A member of Team Arrow was conspicuously absent during the 100th episode of Arrow on Wednesday night, the second hour of the four-way crossover with Supergirl, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of To1morrow.
While Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez), Ragman (Joe Dinicol), and Curtis (Echo Kellum) were on hand to help Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) try to find the quintet of heroes abducted by the Dominators, Evelyn Sharp (Madison McLaughlin) was missing in action, with nary a mention of why she wasn’t there.
The previous episode of Arrow ended with the reveal that Evelyn, a.k.a Artemis, has been working with the season’s big bad Prometheus as a mole, which is a big part of the reason why she wasn’t involved in the crossover episode.
“It’s funny, to be honest with you, in the break of 508, we talked a lot about Do we have her in there?” executive producer Marc Guggenheim told reporters following a screening of the crossover. “It felt like it was the elephant in the room and we didn’t want it distracting, so we don’t reference it in large part because I’m not a fan of, ‘Oh, it’s too bad that Evelyn’s mom is sick this week.’ I would prefer to just whistle past the graveyard. I will say, you will get a payoff to 507’s cliffhanger with respect to Evelyn big time in 509.”
EW can reveal that Evelyn has not been working with Prometheus all along. In a recent episode, the new Team Arrow discovered the truth about Oliver’s original kill list, and Evelyn felt that Oliver was a hypocrite since he was previously on a mission of revenge, yet prevented her from taking vengeance on her parents’ killer. “Rewatch episode 506,” Guggenheim tells EW of Evelyn’s double cross. “If you view the end of 506 and her final scenes with Oliver as, ‘Oh, she’s lying,’ I think you see when she decided to team up with Prometheus. Basically in the commercial break between Act 5 and Act 6 [of that episode], that’s when she made the decision to join up with Prometheus. So while people were watching car commercials, that’s what she was doing.”
Head here for the best nods to the last five seasons of Arrow during the 100th episode. The four-way crossover continues Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, while Arrow’s winter finale airs next Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
source : EW
In this era of “Peak TV,” guiding a show to 100 episodes is no easy feat. Tonight’s episode of “Arrow” had the unenviable task of being the middle installment to a three-part crossover, while also being a celebration to the 99 episodes that came before.
“That was the challenge — how much to service the 100th episode and how much to service the crossover,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim said at a press event with Variety in attendance, following a screening this week. “It’s pretty obvious that we chose to go 100th episode.”
Guggenheim said it was Greg Berlanti who came up with the idea to separate Oliver (Stephen Amell), Diggle (David Ramsey), Thea (Willa Holland), Sara (Caity Lotz) and Ray (Brandon Routh), and drop them into the Dominator “matrix.” In the episode, the five characters find themselves put into an ideal world — one where Oliver’s parents are alive and he’s set to marry Laurel (Katie Cassidy). The parallel that jumps to mind is “It’s a Wonderful Life,” but Guggenheim had a more DC-appropriate connection.
“This was, sort of, Oliver’s version of ‘Flashpoint’ or ‘For the Girl Who Has Everything’ from ‘Supergirl,’” he said. “There’s a reason why these stories are iconic or familiar tropes in comic books. When you show the protagonist the path-not-taken — and you basically put them in a situation where they can choose to stay on that path or go back to their life with all its ugly aspects — and they choose the selfless choice, it makes your character stronger.”
Guggenheim said this Elseworlds-like story will strengthen Ollie’s resolve heading into next week’s midseason finale.
“Oliver has a new sense of purpose,” he said. “The events of [episode] 508 forced him to emotionally double down on his mission. He also has a reaffirmation of his bond with Thea, because they chose each other.”
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said the episode was extra special because so many former cast members returned.
“It was getting the cast, getting Jamey Sheridan, getting Susanna Thompson,” Kreisberg said. “Our first mission was to make sure we locked in those cast members, and we were fortunate enough that everyone who has left the show was so excited to come back.”
