1. Tim Frankovich says:

    You’ve pretty much nailed it.

    In addition, the writing has been so sub-par this season that moments of “great emotion” have fallen completely flat.

    Prime example: ending the episode with the entire supporting cast supposedly dying of a bio-weapon. As if there was a single viewer anywhere that thought that might actually happen… especially when 3 seconds later, they reveal how they’re rescued in the promo for the next episode!! It would have made a far more powerful ending and gotten people more excited for that next episode if this one had ended with that “surprise” rescuer showing up in the final second.

    (Although the bonus 7 is actually consistent. Those within the League of Assassins call him “Raysh” while those without call him “Ras.” It’s intentional and was explained in an interview a few weeks back.)

  2. Meg Ebba says:

    “World’s Strangest Assassin” is a great moniker!  As a fan, I love so much about Season 3.  I love the “identity” theme as part of a hero’s journey.  If it were a book, I’d advise the writer to split it into two novels, because there was not enough time to develop all the characters without shortchanging their stories, and plot holes did occur.  See above, re: making Ra’s al Ghul be whatever they needed him to be for that particular episode instead of establishing his brand of crazycakes early on and sticking to it.

    I learned so much about writing from watching Arrow this season! For example,  don’t underestimate your audience: no one for a second believed Laurel Lance’s journey to the Black Canary, but since it was in her contract we sat and nodded politely. Also, we all knew Ray Palmer was there as a placeholder for Felicity while he waited for his own show to start and so his inconsistencies were summarily ignored.  Luckily, when they write for their hero, the writing is tight, but Oliver’s stories would have had more emotional impact if the writing for adjacent characters was also as tight.  Like, Diggle, sidelined for no reason, when all they needed was one offhand “Lyla and I decided when she’s on a mission for ARGUS I’m out of the field because of the baby and vice versa.” But I came for the hero’s journey and stayed for the organic, can’t fake it if you tried, completely unique, slow-build, endgame love story, so I basically LOVED this season! I think “Superhero Feed” on Tumblr said it best when he posted, “Dear Flashback: Not now. Sincerely, everyone.” about 3×20. 🙂

    Speaking of Olicity, I’m also paying very close attention to what I hope is going to be true: that the hero and the love of his life get to drive off into the sunset…but the story isn’t over.  Balancing a hero’s calling with the duties of work and family? I’m so there for that because we hardly ever get to see that. Come on Season 4, don’t fail me now!

    (see how restrained this post was?!  I had like a thousand more babbling words…)

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