Ironically, this guy's secrets are anything but small.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, WHOA!!!
Yeah, that’s pretty much our standard response when it comes to new episodes of Arrow, but this one was a perfect balance of touching, even surprising character moments and awesome twists and turns. What can we say other than that we’re glad Arrow’s back?
Oh, and bring on this week’s #DCTV Secrets! Here’s what we caught:
- Beaten by a Brick
- A Ghul by any other name
- Dinah "Laurel" Lance suits up!
Previous #DCTVArrow Secrets
- The #DCTV Secrets of ARROW Episode 3.1 - "The Calm"
- The #DCTV Secrets of ARROW Episode 3.2 - "Sara"
- The #DCTV Secrets of ARROW Episode 3.3 - "Corto Maltese"
- The #DCTV Secrets of ARROW Episode 3.4 - "The Magician"
- The #DCTV Secrets of ARROW Episode 3.5 - "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak"
- The #DCTV Secrets of ARROW Episode 3.6 - "Guilty"
- The #DCTV Secrets of ARROW Episode 3.7 - "Draw Back Your Bow"
- The #DCTV Secrets of ARROW Episode 3.8 - "The Brave and the Bold"
- The #DCTV Secrets of ARROW Episode 3.9 - "The Climb"
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Don’t peek behind the mask if you don’t want to know any more. But of course you do and you will.
Meet Danny Brickwell
We can’t imagine what would be worse for Team Arrow. Losing their friend, hero and mentor Oliver Queen, or having to face one of the most ruthless villains to hit the streets of Starling without him.
Danny Brickwell—or Brick, as he’s commonly known—is a real bruiser of a Green Arrow villain who was first introduced in 2004. (Fun fact: At that time our Green Arrow comic was drawn by Phil Hester, who is currently drawing THE FLASH: SEASON ZERO, our digital first comic focusing on Arrow’s sister show!) While Brick’s story on the show isn’t a precise adaptation of the comic, there are some key similarities. Like with tonight’s episode, Brick took advantage of a power vacuum within his city’s criminal organizations, rising from a low level enforcer to a boss. He’s also shown interest in the Glades in the comics, much as he did onscreen tonight.
The similarities don’t stop there. Brick is a tough villain to bring down because he’s nearly indestructible. Arrows and bullets bounce right off him. While Arrow’s Brick doesn’t share his comic counterpart’s red, bricklike skin, he seems pretty tough without it. Who else do you know that could shake off a gunshot to the head?
If you’re interested in reading more about Brick, he made his first appearance in GREEN ARROW #40, which is available digitally.
A Demon of a Name
About midway through tonight’s episode, Malcolm Merlyn refers to Ra’s al Ghul as “the Demon’s Head.” This menacing sounding moniker is one of Ra’s al Ghul’s most well known aliases, but we believe it may be the first time we’ve heard it used on Arrow. (Though it was referenced in the title to the Season 2 episode that introduced Nyssa al Ghul, “Heir to the Demon.”) In case you were wondering, the Demon’s Head is actually a variation on the Arabic translation of Ra’s al Ghul’s name.
A New Black Canary is Born!
Tonight’s episode ended with a quick succession of jaw droppers. We’ll have to see how long Felicity’s departure from the team lasts and how Tatsu managed to bring Oliver back to life. But the moment that really needs no explanation takes place between those two when we get our first glance at Laurel as Black Canary!
While she may go by Laurel on the show, we know that Laurel’s first name is Dinah, making her evolution into Black Canary one of the moments fans have waited for since the very first episode. Where do things go for Starling’s newest hero from here? We don’t know yet, though something tells us we’ll be seeing a lot more of her…
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See you next week!