5 Fandom Friday: My Top 5 OTPs

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I’m not a big shipper myself. Sure, I have fictional couples I like, but I’m not like the shippers I tend to see on the interwebz who are pining for non-canonical romances that will likely never be. I tend to be more of the variety of shipper that says, “If the show tells me to like them as a couple, I will”–which is why it utterly rocks my world when actors and writers come out YEARS after the movie/TV show is complete and speculates on how a couple that ended up happily ever would “probably be divorced” *shoots glare at Rupert Grint*.

So here are my top 5 OTPs. They aren’t earth-shattering, but they are the couples that I want to live happily ever after, together forever.

Jim and Pam, The Office

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These two are absolutely adorable, and I love them as a couple so much. They’re adorable together, and they’re the type of fictional couple that I would love to be friends with. I definitely panicked a bit in the last season when they made us believe that Pam and Jim were going to get divorced or that Pam was going to cheat on Jim with a camera guy, but I’m so glad they kept them together. Pam + Jim 5evaaaa.

Oliver and Felicity, Arrow

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I mean, obviously these two. I started shipping them before Olicity became canon, but I think there wasn’t a doubt in anyone’s mind that they’d end up getting together. I’m still a bit worried that the show is going to break them up, but for now I’m a happy Olicity shipper. They balance each other out so well, and they’re incredibly supportive of one another in anything they attempt, be it being a vigilante or being the CEO of a multi-million dollar corporation.

Hyde and Jackie, That 70’s Show

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Okay, these two aren’t canonical OTPs. For some reason, the That 70s Show writers broke them up, had Hyde marry (and quickly divorce) a stripper and paired Jackie with Fez. I’m still grumpy about that. Hyde and Jackie were so great for one another. Hyde challenged Jackie to think for herself and look beyond appearance and material things, and Jackie challenged Hyde to be softer and dream beyond winding up in jail at 21.  They were adorable together.

Zoe and Wash, Firefly and Serenity

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Oh, these two. I love them so very much. Zoe is one of my favorite characters on Firefly, and I just love her sweet relationship with her husband, Wash. They’re adorably in love, but they are also incredibly sarcastic with one another which is one of my favorite things ever. Of course, there’s that whole “I’m a leaf on the wind thing” that ruined LITERALLY EVERYTHING and the tragic 5 second animation that came out last year to rip our hearts out afresh…but let’s not think about that right now.

Hermoine and Ron, Harry Potter Series

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Ron and Hermoine ended up together with a lovely family and lived happily ever after. As they say, all was well. It’s canon, so that’s that. Leave it be, thankyouverymuch. Now, Rupert Grint and JK Rowling, I love you both, but I beg of you:

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Who are your top OTPs? Do you tend to ship more non-canonical couples, or stick with canon? Let me know in the comments and, as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today! Be sure to follow me on Twitter to follow the hashtag–the hashtag and series, of course, are courtesy of the awesome Kristen and Megan). 

Everyday Cosplay: Arsenal

I mentioned in my Fandom 5 post from last week how I’d love to dress as Arsenal from Arrow this Halloween, so I thought I’d help that become a reality by creating an everyday cosplay look inspired by the Red Arrow himself (or herself, depending on where you are in Arrow), Arsenal.

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Though Oliver’s vigilante style is awesome, there is just something about Roy’s suit that has always appealed to me. I had to create a look inspired by this awesome super-suit. Take a look:

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Who has your favorite style from the Arrow/Flash/Legends of Tomorrow ‘verse? Are you planning on dressing as any of them for Halloween? Let me know in the comments!

News Break: Matt Ryan will play John Constantine on Arrow

We were ALL sad to say goodbye to the NBC show Constantine. While it doesn’t look like the series is being nabbed up by any network (yet, anyway), we can expect to see Matt Ryan reprise his role as John Constantine on Arrow this season. Here’s the official word from The CW:

As announced at TCA this afternoon, we have cast Matt Ryan as John Constantine in episode 405 of “Arrow,” entitled “Haunted.”

John Constantine is a weather worn exorcist and expert on the supernatural and the occult.  He is a detective, magician, and a hunter of demons, and will provide critical support to Oliver (Stephen Amell) when arrows aren’t enough.

