Arrow 1.09 – Year’s End – or Christmas Came Early This Year

Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea QueenHAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE, EVERYONE!

I wish I had written this sooner, so that the episode was fresher in your mind and so that the title made more sense.

But this is a busy time of year – I’m sure you all understand. In fact, a part of me wanted to not even write this at all because I’ve got so much else to do, but there was just so much Oliver/Thea in this episode – it couldn’t be ignored. It called out to me in my dreams, screamed in my waking mind.

For those of you who are new, here are my commentaries on the first 8 episodes.

Please note that in this entry I misuse the word “literally” more times than I can count and don’t remind you often enough that I’m not actually delusional.

Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (121) dark archerRemember Adam Hunt from the pilot? The very first Corrupt BusinessMan of the Week? Well a mysterious hooded figure puts three arrows in his chest in the first scene, and I think we all knew it wasn’t Oliver, even before there was a quick cut to him in the lair, training with John Diggle.

John Diggle is pointing out how many names Oliver has crossed off The List recently, and Oliver informs him (and us) that now that the vigilante has a reputation, most of his targets yield to him quite easily. I’m impressed with the writers moving things along so quickly – obviously, with Oliver going after the names on the The List no longer being much of a challenge, it’ll be time (narratively speaking) for a new opposition to come into play – but I’m worried they’ll burn through all their best ideas too quickly. Although, apparently Oliver has been in overdrive since his falling out with Helena, which was a factor (and, it would seem, a factor he doesn’t like being reminded of).

John Diggle is taking his nephew to see Santa Claus (awwwww), which reminds Oliver of the existence of a little thing called Christmas. Oliver takes forgetting Christmas more seriously than Sarah Lance’s death, if his facial expression is anything to go by.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (2) And when he talks about how he had to forget Christmas on the island in order to survive, I’m pretty sure it was a bigger sacrifice than when Yao Fei convinced him to stop staring at Laurel’s picture and let her go.

Apparently Robert (that is, Oliver’s father) would throw a big Christmas party every year, and would put a Christmas tree in every single room of their criminally enormous house. “The whole mansion smelled like…it smelled like Christmas,” Oliver adds.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (3)

I have to be honest with you: I have never loved Oliver Queen as much as I do right now. Apparently the way to my heart/vagina is through love of Christmas.

John Diggle suggests that Oliver give The List a rest and “just enjoy the holidays” with his family. GREAT SUGGESTION, JOHN DIGGLE. I want to nominate John Diggle for the “Best Suggestion” awards. (I hear Neil Patrick Harris is hosting.)

And then John Diggle adds that Oliver is probably in the “nice” column of Santa’s list. Heh.

Oliver flashes back to the island: Yao Fei has returned after abandoning Oliver in a “locked” cave for a few too many days, but he has captured Edward Fyers, who has a plane on the island.

DUHN DUHN DUHN.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (5) Edward Fyers

Oliver’s next flashback is full of exposition: Edward Fyers (I kind of love him for some reason – and I’m crazy about his posh accent) explains that the island is literally a prison for China’s most dangerous criminals. The military shut down the prison, and hired Fyers’ unit to “dispose” of all the inmates. No transfers in China. Two were not killed: Yao Fei, and Deathstroke. Oliver is a little rattled when he hears that Yao Fei murdered dozens of people.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (35)

In the final flashback, Fyers reveals that he allowed Yao Fei to capture him, and his men, including Deathstroke, are lying in wait. Oliver gets away, but Yao Fei is captured, which was their mission all along anyway.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (36)

Back at Queen Manor, Oliver walks in the front door in a suit (he takes his nightclub business VERY seriously), and encounters Thea.

“Hey, you look very pretty,” he says. Whatever, Oliver. Her outfit is weird (I really don’t understand nor particularly care for Thea’s sense of fashion), and her face and hair look normal. So really you’re just saying that you think she’s pretty all the time, aren’t you?

I mean, honestly. If she were super dressed up for a party, I wouldn’t think anything of it, but this all seems very daily-life to me. So I can only conclude that he thinks she’s drop dead gorgeous on a regular basis.

Thea half-heartedly acknowledges his compliment with a smile. I’m just going to assume it makes her feel awkward and she’s avoiding it a little, because that’s how I roll and spin.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (4)

“What’s the occasion?” Oliver asks.

Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (6)OK, so there is an occasion. Fine. A dinner party thrown by Walter and Moira. But here’s the thing: Thea isn’t even invited. Oliver doesn’t even know that there is a dinner party and ends up sitting at the table eating with the guests, and it is implied that Thea is actually dressed up for this party (which I don’t think that she is), and she’s not even an attendee.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (7)

Oliver looks around, and asks why there aren’t any Christmas decorations up.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (8)

Thea says that everyone has just been really busy lately.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (9) But she’s acting a little cagey, and we learn later that this is actually a lie. I think this is the first time we’ve seen Thea actually lie to Oliver (unless you want to count her hiding the drugs in the pilot).

Oliver brings up a Christmas tradition: his mother would have candy canes, and he and Thea would race to see who would finish first. (I assume he means finish eating them.)Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (10) Thea remembers always winning, but Oliver remembers her always cheating.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (12) It seems to me there’s a pretty small window in which two siblings 10 years apart would have shared an activity like that, but I’m still giddy over their little nostalgic moment. Just picture little 7 year-old Thea showing her empty hands off to 17 year-old Oliver and teasing him because she finished first, but he knows that she bit part of it off and hid it in a plant. Jfkdjaklfjdaskljfda

I think Oliver probably spent a lot of time on the island thinking about stuff like that, even though he was supposed to forget his attachments and focus on surviving.

Thea says that Moira has gone sugar free this year, so she doubts he’ll be seeing any candy canes around. Well, Moira just went down in my book. First she tries to eat a hamburger with a knife and fork, now she doesn’t do sugar. Woman needs to let loose.

Oliver frowns as Thea walks away. I think he was picking up a little bit on Thea’s cagey-ness, but not on a conscious level.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (11)

He walks into the dinner party, where we see Starling City’s “muckety-mucks”, including a police commissioner (named Brian Nudocerdo – my Spanish is rusty, but that does mean “naked pig” doesn’t it? A little on the nose, eh?) and Mr. Merlyn.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (13) commissioner nudocerdo I’m not going to lie, it gave me total goosebumps to see him in the Queen household acting not as the Well-Dressed Man, but as Tommy’s father and a longtime family friend. Although his name is not said in the episode, I googled, and it has apparently been released: Malcolm.

They’re discussing the vigilante, of course – acknowledging him fully as a Robin Hood figure, though certainly leery of those kind of politics. Commissioner Nudocerdo is the one to bring up the fact that Robin Hood was in fact a criminal. I believe “outlaw” is the preferred term, Commish. It’s funny, because this is exactly Quentin’s line of thought, but we’ll see him butting heads with the commissioner later.

It’s interestingly/ironically Mr. Malcolm Merlyn who brings up the fact that Starling City crime is down, but Commissioner Nudocerdo believes this is due to changes his department has implemented. Hmmm. I am skeptical, as is Walter, and Oliver is downright offended. Interestingly/ironically again, it is Malcolm who asks Oliver what his thoughts are.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (14) GIF Malcolm Merlyn John Barrowman

Well, Oliver thinks that “the vigilante needs a better codename than ‘the hood’ or ‘hood guy’”. Again, he’s quite a master in the art of deflection. Though, he makes a very good point.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (15)

Malcolm agrees: “How about ‘Green Arrow’?”Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (16)

I like it.

But Oliver thinks it’s “lame”. He and Malcolm share a smirk. I hope Oliver is as angry at Malcolm as I am for cutting Tommy off.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (17)

Walter gets a call from Felicity in the middle of dinner: she has noticed that seven names from the List match up with men the vigilante has targeted (ONLY SEVEN???) and that one name from The List is a Queen Consolidated employee (ONLY ONE????).

This coincides with the arrival of a uniform to report to the commissioner that Adam Hunt is dead. Oliver is particularly intrigued, and then fakes a phone call with a “contractor” to get away. LOL, yeah, whatever Oliver. We haven’t seen him work on the nightclub for real AT ALL.

Malcolm is full of menacing and observant looks through all of this.

Quentin is a good cop: he knows right away that Hood Guy didn’t murder Adam Hunt. He knows that he wouldn’t just murder Hunt, especially not after successfully targeting him months earlier, and this guy used special black arrows. Oliver is listening outside, and is equally interested. Talking it over with Diggle, he informs him that the archer is quite skilled, and they figure that they can track the particular arrows he used. But in order to do that, they need one of the arrows…so…Oliver has to turn to Quentin. I think he has a lot of respect for Quentin, despite their antagonistic relationship. I bet he hates having to act like such as ass to him.

