Arrow Season Two Spoilers:
Can Laurel Lance be Saved?
Do You Want Her To Be?
Hiatus is almost over and we’re ready to talk spoilers. If you want to be surprised when Arrow airs in October, turn back now. This post contains Arrow Season 2 Spoilers
Jess, our resident Arrow extraordinaire, laid out all the positives and not-so-positives of the first season of Arrow, especially in the area of character development. All character development seemed lack luster, but female character development was near non-existent.
I have a slightly different view point than Jess. I did see some interesting beginnings of development toward Felicity, Moira and Thea. Some of them scared me, like Thea’s abrupt regulation to Roy’s girlfriend instead of inquisitive, annoying little sister Speedy for the second half of the first season. Some excited me, like Felicity’s role with Diggle and Oliver, taking out the bad guys outside of their lair on occasion. The problem was, Laurel Lance played by Katie Cassidy.
Though Katie Cassidy gives 100% to Laurel Lance, there is not much she can do when the material isn’t there. Cassidy certainly has proven she can do drama and comedy before, it would be a shame to continue to waste her talents.
Mo Laurel, Mo Problems
Laurel Lance sunk before the ship ever sailed, for me. A successful, confident woman whose boyfriend cheated on her with her sister, resulting in the sister’s death and the destruction of her family was too much to begin to handle in it’s first season.
Laurel should have had a purpose other than bed warmer. I’d have liked to have seen her develop through scenes helping people, siding with the police, looking out for Oliver’s sister Thea, just so she could get out a bitchy comment about how, unlike Oliver, Laurel manages to return people’s siblings alive.
Sadly, Arrow dumped her in a love triangle she could never really win. She loved Tommy, but not enough. She loved Oliver, but felt like she had to hate him more. Add in the fact that the woman who lost her sister in a cheating triangle is now part of a triangle that could destroy the life long friendships. Remember, before Laurel was girlfriend to any of them, she was simply the girl who grew up along side them, the girl who was their friend. If Arrow had the story play out dark as it sounds, a revenge motive of sorts, perhaps it would have been interesting. Instead, they treated Laurel like a clueless bedwarmer. Where was Laurel’s history, the girl who shared secrets, laughter and tears with Oliver and Tommy since they were children, in this triangle? Where was her pain at losing not only love, but life long friends?
Still, one bad season can’t destroy a core character. Right? Right. So let’s take a look at what season two holds.
Arrow Casts Isabel Rochev
Cult favorite Summer Glau has been cast in a recurring role to play, Isabel Rochev, Vice President of Acquisitions of Stellmoor International, a company looking to take over Queen Consolidated. To no one’s surprise, Rochev will be mysterious, beautiful and dangerous. Let’s get Oliver and Isabel a shipper name right now because it’s gonna get home.
Arrow Casts Black Canary
Arrow has cast Caity Lotz as the Black Canary. Are you shaking your head? Even non-comic book fans like me knew that Laurel Lance was supposed to be Black Canary. That’s why we put up with wet mop Laurel of season one, I thought. Anyway, after some backlash, CW President Pedowitz came out to calm some fears, telling eonline, “I hope she brings a certain amount of conflict since she’s playing the sister of Laurel Lance,” he reveals of the new character, who he wouldn’t confirm or deny is actually the Black Canary. “It’s an origin story. I don’t know if this character is the Black Canary or not the Black Canary, so it is in origin story. But remember, Laurel Lance was the Black Canary in the DC universe.”
So, Laurel has another sister that Oliver has a chance to sleep with? Or is this the mysterious Sarah, back from the dead but having undergone plastic surgery. Whatever. Pedowitz wants people to remember that Laurel’s not Black Canary now, but they’re moving toward that direction. Which sounds great, except Laurel’s current role on the show has been like the wardrobe we see her in – BORING. I don’t think we can wait another season for Laurel to get bad ass.
What does this mean for Laurel’s future?
I’ve been wondering, what does this mean for Laurel Lance? In terms of Oliver, does she even fit anymore? Tommy’s dead. Oliver has his friends who know his secret, Diggle and Felicity, will soon be mentoring Roy and has to protect his mother and sister. For romance, they brought in two possible flirting partners that aren’t Laurel. Given that one is Laurel’s sister, I’m sure she’ll have some family drama there, but that doesn’t actually make her a must see character. Laurel Lance: files papers, makes an occasional sassy speech, likes to bed millionaires but feels bad about it and fights with sisters over men. Gee, she sounds fun, right?
The only hope here is that her sister, the first Black Canary, has more spunk than Laurel and no interest in riding Oliver. Laurel needs a girl friend, especially one who will tell her the hard truths but still give her reasons to laugh. In this one instance, I feel like the creators of Arrow would do well to watch Pretty Little Liars. Those girls are very different from each other, and from the other girls on TV. They support each other, they don’t steal boyfriends and while they’ll tell their friend they’re wrong, they have their back in public. Laurel’s missing that support system on Arrow and her character has struggled because of it.
It would also be nice if they tied Laurel back to Oliver without making her just simply a love interest. Maybe we could have a non-island related flashback and see how Ms. Lance related to Mr. Queen before sex every came up; back when they were just friends looking out for each other. Then, maybe, the could start there. Laurel needs friends more than she needs romance, and though Oliver’s got Felicity, Diggle and eventually Roy, having someone who knew Oliver Queen before he was the playboy or the vigilante can only be a plus as he makes his way from the Hood to Arrow.
Do you think there’s a way to save Laurel by November Sweeps? Or do you see a tragic death, and waste of comic book mythology, in Laurel’s future?
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