At the beginning of Arrow season 7, showrunner Beth Schwartz promised that the season would feature many big reveals.
To her credit, she has delivered on that promise.
In the first half of the season, we got the surprising flash-forwards, Talia al Ghul’s return in “The Demon,” and the introduction of Emiko Queen as the New Green Arrow.
The one thing all of these twists had in common is how obvious they should’ve been from the beginning; whether or not that’s a positive or negative is up to you.
Personally, I like the fact that the show didn’t try to be too clever.
And it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the twist that ends last night’s episode “Star City Slayer” definitely falls into that “wow, should’ve seen that coming.” Last night’s flash-forwards pick up with Dinah, Zoe (a.k.a.
“pampered girl from the Glades playing vigilante dress up”), Roy, and William heading to the old bunker to see if that’s where Felicity hid her bombs since they haven’t had any luck with the Archer system.
Instead of finding the bombs, though, they find Mia and Conor, who knock them out and tie them up.
In the ensuing interrogation, Mia shares that she’s actually trying to find Felicity, who still alive, and stop whoever is trying to pull a sequel to 2013’s Undertaking (2 Under 2 Taking? The Undertaking: The Glades Strike Back?), and she learns that William is Felicity’s son. I’m not sure if this is a choice or not, but McNamara’s tough exterior wasn’t completely convincing.
Anyway, Dinah and Roy manage to escape their bondage like they’re Mister Miracle and proceed to fight back against their captors.
When Mia gains the upper-hand and threatens to slit Dinah’s throat (which was, hilariously, just slit in the episode’s present storyline), William draws a gun on her and threatens to shoot, but Mia doesn’t believe him because, as she reveals, her name is Mia Smoak — which makes her Oliver and Felicity’s bloody daughter and William’s half-sister.
Yes, there’s yet another secret Queen family scion running around Star City, because apparently that bloodline, like life and Drake Bell, always finds a way.
And, God, I’m already exhausted.
As I mentioned before, we should’ve seen this coming.
I mean, the character’s name is Mia.
In the comics, one of Green Arrow’s Speedy sidekicks was named Mia Dearden, so it makes complete sense that if the show was going to introduce a character with that name that she would have some major ties to Oliver.
But the problem here is that the show just pulled the “secret family card” with Emiko a few episodes ago, and we’ve barely begun to scratch the surface of what Emiko’s arrival in the present day storyline means for both Oliver and the show itself.
Throwing another new major, status quo shifting character like Oliver and Felicity’s daughter into the mix feels like a lot.
But, hey, I’m willing to approach this story with an open mind and to reserve judgement until it all plays out.
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ProviderEntertainment Weekly, New York, New York, United States