He sends him, in a manila envelope, a nicer phone than the one I’ve got, and calls him on it, using his voice changer. To announce himself he says, “You call me The Hood,” and can’t resist adding, “It’s not a good nickname”. LOL. Legitimately one of the funniest moments ever, though a bit dangerous, considering he made a similar comment just the night before as Oliver.  Oliver asks for an arrow from evidence, and really doesn’t make a great case for why Quentin should give it to him, but you can see Quentin thinking about it.

Our next scene has – yay! – another interaction between Oliver and Thea. This episode is already kicking 1.08’s a$$ hardcore. Oliver and Thea are eating French fries at a diner-style eatery. Is it Big Belly Burger? I don’t know.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (18)

Thea is waxing worshipful about the fries (and making a pretty obscene show of eating them), but Oliver’s got Christmas-brain, and has finally realized that there’s not going to be any party this year.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (19)

Shane, a young man, comes to Thea’s rescue from the unwelcome subject by calling out to her. Shane’s arrival is what prompted me to doubt whether this was, indeed, Big Belly Burger, since it was originally introduced as John Diggle’s special little find (though it’s pretty obvious he only goes there to flirt with his sister-in-law), not a hangout where you would expect to find an acquaintance of Thea’s.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (20)

Oliver is IMMEDIATELY put off. I mean, before he even turns around to see this guy. I think he could tell from Thea’s tone when she said “Hey” back that this guy was the competition.

Thea introduces Oliver as her brother right away – she wouldn’t want Shane getting the wrong idea about this super hot guy she’s eating lunch with.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (21)

Shane makes a tasteless (pun intended!) joke about the food on the island being better than what they serve at the dining establishment at which they are all three now present. Um, why are you eating there, Shane, if the food isn’t any good? And if this really is Big Belly Burger, Oliver is not going to be happy that someone is insulting it, since he has slowly been introducing every single person that he knows to its cuisine.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (22)

Shane’s callously offhanded joke about Oliver’s extremely traumatic experience combined with the fact that he and Thea already seem to be, at the very least, friends with benefits, tells me that Shane is not a long-haul love interest. If we were supposed to be rooting for him and Thea, they would have made him likeable, and they would have shown us some of the earlier crucial moments in his and Thea’s relationship. (And spoiler alert: I have recently learned that Colton Haynes will be joining the cast as a love interest for Thea. But seeing as he’s a regular on Teen Wolf, I don’t he’ll be be anything more than a recurring character, and more likely will just have an arc.)

Shane invites Thea down to “the bay” to hang out (I kind of wonder what they get up to down there), but Thea declines: “I’m spending the afternoon with my brother”.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (23)

She looks at Oliver while she says this, and Willa has twisted her flirty-eyes dial all the way over to FULL ON, which is just one level down from actually hopping across the table and undoing his belt.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (24)

I’m pretty sure that she thinks “spending the afternoon” means some sort of afternoon delight, if you know what I mean. (I mean sex.)

Oliver is staring back at her like he thinks it means sex as well.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (25)

STEPHEN AND WILLA NEED TO LOOK AT THEIR LIVES AND LOOK AT THEIR CHOICES.

Actually, Oliver almost looks a little surprised, like he thought Thea was going to abandon him for her stupid friend, and is quite pleased to see that she has chosen him instead.

SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU OLIVER. HELLO!

“Another time, then,” Shane says politely, taking his leave. Thea is a little embarrassed, you can tell, once Shane is gone. She looks down at her food, and avoids making eye contract with Oliver again for as long as possible.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (26) Clearly she doesn’t want to answer any questions about Shane. I wonder if she’d like to avoid the subject of her romantic entanglements entirely, or whether she’s particularly loathe to share details about Shane with him.

If Oliver knew about Tommy, I bed he’d be a bit more supportive of this Shane guy.

She also takes this chance to stuff her mouth with french fries in a once again lascivious manner:Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (27)Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (28)

“How do you know that Shane guy?” Oliver asks. That Shane guy? Wow. Oliver clearly doesn’t have a lot of respect for Shane. (It’s only OK when I say it!)

Now, I was expecting protective older brother. She’s his kid sister, he mostly remembers her when she was still a kid, and the person he has become is fiercely protective, even to the point of being a bit of a dictator. But even I was surprised by how aggressively anti-Shane Oliver is in this scene.

YES!!!!

Because he’s jealous, right? He cares about Thea and whatnot, obvs, but more importantly: only one person’s lips belong on Thea’s lips, and that person is Oliver.

“We rob banks and smoke crack together,” Thea informs him. Nice one, Thea. Oliver thinks that’s cute, but he actually doesn’t use that phrase this time.

“I have a feeling I’m not going to be a fan,” Oliver straight-up tells her. He’s not playing games. Shane does not have Oliver’s stamp of approval.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (29)

“You don’t even know him,” Thea argues, though I had expected her to humor him, because I felt like she expected a similar reaction. Personally, I don’t really see why she cares what Oliver thinks at this point. But this is pretty consistent with Thea of episodes 1,2 and 3, in which she saw Oliver as ignoring her except to judge her. I suppose she sees Oliver’s disapproval of Shane as more judgment of her. Though I think she really ought to know better. “Let’s change the subject,” she says. But she probably wishes she hadn’t, since Oliver brings up the other subject she’s keen to avoid: Christmas.

The story of the decline of the annual Queen family Christmas party is pretty much what you would expect: no one felt like celebrating Christmas the year Oliver and Robert disappeared – Thea and Moira dropped it. And never picked it back up again.

I’m torn: I understand how that might have happened, and yet my first instinct is to feel how wrong it is.

Thea reassures him that it’s OK, but Oliver, like me, doesn’t really think that it is.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (30) Shane Colvin He’s got a thinking face on, which bears fruit in the next scene: Oliver announces to the family that he is throwing the Christmas party all by his lonesome.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (31) All they need to do is show up, bring Christmas cheer, and look fantastic. (I think the last one was mostly for Thea’s benefit. He was probably imagining what kind of dress he wanted her to wear.) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (32)Thea has a bitchface on the whole scene, which Oliver never seems to fully pick up on, though he does force her to say “Fine” in agreement.

Say you'll come to my party OR ELSE!

Say you’ll come to my party OR ELSE!

Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (34)She seems skeptical about his party throwing abilities, as did I: no Tommy? Really? This is his thing!

Oliver explains to them that he knows he hasn’t been the person in their lives that they deserve, but this feels like the moment to “start making up for lost time”. Moira looks quite happy about it. You can see Walter waiting to see how Moira responds, and then smiling. (OTP).

Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (38)Malcolm and Moira are back to their secret meetings. Malcolm has gotten wind of Walter’s digging after Walter had a talk with the man from The List who is an employee of Queen Consolidated. Moira wants to talk to him again, but Malcolm thinks stronger action is needed. I knew Moira’s “I’ll burn your world to ashes” would largely turn out to be a hollow threat, but I was glad it got a mention. Here you can see Moira admitting through her expression that the Walter situation is problematic. Moira assures Malcolm that she’ll “handle it”, but Malcolm wonders if maybe it’s time for their “associate” to handle it. Hmmm…interesting.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (37)

Our mysterious archer kills another man from The List that Oliver has already targeted. Commissioner Naked Pig wants to blame The Hood, but that doesn’t jive with Quentin, who might be a jerkface, but is an honest cop. It prompts him to give The Hood the black arrow.

Oliver can do almost everything, but the writers select things randomly that he needs Felicity to do for him. I don’t mind, because the only thing I love more than Felicity is interactions between Felicity and Oliver. I think the fact that he could encrypt his phone so that not even the police could trace a phone call back to him, and yet needs Felicity’s help to find out the origins of the black arrow is asking a lot of me, though.

When he walks in to the IT department, Felicity is staring at some names from The List very intensely. It would seem she might know someone from that page…Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (47)

My vote is for Brian Dickerson. Or maybe Scott Morgan.

I won’t describe the Oliver/Felicity scene in any detail. I’m sure my multishipping – Oliver/Thea, Oliver/Felicity, Thea/Tommy, Tommy/Laurel – is putting some of you off a little. It was hilarious when Felicity said that archery looks ridiculous right to Oliver’s face, and he pretends to agree with her, with just a note of, “O rly?”.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (50) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (51) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (52)

After Felicity figures out the company that made the arrow, she’s also able to figure out, somehow, the address to which those particular arrows were shipped. REALLY?

Oliver tells her she’s remarkable, and it smacked of that scene when Tommy tells Thea that she’s amazing. Guys, you are too good-looking to be throwing compliments around like that. Men as good-looking as you can’t just compliment impressionable ladies with abandon.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (53) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (54)

He wishes her Merry Christmas as she leaves, to which she says, “I’m Jewish.”Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (55) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (56) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (57) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (58) I knew she was going to say it right after Oliver wished her Merry Christmas, it seems to me it was played for humor. Especially since LAST EPISODE, she told Walter that it would be a bad idea to fire her because a lot of suicides around Christmas time are related to joblessness. (Not that that necessarily meant she celebrates Christmas, but it sort of implies it.)Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (59)Well, it’s good for anti-Oliver/Felicity shippers. Clearly a Christmas lover like Oliver needs to be with someone who loves Christmas too. Even Thea’s mere lack of enthusiasm gets to him eventually.

