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Arrow Annotations - "Dead to Rights"

Written by ThanosCopter on Thursday, February 28 2013 and posted in Features
Arrow Annotations -

A look at all the Easter Eggs from last night's episode.

Wondering what tidbits and easter eggs from the Green Arrow comic books you missed in last night's episode of Arrow? Arrow Annotations is here to help, providing some additional notes and background info from last night’s episode. Arrow spoilers follow!

Geoff Johns – This episode was written by Geoff Johns, DC’s chief creative officer.  He previously wrote “Muse of Fire”, the episode in which Huntress debuted.  You can find a full write up on Johns in this Arrow Annotation.

Dead to Rights – The episode takes its name from an Andrew Kreisberg (one of Arrow’s executive producers) written Batman story that looks at the impact of capturing and imprisoning supervillains had on the Gotham City police force. 

Guillermo Barrera – The assassin Ollie fought at the beginning of the episode is a minor DC villain named Brutale.  Barrera was a secret police officer in the fictional Latin American country of Hasaragua who specialized in torturing captives.  After the communist government fell, Barrera fled to Bludhaven, where he joined Blockbuster’s criminal organization. Brutale’s specialty is throwing knives, and he’s fought against both Nightwing and Red Robin in the comics. In the New 52, Brutale was shown as a member of La Dama’s criminal organization and fought against Blue Beetle.

Sarah and the Canary – There’s a picture of Sarah (Laurel’s sister) and her black canary.  That’s a reference to Laurel’s alter ego in the comics, Black Canary. 

Bludhaven Apartments – Deadshot is holed up in the Bludhaven apartments, another reference to Nightwing’s former home in the comics.  On an unrelated note, Nightwing will be moving to Chicago in upcoming issues of his comic book.

Deadshot’s Deathwish – As referenced in his conversation with China White, Deadshot has an established deathwish in the comics, stemming from his parents’ hatred for one another.  Deadshot hopes to die in a blaze of glory, which leads him to taking on high risk missions and joining the government sanctioned Suicide Squad. 

Oliver and Tommy’s Father Issues – One of the central themes of this episode is Oliver’s and Tommy’s relationships with their fathers, a common theme in many of Geoff Johns’ comics.  Johns likes to explore his characters’ relationship with their fathers and how that relationship plays into their motivations for becoming a superhero.  Stargirl, one of Johns’ first creations, has a strained relationship with her stepfather and becomes a superhero initially to get under his skin.  Much of Johns’ Green Lantern run explores the effect that Hal Jordan’s father’s death had on his son.  When Johns brought back Barry Allen (the second Flash) back from the dead, he also altered the character’s past and had Barry’s father falsely imprisoned for his mother’s death, which motivated the character into becoming a forensic investigator.  Johns also explored Superman’s relationship with his father and eventually killed off Pa Kent in the final arc of his Action Comics run. 

I’m sure there are a couple of other examples I’m missing, but the point is that Johns really likes to examine characters’ relationships with their fathers. 

Nanda Parbat – Nanda Parbat is a fictional Tibetan city, watched over by the goddess Rama Kushna.  The city was first featured in the origin of Deadman, a former acrobat turned ghostly superhero.  Judomaster, the Question, Renee Montoya, Richard Dragon, Batman and Yao Fei (Ollie’s archer compatriot on the Island) have all visited and trained at the city.

Alex Kingston – Laurel’s mother is played by Alex Kingston, who’s probably best known for her stints on ER and Doctor Who.  Most Internet denizens know her best as River Song, the Doctor’s wife and occasional companion.  Of course, John Barrowman, who plays Malcolm Merlyn, also had a prominent role on Doctor Who as the dashing Captain Jack Harkness.  However, the two character’s paths have never crossed, in part due to a scheduling conflict that prevented Barrowman from making a return in the Season 7 episode “A Good Man Goes to War”. 

And here’s one I missed last week.

Norris Cemetery – Roy Harper mentions that his father was buried in Norris Cemetary.  Roy Harper was co-created by Paul Norris.

That's it for this week!


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