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Arrow Annotations - S03E10 "Left Behind"

Written by Christian on Thursday, January 22 2015 and posted in Features

Arrow Annotations - S03E10

A look back at the comic references and Easter eggs from last night's episode.

Welcome back to Arrow Annotations, the Internet's number one Arrow column. If you want to know more about the comics that inspired the TV show and random factoids about the latest episode of Arrow, you've come to the right place. Past articles can be found here.

If you enjoy this column, be sure to check out Flash Facts, my new column on Arrow's sister show, The Flash. And feel free to follow me on Twitter at @OH_IGW. Now onto the comic references!

"Start Small" – Ray Palmer encourages Felicity to "start small" when assigning her to work on a faulty microchip related to the ATOM suit. That's a nice little wink to Palmer's ability to shrink to microscopic sizes in the comics.

Judge Pittson – The judge assigned to Jermaine Fisher's case is named after Arrow line producer Todd Pittson.

brickDanny Brickwell – Danny "Brick" Brickwall makes his first appearance this episode. In the comics, Brick is a metahuman with invulnerable reddish skin and super-strength. He first appeared in Green Arrow #40 and was created by Judd Winick and Phil Hester.

Brick first appeared as a rising crime lord in Star City, and united a number of street gangs under his leadership. After killing the mayor and district attorney of Star City via a suicide bomber, Brick gained the attention of Green Arrow, and the two fought for control of Star City. Green Arrow won the fight by shooting a glue arrow in his mouth, causing Brick to nearly suffocate. Brick was later "killed" by Cupid, but later resurfaced alive in San Francisco.

In the New 52, Brick appeared as a metahuman bounty hunter seeking to collect a $30 million bounty on Green Arrow's head. His powers are greatly diminished though, and Green Arrow is able to beat him half to death with only his fists.

Brickwell previously was referenced on Arrow as a name on Oliver's list during the first season. 

Brick is played by veteran actor Vinnie Jones. Jones is an established television and movie actor with numerous credits. He played the Juggernaut in X-Men: The Last Stand, had a recurring role on the superhero television show The Cape, and played the Sherlock Holmes villain Sebastian Moran on CBS's Elementary. Prior to becoming an actor, Jones was a professional soccer player in England.

"A hero is fallen" – According to Arrow producer Marc Guggenheim, one of the musical scores that plays while showing Oliver's body features a singer singing "A hero is fallen" in Arabic.

"When your opponent is the mountain, you must be the sea." - Malcolm quotes the martial art text The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi while training Thea. Interestingly enough, that book discusses the merits of a two sword fighting technique. Right after Malcolm quotes the book, Thea immediately attacks Malcolm with two swords. 

Vincent Steelgrave – Diggle pulls up a list of recently captured convicts, including Vincent Steelgrave. Steelgrave was captured by Oliver and company during the Season 3 premiere "The Calm".

Well, that was a pretty light week.  See you all next week!


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