It’s not really relevant for me to drone on about Tommy or about Tommy and Laurel, but he comes by her apartment while Quentin is over, and even though Quentin has always been a real butthole to Tommy (remember that bit about “roofied anyone special lately” from the pilot?), Tommy walks right in and shakes his hand and wants to fix that relationship and make a good impression and jfdljafjdkal.

Laurel is celebrating the holidays with her dad, but Tommy insists that he be there for her too during these tough times (because of Sarah), so he invites her to the Queen’s party. Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (39) Tommy Merly and Laurel Lance Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (40) Tommy Merlyn Colin Donnell Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (41) He has sensed that something is holding her back (what was your first clue, Tommy? (!)), and I have to wonder if he knows that it’s Oliver, since he says this in conjunction with the invitation. Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (42)Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (43) tommy merlyn laurel lance gif cheek kissAnd he brought her a little gift: it’s an ornament with a photo of Quentin, Laurel and Sarah (awwwww, Tommy GET IN MY BED), which shuts Quentin up while he’s ranting about Laurel’s taste in men.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (44) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (45) Sarah Lance

Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (46) Quentin Lance Paul BlackthorneWell, our mysterious archer (I’m just going to start calling him Dark Archer now, since that is his moniker) was anticipating Felicity-like skills, and the address Oliver arrives at is actually a trap, with the most obvious bomb I’ve ever seen in my life.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (60) The Dark Archer is smart enough to trap the vigilante in a something (shipping container?) with a bomb, and yet makes it so obvious that something is about to explode that Oliver has enough time to get away. Of course, it helped that Oliver had an explosive-laced arrow with him, which got him out the locked metal door just in time. Props to the Dark Archer, though. It must have been really tedious hanging out there, just waiting for Oliver to show up.

Back at Queen Manor, the halls are decked, and it looks beautiful.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (62)Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (61) queen manor christmas It’s always three steps forward and then two steps back with John Diggle: the party is in full swing, and Diggle is asking if this is the right time for Oliver to be playing Martha Stewart’s Elf. Since when does John Diggle try to dissuade Oliver from doing normal human things with his family, especially when those things are in the middle of already happening?

Oliver says, “My family needs this party. Which means that I need it.”

I. NEED. THIS. PARTY. DIG.

I. NEED. THIS. PARTY. DIG.

Just then Shane walks through the door carrying a bouquet. Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (64) shane colvin flowersHe says, “Thea invited me, I hope that’s cool,” in a very respectful way, and tells a questioning Oliver that the flowers are for Moira. I kind of wish they had been for Oliver, though. Shane bringing Oliver flowers. HILARIOUS.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (65) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (66)

Oliver turns back to Diggle, almost in disbelief. “Smooth”, he whispers mockingly.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (67) gif john diggle See, even when Shane is being a pretty stand-up guy, Oliver hates him. JEALOUS. Though John Diggle doesn’t seem to think too much of Shane either. His expression is PRICELESS.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (68)

Well, joke’s on them. If Shane’s goal was to get Thea out of her clothes, his bouquet did the job.

More on that later.

First he finds his family deeper inside the house.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (70) He tells them they look great. Again, I’m pretty sure he’s mostly talking to Thea.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (69) I don’t know what’s going on with her dress, it looks like Picasso meets steam punk or something, it’s weirdly asymmetrical. But the important part is that it definitely draws the eyes to the cleavage. (And is that a CHOKER that she’s wearing? It seems more likely to be part of the dress, though, with skin-colored fabric over the chest.)Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (71)

Thea Queen year's end party dressOliver insists on a photo, which Thea can’t muster a smile for, and Moira seems out of sorts as well (but of course we know she’s got a lot on her mind).Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (72)

Shane moves right in, offering the flowers to Moira, which she accepts quite gracefully. Thea laughs, and pulls Shane away into another room, with Oliver staring daggers at them.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (73) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (74) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (75) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (76)“Is everything OK between the two of you?” Oliver asks of Walter after Moira says she needs to talk to him.

See how attentive Oliver is when he’s really trying? Though kind of nosy, if you ask me.

Thea and Shane fall into a conversation in the hallway for a minute, but once Oliver is alone again, his eyes find Thea just as she’s pulling Shane towards her bedroom.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (77) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (78) He gets crazy eyes for a minute. Literally. He looks like a lunatic. (I didn’t have time to make a GIF, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.) He is not pleased by the idea of them off on their own. By them together at all, really. Of course his eyes find her. They always do. I really think we see him torn here: he wants to just go rip them apart and send Shane packing, but he knows he can’t.

THIS FREAKING EPISODE.

It’s time for Tommy and Laurel.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (79) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (80) tommy merlyn and laurel lance It’s awkward for a minute (after Oliver greets them, and Tommy and Oliver hug – afjkdjalfd) which Tommy chooses to acknowledge (bless him) and they all have a good laugh. Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (81) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (82) gif tommy merlyn hug Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (83) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (84) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (85) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (86)

Laurel asks for a moment alone with Oliver. Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (87) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (88) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (89) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (90)

Laurel says to Oliver that she has been wanting to move forward with Tommy, but something has been holding her back, and she has figured out that it’s Oliver. GAG. She says that she was “emotionally off” because he had died, which Oliver almost looks disappointed to hear this, so I’m going to put that in the good column, though it’s not nearly as good as what she’s about to say: “The last person that I expected to make me feel again has.”jfkdjaklfjal AWWWWW. Thank you, Laurel.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (91) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (92)

Oliver smiles and kisses her on the cheek. “I’m happy,” he says, “for both of you.”Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (93) gif cheek kiss Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (94) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (95)

Basically this is the best moment ever between Oliver and Laurel. They were able to be friends at dinner in 1.08, and now Laurel is finally letting go.

Oliver and Laurel are the most likely endgame. And the CW, when it brings its endgame couples back together for the final time, tends to write love speeches for them that whitewash their other love interests and the time they spent apart, something like “You were always the only one for me” or “I always loved you – this whole time – I just didn’t always know it” – you get the gist. So I wouldn’t be surprised if this moment is eventually forgotten. But I won’t forget. Sure, Oliver is grave in this scene, but what I see is two people who take the love they had for each other seriously, but are moving on, fully and completely.

Laurel departs, and guess what the first thing Oliver does is? He looks around the room for Thea. And when he doesn’t see her, he goes to look for her in her bedroom. (I wish I had had time to make a GIF.)Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (96) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (97) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (98)

Yeah.

It was his first instinct to seek Thea after having a moment which felt like losing Laurel, because on some level, he equates them. This couldn’t support more our reading of Oliver mixing up his feelings for these two ladies, with Thea becoming the lover and Laurel becoming the sister-like figure.

Oliver literally looks over at Laurel and Tommy being all couple-y and it’s like a switch is flipped in his brain and he suddenly needs to find Thea right that instant.

Well, he finds Thea, all right.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (99) He does knock on her door (and says, “Thea, I have something to tell you”), but he opens the door right after knocking without waiting for a response, just like he did in episode 1. (We never do find out what he was going to tell her. Personally I think he was going to confess is undying love and lust.)Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (103)Well, he should have waited for an “OK”, because he nearly catches them inflagrante delicto. Thea’s dress is pushed down to her waist (her black bra is visible in all its glory), and Shane’s shirt was nearly off.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (105)

Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (106)Pretty innocent, all things considered, but you can see thunder on Oliver’s face.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (101)

I kind of wish Thea had screeched “Don’t you knock?!” just like Oliver did when she walked through his OPEN DOOR in 1.02 (even though, technically, he did sort of knock).

Thea making out with Shane and then freaking out when someone opened the door was in the promo, and I hoped that it was Oliver that was walking in on her, but I didn’t dare assume. But it was. THANK YOU BABY JESUS.

Thea pulls her dress back up (boo!) hurriedly and Shane gets his shirt back on.

Oliver just raises his finger and points at Shane: “Hit the road”.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (107) gif hit the road Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (108)

*cackling*

Obviously, I love every second of protective jealous Oliver. But really, where does he get off? She’s 17. And they weren’t even having sex. (Yet?) And we don’t know much about Shane yet, but he’s not a 35 year old ex-con, is he?

Shane flees the scene, probably grateful he was only being asked to leave and not thrown out the door.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (100)

“What are you doing?” Thea demands, and rightfully so.

“Funny, I was going to ask you the same thing, because there’s a party doing on downstairs that I threw for you,” he responds.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (109) I get that he would be angry that she’s not enjoying the party, but still, it’s not like Oliver has never slipped out of a party to kiss someone in his bedroom – he did it in 1.05.

“I told you, I didn’t want a party,” Thea argues. And it’s true. “But you didn’t care. Because you came down with the holiday blues. I’ve been trying to get you to open up for months. All this party is doing is bringing back memories I’ve been trying to forget.”Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (110) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (111)

Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (112) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (113) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (114) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (115)“Thea, why would you want to forget?”

