‘Arrow’ Review: All About Oliver’s Sister

There are a lot of great characters on Arrow, but at the center of it all is supposed to be Oliver. This week he was hardly anywhere to be found. The same with Felicity and John. OTA was in the background.

We should hopefully not be missing our OTA again. I’m sure they were filming the crossover. Danielle Panabaker tweeted that Barry was in the pipeline in the mid-season premiere of The Flash because he was in Gotham. Must be the same reason we didn’t see our favorite main characters in this mid-season premiere.

It’s glaringly obvious that Arrow is not the same when Oliver (Stephen Amell), Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and John (David Ramsey) aren’t on the screen much.

Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW

It’s been a while since we’ve had a regular episode of Arrow. December 3, to be exact. I had almost forgotten that we were already told that the new (faux) Green Arrow was Oliver’s sister. The writers left us with that bombshell and waited over a month to address it. Oliver’s family had a lot of secrets. Even in death, they’re still coming out.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. Do we need another sibling? I thought the same thing when Maggie appeared on Grey’s Anatomy and now I love her. But that has more to do about the character than the writers creating another sister for Meredith.

Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW

This wasn’t a great time for the writers to introduce us to Emiko (Sea Shimooka). I like many fans I saw on Twitter, were upset by the fact that Oliver was hardly anywhere to be seen. Not to mention fans don’t seem to be liking the flash-forward scenes. I’m not particularly a fan either, but I do like it when Roy (Colton Haynes) appears in them, he did not this time.

Emiko is a lot like Oliver. They both started out as the Green Arrow for revenge. Rene (Rick Gonzalez) thought the stubbornness came with the suit. Nope, it comes with the genes.

As I said, as well, I’m not linking the flash-forwards. That could have a lot to with the fact that I refuse to believe that Felicity is dead. And the more we learn about the events surrounding her supposed death, the worse it gets.

OTA and NTA have drifted so far apart. Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) spoke of the pact they made and it broke my heart to see how the future looks. What happened to make them this broken? And where is Oliver in this future?

And of course, as we are wondering how and what led them to that future, the Elseworlds episodes happened and could have changed all of it.

We’ll have to see where the rest of season seven leads us. I’m not liking this story twist right now, though.

Mandy Carr

Editor and Founder, Primetime Addiction

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