Welcome to the first Arrowversary of the year! Today marks five years since “The Odyssey” aired.
The 15th episode of the first season of Arrow not only gave us more insight into Oliver’s time on Lian Yu but also, established what fans would come to love and affectionately call Original Team Arrow aka OTA.
Though it was a flashback-laden episode, the hour’s highlights were sprinkled intermittently throughout as we see Felicity and Diggle race to save Oliver’s life after being shot by his own mother. Because as we all remember, this was the episode where he attempted to get the truth out of her about what Digg found out while he was guarding Moira.
Felicity’s reaction to finding Oliver in the backseat of her Mini Cooper is still priceless upon re-watch and seeing her immediate reaction to him bleeding out added a bit of dark comedy to the moment. Her conversation later with Diggle about how calmly she is dealing with the revelation offers a hint of what’s to come from Felicity, one of the two people that can see right through Oliver.
Speaking of Diggle and Felicity’s conversations, getting most of their thoughts on Oliver’s crusade was really great as Digg broke down what Oliver’s mission was about at the time. Those conversations helped Felicity through what aspects of his mission she was grappling with, the collateral damage. It also helped give Digg that bit of an introduction to some of his backstory with Gholem Qadir coming up, a name we would hear later in season 2.
Oliver’s return to consciousness leads to Felicity agreeing to join the team provisionally as a way to track Walter down. She couldn’t leave without upgrading the system of course and offering a bit of her Felicity-brand humor that brightened the arrow himself up a bit, even temporarily.
Meanwhile, Diggle’s concern with getting Felicity to join the team, even provisionally, gives us a peek at Digg’s protective side when it comes to her.
Looking back at the episode now, there were hints at how integral this trio would become to the whole premise of the show. How through it all, they would end up being one of the best parts of the Arrowverse.
So, go forth and rewatch and let’s talk “The Odyssey.”
Arrow returns from its hiatus Thursday, March 1 at 9/8c on the CW.