The Dominators have arrived!
During The Flash portion of the four-way Invasion crossover with Supergirl, Arrow, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, the technologically advanced aliens used a mind control device to turn the heroes against each other. But Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) was able to turn the tables, using the whammied Supergirl’s (Melissa Benoist) own strength to destroy the device.
In turn, the Dominators abducted Oliver (Stephen Amell), Thea (Willa Holland), Sara (Caity Lotz), Diggle (David Ramsey), and Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), a precursor to Wednesday’s landmark hour of Arrow. The 100th episode finds Oliver experiencing what life would’ve been like if he had never taken that fateful boat ride, which explains the return of some of the show’s original characters who have since perished, including Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson), Robert Queen (Jamey Sheridan), and Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy).
“It’s been five years since Oliver now didn’t get on the Queen’s Gambit, and he and Laurel are together,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells EW. “In fact, they’re about to be married. We basically pick up with them on the night before their wedding.”
Alas, Oliver Queen’s wildest dreams have not come true. “These five characters are essentially being held in stasis by the Dominators,” Guggenheim says. “To keep their minds occupied, they’re in what we call a shared hallucination.”
While the Matrix-like construct feels real, the characters will begin to notice something is off about this new timeline, causing glitches in a system that’s otherwise perfect — a little too perfect for Oliver. But this provided the show an opportunity to look back on the last five seasons with an episode that offers some closure for those we’ve lost along the way. “The memory flashes that all the five characters experience, that gave us a lot of opportunity to revisit footage from the previous 99 episodes,” Guggenheim notes.
The Arrow boss says he takes pride in each of the show’s 100 episodes. “We never skimped on the writing, the production or in the post-process going, ‘This is going to be one of those stinkers, we might as well cut our losses and move on,’” Guggenheim says. “We worked as hard as we possibly can on the scripts. If episodes have come in bad, we reshoot. We’re going to pick up a scene for episode 510, not because the scene didn’t turn out well, but because there was just one moment that wasn’t landing the way it needed to land to pay off another moment. Even in season 5, we have no problems with doing reshoots, or pickups, or anything we need to do to make each episode as successful as it can possibly be.”
But Guggenheim also admits he harbors some regrets. “The truth is, I don’t think I’ve ever been involved with an hour of television on any show where there hasn’t been something I wanted to take back,” he says. “Doing 23 episodes a year, you’re just constantly running, so nothing ever turns out exactly the way you want it to. In other words, my list of regrets is actually incredibly long; it’s 100 episodes long. I’d say probably my biggest regret is I wish we had allowed the Oliver-Felicity storyline in season 4 to unfold at a more natural pace. We had set these tentpoles at the beginning of the season, and we were a bit too rigorous on how we hit them. That was a case where the planning overtook the storytelling. We didn’t do things as naturally and as elegantly as we should have.”
source : EW
source : SpoilerTV
ARROW CELEBRATES 100 EPISODES; THE EPIC SUPERHERO CROSSOVER CONTINUES — Oliver (Stephen Amell) wakes up to a life where he never got on The Queen’s Gambit. Robert (guest star Jamey Sheridan) and Moira Queen (guest star Susanna Thompson) are alive and well. Laurel (guest star Katie Cassidy) is his loving fiancée and their wedding is imminent. Everything seems perfect, but Oliver starts to notice small imperfections that make him question this new reality. Meanwhile, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and the recruits take on a new threat with help from The Flash (guest star Grant Gustin) and Supergirl (guest star Melissa Benoist). James Bamford directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti and written by Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle (#508). Original airdate 11/30/2016.
Arrow is an American action television series developed by writer/producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg. It is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, a costumed crime-fighter created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp. It premiered in North America on The CW on October 10, 2012, with international broadcasting taking place in late 2012. Primarily filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the series follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), who, five years after being stranded on a hostile island, returns home to fight crime and corruption as a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrow.
The series takes a new look at the Green Arrow character, as well as other characters from the DC Comics universe. Although Oliver Queen/Green Arrow had been featured in the television series Smallville from 2006 to 2011, on the CW, the producers decided to start clean and find a new actor (Amell) to portray the character. Arrow focuses on the humanity of Oliver Queen, and how he was changed by time spent shipwrecked on an island. Most episodes have flashback scenes to the five years in which Oliver was missing.
Arrow has received generally positive reviews from critics. The series averaged about 3.68 million viewers over the course of the first season and received several awards and multiple nominations. To promote it, a preview comic book was released before the television series began, while webisodes featuring a product tie-in with Bose were developed for the second season. The first and second seasons are available on DVD and Blu-ray in regions 1, 2 and 4; a soundtrack was also released for the first two seasons. In October 2014, a spin-off series set in the same universe, titled The Flash, premiered. In August 2015, an animated spin-off, Vixen, was released, while a second live-action spin-off, Legends of Tomorrow, premiered in January 2016, featuring a number of characters from Arrow and The Flash. On March 11, 2016, the series was renewed for a fifth season,which is set to premiere on October 5, 2016.
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