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Open Thread: Arrow – Suicide Squad

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While the last episode of CW’s Arrow proved extremely adventurous, the latest was being hyped up a great deal. Did it live up to that hype? 

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The answer, I’m sorry to say, is “not really.” Not that the episode wasn’t a good one, it was, I think I was just expecting more from something titled, “Suicide Squad.” Here are a few moments of note…

  • Oliver saying, “This time when I kill Slade…” If I’m being honest, I don’t remember if we already knew that.
  • Diggle protecting Felicity.
  • Easter egg Ostrander Hotel/Suite
  • “Ex husband,  new boyfriend” is the name of my new band.
  • “Do you two need some counseling? I’m a trained therapist.” HARLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Easter egg, “5th and Giffen.”
  • Deathstroke is so sentimental! He brought that mask from the island completely in
  • Was that the first time Lyla was called Harbinger? I’m sorry, my memory is TERRIBLE!
  • Poor, Sean Maher. He was barely in his feature Shrapnel episode and then he gets his head blown up shortly into this one. Then again, off camera…
  • Where in the world is this home video of Shado from?
  • “I’m not that easy to kill,” damn right, Canary.
  • Waller  gets an Arrow visit…and oh…they have a past. She knows he “killed” Slade but hasn’t yet figured out the new mercenary in town, Deathstroke, is actually the dead man come back to life.

Let us know what you thought of the episode in the comments! Next week, “Birds of Prey.”

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Jill Pantozzi
Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."

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