“No matter how fancy the party is you throw, things will never be the way they used to be in our family. Ever again.”

Oliver sort of stands there, stunned. I want to say “shake it off, buddy” to him like Tommy did at the courthouse in 1.02 after Laurel ripped him in a new one.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (116) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (117)

John Diggle needs to pull him away for Arrow business, like John Diggle so often does. Even Oliver is annoyed this time. “What is it now?” he snaps.

I love Oliver being protective jealous, and the fact that he saw her in her bra (though it would have been better if she had been topless like in my fanfic), and I love the return of the angsty sexual tension, but I’m not crazy about Thea in this scene. Oliver had no right to throw Shane out, and I know that the party brings up a lot of pain, but she didn’t need to eviscerate Oliver. I think she’s actually being pretty selfish here.

I’m pretty hard on Oliver a lot of the time, but I’m going to stand up for him now. He talks about his family needing this party. That’s just his inability to be properly introspective. It’s pretty obvious that Oliver wants this party, Oliver needs this party. Oliver loves Christmas, and one of the most important family memories he has is their Christmas traditions – the party being the most important one. Moira and Thea’s grieving turned them away from Christmas, and Oliver is grieving in a different way, a way that embraces the good memories rather than running from them. And Thea is only thinking about herself. She’s not thinking about what Oliver needs. She’s not being there for Oliver. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen her be inconsiderate of the way that Oliver has suffered and what Oliver has lost.

And now he can’t even enjoy the party because he’s got to go save Starling City.

And Moira is preoccupied as well, unfortunately.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (118) She and Walter have gone upstairs to talk. Walter says that Robert was his oldest friend, and that he couldn’t just let go of this investigation if Robert was murdered. Sounds like an excuse, actually. If they were such good friends, I would think Oliver would have acted more warmly towards Walter at first, and not treated him like a stranger. He wants to know why Moira has done so many crazy things and lied to him.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (119) moiraShe says she salvaged the yacht for leverage (which is what I had assumed) against people that he has made very angry. Walter wants her to fight them, which forces Moira to admit that she can’t fight them because she is them. She says that she tried so hard to convince herself that she was different, and loving Walter was her salvation. He wants a full disclosure, but she puts it off until the party is over.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (120) moira and walter steeleWell, the Dark Archer has taken several hostages to draw The Hood out. Oliver rescues them, and then faces off against Dark Archer. “What do you want with me,” Oliver demands. “What any archer wants,” he responds. “To see who’s better.” And I feel like that’s sort of true, isn’t it, about archers?

“I know about the list,” he says later. “And the man who authored it wants you dead.”Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (122)

Dark Archer kicks Oliver’s butt, but as he’s about to pull off the hood (a premature move – he should have killed first and revealed identities later), Oliver stabs him and gets away. Fortunately for him, he’s able to call Diggle on a radio for help.

I’m not sure what the doctor thought when he saw all of the arrows in Oliver’s back, but the cover story with Oliver’s family is that he was in a motorcycle accident. I feel that wouldn’t fly with the doctor (“But Mr. Queen, your injuries are only consistent with a bow-and-arrow firefight!”), but we’re not privy to that exchange.

Seeing Oliver in a hospital bed puts his family in a much more accommodating mood.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (123) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (124)

Thea points out that he bailed on his party. Way to kick him when he’s down, but it does look a little hypocritical, doesn’t it?Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (125)

“It seemed like the right move. Like you said, it wasn’t the best timing,” Oliver says to her, and he’s like a little boy. I don’t know what Stephen Amell was doing in this scene but he just seemed so lost and scared and little and I just wanted to pull him into my arms and rock him.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (126)

“OK, but when I was saying that, that was me being a bitch,” Thea responds.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (127) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (128) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (129)

THANK GOD.

I thought she was being a bitch, but it’s nice to know that she actually was being a bitch and that she realizes it now. It only took him being put in the hospital!Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (130)

There’s a warm and fuzzy family moment at the end, where Walter points out that they are now closer together, whether it was the party or the life-threatening motorcycle accident that did it doesn’t really matter.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (131) moira and walter steele Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (132) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (133)

Moira and Walter leave, and Walter winks and Oliver and Oliver smiles back genuinely. They’re family now! Fdjkajfda FAMILY FEELS. (See, sometimes I have family feels. I’m not only about incest.)Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (134) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (135)

But more on the incest: Thea lingers. “We never got to the exchanging presents part,” she says.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (136) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (137) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (138) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (139)

WILLA: LOOK AT YOUR LIFE. LOOK AT YOUR CHOICES.

She sounds like her present to him is her in lingerie in his bed.

Seriously, though. Stop flirting, Thea. Though I love that she waited for their mother to leave before she turned on the coquette.

“I don’t think I deserve a present,” Oliver replies.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (140)

WHAT?!!! Who is this guy? Dean Winchester? Enough with the martyr crap. You deserve a present, Oliver. You didn’t do anything wrong. This is the only episode, I think, where you really haven’t done anything wrong. Except you were kind of a dick about Shane, but we all forgive you. Cut yourself some slack.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (141)

“Look, I know that I’ve been hard on you,” Thea says. “About being different from the way you were. But the truth is, Ollie, I’m not the same person I was five years ago either.” Yeah, you’re sexy now.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (142) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (143)

“So maybe we can just accept each other, not for who we were, but for the people we are now,” Oliver says. I kind of felt like that went without saying. But OK. This is a good thing. Oliver wants her to know who he is now, and accept him. It’s what he wants more than anything because it’s what he’s most won’t happen.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (144) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (145)

She nods, “Yeah.” She wants to accept who he is now…into her body.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (146) candy canes

She brought him candy canes.

Gigantic huge-a$$ candy canes.

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It was the perfect thing for her to get him. Good on you, Thea. Way to use the old noggin.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (148)

 

So now I picture them sitting across from each other sucking on those candy canes hard trying to finish first. That’s not dirty at all.

 

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And then they hug, even though he’s in a ton of pain.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (150) gif hug Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (151) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (152)

And you can see him gradually smile.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (153) Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (154)

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Honestly, that smile was like the best part of the episode.

But the episode is not over: Dark Archer removes his hood to reveal MALCOLM.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (155) dark archer malcolm merlyn gif I guess fencing is not his only skill.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (156) john barrowman david tennant shaking fist never mind the buzzcocks So…Malcolm Merlyn and NOT Tommy Merlyn is Oliver’s arrow-shooting nemesis on this show. Does that mean Tommy won’t go bad guy? Or did we just take a step even closer to Harry Osborn territory?

I love Malcolm Merlyn in a love-to-hate-him way. I hope he’s more than just this season’s villain. I don’t want him to die in the season finale. Maybe Oliver can get him put into prison in the season finale, and then he can bust out next season or in season 3 or something (wow, I’m hopeful about this show’s longevity).

I guess the “associate” that he alluded to earlier is actually himself. Or maybe not.

Walter runs to the office and gets drugged and kidnapped in the elevator. Uh-oh. We learn that Malcolm had it done, with Moira’s approval – the caveat being that Walter won’t be harmed or discover that Moira was involved. Oh, Moira. This is a TV show, so Walter will definitely find out, and he is not going to like this.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (157)

This conversation between Moira and Malcolm does seem to imply that Malcolm went behind Moira to murder Robert. I’m glad, because I didn’t want her to be a guilty party in Robert’s death.

Malcolm then says that in six months their organization’s plan for Starling City will be realized. It remains very cryptic, but Moira implies that thousands of people will be killed, knowing that Malcolm won’t feel anything.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (159) malcolm merlyn and moira

Well, I’m intrigued. It’s hard to imagine that everyone on The List is willing to go along with a plan that will result in thousands of people dying.Arrow - Year's End - Queencest - Oliver Thea Queen (158)

Moira seems to want out at this point, but she’s too smart to try. Though I do have to say that Malcolm has made a lot of allowances for her.

I can’t believe that poor Walter is going to be abducted for six months. That poor man. I hope Felicity gets on the case.

Well, Oliver had made the same assumption as me – that Robert had compiled The List with businesspersons he knew to be corrupt. But now Oliver knows that The List has an “author” who is not Robert.

Well, I love this episode. It might be my favorite episode so far. And I think they set up the rest of the season in a strong way. It was a very satisfying fall finale without a cliffhanger for a cliffhanger’s sake.

Have you noticed that more shows seem to do more holiday episodes than ever before? I always remember shows like, say, The X-Files, or The West Wing, or Buffy The Vampire Slayer, doing maybe one or two Christmas episodes in their entire run. But I felt like this year, it was Christmas on almost every single show I watch. It was even Christmas in Mystic Falls, and The Vampire Diaries does not adhere to a one-episode=one-week schedule. I am the opposite of complaining. (The Vampire Diaries had a better Christmas soundtrack, but Arrow gave me more Christmas feels.)

A Merry Christmas to you all, and a Happy New Year!

