The Arrow season two finale is over but the blood pressure of the fans is still high from the epic fights and shocking moments. "Unthinkable" is going to win on the most sexy battle on TV screen ever, as The Canary (Caity Lotz) and Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) teamed up to fight an evil, mirakuru-enhanced, Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau) who took on the persona of DC Comics character Ravager. The twenty-third episode wraps up Summer's recurring role in Arrow; she did a wonderful job, both as business tycoon Isabel Rochev and as kickass, dual-sword-wielding Ravager. Summer Glau only had a short scene in the season finale and I'm sure many of you wanted to see more of her in Arrow, but Nyssa al Ghul decided otherwise.
Anyway, we have added to the Gallery screencaps from Summer's guest appearance on tonight's episode of Arrow "Unthinkable", as well a clip of Summer's scene (HD caps will be added in a few minutes). Be aware of spoilers when viewing the clip. Previews and links are below, enjoy!
There were several other plot threads that felt a little undercooked this week. Isabel in particular seemed wasted. She was unceremoniously killed by Nyssa early on. After all she’s done to torment the Queen family this season, I would have liked to see a bigger, more fitting exit for Isabel.
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Totally agree with comment above. Actually, I'd have to go further (sorry die-hard Arrow fans). I'd say the whole season was badly written - it utterly lacked the polish of Season 1 and relied on fans' love of the characters to keep them watching. Just a few examples: In Ep 22, the city is under siege, people are dying very minute and our hero... he sits for hours, doing nothing like a sulking kid and his friends have to talk him into getting off his ass. Hero??? No, a hero would have been out there saving lives any way he could. The whole Vote Arrow's Mother for Mayor. Could anyone take this idea seriously? The flashbacks this year are pretty wasted: we're told what happened at the end weeks before (arrow to the eye, etc). Worst of all, and to me a sign of lazy writing, is the constant whining of so many the characters. B-Grade soap opera stuff. Just my opinion. To anyone who utterly loved the show, good for you!
On a positive note, it was a job for Summer and got her noticed. It must have been kinda weird, though. Fly to Canada, do a scene that might only be 1-2 minutes in an episode, fly all the way back. And despite the crap writing and lack of development for her character, Summer still shined brightly. Sadly, though I once viewed this as my favourite show, I won't be tuning in for Season 3.
It will never be repeated enough: by their own admission, Arrow writers didn't know what to do with Isabel Rochev's character (would she play a goodie or a baddie,...) and this is the reason why there was no character development in the first part of the season (except maybe her discussion with Oliver at the hotel in Russia). This indecisiveness was also the reason why she disappeared for 10 episodes, and when they finally decided that Isabel should play a "bad guy", I have the feeling her character was rushed and similarly underutilized, leading to this unceremonious exit. Honestly, Summer Glau and her fans deserve better.
Thanks for your comment, IanT. Personally, I watched Arrow before we knew Summer would play in it and I will probably continue watching it.
Back to the finale. They had so much story arcs going on this season and they introduced so many characters that they had to sacrifice some, and Summer's character was one of them. Of course it paid off in the season finale as everyone was there - Suicide Squad, League of Assassins, Merlyn (also one of the forgotten in the season finale but at least we know is coming back) - to fight Slade. Arrow writers had to make choices and decide which non regular character would come back next season; between fan favorites Malcolm Merlyn, Canary/Sara Lance and Isabel Rochev, the choice was easy. But it is their fault if the Rochev character didn't click with the audience, as we mentioned before. At the end of the day, Summer got her paycheck and added a recurring role in a successful tv show in her resume, so there's that.