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#1 Virgil Vox

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 07:44 PM

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When Tobias Church (guest star Chad L. Coleman) captures and tortures one of Oliver's new recruits, Oliver must turn to an old friend, Christopher Chance (guest star Wil Traval) AKA the Human Target, for help. Meanwhile, Felicity's (Emily Bett Rickards) worlds collide when Detective Malone (guest star Tyler Ritter) joins the ACU.



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#2 GJS

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 11:19 PM

I really enjoyed this episode. Great final battle. I loved seeing a new TV iteration of the Human Target.

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I've always wondered if the DC Comics character Susan Williams (who's married to Hal Jordan's brother in the comics) was a nod to that old show Cliffhangers, where Susan Anton played a newswoman - Susan Williams - battling James Bond-style supervillians.

Edited by GJS, 03 November 2016 - 07:38 AM.


#3 Lord of the Sword

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Posted 03 November 2016 - 11:48 AM

Alright, what's the deal with "Human Target"? I vaguely remember hearing about a show with that name, but I never watched it. Is the guy immortal or something? Or was it body armor with blood packs? And how is he matching his "target's" height, weight, voice?

I probably would've enjoyed the episode more if I knew who that character was.

That photo the guy gave the reporter isn't going to be as powerful of evidence as she thinks it will be, not with someone else having portrayed being Oliver to take bullets. Oliver could just claim it was the same guy, pretending to be him, thinking that Oliver was dead. Easily explained away.

So now Prometheus knows Oliver is Green Arrow, although I'm not positive Prometheus didn't already have that information.

Who was the DeathStroke wannabe?
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#4 G-man

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Posted 03 November 2016 - 01:44 PM

In theory, the Human Target is a master of disguise who adopts the identity of an intended target in order to draw the killer out, and then eliminate the killer.

In the recent TV show, he was essentially an assassin turned body guard who, with the help of his associates would not only identify an neutralize the would be killer, but also the person behind the killer.  Season 1 was really quite enjoyable, season 2 not so much as they mucked about with the formula.

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#5 GJS

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Posted 03 November 2016 - 01:44 PM

The same producers who did the Flash show back in the 90s also did a Human Target series around that same time. It starred Rick Springfield as Christopher Chance and only lasted one season. Later, in 2010, there was the slightly more popular series with Mark Valley as Chance.

The character isn't immortal and has no superpowers. He's just a master of mimicry and make-up, kind of like the character of Rollin Hand from the original Mission: Impossible TV series, where he uses masks to impersonate his clients.

#6 Virgil Vox

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Posted 06 November 2016 - 06:40 PM

I too had no clue who the Human Target was. I thought maybe he had appeared last season, since I only watched the first few episodes and then quit. He did seem to come out of nowhere. Thanks for clearing things up G-man and GJS.

That bit of confusion aside, this was a good episode. I was surprised to see Church taken care of that quickly, but I like how it played out. It shows that Oliver and his new team are starting to work together better and can get results. Plus it's good to see them actually get a bona fide win.

I was wondering if Prometheus was going to show up again since Church wasn't leaving the Green Arrow alone. Like you, LoTS, I'm thinking Prometheus might have already known that Oliver was the Green Arrow. Either that, or he just doesn't care considering his complete lack of a reaction other than killing Church.

It's nice to see Oliver (even if it wasn't always Oliver) dealing with actual issues affecting the city and trying to make the city a better place outside of his Green Arrow persona. The Human Target was right in that Oliver has more or less abandoned his Oliver persona except for when he needs to be "Oliver Queen." Otherwise he's Green Arrow all the time.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Oliver basically run for mayor unopposed? If that's the case, the reporter doesn't have much of a right to say that Oliver is unqualified since the other alternative was having no mayor.

While I'm loving Ragman, I fear that the writers aren't really taking into consideration everything they've shown he can do. Think about it. Wearing the rags, he survived a nuclear explosion. A nuclear explosion. Just think about that. We've also seen him shrug off bullets and another, though much smaller, explosion. They've basically established that while wearing the suit he can't be hurt. I mean, if a nuclear explosion doesn't faze him, how can a bullet or a punch to the face?

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Who was the DeathStroke wannabe?

Good question. No idea.

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That photo the guy gave the reporter isn't going to be as powerful of evidence as she thinks it will be, not with someone else having portrayed being Oliver to take bullets. Oliver could just claim it was the same guy, pretending to be him, thinking that Oliver was dead. Easily explained away.

He doesn't even have to do that. He could just say it wasn't him. Unless the reporter gets more proof she can't 100% say that is Oliver in that photo.
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