Alright since the news of Season 8 being Felicity-less, I decided to hop back in and catch-up since I dropped the show from s4 Laurel's death (a point where it finally hit me that I just didn't like the remaining characters, and definitely not enough to put up with the Olicity show).
Just finished my catch-up, I was very pleased at how well s5 lived up to the good reputation I heard, although my god s6 was like an effort to burn it all down. This season's a fine middle-ground I can live with, everyone's pretty cool and likeable again aside whoever the hell wished for Mayor Dog on a monkey's paw. They didn't really set up the whole Dante plot as well as they could have though... If only they could shorten the Diaz continuation arc, last ep's leadership reveal could've been more mindblowing, they way things are just feels... late.
Reading along ERA comments through my journey and yeah from last ep people can hold off on retcon complaints, Emiko having Merlin's plans was quite clearly just intel about it she was rewarded with, not that she actually had anything to do with the incident. She had the plans when she was meeting Robert to warn him, but after the old man was just a dick to her she changed her mind, tucking the plans away when he asked if there was anything else she wanted to talk about.
Go watch Closing the Ring, it was the first time Amell was around pro actors and he realized he was terrible at acting. He's basically admitted he was phoning it in until Arrow. Since S1 he's obviously worked a lot on getting better.
Following Legends tonight will be Arrow with more Caity Lotz! (Show is at 9pm for anyone unaware)
#7.18 "Lost Canary" BIRDS OF PREY; CAITY LOTZ GUEST STARS – After being accused of murder and having her criminal past exposed, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) goes full Black Siren and teams up with an old criminal acquaintance, Shadow Thief (guest star Carmel Amit), to go on a crime spree around Star City. While Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) aims to bring Laurel in, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) refuses to give up on her friend and tries everything to get through to her, even summoning Sara Lance (guest star Caity Lotz) for help. However, Laurel rebuffs all her efforts, forcing the former friends to face off against each other. Kristin Windell directed the episode written by Jill Blankenship & Elisa Delson (#718).
Also a future synopsis reveals that present day Roy returns in episode 20