Chief among those returns was Cassidy, who played Laurel Lance, a.k.a. Black Canary, who was killed last year in a fight with the season’s villain, Damien Dahrk (Neal McDonough).
“She’s such an essential figure to the show,” Kreisberg said. “She was the second lead on the show, and even though the show evolved, Laurel was at the heart of it — she was Oliver’s great love, she’s Sara’s sister, she’s Lance’s (Paul Blackthorne) daughter. Even if we get to 200 episodes, Laurel will always be at the heart of the series.”
source : Variety
Arrow‘s 100th episode on Wednesday night featured a bevy of departed characters, including two who weren’t on the publicly released guest list for the alt-reality installment, in which Oliver never got on the Queen’s Gambit.
Even though former series regulars Colin Donnell and Colton Haynes weren’t able to reprise their roles, their alter egos Tommy Merlyn and Roy Harper still made an appearance during the milestone hour (to Donnell’s own surprise!), joining in-the-flesh returning cast members Susanna Thompson (as Moira Queen), Jamey Sheridan (Robert Queen), Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance) and more.
“We tried desperately to get Colin Donnell. We just couldn’t pull it all off,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg admits, while EP Marc Guggenheim adds that Haynes was also on their wish list. In fact, there were Tommy and Roy scenes scripted into the episode “that we, obviously, just couldn’t do because of Colin and Colton’s availabilities,” Guggenheim explains. “For example, Roy was going to be Thea’s boyfriend — that hadn’t changed — and they met when he stole her purse.”
Despite the setback, the producers found an unconventional way to include the actors in the storyline. In addition to a meta mention from Malcolm about how Tommy couldn’t attend Oliver and Laurel’s wedding because he’s busy being a doctor in the Windy City — Donnell stars on NBC’s Chicago Med — Oliver saw holograms of Tommy, Roy and various other loved ones as he departed the so-called dream world.
“That beat was not in the original break of the episode,” Guggenheim says. “I was writing that scene where Oliver goes back [to his real life], and it just popped into my head that basically all the actors that we can’t get — at the time, I didn’t know who we could get and who we couldn’t — this is a way we can get them.”
But pulling off the nostalgic sequence was no easy task for the show’s visual-effects house. “Zoic handled those shots, and they did an amazing, amazing job, particularly with Colin and Colton, because we couldn’t reshoot them,” Guggenheim shares. “We had to take them from old episodes… and put them into this.”
The producers were able to secure the return of original series star Katie Cassidy, which was key “because she is such an essential figure to the show,” Kreisberg says. “She was the second lead on the show. Even though the show has evolved, Laurel is at the heart of it. She was Oliver’s great love, she’s Sara’s sister, she’s Lance’s daughter. … And on top of that, Katie Cassidy will always be so important to us. We were so happy that she agreed to come back, because she is part of the family, both behind the camera and in front of it.”
After coming out of the seemingly perfect reality created by the Dominators, a refocused Oliver will “double down on his mission and commit to this life with all of its losses and failures and challenges,” Guggenheim previews.
“This was sort of Oliver’s version of Flashpoint, and it’s a little bit Oliver’s version of ‘[For] the Girl Who Has Everything’ from last year’s Supergirl,” Guggenheim describes. “There’s a reason why these stories are iconic or familiar tropes… It’s because when you show the protagonist the path not taken, and you basically put them in the situation where they can choose to stay on that path or go back to their life with all of its ugly aspects and challenges, and they choose the selfless choice of returning to that ugly past, it makes your character stronger.”
source : TVLINE
source : SpoilerTV
“What We Leave Behind”— (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
PROMETHEOUS MAKES A DEADLY MOVE AGAINST OLIVER AND THE TEAM — After Prometheus attacks Curtis (Echo Kellum), Oliver (Stephen Amell) realizes Prometheus knows all of Team Arrow’s secret identities and is planning to come for them one by one. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Detective Malone (guest star Tyler Ritter) discover a clue that links Prometheus to Oliver’s past. Antonio Negret directed the episode written by Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz (#509). Original airdate 12/7/2016.
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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