burningletter- replied to your post “burningletter- replied to your post: See, here;s the thing that bugs…”The entire Shado/Slade side of things (which is really just Slade developing what turns into a creepy obsession with a woman who spent 99% of the time they knew each other romantically involved with Oliver) creeps me out to no end.
For reeeeeeeeeeeeaaaal. Like, before the Mirakuru? It was sad, but almost sweet. He wasn’t pushing himself at her. He had feelings for her, yeah, but she was happy with Oliver and he was appropriately handsfree from that whole thing.
Then Oliver is snatched aboard the Amazo and Shado’s nursing Slade back to health, it’s like Slade suddenly deludes himself into believing this thing with Shado might actually go places (it was never going places, it just wasn’t.)
And then the Mirakuru and Shado is killed and Slade’s idea of her and his feelings for her morphed into this scary as fuck obsession where him having feelings for her makes him the ultimate wronged party in her death, instead of, you know, SHADO. He even had a moment of clarity when he gave Oliver the hood and acknowledged Shado’s feelings were fondness for him but love for Oliver.
And then it later didn’t matter anymore and these days he’s just… built backwards in his head to her being his Ultimate Perfect True Love? That Oliver somehow willfully robbed him of? It’s creepy and fucked up and batshit insane, and maybe it’s supposed to be that way because the Mirakuru fucking shit up in his brainpan, but the show could stand to enforce that “no seriously, he is out of his mind, listen to how he talks about her” tone, rather than upping the tragic romantic music every time Slade looks sad and mentions Shado or looks murderous and mentions Shado.
This was not his tragic love story, it was an attraction in desperate circumstances that evolved into a creepy and terrifying obsession that has steered his psychopathic life choices.
She is not his excuse to glory in being a monster. Shado deserved better than that.
I just feel it’s really important to make that distinction more clearly.
Yes to all of this. It’s 1)quite revolting for Shado’s character 2)bad writing, because we saw season 1 and 2, we even remember that there was a moment on the show when it looked like Slade actually resented Shado for “stealing” his friend and tried to warn Oliver against womenz and their wiiiles. Nice whiff of misogyny and sour grapes/ resentment at a woman for not picking you, btw, Slade.
And then he sang a different tune one Oliver was out of the picture and he told Shado “I should have told you how I felt”, which…I don’t know, telling his “brother’s” girlfriend that he was in love with her would have been disloyal to Oliver, no? When did he think he should have told her earlier? When she was spending all her time with Oliver? And how…You know what, I’m clearly thinking about this more than the writers do.
And then him turning it afterwards into this grand epic love story where it’s all about him is…I agree with Absentlyabbie that it might almost be palatable if Oliver and Sara (and the show) seemed aware that Slade is completely unhinged and is building up a whole relationship in his head. But they all act like it’s a given that Shado was the love of his life and that he’s the main victim of her death, which…Bitch, we were there, and this show has only had a season and a half so far. Those are fresh memories, okay?
In conclusion, fuck 1)using women as motivation for strife and villainy 2)not even setting it up correctly. I know that I sound a little like “the food is terrible and such small portions!”, but seriously, using a lazy misogynist trope AND trying to sell us a different story than what aired on TV is just adding insult to injury.
hey government can I have some money to go to university
sure here you go. you'll have to pay it back but only when you're earning £21,000+ a year, and if you don't pay it off after 30 years we'll just write it off, don't worry about it man
nah man just go to uni we ain't gonna charge you
no. you gotta pay it yourself. upfront. your parents have to save up from the moment you're born. good luck, fucker.
#felicity smoak#john diggle#arrow#emily bett rickards#david ramsey#this scene still makes me giggle#they’re the best buds#and you know they’d totally be each other’s wingperson#everybody’s out at a bar together and diggle’s at the bar getting hit on#and felicity’s like whoops that’s his signal bee arr bee#and she goes over and pretends to be his really jealous girlfriend#while sara and oliver just watch in amazement#because that looks super coordinated#almost like they’ve done that before#and felicity helps diggle invest the money oliver gave him because she’s super good with patterns and playing the stock market#and diggle’s been to felicity’s apartment a lot because she had a window that kept sticking and he fixed it for her#alllll the felicity and diggles as best buddies (via freaoscanlin)
An underrated aspect of Stephen Amell’s performance as Oliver Queen has been his ability to play the two distinct versions of the character. He’s helped in this endeavor by the more superficial details like Oliver’s hair and clothing, and Amell isn’t exactly subtle in how he pitches up the younger Oliver’s voice to make him sound less like the terrifying vigilante he is destined to become. But the real genius of the dual performance lies in Oliver’s shifting body language; the Oliver of Starling City is a precise, controlled warrior, whereas the Oliver of the island has been known to thrash and flail when confronted with the hopelessness of his latest predicament.