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!
Caitlin Snow - Felicity mentions that Caitlin Snow is still working on the Mirakuru cure. We met Caitlin Snow, better known to DC comic readers as the latest iteration of Killer Frost, in last week's episode.
Starling City Gazette - Felicity is reading an online edition of the Starling City Gazette at the beginnng of the episode. The top headline references a local chemical refinery plant that is set to close, and has a quote from its owner noting that the plant has been in his family for three generations.
If I were more awake, I probably could have taken a couple of stabs at what this is a reference to, but instead I'll let readers try to figure it out and come back to it next week.
Daniel Bacon - The reporter interviewing Moira at the beginning of the episode is played by Daniel Bacon. Bacon was the voice of James "Rhodey" Rhodes in the 2008 series Iron Man: Armored Adventures.
"Like comic book strong" - Sin notes that Roy is now comic book strong, which is funny because...well, y'know.
Dr. Lockhart - Dr. Lockhart makes yet another appearance in the show, and he references the events of the episode "Identity", when China White and Bronze Tiger were raiding the Glades Memorial Hospital's supplies.
"You wanted to kill Helena too" - Ollie mentions the events of "Birds of Prey" in which Sara attempted to kill Helena.
Raisa - Moira asks the mother of Ollie's child if Raisa can get her a drink. Raisa was the maid who appeared in the pilot episode who had a close relationship with Oliver. According to several promotional interviews that popped up last night, she'll be appearing at Moira's funeral next week.
Moira's death - In the comics, Moira was originally mauled to death by a lion in Africa. In the New 52 Green Arrow series, Oliver mentions to his still-alive father that she died of cancer after he had returned from the island.
Ollie's child - In the comics, Oliver's child is Connor Hawke, the second character to take up the Green Arrow mantle. Connor was the child of Oliver and Sandra Hawke. The two met while in college, and Ollie subsequentially knocked her up. Ollie offered Sandra money to go away, but later relented and met his son shortly after he was born.
As he grew older, Connor learned from his mother that his father was Green Arrow, and eventually travelled to a monastary in California to train like his father. When Oliver travelled to the monastary, he met Connor and the two even had a few adventures, all the while not knowing that Connor was actually his son. However, when Oliver learned that Connor was his child, Oliver left on bad terms and was killed shortly after.
After Oliver died, Connor took up the mantle of Green Arrow and joined the Justice League. He also had a number of solo adventures with Eddie Fyers, and battled Milo Armitage, his mother's second husband. When Oliver was brought back to life, the two reconciled and Connor became a frequent companion of Oliver and the rest of "Team Arrow".
A new version of Connor Hawke appeared in the New 52's Earth 2 series. It's unknown if that Connor (who is nicknamed Red Arrow) has any connection to Oliver.
Please note that the show never actually names the mother, although they do point out that she went back to school in Central City, home of the Flash. I smell crossover episode.
And that's it for this week!