Only nine episodes in and "Arrow" already has a shipwreck-full of superhero-worthy moments. There's been foot chases, gun fights, masked men, snipers, epic parties and prison escapes. Let's recall some of the finest moments from season one, so far, and discuss what's to come in the new year.
5. Since the pilot, Oliver (Stephen Amell) has referred to his little sister Thea (Willa Holland) as "Speedy" -- a nickname that also references his sidekick of the same name from DC "Green Arrow" comics. Is she or isn't she going to be the sidekick? Well, with the introduction of Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), the mystery only grows. Roy Harper is Speedy -- in the comics that is. Will the show follow the same path as DC canon? We'll need to watch to find out.
4. Deadshot, the "Lone Gunman" and killer assassin, appears in episode three. The comic book villain excited fans and showed just how deadly DC baddies truly are. Likewise Deathstroke's entrance, wearing his iconic mask, proved not only memorable but noteworthy -- a villain that seems nearly unstoppable in power.
3. Oliver's secret identity doesn't stay so secret. His bodyguard Diggle (David Ramsey) finds out about his vigilante status and at first warned Oliver against his antics. Now the two make a great team. Diggle definitely keeps Oliver in check and provides a moral conscious whenever he's out of whack. Plus, Diggle can always dress up as the Hood to throw off suspicion. What else are bodyguards good for?
2. After many weeks, the Well-Dressed Man who had Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson) wrapped around his thumb, finally received a real name. Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman). Tommy Merlyn's father. And not only did he cut off Tommy (Colin Donnell) from his trust fund but he also tried to kill the Hood by wielding a bow and arrow himself. Hmm. Seems like Oliver has some serious competition, considering Mr. Merlyn beat Oliver so badly he ended up in the hospital.
1. The pilot undoubtedly serves as the number one moment of the season. While the whole series can be looked at as an origin story, the pilot can also be considered an origin in itself. We see Oliver build his "lair" of sorts and start enacting justice to those that wronged the city. Plus, it introduced us to Stephen Amell's much talked about abs, the salmon ladder and cinema-worthy action sequences.
What can you look forward to in the new year? The mystery surrounding Colton Haynes' character for one. And another, Mr. Merlyn is most definitely up to something. We still need to find answers to that strange circular symbol we've seen crop up. Any guesses on what it might be?
Watch "Arrow" on Wednesday, January 16 at 8 pm. Right after, catch "Supernatural" with your favorite Winchesters.
-- Becca Ritchie
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