I’m halfway through Season 1 of Arrow, and portions of every episode inevitably become confusing–at some point, Felicity Smoak walks in.
This is a good thing. We LIKE Felicity! But it’s odd watching her from the couch while sitting next to @snarke, who looks, speaks, and acts a lot like our heroine.**
**The television adaptation of Arrow began airing in 2012. @snarke was Felicity first.
Though I’m only 13 episodes in and I’m certain I’ll learn more about her character history later, I currently know that Felicity is ridiculously smart, has a strong moral compass, values loyalty, and can research the hell out of anything (so far, anyway). Today, I discovered that she’s been building computers since she was 7, and she’s been trusted immediately and implicitly with Oliver’s secret.
Obviously, I’m supposed to view Oliver as the hero of the piece–the show’s named after him, after all. It’s true that I’m not a billionaire, or a ninja-archer, or a super-buff crimefighter who spends an awful lot of time forgetting how to wear a shirt. But Oliver also has an overwhelming need to see wrongs righted, to do what he can to further justice, and other superhero-sounding sentiments. Especially in 2017, most of us are able to relate to that, probably more than we’d care to.
The show’s also given us a socially awkward, often-blathering hacker who saves the day with research. And that’s the heroine I root for.