A gift for you:0 Stephen Amell Willa Holland Arrow

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24 Responses to Arrow 1.09 – Year’s End – or Christmas Came Early This Year

  1. aK says:

    Thank you for the nice present of a post. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too! 🙂

  2. anonymous says:

    “Thea half-heartedly acknowledges his compliment with a smile. I’m just going to assume it makes her feel awkward and she’s avoiding it a little, because that’s how I roll and spin.”

    Yes. It’s due to having romantic feelings for him but still unable to express them fully yet. This episode just proves that.

    “It’s interestingly/ironically Mr. Malcolm Merlyn who brings up the fact that Starling City crime is down, but Commissioner Nudocerdo believes this is due to changes his department has implemented. Hmmm. I am skeptical, as is Walter, and Oliver is downright offended. Interestingly/ironically again, it is Malcolm who asks Oliver what his thoughts are.”

    That scene made me think that Merlyn suspects that Oliver might be the vigilante. It just seems so pointed the way he asks Oliver. Maybe he brought up the drop in crime, so he could ask Oliver the question or get really luck and have someone do it for him.

    “Actually, Oliver almost looks a little surprised, like he thought Thea was going to abandon him for her stupid friend, and is quite pleased to see that she has chosen him instead.”

    And his expression has a slightly smug look, too, when he learns that Thea chose him over Shane. And Oliver has a good reason to be smug. I think that he’s symbolically fighting for Thea against a younger, pre-island version of himself. Shane’s haircut reminded me of pre-island Oliver’s haircut in a past episode where the news was showing file footage of Oliver’s fight with a reporter. Just more evidence that Thea is in love with Oliver.

    “All they need to do is show up, bring Christmas cheer, and look fantastic. (I think the last one was mostly for Thea’s benefit. He was probably imagining what kind of dress he wanted her to wear.)”

    Yes. And when mentioned everything he hadn’t been, he mentioned “good brother” last and focused on Thea. He’s trying–and failing–to try to recapture the feeling of Christmas because 1) he likes Christmas and 2) at this point, he’s still not ready to embrace his incestuous feelings to their fullest.

    “And he brought her a little gift: it’s an ornament with a photo of Quentin, Laurel and Sarah (awwwww, Tommy GET IN MY BED), which shuts Quentin up while he’s ranting about Laurel’s taste in men.”

    This is such a sweet gift. It even softens Quentin a bit. But I hope they don’t soften him too much. He’s quite funny when being kind of a dick. “Proficient with firearms.” Heh.

    “The Dark Archer is smart enough to trap the vigilante in a something (shipping container?) with a bomb, and yet makes it so obvious that something is about to explode that Oliver has enough time to get away. Of course, it helped that Oliver had an explosive-laced arrow with him, which got him out the locked metal door just in time. Props to the Dark Archer, though. It must have been really tedious hanging out there, just waiting for Oliver to show up.”

    I think the Dark Archer was running something TVTropes calls Xanatos Gambit. It refers to a plan where a plan has at least two outcomes, both with lead to success. If the vigilante did not have some sort of way to escape, he would have died and the Dark Archer doesn’t have to worry anymore about the vigilante anymore. If the vigilante escapes, the Dark Archer learns more about the capabilities of the vigilante and probably gives him a rough idea as to how much financial backing the vigilante has, which gives the Dark Archer an edge in future conflicts.

    “But the important part is that it definitely draws the eyes to the cleavage. (And is that a CHOKER that she’s wearing? It seems more likely to be part of the dress, though, with skin-colored fabric over the chest.)”

    And Black Canary sometimes wore outfits that drew the eyes to the cleavage. And that does look like a choker.

    “She says that she was ’emotionally off’ because he had died, which Oliver almost looks disappointed to hear this, so I’m going to put that in the good column, though it’s not nearly as good as what she’s about to say: ‘The last person that I expected to make me feel again has.’jfkdjaklfjal AWWWWW. Thank you, Laurel.”

    This is such a great scene. And it doesn’t try to have Oliver/Laurel as something as unquenchable romance that just can’t work right because the…snore. Heh. Anyway, whether it’s by accident or by design, the writers have really been blessed with Laurel/Tommy. Katie Cassidy and Colin Donnell just work. It works so beautifully and doesn’t seem forced.

    “It was his first instinct to seek Thea after having a moment which felt like losing Laurel, because on some level, he equates them. This couldn’t support more our reading of Oliver mixing up his feelings for these two ladies, with Thea becoming the lover and Laurel becoming the sister-like figure.”

    Oh yeah. It’s like they were reading this blog and gave us this. And I agree that he wanted to admit “undying love and lust.” But it also reminded me of stories where someone had finally made peace with the ex and could now move forward with the one and only love. The writers on “Arrow” know where their bread is buttered. And Thea’s statement about how things will never be the way they used to be in their family is just more evidence.

    “But more on the incest: Thea lingers. ‘We never got to the exchanging presents part,’ she says.”

    It sounds so seductive. But I bet someone, somewhere is trying not to make the obvious connections and just try to say it’s a brother and sister not having sexual feelings for each other. This is my answer to that: Dude, you can’t.

    “She nods, ‘Yeah.’ She wants to accept who he is now…into her body.”

    No argument there. The way she positions her body made me think that she might actually try to straddle him.

    “So…Malcolm Merlyn and NOT Tommy Merlyn is Oliver’s arrow-shooting nemesis on this show. Does that mean Tommy won’t go bad guy? Or did we just take a step even closer to Harry Osborn territory?”

    If the show does have Tommy go into the villain department, I think it’ll be temporary. “Smallville” had Lionel Luthor and Lex Luthor. “Arrow” has Malcolm Merlyn and Tommy Merlyn. “Smallville” immediately showed us that Lex made some bad choices that would eventually lead to his downfall. “Arrow” shows Tommy trying to improve his life and not making the kinds of mistakes Lex did. And you might be able to argue that he could have turned into somone a bit like Lex, this show illustrates why he won’t. Of course, think it would be awesome for the show to go into temporary Harry Osborn territory where he takes up the Dark Archer mantle. You know, finding that your dad is concentrated evil might send you over the edge for a bit. Of course, he has Oliver (best friend), Laurel (girlfriend), and Thea (“sister”) to help him bring him back. Then both couples can do some sexy crime-fighting.

    “Well, I’m intrigued. It’s hard to imagine that everyone on The List is willing to go along with a plan that will result in thousands of people dying.”

    The revelation of the plan reminded me of “Batman Begins”. Which makes me think that the group is like the League of Shadows which was based on/inspired by the League of Assassins. Which means the series probably has a Rah’s Al Ghul character that we have met or have yet to meet. I’d do go with Malcolm Merlyn. While he did imply that someone higher up hired him, he never actually said that he wasn’t the author and might have been trying to make Oliver think he was someone of lower rank in the organization. Kind of like Rah’s did in “Batman Begins”.

    • Shipcestuous says:

      Malcolm did seem suspicious of Oliver. Maybe he still has some of the suspicions that Moira tried to allay back in episode 1 by having him kidnapped and tortured, and some of the suspicions that he had again when he sent that hitman.

      I agree, Oliver does look downright smug after Thea chooses him over Shane. No more commentary necessary on that. And I hadn’t considered that Shane is like an pre-Island Oliver, but there are a lot of similarities. It’s a very interesting idea: Oliver competing against an earlier version of himself. With the more innocent, happier part of The reaching out to the fun-loving pre-island Oliver in the form of Shane, and the world-weary, more-mature Thea drawn towards the more serious new Oliver. And then we have that scene in the hospital where the both agree to accept the new versions of each other. And I hadn’t realized it, but once I read what you wrote it made so much sense: that goes right along with what Thea says about thing never being the same in their family. It’s more than just the loss of Robert and the trauma they’ve all suffered. It’s also INCEST.

      I didn’t notice how he mentioned “good brother” last and looked at Thea for a beat – good catch! He knows he has been failing that relationship. We see Moira satisfied with the few moments he tries to reach out to her, but Thea is more aware, and knows that his few gestures are not the same as him actually opening up to her.

      Yeah, I like Quentin as he is, though it was gratifying to see his realizing Tommy might be more complicated than just the playboy Quentin thinks he is. It was an incredibly thoughtful gift that Tommy brought her. It’s like you said: Laurel and Tommy just work, and it doesn’t seem forced at all.

      Good thoughts on Tommy. I agree, he’s not presenting the way Lex did at first, with these hints that there’s a darker side. To me, what makes the most sense to turn him evil, is if he loses Laurel to someone he perceives as being totally worthy of her. We’ve seen him show a huge sense of inadequacy where Laurel/Oliver is concerned, and where his father is concerned. So I can maybe seeing him say, “OK, I’ll never be good enough for Laurel. I’ll just be bad, then. Bad enough to have everything else I want.” There are a lot of things I would enjoy about seeing a storyline like that, with a tortured Tommy being a kickass villain, and then, hopefully, pulled out the other side by the love of Laurel, Oliver, Thea, etc. But on the other hand, right now, he just seems way too well-adjusted and self-aware to go down that path.

