A week from Wednesday night on “Arrow” season 2, we’re going to see the arrival of a character who could change everything for the show: Barry Allen. This is a guy who will eventually develop some sort of superpowers, but he is not going to have them at the time of his arrival on the show. Instead, he’s just a brilliant young scientist who arrives in Starling City with some other specific goals in mind.
Early on, the impression that he brings to the Arrow Team is not one that will have echoes of someday being on the same level as Oliver Queen or even Diggle. However, his intelligence will make him an asset right away, especially when it comes to drawing the attention of one Felicity Smoak. Emily Bett Rickards helps to explain to E! News why her character is drawn to him, and also how his presence alone really works to shake things up in the Arrow lair for the two episodes that he is around:
“He’s extremely fast and witty, he’s quick … How he isolates and how Barry moves around Oliver and Felicity and Diggle is just definitely different tactics than what we’re used to as a trio.”
While the original plan for the Barry character was that he would get a separate backdoor pilot for his upcoming spin-off show a little later next year, that has since changed after filming his new episodes. Now, the story appears to be more focused on giving him the best origin story possible, and that includes a standalone pilot that will carry with it a larger price tag, and more of an opportunity for the show to have a bigger scope.
For anyone in America, the reason why there is no new “Arrow” episode airing should be pretty simply to understand: They don’t want to run the risk of putting anything on the night before Thanksgiving. It’s harder to draw in big ratings while people are traveling or stuffing their face full of turkey.
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