EP Marc Guggenheim says: “We are thrilled to have Matt Ryan reprise the role of John Constantine on an upcoming episode of Arrow. Matt is an incredibly talented actor and his portrayal of this beloved character was always something we admired. The introduction of magic and mysticism on the show this season has provided a truly organic opportunity for us to bring John Constantine to Arrow and the CW’s DC universe. It will be a well-deserved tip of the hat to all the Constantine fans who were so incredibly supportive of that series.”

And here’s the man himself letting us know to expect him in Star City:

Are you excited to see Constantine on Arrow? What do you think of the Constantine universe colliding with the Arrow-verse? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Arrow: Clips and a BTS Featurette from Tonight’s Episode, “Canaries”

Guess who’s back tonight?



That’s right, the original Canary from CW’s Arrow, Caity Lotz!

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I am so stoked, you guys. Though I’m fairly certain she isn’t actually back–especially since Laurel has been taking up the role of the Canary–it will be great to have Caity Lotz back on Arrow. I’m willing to bet her appearance is a product of Vertigo, but still, I’m excited!

Check out this behind-the-scenes featurette from the episode:

I think we’re getting closer and closer to the day that Quentin Lance learns that Sara is actually dead. Sin noticed in last week’s episode that Sara was not the person fighting as the Canary. Laurel has gone through a bunch of trouble trying to convince her father that she’s still alive, so it is going to be a huge blow and a pretty sizable betrayal when he learns that Sara is dead, she’s been dead for a while, Laurel has been lying to him (and pretending to be Sara in some cases), and that even his ex-wife knew.

Though, I mean, Quentin’s ex is River freaking Song. Of course she knew the truth about Sara’s fate and didn’t tell Quentin. She’s very careful about that sort of thing.

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We will have to see what happens this week with this strange–but still awesome–return of Sara Lance. And, of course, there are also the added troubles of Malcom Merlyn, Thea, Felicity and Ray, and–of course–Ollie’s return to Team Arrow. Things are going to get pretty crazy this week!

Here’s a quick clip from tonight’s episode, “The Canaries”.

Will you be watching tonight? Are you excited to see Sara back in the fold? What have you thought of Laurel’s development into the Canary this season? Let me know in the comments!

Everyday Cosplay: Black Canary

I have been wanting to bring a bit more fandom into my everyday life. I’ve started doing this by adding fandom-inspired nails to my life, but I thought I’d also start trying my hand at everyday cosplay.

I work in an office, and while it’s pretty casual, it’s still my job, so I’ve gotta keep my outfits a bit more professional. Since I spend most of my time at the office, I thought I’d try my hand at an office-appropriate everyday cosplay look. As I’m sure you’ve notice by now, my first attempt at everyday cosplay for the office is inspired by Arrow’s Black Canary.

This particular look was pretty easy to assemble. Black is often my go-to color when it comes to office wear, and I thought my dark-rimmed glasses could be a more normal better look for the office rather than an actual mask. Take a look at the collection I created on Polyvore:

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I’m wearing this outfit today, which happens to be a day where I am giving a presentation at work. Nothing to give you that extra boost of confidence like dressing in an outfit inspired by one of the world’s most ruthless assassins, amirite?
Have you tried everyday cosplay? Who are some of your favorite characters to dress like? Let me know in the comments! 

Arrow News: First Look at The Atom Costume

Hey, Team Arrow!!! I just got something awesome from The CW! We all knew this was coming after Felicity agreed to help Ray out with the nanochip for his super-suit in last week’s episode, and it seems our wait is finally over. The CW has officially released a first look at Ray Palmer’s (Brandon Routh) costume for The Atom! Check it out!

ArrowThere aren’t any details beyond this peek at Ray’s completely awmazing suit, but it looks like we won’t have to wait too long to see The Atom in action. Ray Palmer will step into the Atom suit for the first time in the upcoming episode of Arrow, “Nanda Parbat”, which will air on the CW on February 25 at 8/7c.

What do you think of Ray’s suit? What have you thought of the second half of this season of Arrow? Let me know in the comments! 

First Look at Katie Cassidy as the Black Canary

Arrow spoilers ahead. Heads up!

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We knew this was coming ever since Sara was killed (maybe by Roy?). Since her sister’s murder, Laurel has been learning to fight, and she’s even tried her hand at fighting crime, albeit unsuccessfully. However, we always knew Laurel was going to become the Black Canary someday. After all, Laurel is the Canary in the comic books, and Arrow‘s show runners promised us they wouldn’t deviate Laurel’s vigilante destiny. Still, we didn’t know when Laurel would officially take to the streets of Starling City. Turns out, her debut as the Canary is coming up rather quickly. Laurel will claim her late sister’s title in the upcoming episode called “Left Behind” (which, according to IMDB, won’t air until next year). The CW has just released photos of Katie Cassidy as the Black Canary. Take a peek, and let me know what you think in the comments!

