Yes, I realize this is a little late coming out, but I'm a busy person, so bear with me. Since there are a number of great reviews for each new episode of Arrow, I wanted to take a different approach and review one of my favorite things about the DC comics smash hit; all of the great DC comic tie-ins and easter eggs that have lately been thrown in to every episode.
Possible spoilers if rumors turn out to be correct........
Here are the five most interesting things I noticed in the recent season 2 episode "Keep Your Enemies Closer":
1. References to The Flash are Speeding Up
Like what I did there?
That's right, for those of you that have not been paying attention or just don't care, the iconic DC comics character Barry Allen, aka The Flash, will be coming to a small screen near you very soon. There have been a number of hints on Arrow so far pointing toward the arrival of our favorite speedy superhero (read more about it HERE), but lately they have been appearing much closer together. This week we have yet another newscast referencing the particle accelerator that may be a possible origin of Barry's powers:
"The potentially catastrophic risk of turning this machine far outweigh any scientific gain that might come from it. The people need to understand just how dangerous technology like this is and the very real possibility of a cataclysmic event."
Oli seems very interested in the events going on around Star Labs, and we can only assume that will escalate on Dec. 4th in the Arrow episode entitled "The Scientist", when Barry Allen will make his first appearance to the show. If all goes well, as recent reports would suggest, we could see a stand alone pilot (not a backdoor pilot) for the new show, The Flash, at the beginning of next season.
2. The Mad Professor
Professor Ivo showed his true colors this week by revealing that he is the mastermind behind "the boat". But who is Professor Ivo and what is the deal with the mangled bodies that he and his compatriots are so desperately looking for. In this episode, we got minor explanation in the form of a "super-solider" type serum that Professor Ivo wishes to utilize.
In DC comics, Professor Ivo is a criminal mastermind and scientific genius, so much so that he designs an a serum which gives him immortality, but at the cost of total disfigurement (sound familiar). Could this be the serum that they were speaking of, at least in some way? Could "immortality" come into play with our new Arrow villain Ra's Al-Ghul? or will this play into the Brother Blood story line?
Lyla, former wife to Diggle, know has a last name to go with her A.R.G.U.S. job title, Agent Michaels. This is significant because Lyla Michaels is the name of a famous DC god known as Harbinger. Whether this is just a call out to the character or if it will have greater implications in seasons to come, there is no way to tell.
Harbinger would be an interesting choice to bring in to Arrow, being that she has some incredible powers, so it is more than likely just a reference to the New Guardian in the comics.
4. The White Queen
Amanda Waller, the Nick Fury of DC comics, made her first appearance on Arrow this week, being played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson. In the show, she is portrayed as the director of A.R.G.U.S., a government agency that aids in superhero affairs (aka the DC version of S.H.I.E.L.D.). For those of you who are unfamiliar with the character, Waller is a character that has ridden the line between good and bad over the years. She is primarily portrayed as a character with a disdain for superheros and villains alike and as an iron fist whose only concern is protecting humanity, by any means necessary. It will be interesting to see how she is used on Arrow. In the comics, Waller is the leader of a team known as The Suicide Squad, which is a government organized super-villain team who is fighting on the side of good to win amnesty. With the reappearance of Deadshot and the Bronze Tiger making his first appearance earlier this season, could Waller's first appearance be a possible lead in to the Suicide Squad? This would be extremely interesting, especially because...
Like A.R.G.U.S., H.I.V.E. (Hierarchy of International Vengeance and Extermination) is an organization bent on aiding those in power, however their intention is a far more sinister one. Much like H.Y.D.R.A. in Marvel, H.I.V.E. is an opposing spy organization that is determined to gain power and control over the world and is also known to have some high ranking super-villains be members throughout the comic era.
The reason this could be so influential to the Arrow story is mainly so possible connection this could have to possible villains that may show up this season. First, Deathstroke is a former contractor for H.I.V.E. and as most know, this is none other than our recently blown up Slade Wilson. Could Deathstroke be coming to take some revenge on Oli? We also have Brother Blood to contend with. Could he be part of H.I.V.E.?
Last, Isabel Rochev is a known character from DC, an eccentric CEO who takes over Queen Consolidated due to her love for Oli's father. However, it has yet to be determined if she is on Oli's side or not. Many have even theorized that she is, in fact, Talia al-Ghul, mainly due to the fact that she looks much more like Talia than Isabel (see picture above). This would be significant, because Talia has also been known to run with H.I.V.E. Could she be in line with H.I.V.E. also?
This has some interesting implications on the remainder of this seasons plot. Wouldn't it be awesome to see a show down between Oli's team and H.I.V.E., only to have the Suicide Squad come in to save the day? How would Oli do with this, seeing as they are killers and villains that are rooming the streets and will eventually turn on everyone?
Other name drops, like KGBeast or The League of Assassins, have been talked about before, so I won't go in to detail with them here. Needless to say, things are getting incredibly interesting in a show that many comic nerds are growing to love.
Let me know your thoughts below.