Last night’s Arrow was everything that made me fall in love with this show in the first place. For the past season and a half, the CW hit show had been struggling with storylines and character development and finding a balance between all elements of the show.
Let’s not even get started on the disaster that was season 5. I jumped ship for nearly half a season last year, and the fact that the only good thing out of that clusterfuck was the villain — and Josh Segarra was amazing — should give you a hint about how awful it was.
But that’s all in the past. After these past three episodes, I almost feel like we can forget that half of season 4 and the entirety of season 5 ever happened. This is the Arrow I know and love. This is the show I want to watch. “Next of Kin” had everything — drama, action, comedy, family, romance. It was like this perfect little nugget of an episode that TPTB wrapped in a nice red bow and sent it to the fans.
In an episode that John Diggle took on the mantle of the Green Arrow; Oliver is still struggling — but getting better every day — with being the Mayor of Star City and a Dad to William; and we still got some pretty awesome action scenes and some romance, I’d say “Next of Kin” was damn near perfect.
So let’s break this down and talk about the best moments of Arrow Season 6 episode 3:
5. John Diggle as the new Green Arrow. Well, that was a rocky start. Dig is used to always having someone to rely on to make the hard calls out in the field, and he just freezes when the time comes. The whole team notices and is obviously affected by his lack of action and leadership, but he pulls himself together the next time and does a great job.
Felicity and Curtis even design a new weapon for him, so he can actually shoot arrows and be more believable as the Green Arrow, and everything seems to finally be back on track. Of course, we later find out that John is shooting up some kind of drug to help with the tremors, so we know this is going to blow up in his face and it’s not going to be pretty.
4. Diggle and Dinah. What the hell is up with that? Did I miss something last season? Were they always this close? Whatever it is, I don’t like it. If it’s just two friends being there for each other, then by all means, go right ahead. But if this is TPTB’s way of paving the way for some kind of romance, abort mission now.
John is a happily married man and Lyla does not deserve this. And I like Dinah, I really do, and she doesn’t come across as someone who would dive into a relationship with a married guy. So please, I don’t know if maybe I’m the only one getting this vibe between them, or if it’s just the way it’s being directed or written, but whatever it is, please stop.
3. Felicity is so excited about her new startup with Curtis. It’s so good to see her having something outside of Team Arrow that is making her happy and it’s super productive, and that she’s super excited about. I was really looking forward to seeing Smoak Technologies come to life, but maybe that’s not going to happen, now that she’s partnered up with Curtis.
Also, very subtle shoutout to Oracle written on her board as a possible name, and I would honestly be super happy with that name for her company.
2. Felicity and William. Guys, I love William. I love what he has done for Oliver and the breath of fresh air this kid is for this show. He has done wonders for Oliver, and I absolutely couldn’t wait to see him with Felicity. And now that I have, I just want to watch them being adorable math nerds together over and over again.
I have absolutely no idea what they were talking about — like Oliver, math was not my strongest subject in school — but I don’t care because they are so adorable together, and she makes him smile, and it looks like her charm works on all Queen men. It was so amazing to see how both Oliver and William were completely amused and enthralled by her, and God, I just want more.
She is going to be absolutely essential in this kid’s life — mark my words. She’s the one who is going to help him build a more solid relationship with Oliver, and I am so ready to see this.
Again, this is the Arrow I know and love. This is the show I want to watch.
1. Olicity. Oh, where do I even start? Sigh. This episode was everything an Olicity shipper could possibly want, and we know things will only get better from here on out, so I couldn’t be happier. Every single one of their interactions was perfect, but what really stood out to me was how smiley Oliver was throughout this episode. She really does make him happy, and the fact that he is willing to welcome her back into his life — so soon after he’s gotten William — is so huge.
And we know that during the final episodes of last season they were headed in this direction, but it’s so great that TPTB is not going to make us suffer and wait any longer to see our babies together. They are so much better and happier when they’re together, and I can only foresee wonderful things with William in the mix.
I also can’t wait to see the flashback of their reunion on Lian Yu. Speaking of which, where the hell are those flashbacks? I’d thought we were going to slowly find out what happened in every episode, but I guess that’s not the plan?
Either way, who cares? They’re together now and I am the happiest fangirl alive.
Arrow returns with an all new episode next Thursday, October 2, at 9pm on the The CW.