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Arrow — “Left Behind” — Image AR310a_BTS_1337 — Pictured: Katie Cassidy as Black Canary — Photo: Ed Araquel/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

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“Left Behind” — Image AR310a_BTS_1335 — Pictured: Katie Cassidy as Black Canary — Photo: Ed Araquel/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Arrow Recap: The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak

If you haven’t checked out my recap of last week’s episode of Arrow, “The Magician“, be sure to do that. If you aren’t caught up on Arrow, then holy crap, spoiler alert. There is a doozy of a spoiler to talk about, so be warned. Arrow_season_3sThis week we got a peek into Felicity Smoak’s life pre-Queen Consolidated, and it turns out that while she was in college, Felicity was a dark and broody hacker who, along with her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s buddy, created a super-virus capable of destroying even the most intricate and highly guarded systems.  I’ll be honest, the fact that Felicity was once a Goth hacker, or “hacktavist” as she called it, was not at all surprising to me. The fact that she created a giant super-virus? Also not terribly surprised. After all, she’s been calling herself a hacker for some time now.

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Sure, she’s using her powers for good with Team Arrow, but who hasn’t done stuff they regretted in college? Dating the wrong guy, spent too long on the wrong major, or hacked into the United States government in an Robin Hood-esque attempt to eradicate the nation’s student loan debt? Youth…

In this week’s episode, Felicity’s super-virus is used by an unnamed hacker to hold Starling City hostage via cyber attacks. Felicity owns up to the virus being her creation, and says the hacker behind the cyber attacks must be her college ex’s friend, Myron. She promises that her ex, Cooper cannot be the one behind the attacks. At this stage of the episode we’ve seen a few flashbacks which told us Cooper was arrested after the attempt to wipe out all US student loan debt. So Felicity’s present vagueness regarding Cooper’s inability to be behind the Starling City cyber attacks made me think two things:

1. He died in prison.

2. He didn’t actually die in prison, and is behind the attacks.

But I digress…

This episode also introduced us to Felicity’s mother, Donna.

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Turns out Felicity was raised by a ditzy, flashy-dressing, cleavage-baring type woman. While Mama Smoak was portrayed as “dumb”, I really think her intellect is really more on par with “normal” since they were pitting her intelligence against her daughter’s. So while Mama Smoak was initially brought on as a stereotypical “dumb, buxom blonde” we do get glimpses into her character that prove she is incredibly strong, she’ll do anything she has to for her family, and she loves her daughter deeply.

Of course, Felicity and her mother are two highly different individuals, which causes a bit of tension between the two.

Felicity ultimately realizes that her mother’s sudden trip to Starling City was a setup. Someone wanted Felicity’s mother to be in the same room as Felicity. Just as Felicity realizes this, they are kidnapped and taken to a bunker where the hackers are held up. The leader of the hackers, “Brother Eye”. Turns out, Brother Eye is actually–gasp–Cooper!

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I’m shocked! You mean…

 

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…to tell me…

 

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…someone thought to be dead…

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…or wholly out of the picture…

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…is actually alive???

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Okay, so if we didn’t already, Arrow loves to use the “surprise, I’m not really dead” thing a LOT.

Anyway, it turns out the NSA faked Cooper’s death, and instead enlisted him to secretly help them monitor threats. When Cooper finally got out, he was heartbroken to find his first love totally selling out, working a steady 8-5 at a giant corporation. Realizing she’s left her hacktavist days behind her, he sets Felicity’s mother up with a trip to Starling, kidnaps both of them, and threatens Felicity’s mother to force Felicity into helping his cause. Of course, because Felicity is brilliant, she’s able to digitally send up red sparks, get Ollie’s attention, and get rescued.

The moral of the story?

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The episode also shows us a bit more of Laurel’s training. She is still working hard at the gym, but apart from getting what is most likely a super intense workout, her actual fighting skills aren’t really improving.

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Though she still hasn’t told her father about Sara’s death, she decides to tell her trainer what is going on. He says he finally knows the best way to train her, and I continue wondering WHEN WILL SHE BECOME THE CANARY?!?!?