      And it doesn’t try to have Oliver/Laurel as some unquenchable romance that just can’t work right because the…snore. Heh.

      LOL. And yes, I agree, exactly.

      Oh yeah. It’s like they were reading this blog and gave us this.

      I mean, it’s almost unbelievable. You can basically see on his face Oliver letting of Laurel and moving towards Thea in a split second. It’s exactly the sort of thing we talked about, which makes it that much funnier.

      But I bet someone, somewhere is trying not to make the obvious connections and just try to say it’s a brother and sister not having sexual feelings for each other. This is my answer to that: Dude, you can’t.

      LOL. I mean you can almost do it, but then you see Oliver and Thea’s faces, and their eyes, and basically all of Willa and Stephen’s acting choices, and YOU CAN’T.

      When Malcolm mentioned “our associate”, it did cross my mind to wonder whether he and Moira answered to someone else. But when he mention the author of The List while being Dark Archer, I just assumed he was referring to himself. So I guess it’s open. But I could see a Ra’s Al Ghul situation, an even more shadowy figure pulling the strings. And a League of Shadows deal would make a lot more sense if it came to supporting a terrorist-type plan. They would have to be true believers, buying in a certain philosophy. Malcolm’s talk of a “vision” for their city could lend itself to more than just profit.

  3. Cassandra says:

    Hahahaha, I knew if I didn’t watch the episode it would be a good Thea/Oliver one! Oh, how CW hates me.

    Thanks for all your recaps, I could imagine how tough it was and time consuming to update every week! And all those screencaps and gifs. Was very sweet and great of you to do so in the first place!

    I wish they could have kissed! I’m just holding out for C/L love on Borgias, because that show has the possibility of GOING there. Whereas this show does not. lol

    • Shipcestuous says:

      Yeah, I keep my fingers crossed for The Borgias. There’s already an understated incestuous element to the relationship, but I keep hoping that Showtime will force Neil Jordan to write something a bit more explicit.

      I did have a good laugh about how we had discussed you not watching it so that they episode would be good Oliver/Thea-wise. So far the trend holds.

      Did you see the preview for the next The Middle. It looks like Sue and Axl are working together on a school project. I can’t wait.

      • aK says:

        Gasp, I’ve been quite busy the past couple weeks and forgot that I hadn’t yet watched the latest episode of ‘The Middle’! Thanks for the reminder! Just finished it. Sue and Axl arguing like their parents (in other words, like an “old married couple”)! And then Sue dragging Axl away: Where did they go and what did they do??? 😄

        Well, the Canal+ series about the Borgias kinda’ went there with C/L, but there was totally no buildup to it so it wasn’t that satisfying :/
        I did find their Juan very agreeable, if you know what I mean ;D Too bad it took them only one season to do what it took Showtime 2 seasons though, if you know what I mean 😦 Shucks, I miss David Oakes >_<

        • Shipcestuous says:

          Yes, that interaction between Sue and Axl was PRICELESS. Not only were we as viewers able to look at them and say that they were they bickering like an old married couple (and even more, a parallel of their parents specifically), but Frankie and Mike actually commented on it!!! Frankie and Mike are in love, so I guess I’m supposed to assume that Sue and Axl are meant to be as well. And it’s a good question, asking what they did when Sue pulled Axl out of sight. Definitely time for a little angry action.

          I’d actually somehow forgotten about Canal+’s Borgia momentarily. On the one hand, the scene where Cesare and Lucrezia hook up in episode 10 was pretty enjoyable, but it was not nearly as satisfying as it would have been with some build up. Exactly like you said. Even though Showtime’s The Borgias has shied away from anything too physical, they have constantly maintained the importance of the Cesare/Lucrezia relationship in a way that the other one never did.

          I know exactly what you mean about their Juan, LOL. A VERY attractive man. I would not have minded another season of him. I’ll miss David Oakes, too.

  4. redbanker says:

    Okay I know you said you weren’t going to do a recap for every Arrow episode and that’s fine. I understand you don’t have the time. But did you see this weeks episode!!!!!! I mean really I’m going to have to insist you do a recap, because SERIOUSLY OMG!!!!! Soooooo Gooood!!

    • Shipcestuous says:

      I haven’t seen the ep yet, though I caught a brief glimpse of a gifset on tumblr that made me raise my eyebrows. I’ll have to think about writing something. Your interest is noted!

  5. James says:

    I realize this is an old post but I’m catching up with the rest of the series (haven’t caught up yet, this is the episode I’m most recently on) so now so I’m leaving my ongoing thoughts here!

    First of all: There is absolutely no way anyone can watch this episode and not concede that there is a huge amount of sexual chemistry between Oliver and Thea. I mean, there’s literally no way to argue otherwise. The only real argument I might find acceptable to the contrary is “Well, that’s only because the actors aren’t related and thus are probably attracted to each other so that’s influencing it,” but I still don’t even truly buy that and think there are elements in the script as well. I mean, Oliver reacted with immediate hatred and ferocity to what seemed like a pretty normal (if slightly douchey) guy putting the moves on his sister, he saw her in a state of undress and didn’t even try to look away, and then the episode ended with the two of them about to engage in a “candy cane eating contest.” A candy cane eating/licking contest? Between two sexually active and incredibly attractive adults? You just can’t argue against the sexual vibes there. I don’t want to sound too pervy or anything, but let’s consider for one moment that a candy cane can be licked/consumed in both a manner that resembles oral sex on male genitalia (the rod at the bottom) as well as in a matter that resembles oral sex on female genitalia (the arch at the top). I mean….come on.

    Second point: There is absolutely a 0% chance that Tommy becomes a supervillain. Reasons regarding his character and development to this point that have already been brought up are one thing, but there is absolutely no way that he (with no combat or even business experience) could ever realistically become any sort of threat to our protagonist whatsoever within the timeframe of this show. His father has done more than enough to demonstrate that he is the evil Merlyn character from the comics down to a T (who is also usually pictured as much older than Oliver and sometimes a father figure of sorts). Plus even besides that I highly doubt they would go that route as its way too reminiscent of Harry Osborne and Lex from Smallville..

    Third point: Unfortunately, not to give too much away based on comics lore but your assertion that the new cast addition of Colton Haynes (the “love interest for Thea”) will only be a temporary arc guest star is almost certainly wrong based on the comic book character that they cast him as. I don’t want to give anything away, but I want to shield you from disappointment and say that he will almost certainly be around for quite some time, and this casting announcement (because of the character name, not because of the actor who I’ve never heard of) bums me out in about 25 different ways, and not all because he was announced as love interest for Thea. In fact, it really crushes my number one hope for something that I hoped might (realistically) happen on the show.

    • Shipcestuous says:

      Agreed on all counts!

      Yes, when I first learned Colton Haynes was going to be on the show, I had very little information. I lacked the facts 1) that he is no longer a part of Teen Wolf, and 2) that he is playing a well known character from the comics. Thanks for trying to prevent me from getting my hopes up that he wouldn’t be around as a permanent love interest for Thea. It does seem likely now that he is joining the cast as a regular or semi-regular.

      Thanks for the comments! I hope you enjoy the next three new episodes before you get all caught up!

  6. James says:

    I’ve caught up on the episodes now and just saw the latest one tonight. I don’t know if this is totally relevant, but I really wanted to share my thoughts on the Queencest in tonight’s episode (“Dodger”) and didn’t know any other place to share them (I frequent a few other boards that talk about the show, but none of them would be supportive of the incest element, haha)

    First of all, I have to say that I was absolutely DREADING tonight’s episode. I hated the fact that they were introducing Roy Harper, and especially hated the fact that they were introducing him as Thea’s love interest. (as well as the fact that I knew this episode was going to include Oliver asking out Shiva from The League) I was especially dreading it because I’m currently working on a Queencest fanfic and wanted to get it finished before stupid Roy showed up and ruined everything.

    Luckily, I was quite pleasantly surprised by tonight’s episode. I know that Roy and Thea are going to hook up eventually, but I loved the fact that Roy showed nothing but contempt for Thea in this episode, which buys my fanfic some time (and hopefully it should get done within the next week before the next episode or two comes along that ruins it).

    In a way, this episode actually reminded me quite a bit of the Smaillville season 2 episode “Heat.” Seems like a stretch, but I will explain. As a big DC comics fan, I was a huge fan of Smallville from day 1, so I was involved in quite a few online communities that talked about it, I’m a straight dude myself, so I’ve never been into “slash” or anything, but being as that I was a part of the Smallville fan community and I totally understood and respected the fact that the biggest Smallville fan shipping community was the “Clark and Lex” gay slash community.

    And anyway, back in 2002, the Clark/Lex shippers were in a fury when they heard the description for the episode “Heat.” Irrational as it was, the fact that Lex was getting married to some random woman absolutely infuriated them when they insisted that (despite canon comics evidence to the contrary) that Clark and Lex were a OTP.

