OLIVER IS VISITED BY GHOSTS FROM THE PAST — After a fight with Cyrus Gold AKA the Acolyte (guest star Graham Shiels), Oliver (Stephen Amell) is drugged and left for dead. Determined to cure him, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) makes a risky decision. The cure causes Oliver to hallucinate, and what he sees forces him to confront his past. Meanwhile, Barry (guest star Grant Gustin) continues to help Felicity, and their connection grows stronger. The Arrow asks Lance (Paul Blackthorne) to look into Gold, but when the stakeout on Gold goes bad, someone is killed. Roy (Colton Haynes) is captured and tortured by Brother Blood (guest star Kevin Alejandro). John Behring directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kresiberg and teleplay by Geoff Johns & Ben Sokolowski (#209).
Stephen and his wife are proud new parents! Congratulations goes out to him and his wife.
he 32-year-old Arrow actor and his wife Cassandra Jean have welcomed a baby girl named Mavi Alexandra Jean Amell.
“Mavi Alexandra Jean Amell was born on Tuesday afternoon (October 15). Everyone is happy and healthy,” his rep exclusively shared with JustJaredJr.com. How cute is she?!
Stephen posted a pic on Facebook of Mavi and wrote, “She came just in time for Amell Wednesdays.”
Oliver (Stephen Amell) discovers a man who goes by the name “The Mayor” (guest star Cle Bennett) is bringing illegal guns in to The Glades, so Oliver sponsors a “Cash for Guns” event to help clean up the city. Unfortunately, The Mayor crashes the event with his gang and seriously injures Sin (guest star Bex Taylor-Klaus). The Canary (Caity Lotz) is furious when she learns her friend is in the hospital and sets out for revenge. Meanwhile, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) stuns Oliver with a bit of information about the Canary, Donner (guest star Dylan Bruce) asks Laurel (Katie Cassidy) to dinner, and Diggle (David Ramsey) reconnects with an old friend.
Arrow’s Stephen Amell recently posted a Q&A session video on his Facebook page, which we’ve embedded below. Here are some of the highlights.
When asked what DC Character he would like Oliver to interact with on Arrow, Stephen Amell teased, “I don’t know. But what I do know is that based on how things are going, I will eventually have the opportunity to interact with almost every DC character, because they are just arriving on our show fast and furious.”
When asked if Oliver was ever going to hook up with Felicity, Amell said, “I’m a guy, she’s a girl, and we’re on the same TV show, so the answer’s somewhere between yes and no.”
When asked his opinion on face paint versus a mask for Oliver, Amell said, “That’s also something that we’re discussing. Stay tuned. But I actually kind of like not having a mask on. I like just doing the paint. But maybe that’s just personal preference after thirty-one episodes.”
When asked if he could choose any superhero DC or Marvel to battle who would it be and why, Amell replied, “Probably Hawkeye, just because they’re like doppelgangers.”
Whether it’s super-heroic Emerald Archer action or the super-heroic abdominals of the preternaturally fit Stephen Amell that that’s got you programming your DVR for Season Two of Arrow, the CW Network’s action/drama based on the DC Comic Green Arrow, you’ve got a lot to get caught up on especially if you are jumping on late.
For the uninitiated, put simply Arrow is Smallville’s darker, moodier cousin. More mature than its televised superheroic predecessor, Arrow presents a hero whose trademark progressivism/populism is a byproduct of his own personal quest to rid himself, his family and his city of its demons. A quest that, at least at the beginning, he has no qualms about using lethal force to fulfill.
After the earth-shaking events of the Season One finale, the world of Arrow is primed to take a turn for the worse despite the efforts of our heroes, so it’s important to take a look back before the season premiere and see what is left to build upon. Note that if you are not yet through your box set of Season One Blu-Ray’s, be warned, spoilers ahead. We fully recommend you take the journey yourself for the full experience, and the blu-ray set (which also included standard DVDs and digital downloads) is available now, so go, watch, then come back and see what we think are the most important takeaways.
He’s not Green Arrow, at least not yet
Despite his (very dark) green leather outfit, complete with hood, not to mention actual green arrows in his green quiver, this vigilante archer Oliver Queen does not call himself nor is he ever earnestly called by anyone else “Green Arrow” (though the words are uttered once, as a little in-joke).
For Queen, his vigilante outfit is a relic of his time marooned on a (nearly) deserted and heavily forested island. There, the green was great day/night camouflage and quite durable since there wasn’t a J. Crew outlet in the middle of the China Sea.
When Oliver takes his skills to the streets of Starling City (small change from the comics, where it’s Star City), it’s his identity concealing headgear (and perhaps his Sherwood Forest-esque modus operandi) that grants him the moniker The Hood, rather than the color of his weapons.
This STILL isn’t The Island from LOST
Parallel to the serialized action of Oliver Queen: nigh-unstoppable vigilante in Starling City is the story of Oliver Queen: billionaire party-boy castaway.
Whenever he experiences a crisis, Oliver flashes back to a similar moment during his time on the island of Lian Yu, aka Purgatory, where his public story of years of solitude after the wreck of his father’s yacht gives way to the truth that he got caught up in an international conspiracy to destroy the Chinese economy.
On Lian Yu, Oliver encounters a number of DC Comics characters cast in important roles in his personal transformation including the enigmatic Yao Fei, his master archer daughter Shado, the villainous Eddie Fyers and a reluctant ally: the Australian Special Forcers trooper Slade Wilson, who’s uniform incudes a very distinctive orange and black facemask.
In the end, Oliver sacrifices an easy way off the island to do the right thing, but as much that has been revealed about how the island changed him, much hasn’t been. For instance how he became a capo in the Russian Mafia, where he learned toxicology, how to apply nerve pinches to simulate death and who the mysterious woman was behind Fyers’ plot.
Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen is set to find himself going up against a plethora of DC villains in season two of the hit superhero show Arrow, and now we can add another to the ever-growing list with Screen Crush reporting that Dylan Neal (Dawson’s Creek, Percy Jackson) set to join the cast as Dr. Anthony Ivo.
According to the site Arrow’s version of Ivo will debut in Ollie’s island flashbacks and “will emerge as a brutal but ruthless scientist who will stop at nothing to unearth a breakthrough that dates back to the latter days of World War II.” He will make his first appearance in the fifth episode ‘League of Assassins’, kicking off a four-episode story arc, with the possibility of returning later down the line.
Several familiar faces from the DC Universe have been added to the cast of Arrow for season two, including include Grant Gustin (Glee) as The Flash, Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Spartacus) as Amanda Waller, Summer Glau (Firefly) as Isabel Rochev, Caity Lotz (The Pact) as Black Canary, Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight) as Bronze Tiger, Kevin Alejandro (True Blood) as Brother Blood and Bex Taylor-Klaus (The Killing) as Sin. Meanwhile WB and DC have two other shows in development, with both Gotham and Constantine announced this week.
DC Comics’ Bronze Tiger and China White wreak havoc on The Glades — Oliver (Stephen Amell) finds out the medicine that is being sent to Glades Memorial is being hijacked by thieves. Without an influx of supplies, the hospital will close. Roy (Colton Haynes) attempts to stop the thieves, but he fails and is arrested by Officer Lance (Paul Blackthorne). Oliver gets into a heated battle with China White (guest star Kelly Hu) and her new partner, Ben Turner, AKA the Bronze Tiger (guest star Michael Jai White), over the supplies. Meanwhile, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) makes plans to catch the Arrow, and Thea (Willa Holland) gives Roy an ultimatum. Nick Copus directed the episode written by Ben Sokolowski & Beth Schwartz (#202).