Now, for the huge, huge, HUGE spoiler I mentioned at the start of the episode? Which, if for some reason you’ve been reading this, aren’t caught up, and don’t want to hear the big spoiler, TURN BACK NOW!

Roy has been having trouble sleeping. He’s been having really, really awful dreams. In the last minute or so of the episode, we got to see what specific dream been keeping old Roy up:

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This is just a dream, right? Did Roy really kill Sara? Did he do it because he had some residual Mirakuru in him–makes me wonder seeing how he hurled the arrows at Sara rather than using a bow like a normal human. Is this dream even a real thing? Is his subconscious playing games wit him? Is someone else playing games with his subconscious? Most importantly: how can they think ending an episode like this is okay when we have to wait an entire week for answers?!?

What did you think of the episode? What’s  your take on Roy’s dreams? Let me know in the comments, and check out the trailer for next week’s episode below!

Arrow Recap: The Magician

Because Netflix was a bit of a jerk and decided to delay its release of season 2, I’ve had a bit of catching up to do before I could start talking about Arrow here on the blog. Now I’m all caught up and ready to break down Arrow, so here goes! As always, if you aren’t caught up on Arrow: SPOILER ALERT.

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Wednesday’s episode had Team Arrow working with Nyssa to track down Sara’s killer. Nyssa and the League of Assassins suspect it to be Malcolm Merlyn, who as we know, returned to Starling with Thea. It makes sense for Malcolm to be Sara’s killer, as Malcom was an enemy of the League, he is the Dark Archer, and Sara died with a handful of arrows in her chest.

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Arrow — “The Magician” — Image AR304a_0016b — Pictured (L-R): Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, Colton Haynes as Roy Harper, Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, and Katrina Law as Nyssa al Ghul — Photo: Ed Araquel/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

However, things get a bit sticky when Malcolm swears on Thea’s life that he did not kill Sara. Oliver believes him, but Nyssa doesn’t, so any goodwill or professional courtesy that had formed between the League and Team Arrow basically disappear, with Nyssa returning home, telling her father that Oliver had sided with Malcolm Merlyn. This can’t lead to anything good.

All in all, this episode posed a heck of a lot more questions than actual answers, so I’m gonna break those down:

1. Who really killed Sara?

Malcolm is a great liar and super tricky. Even after being “killed” by Oliver in season one, he basically just pops back onto the scene all:

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So when he told Oliver he did not kill Sara–and that Nyssa’s father, Ra’s al Ghul had Sara killed–I was a bit torn. It’s definitely not beyond the realm of reason to think that Malcolm would lie to everyone about really killing Sara, but Ra’s al Ghul having Sara killed for her lack of loyalty did make sense as Sara was pretty far from the League’s most loyal member. That paired with Ra’s al Ghul telling Nyssa that Sara was never truly a part of the League does make me wonder. Besides, Malcolm swearing his innocence (of this crime, at least) on Thea’s life added a bit of weight to things. Speaking of Thea…

2. What is going on with Thea?

She spent quite a bit of time in Corto Maltese with Malcolm having some serious father-daughter bonding time where Malcolm taught her some serious fighting skills.

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But to what end? Thea initially agreed to Malcolm’s training because she didn’t want to be hurt anymore, but what is Malcolm really planning here? From the episode, it seems like Thea is at least fairly clued in to what was going on with Malcolm and the League. Does she know that Oliver is the Arrow? Is Malcolm only using Thea to get to Oliver? Is this desire of Malcolm’s to be a good father to Thea just an act, or does he really care for her? Now that Thea is a pretty skilled fighter, what will we see from her in the future? I’m also interested to see what will happen now that she hired Roy as the assistant manager of Verdant. So many questions…

3. When will Laurel become the Canary?

Before she died, Sara gave Laurel her leather jacket, and since Sara’s death, Laurel has had a serious itch to go fight some crime. She’s even been learning to fight at a local gym. After Wednesday’s episode, Nyssa visited Laurel in her gym, said she saw strength in Laurel, and gave a quick fighting tip.

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Arrow — “The Magician” — Image AR304a_1056b — Pictured (L-R): Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance and Katrina Law as Nyssa al Ghul — Photo: Ed Araquel/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

We know Laurel is going to become the Canary eventually, but I’m dying to learn when that will happen. And after this week’s episode, I’m also very curious if Nyssa will have anything to do with Laurel’s training.

What were your big questions from the episode? What do you think of season 3 so far? Let me know in the comments, and check out the trailer for next week’s episode of Arrow below!