Gods be praised! The mid-season break is finally over, and with its end comes the return of some of our favourite shows, including CW’s The Flash and Arrow.
When we last saw our non-Dawn of Justice DC heroes, it was off the back of the crossover episode and we had so many questions left unanswered. Here is what we can look forward to the rest of the season.
So, spoiler warning!
1What happened to Felicity?
In the midseason finale of Arrow, we saw Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) go head to head with Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), resulting in an assault on Queen’s motorcade… and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) seemingly bleeding out in Oliver’s arms.
That grave we saw in the first episode is starting to look more ominous, but I still doubt it’s the younger Miss Smoak’s. For a list of potential grave inhabitants, look back at some of our “What we know” recaps from the first half of the season.
The more interesting theory floating around the interwebs is that Felicity Smoak will be paralysed from the waist down, and take on the mantle of Oracle, the moniker used by ex-Batgirl Barbara Gordon after she was similarly shot and paralysed (by the Joker, because who else would it be).
Much of Felicity’s role already revolves around her feeding intel to Team Arrow, so in essence her character wouldn’t change much… except maybe in terms of Olicity. Plus, you know, finally getting that cool codename she’s always wanted.
2Does Wally West have his speed?
After being teased about the next potential speedster for ages during the first half of the season, Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) finally made an appearance on the last episode of The Flash, crashing the West’s Christmas party and totally not pulling a Steve Harvey by saying he made a mistake.
So now that we’ve finally seen the third Flash (after Barry Allen and Jay Garrick), the next question is… when does he get his speed? That serum Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh, bless his soul for being back on the show) was developing seems like the best bet, given how we’re kinda out of functioning particle accelerators to explode.
Though they may have one on Earth-2… Both of which may also give us a clue as to how Well’s daughter Jesse Quick (Violett Beane) might get her own speedforce. We already know “Welcome to Earth-2” is the title of one episode this season, and we’ll be seeing the villainous versions of Ronnie Raymond/Deathstorm (Robbie Amell) and Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker), so Team Flash will definitely be doing some travelling.
There’s also a possibility he already has his speed, but keeps it a secret to avoid trouble. There’s also a remote chance he or his Earth-2 doppelganger might be… Zoom. Hey, anything’s possible, right?
3How does this link back to Legends of Tomorrow?
As we saw in the crossover episodes this season, the backstory for the spinoff Legends of Tomorrow has already been set up. Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) came and went, Team Arrow Flash saved the day, and Merlyn al Ghul (John Barrowman) has ruined everything because he wanted Savage to owe him one.
Throughout the season, we’ve also seen the various members of the not-Justice League put into storage in several ways, waiting to be summoned back by former Doctor Who companion Arthur Darvill’s Rip Hunter to save all of time and space.
Savage’s impact on the plot so far has been him trying to kill Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée) and her other fluffy friend, because some immortality thing, which to be hoenst, isn’t really 1) much, and 2) deep. I know it’s meant to set up Legends, but face it, Savage doesn’t scare me as much as the Reverse-Flash or Deathstroke (please come back). He’s basically evil Doctor Strange with a few throwing knives.
It’s vitally important that Savage gets set up probably as a real big bad, in the way that none of the others were, if not he’ll feel like weaksauce, especially when you compare him to the way the villains on the other side of the superhero spectrum (Marvel, in case you’re wondering) have been doing.
I mean, have you seen Brett Dalton’s Grant Ward on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Despite being a “small screen” villain, his role has evolved repeatedly and he’s finally ready to go all in.
If Savage’s impact is not properly conveyed to the audience, and the producers decide to go with some timey-whimey nonsense instead, a huge question for many jumping onto Legends will be… Why does anyone really care about this bad guy?
So there we have it, folks. Hopefully the series producers exceed my expectations and give the Arrowverse a proper shot in the arm as it takes on its biggest competitor in March… DC’s movie universe, starting with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Though the TV product currently has a huge advantage… At least we don’t know 80% of the plot from the second half of the season yet.