy being injected with Mirakuru, Shado dying on the island, Lance nearly dying, Slade Wilson showing his face in present-day Starling, Tommy returning in a flashback, Laurel being consoled by Brother Blood, Barry gifting the Arrow with his mask and then commencing with his own superhero origin tale, and so many other amazing moments big and small.
And then there were the delicious Olicity moments. WE GOT A HUG. AN UNNECESSARILY LONG HUG, at that. It was beautiful.
“Not a little angst resulted [from Barry Allen’s introduction], of course. Felicity denied having romantic feelings for her boss (“I don’t like Oliver,” she told Barry), and later she and Ollie got into a bit of a tiff over Oliver’s looking into Barry’s past and basically being a hypocrite about lying, which he then made up for by inviting Barry to his mother’s party to dance with Felicity. The latter scene, by the way, struck me as kind of…fraternal?, which I found unsettling after all the UST (unresolved sexual tension) last week, until I realized that, duh, Oliver’s still pretty deep in denial land and probably thinks that’s exactly what he’s feeling. How precious.
Of course, this is Olicity we’re talking about, so there were plenty of light moments, too—Felicity accidentally bringing up prison with Moira, Oliver pulling Felicity aside after she invited Barry to set up shop at QC, Oliver acting like a baby as Felicity patched him up, Felicity telling Barry that the vigilante probably thinks he “penetrates just fine,” etc. etc. If there’s one thing these two never are, it’s boring, that’s for sure.
This season of Arrow is blowing the first one away. The first outing with Oliver Queen as the playboy cum vigilante of Starling City had him not letting anyone in, trying to rekindle a relationship with his ex Laurel and simultaneously set her up with his best friend. He was a man who didn’t know what he wanted.
This season, the show’s writers have found their path. They’ve given every character on the show much more depth and we’re seeing that character development make for much more interesting relationship dynamics. While we could get into the bromance with Ollie and Digg (and probably just include a slideshow featuring photos of the two working out), we’re ‘shippers here at Heroes and Heartbreakers.
You see, I’m not the only one noticing Ollie’s depth this season. We’re seeing him grow, change and become someone worthy of the title of hero.
Felicity Smoak is brilliant. She’s the IT genius behind all the tech wonder we see on Arrow and basically Ollie’s backbone. She’s smart and funny and, oh, she wants to be with Oliver something fierce.