Did you watch last night's episode of Arrow? Are you wondering what connections the episode has with the comics? Do you like Easter eggs (and not just the brightly colored kind?) Arrow Annotations is here to help, providing some additional notes and background info from last night’s episode. Arrow spoilers follow!
Iron Heights Prison - We've covered Iron Heights extensively in past columns. In case you're curious, some of the notes can be found here.
"I told a boy the truth once. He got hit by lightning." - Felicity references Barry Allen and his unfortunate accident back in Three Ghosts. Several supporting cast members of Barry's upcoming TV show The Flash are set to appear on Arrow next week. We'll cover them both next week.
Franklin PIke - Lieutenant Franklin Pike makes his fourth appearance on the show. Pike doesn't have any links to the comics, but Adrian Holmes, the actor who plays Pike, previously played a Kryptonian solider of Zod on Smallville.
Tibetan Pit Snake Viper Venom - Sara gives Ollie several arrows filled with Tibetian Snake Pit Viper poison. Nyssa al Ghul previously used the venom in "Heir to the Demon".
Sins of the Father - Isabel references a connection between herself and Ollie's father, Robert. In the comics, Isabel Rochev met and fell in love with Robert Queen during his time in Russia. While their relationship was ambiguous, Rochev considered herself to be the true heir of Robert Queen and eventually took over Queen Industries in the aftermath of an attack that left Star City devestated and Oliver Queen on the run from the law..
Quentin Larry Lance - Franklin Pike mentions Officer Lance's middle name, Larry, as he's arresting Lance at the end of the episode. In the comics, Larry Lance is the name of the Golden Age Black Canary's love interest and eventual husband, a private detective working out of Gotham. Originally, Larry Lance was killed by the villain Aquarius while protecting Canary, leading to the superheroine migrating from Earth-Two (home of the golden age DC characters) to Earth-One and falling in love with Green Arrow.
When DC decided to split the Black Canary character into two separate characters, a mother (Dinah Drake Lance) and daughter (Dinah Laurel Lance), Larry Lance was the husband of the first Black Canary and father to the second.
Starling City is a "STAR" City - As Roy leaves Starling City, he passes a sign mentioning Starling City's name in the comics, Star City. I'm fairly certain we've seen the sign before, but I can't find it in any past articles, so here it is.
Pretty light week this week. I'm sure the next episode, co-written by Geoff Johns, will have a glut of Easter Egg mentions to make up for it.