    And then, the episode aired…and it was by far the most Clark/Lex fanservice-y episode of the entire series. It was made clear that Lex had absolutely no romantic emotions towards his bride whatsoever and she was just manipulating him with her mind control powers, and the episode ended with Lex being on fire and Clark humping him in order to put out said fire. As I said earlier, I’m a straight male so I don’t ship gay slash relationships, but I thought it was absolutely hilarious that the episode that the Clex slashers dreaded the most ended up being THE most fanservice-y Clex episode of the entire series.

    I thought it was amusing, but didn’t totally understand the implications or the joy that Clex shipper received from it. After the Arrow episode “Dodger,” I do understand their joy to some degree. I was absolutely dreading this episode for Roy/Thea and Oliver/Shiva reasons, but then it turned out to have a ton of fanservice towards Queencest. Thea and Oliver have a scene together for the first time in like three episodes, and in it, she tells Ollie what aspects of him that she’s heard “other women” (yeah, right) find attractive about him. And central to that is the fact that she attribute’s Oliver’s sexiness to the fact that “he’s dark, brooding and mysterious.”….and then later on, she has feelings for Roy…and her main reason for being attracted to him is the fact that he is also quite “dark, brooding and mysterious.”

    • Shipcestuous says:

      Always feel free to come here and share your thoughts! Though I know it’s not ideal having to comment on an old episode entry. Queencest has significant support on tumblr, so you might want to consider posting there as well.

      I have been dreading Roy as well, naturally. I actually rather like Colton Haynes, but a love interest for Thea is definitely not on my wishlist. It does seem like you’ll have plenty of time to finish your fanfic. I’ve been in that position before – trying to finish a story before the canon changes.

      That scene between Thea and Oliver was really cute, and way overdue. Her line are about girls seeming to like his brooding, etc., reminded me a lot of her conversation with Tommy (whom she actually did canonically have a crush on)! So Thea had a crush on Tommy, representing the playboy side of Oliver, and now her love interest is Roy, representing the broody/action-y part of Oliver. (That was a good catch!) It’s almost as good as from a few episodes back when Laurel was talking about how much Thea reminded her of Sarah.

      I still watched Smallville back then. I vaguely remember that episode. It’s funny that it happened that way for the Clark/Lex shippers. And I’m glad it was the same way for you with “Dodger”. It was actually the same for me – except with the other couples. Now that Felicity is on the team, I thought they might do a little Diggle/Felicity thing. But this episode had Oliver/Felicity and finally consummation of Diggle/Carly, so it was the complete opposite of what I had been fearing. Also, McKenna’s insensitivity about Oliver’s trauma just made it so much clearer that he’s better off with Thea, perhaps the only person in the world who will take what he went through as seriously as he does because she went through something too – losing him. She’s made jokes before and prioritized her own feelings over his but she’s never been as flippant as McKenna was.

      At least we have Oliver disapproving of Roy to look forward to!

      • James says:

        “I still watched Smallville back then.”

        Did you give up on Smallville after a few seasons? I understand why you would (I’ve seen every episode but overall have a have a love/hate relationship with the show in retrospect, some of the elements they introduced were incredibly stupid. Especially regarding Lana, wow do I hate her) but I think there are some parts you should revisit. For a CW show, I was absolutely shocked by the amount of canon incest references on it.

        The first canon incest reference I can remember is a mom/son one (which I know isn’t your thing, but it was still pretty hilarious), in the season four episode “Transference.” Clark switches bodies with Lionel, and being that Lionel is attracted to Martha, Lionel (in Clark’s body) releases his heat vision when Martha gives a hug who the person who she thinks to be her son . (and Clark’s heat vision was earlier revealed to basically be his form of getting an erection, before he could control it)

        In the seventh season, Supergirl (Kara) is introduced. In their first scene together (where he initially doesn’t know who she is), Clark’s eyes light up when he first sees her, obviously attracted to her. When she tells him that she is his cousin, he is visibly distraught and looks down, ashamed and disappointed.

        But those aren’t as interesting as the brother/sister ones.

        In season eight, the character of Tess Mercer is introduced. Originally intended to be a stand-in villain for Lex after Michael Rosenbaum left the series (and her name being an amalgamation of comics/animated series universe character Mercy Graves and Superman filmverse character Miss Tessmacher, both of whom where Lex’s love interests). When she first appears, she is HEAVILY implied to have been romantically involved with Lex, stating numerous times that she loved him. And then, later on the series, it’s revealed that she is actually Lex’s biological sister through an affair that Lionel had.

        In the series finale when Lex comes back, Lex says to her that “he’s always known” Tess was his sister, but that’s total crap just to downplay the incest angle that multiple people were squicked about after the sister reveal happened. It was made perfectly obvious in her introductory season that they had done it multiple times, and I’m standing by that interpretation.

        But the absolute best example was in Season Ten, when the character of “Clark Luthor” was introduced. He was an evil alternate universe version of Clark from an alternate dimension (known as Earth-2) who switched places with the real Clark for awhile through some dimension transporter device and they spent time in eachother’s universes for awhile, and then he returned in a few other episodes. Clark Luthor was an alternate universe version of Clark in which Clark was raised by Lionel (alongside Lionel’s biological children Lex and Tess) instead of being raised by the Kents, and turned evil. The best part was the fact that he and the Earth-2 Tess (who knew they weren’t biologically related, but were still raised together from birth as siblings) had sex all over the place. He even referred to her (and Earth-1 Tess, when he met her after they switched universes) as “sis” constantly.even while he was grabbing her and making sexual references about how much he liked sleeping with her. Alternate reality Tess did the same thing with our good version of Clark when he was transported there, referring to him as “big brother” while trying to sleep with him.

        Bonus factoid: One of Cassidy Freeman’s (who played Tess) older brothers is actually named Clark. O_O

        • James says:

          To add to a point I forgot to mention: The Clark Luthor/Earth-2 Tess relationship is basically exactly the same relationship as the Eric/Nora relationship in True Blood. Raised together to some degree and constantly referring to each other as siblings while still canonically having hot sex all over the place.

          Regarding that Eric/Nora point, “We fight like siblings, but we f— like champions” is probably the greatest line I’ve ever heard in the history of TV. And the scene in the latest finale (I think? Or maybe second to last episode) where they have bickering sibling banter over who should be the person to override the control system to the main vampire base is priceless.

          • Shipcestuous says:

            That is a great scene. I didn’t like Nora at first but before the season had ended I’d grown to like her. And I do like Eric/Nora at this point. And I would love that line if I actually considered them to be siblings. But I take a lot of issue with them constantly referring to each other as brother and sister. I mean, yes, it does date back quite a while in the show’s canon that the Maker is a father-type figure and the vampire he made is his “progeny”, and that the connection between the two of them is a deep one if that’s what the Maker wants. But in all this time on the show we have yet to see two vampires with the same maker act like they’re siblings and Eric has yet to mention his “sister” at all, including when Godric was going to his death. (Obviously that’s because they just made her up, but canon is canon.) And if they want to call each other family, that’s fine. But they didn’t grow up together and they’re not blood related. So that’s not brother and sister, if you ask me. Eric had been a vampire already for a long time before Godric made Nora, so they didn’t even become vampires together. They just traveled around together for a time, like a vampire pack. And it’s not like Maker/Progeny ever call each other parent/child. Lorena and Bill certainly didn’t. They certainly didn’t think of each other that way. And I also take issue because Eric actually did have a sister. She was a baby and was killed along with his parents by Russell Edgington.

            I just feel like that was True Blood’s writers trying to make something sound more interesting than it really is. They’re not brother and sister. They’re just lovers and have the same Maker. Like I said, if they wanted to just call each other family-with-benefits I wouldn’t mind. True Blood seems to have an extremely odd aversion to incest, especially compared to other shows of its equal in terms of sexual content. We had Bill and his great (great great?) grandaughter Portia. He wouldn’t even entertain the idea once he figured out who she was even though their relation is probably more distant than second cousins at least. (And I really liked them together before we found out!) And then the only other incest were those crazy inbred were-panthers. Not only were they disgustingly inbred, and the trashiest trash that ever trashed, they were also drug dealers and violent and rapists.

            LOL. Sorry. I didn’t mean to rant. I just see Eric and Nora included in a lot of lists of incest and I just want to say, “But they’re not really brother and sister. It’s NOT incest. It’s not even close to incest.” And I suppose mostly it’s just disappointment. There could have been a real incest couple. And instead they went with that.

            But the comparison with Clark Luthor and Earth-2 Tess is illuminating. Obviously I would take a deep interest in them, and Clark/Earth-2 Tess and Clark Luthor/Tess. They actually are siblings. And thinking of it as incest was clearly a point of arousal for them. The same could probably be said of Eric, but I attribute it to the writers rather than to his character.

