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Vigilante No More, Arrow “City of Heroes” 

City of Heroes
Photo Credit: Cate Cameron/The CW

It may have been a sunny, fun-filled summer hiatus for us, but it was anything but in the world of Arrow. The Glades crumbled, Tommy died and the Hood disappeared. And now that it’s fall, we’re back in Starling City and ready for more action! But first, season two of Arrow took us on a quick detour to the last place we expected to end up…the island.

I’ll admit that I was utterly confused as this episode started – did Ollie cut his hair when he was on the island before? Is this a dream? Why is Felicity in a plane? But my mind was swiftly put to ease as I watched Ollie come to Felicity’s rescue as she and Diggle traipsed through the forest and ventured upon a landmine.
After a swift and concise recap of what’s happened in Starling City while we were away, we realize that Oliver has condemned himself back to the island to assuage his guilt over Tommy’s death and the utter destruction that has left the Glades in shambles. All in all, Oliver’s guilt doesn’t surprise me in the least, I figured he would punish himself for not being able to stop Malcolm Merlyn’s evil plan and even more so for getting his best friend involved in what would ultimately cost him his life, but this was not the form I ever expected his sentence to take.
Photo Credit: Cate Cameron/The CW
Photo Credit: Cate Cameron/The CW
Fight harder. Try harder. Rebuild. These are the expectations I had of our season one Oliver who was all about redemption and making up for the evils you’ve caused. However, the Oliver we meet at the beginning of season two is more about shutting down, shutting in and seeing Starling City as a better place without his vigilante vengeance. But with Queen Consolidated crumbling and Moira in jail, Diggle made it clear that it wasn’t all about vengeance:
Diggle: “This isn’t about you being the vigilante, it’s about you being Oliver Queen.”
As expected, Oliver eventually comes around, but he hardly throws out the welcome mat when he first discovers that Felicity and Diggle have come to bring him back:
Felicity: “Could you at least pretend you’re glad to see us? Dig and I spent weeks tracking you down, we traveled half way across the world and this morning we flew in a plane so old I’m pretty sure I was safe when I jumped out of it. You could at least offer us a water. Or coconut.”
I absolutely adore Felicity and I’m so excited to see more of her as a series regular this season. However, I don’t think I’m the only one. Ollie clearly admires her too and every time she calls him out, you can miss the slight smirk of a smile that appears at the corners of his mouth. He may not always like what she has to say, but that doesn’t stop him from listening and driving him to action.
And as we see later in the episode, she’s more than just a pretty face. In suggesting that vengeance needn’t include murder, she helps push Ollie in the direction that he will obviously take this season. But not as The Hood. This year his vigilantism will take a new form and if that foretelling green arrow at the end has anything to do with it, I’m pretty sure we can all guess what new name Ollie has in mind.
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on the CW.

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