There are a few big moments that are consistently shared in the Arrow fandom. From the 100th episode last year to the airing of the very first episode, the fandom takes joy in celebrating the milestones. And today is no different.
Today marks five years since “Lone Gunman” aired. The third episode in the series, the hour introduced some of the most significant characters involved with Oliver’s story, both purposely and accidentally. Floyd Lawton aka Deadshot was introduced. An assassin sent to Starling City to take down some of Oliver’s targets, Oliver decides to figure out who this man is. And in comes the bullet-ridden laptop.
After a suggestion from Walter, Oliver heads down to Queen Consolidated’s IT department to ask for help. Who should he ask? None other than Felicity Smoak.
Fans are familiar with the story of Emily Bett Rickards’ initial guest appearance on the show. Initially meant to be a one-off, the executive producers decided to bring her in. That one interaction that gave us memorable lines like “my coffee shop is in a bad neighborhood” and objects that fans will forever equate to the pair (like the red pen). The story changed course, and we saw more of Felicity as the season went on until she attained series regular status, becoming one of the core members of the cast and the team.
The hour’s final moments also gave us the beginning of the building towards Team Arrow as Diggle is saved from the curare-laced bullet and he discovers that he is in the lair and that Oliver is The Hood. Granted, it’s a bit of a bumpy start but by the time the team kinda begins to really take shape in “The Odyssey.”
The episode felt like the start of the series we see today, and that is what we celebrate on this milestone today.
Arrow airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on the CW.