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Arrow Season 3 Episode 5 The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak

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Who is Felicity Smoak? Who is this woman that runs Arrow’s IT network? Why does she exist? Where did she come from? She’s not a comic book character. She was created specifically for the TV series. So, who is Felicity Smoak? We find the answers to these questions in the fifth episode of Arrow Season 3, The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak

The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak

Felicity gets her origin story in this episode. Apparently, she was a hackervist while in college. She also had black hair, and created a super virus.

We all did stupid things while in college, but only a few of us have to deal with what we did later in life. Thus was the case for Felicity Smoak. 5 years after her wild college days, Felicity’s virus comes back to haunt her and Starling City, bank rolled by a terrorist organization by the name of Brother Eye.

The virus lets Brother Eye control all utilities.  On top of that, the virus is unstoppable. Felicity made sure of that back in the day. That means Team Arrow has to hunt down Brother Eye to stop it. After a riot, a trip down Felicity’s past, and a few great scenes with Felicitiy’s mother, Team Arrow defeats Brother Eye only to discover that Felcity’s college boyfriend was the mastermind (who she though died while in prison).

We are the culmination of out past. We cannot change what we did nor should we. We can only learn from our mistakes and move forward. That is the lesson of the episode. Felicity began her adult life as a vigilante long before she met Oliver.

Her old methods were questionable, and were obviously done in a moment of drunkenness, but her motives were righteous. The ideals of Brother Eye are not wrong. The world would be a much better place if we all lived according to those ideas. The problem was, as it is for all such cases, the methods they choose to bring about those ideals. It is only in learning this that we can move forward down the right path, a path that will lead us to where we want to go but does not cause more problems in the process.

If you had a questionable past, feel free to post it in the comments below, otherwise, you can read my previous Arrow review here.



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