Arrow may have been a popular series in all eight seasons. Still, there have certainly been some issues in the writing department. Even the most vital fans on the show usually face two of the biggest problems, namely two prominent women. After Laurel Lance was repeatedly destroyed as a character on Arrow, she supported the feeling that Felicity Smoak ultimately hated artificially.
It ultimately failed for both characters as neither of them reached their full potential. It was just a delight to the eye in triangles and romances that were never severely written. However, the precedent for what happened to Felicity already existed when Laurel seemed to weigh in on the failure.
Arrow Writing fails Laurel Lance
Dinah Laurel Lance starred in the first episode of the series. She was enslaved to a version of Black Canary, Oliver Queen / Green Arrows’ love interest in the comics. Unfortunately, the way to do this was full of traps, and Laurel was not very imaginative at first. Far from being self-defense, confident and proactive comic book heroine, the character looked more like a generic soap opera character that people still blame, as the CW shows.
In addition, she was the second black canary after her sister Sara became the first. While this fits with Dinah Laurel Lance’s cartoon, which is the second black canary after her mother, it did not help that Sara was a more popular and better-written character than Laurel. When Sara was put on the sidelines to make Laurel a black canary, she did not feel organic or deserved.
Instead, Laurel spent most of her time in love triangles, first between Oliver Queen and Tommy Merlyn, then between Oliver and Felicity Smoak. So in the first few seasons of Arrow, he did not get the character development needed to become a custom character. Unfortunately, when she was a fully educated, and in fact, highly regarded Black Canary in the fourth part of the series, she was killed, paving the way for fans to tune in to Felicity.
Felicity’s Character also get the same treatment
Felicity was initially very popular, although her whimsical tech meme persona is not yet featured on the Arrowverse shows. The comic element allowed him to counter Oliver and Diggle’s much more serious characters, and his technical skills made him an integral part of the team. Unfortunately, screen time increased due to his growing popularity, which led to the character’s decline.
By transferring Oliver to Laurel after season 2, the writers shifted their romantic focus to Felicity instead. He had, of course, had an unsuccessful and poorly written romance with his technical colleague Ray Palmer. With more time and focus on a screen, Schtick Felicity has become much less adorable, especially since season 4 created Oliver’s one true love for her instead of the black canary. Fans hated the decision, especially with Laurel’s death. It did not help that one of DC’s best predators, like the Queen of Star City, was largely replaced by an original character. The wrong decision, however, was the result of Laurel’s responsive treatment. As the writers seemed to realize how impossible this version of Dinah Laurel Lance was, they focused less on it and more on Felicity instead of making it more like comics. It made both characters worse, and when Laurel became a much more personal and exciting character than Felicity, the show just asked about it.
Arrow did not know what to do with these unique female characters. You want to get rid of some love triangles or shrink to ropes and roles, but it’s much better to accept characters like Moira and even Thea Queen. They will probably get the best writing because they have never celebrated Oliver’s love life. Ironically, Thea and Roy Harper’s relationship is hugely popular with fans. Unfortunately, Arrow was forever destined to bolster Olicity’s romance, and it all started with how the show abused Laurel.