With the rise of women in STEM, television has been working hard recently to keep up with that representation. In crime procedurals, women are playing the “logical” side of head/heart combos more and more, and genre shows are fighting harder than real world dramas and comedies to level the playing field. Recently, PaleyFest held a panel in New York with actresses portraying these women to discuss their interactions with female fans. Unfortunately, not all discussions surrounding this rise of women has been positive. The AV Club recently released an article criticizing the the main representatives of female computer science whizzes on network television, highlighting a trope exemplified by characters like Felicity Smoak and Agent Skye from superhero shows Arrow and Agents of SHIELD.
This week on The Flash, Barry faced off against someone from his past, and on Arrow, Oliver dealt with a stalker, and his own repressed feelings for Felicity. Next week I believe there will be no new Arrow because of the Thanksgiving holiday, but there will be an episode of The Flash, so look for my recap of that next weekend, back on my usual Saturday schedule. But first, my thoughts on this last week’s episodes!
This week there was no new episode of The Flash because it was Election Day. And yes, I am refraining from making any terrible puns here (but feel free to submit your own terrible Flash/Election Day puns in the comments below!). Arrow, meanwhile, gave all of us Felicity Smoak fans the most Felicity-centric episode we could pretty much wish for, so enjoy my enthusiastic recap for Arrow below the break!
This week saw Felicity Smoak and Barry Allen reunited on The Flash while Arrow dealt with last week’s cliffhanger arrival: Nyssa al Ghul. Both felt like solid episodes, but I still find myself enjoying The Flash’s slightly lighter tone over some of the darkness in Arrow. Without further ado – the spoilerific recaps!