            • James says:

              Every single one of your points is completely valid. Regarding the Eric/Nora thing, I completely agree with you that it was kinda bullcrap and came out of nowhere that they would consider themselves siblings, but I’m a little bit more forgiving because A) I consider this show absolutely nothing but a guilty pleasure and don’t think about the dramatic elements/continuity at all the same way I would a quality show and B) I’m very much more of the “I take what I can get” mindset when it regards to canon “incest.” The thought of two people in a sexual relationship who refer to each other as “brother and sister” still floats my boat even if the reason for them referring to each other as such is extremely flimsy, as you pointed out.

              I completely forgot about the were-panthers plot entirely. Yeah, that was quite bad. Luckily I have a tendency to completely forget about the pointless horrible subplots they introduce and then forget about on this show. Like I said, this is not a show I watch because it is legitimately a quality show.

              The Bill and Portia stuff I found very odd as well and there was seriously no reason for him to be concerned or apprehensive at all, but at first I thought it was intentional. I thought the showrunners let her articulate the case for why it’s totally and completely okay perfectly clear. I didn’t mind it as much as you did and didn’t really see it as a “condemnation of incest at any level” because I sort of thought that the show was trying to get you to agree with her side of things and not Bill’s, considering that they let her articulate the reasons why them continuing their relationship was completely okay in a way that there was really no way the viewers could possibly disagree, and it was during a period of time where Bill was making a series of really horrible decisions leading to his eventual downfall and I thought they were trying to show this as another one of his bad decisions. At least, that was my impression at the time, you mentioning the inbred hick werepanthers whom I had completely forgotten about does make me reconsider that position quite a bit..

              • Shipcestuous says:

                Yes, I can understand your “I’ll take what I can get” point of view re: Eric/Nora. For me, if I don’t consider it “real incest”, then it just doesn’t do anything for me. I wish I wasn’t so particular.

                I don’t blame you for forgetting about the inbred were-panther plot. It was definitely not one of True Blood’s finer moments.

                I think if the Bill/Portia thing had been an isolated incident, I wouldn’t have thought much of it. It did start with them attracted to each other, and they both clearly considered it incest once they found out. And like you said, Portia came around and made perfectly good points. It’s only in conjunction with the inbred were-panthers and the writers trying to provide the incest-titillation with a substitute that doesn’t even come close to incest that makes me see an overall pattern of treating it negatively.

                I totally understand Bill not being able to get over it – after all, the last time he saw his children was when they were still children, and I do think there’s a much bigger taboo attached to father/daughter incest – I was just disappointed. And I shipped them quite a bit before we even found out their genealogical relationship.

                You make really good points about that being a period of time when Bill was not making great decisions. Perhaps if we had developed a strong relationship with Portia she might have kept him in check. Not just as a girlfriend, but as a descendant. Clearly his attachments to Sookie and Jessica were not enough.

        • Shipcestuous says:

          WOW. That is a lot. I really appreciate you compiling that list because I enjoyed reading it thoroughly. I would definitely have enjoyed watching the stuff that you described. It’s all pretty great.

          I don’t actually remember deciding to stop watching Smallville. I think it must have happened when I left for college – I just didn’t have access to a TV for the most part. And it was also around the time when Lois was introduced, and I just wasn’t feeling it.

          I can think back to plenty of episodes I enjoyed, but I think overall it was a little too episodic (vs. serialized) for my tastes. You know – kryptonite-affected-person-turned-villain-of-the-week. At least that’s what I remember. And Lex/Lana and Clark/Lex (frememy thing, not slash ship) were the two relationships I cared about the most, and knowing Michael Rosenbaum had left the series never made me feel inclined to return to it. Plus it’s just so long – 10 seasons! But I’ll have think about it – for a rainy day. Or, you know, like 30 rainy days. But I live in Oregon, so that’s like a regular month anyway. Either way, I’m really glad to have that list of canon incest references on the blog.

          • James says:

            Woah, woah, woah, hold the phone. Under no circumstances should you contemplate marathoning through six seasons of Smallville. I was able to watch all of them because I’m a big comics fan who appreciated all the references, devoting forty minutes a week at a time throughout the course of ten years was doable, and because I’m a “for some reason, once I start watching a show, I can’t really stop no matter how bad it gets” type of person (which is why I am still watching shows like True Blood and the Office, and ended up watching every episode of shows like Heroes). But there is WAY too much crap in many of the episodes for it to be worth it to you to watch them all, especially considering that the later seasons relied heavily on DC Comics characters and references that you wouldn’t appreciate. Especially since the whole series is building towards him becoming Superman, and then when he finally becomes Superman in the series finale its completely underwhelming.

            Let me do you a favor and point out the scenes that would be of most interest to you and direct you towards the YouTube clips.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xueBMyz6ccY : Clark Luthor arrives in Earth 1, and initially thinks that his sister/lover Tess came along with him (although he’s wrong, he’s actually talking to Tess from Earth-1) The sexual implications are made immediately, and then at 1:20 he refers to Lionel as “our father,” and then skip again to 1:37 to hear him refer to her as “sis.” From that point forward nothing but talking about how he wants to have sex with her.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv9ny4XCFu4 Skip to 2:56 to see the good Clark from Earth-1 arrive in the alternate reality interacting with Earth-2 Tess, who initially believes that it’s Clark Luthor before he corrects her. Notice at 2:58 she thinks that he’s referring to Lionel when he says “Dad.” And then a flirty “Don’t worry, father will never find us here.” And then shortly afterwards when he says “You’re a Luthor,” reminding her that they’re siblings from the same family, her response is…well, check out the clip for yourself.

            Also, as a bonus, there was an episode where they introduced the DC characters “The Wonder Twins.” If you’ve never heard of them, well, they are by far the most common source of incest jokes amongst pretty much any comic book characters ( in the comics and SuperFriends cartoon show, they are extremely codependent and are literally never seen without the other by their side, and they can only activate their superpowers when they have physical contact with each other.) In any version including here they are full blood twins, raised from birth. Obviously no canon incest, but I still found the relationship of the Smallville version of the Wonder Twins quite striking, and all the same reasons for the incest jokes regarding the comics characters are kept intact here. Made even more so by the fact that in this version that the sister, Jayna, doesn’t exactly dress conservatively even when her brother is the only person she’s interacting with who will see her wearing said attire. In fact, if there’s one Smallville episode I think you should watch, it’s that one (Episode 9×08, “Idol”)

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vb6DpTe0QxM : Their introduction. Notice her eyes flutter when she asks him “Think we should tie him up?”
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdVhYOog2M8 Skip to 0:47 for their scene together. “Dad always used to say we’re stronger when we stick together.” And then when it cuts back to Clark and Lois skip ahead to 2:43 to see them twirl each other around in their arms for a minute and then collapse on a couch together in close proximity.

            • Shipcestuous says:

              Well, I’m glad to know that I don’t need to set aside several days to watching Smallville.

              I really enjoyed those clips you linked me to, thanks so much for doing that. Clark Luthor was so fun. I think Tom Welling missed his calling – he should mostly play bad boys. Clark Luthor and Earth-2 Tess must be amazing together. You could see how hurt she was when she thought he had used the box and left her behind. And how happy Clark Luthor was to get it on with Tess when he first saw her. I think it’s safe to say I ship them pretty hard.

              I’ve never heard of the Wonder Twins. I can see many jokes being made about them, incestuous and otherwise. I went ahead and downloaded the episode and watched it. I actually enjoyed the episode as a whole quite a lot, but I’m not sure I could handle several seasons of it. Like the way Lois thought the Blur was Clark and then Chloe faked the call. I’m sure stuff like that happened all the time. I always thought the Lois/Clark relationship was far more interesting than Lois/Superman, so this was a good episode for that. I could tell that there were a lot of references to the comics – the whole “powers activate” thing, for example. If the later seasons of Smallville were full of that it would all be lost on me. In this case it was so corny I just knew it had to date back to their comic origins and was put in as a reference for those who might recognize it.

              It was easy enough to ship these two, you’re not wrong about that. Too bad she isn’t naked when she changes back from an animal. Then it would have been out of control. I really liked how they were one team. There was that one moment where they briefly disagreed but it was quickly resolved and it was still very harmonious. Just like the fact that they need to touch to use their powers, it just reinforces their unity. They’re more like one person than two, wich I loved. And I loved how upbeat and peppy and good-willed they were. Overall 10/10.

              Thanks for linking me to the clips and describing the relationships. I’m going to go add all of this to the index right now.

  7. Anonymous says:

    AH when are you going to comment on the later episodes?

    • Shipcestuous says:

      In the spirit of full disclosure there probably won’t be any more significant Oliver/Thea commentary coming. My Queencest tag on tumblr is not totally lifeless but generally speaking all of the enthusiasm – mine and other people’s – has pretty much died down. I feel out of love with Arrow in the season 1 finale, and except for a scene here and there, most of the good Oliver/Thea interactions stopped after she met Roy.

      I’m flattered that you’re interested in the commentary – I apologize I don’t have anything else to offer you!

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