Why doesn't Oliver use his voice changer all the time? Pre-island, he was on the news all the time, and even more post-island, and on top of that, his parents confer with multiple businessmen and -women, so don't you think more of them would know his voice?
He does use it most of the time; in fact, I can't think of any time he didn't use it when talking to anyone.
Mostly true. However, early on, he didn't even use it when talking to Detective Lance (see ep.3 for example), y'know, his ex's (exes'? Too Soon?) father. How Lance, who by this time had previously seen the Hood's chin, didn't make the connection at this point, is anyone's guess (yeah, I know, see Clark Kenting and all, but still.). As for why he doesn't have it turned on all the time, hey, he already loses enough time putting on the suit and that damn eye makeup, if he knows it's not necessary, that's a few seconds that can help save someone's life.
In episode 13 "Betrayal", when Oliver attacks Cyrus's house to rescue Laurel, Cyrus manages to capture The Hood (briefly) by counting that The Hood has 24 arrows and darts, and hires 25 mooks so that the last surviving mook can do the capturing. However, in the scenes where Oliver's attacking the house, there are a few scenes where The Hood takes out mooks by hand and doesn't use his arrows/darts. So how is it that he runs out by the end?
Maybe Vanch took into account the places where the Hood was the most likely to take out mooks in hand-to-hand and put a few extra mooks around the house. Also, he used at least two arrows that didn't connect with a mook (an explosive arrow to distract the snipers, and a flechette that was dodged)
Why is Ollie's mentor called Yao Fei? In the comics Yao Fei is the alias of Acomplished Perfect Physician of the Great Ten, a character with various psychic abilities and no known archery skills. If the Byron Mann character was named Xu Tao, he'd be the equivalent of Celestial Archer from the same team, which would make more sense.
Maybe they named him Accomplished Perfect Physician for his ability to whip up a miracle cure-all out of island vegetation? And then they needed someone to teach Ollie archery anyway, so they just decided to combine the two attributes.
It's possible Yao Fei isn't an expert archer, but just a decent one, and that Ollie learned expert archery from someone else, like Shado
"The Odyssey" reveals that Shado is Arrow!Yao Fei's daughter.
Ollie's Batman Gambit to exonerate himself from suspicion as the Hood is pretty thin. Nobody even suspects that someone as rich as Oliver Queen could hire or recruit an accomplice to make an appearance and give him an alibi? A detective as driven and antagonistic as Quentin Lance wouldn't explain that away?
Well, Ollie was already arrested on really thin charges. They had no proof, and he had an excuse for the footage they found of him. It was a lame excuse, but one that they couldn't prove false. So, once another Hood showed up, I guess they felt they had to let him go. Detective Lance was probably still suspicious, but he couldn't keep Ollie detained on his own suspicions.
And even if they suspected there might be an accomplice, they'd need proof of that too. Perhaps the most important part though is the idea of double jeopardy - by forcing them to arrest him on charges of vigilantism, this means unless the police can somehow come up with different charges or a charge of vigilantism that's different enough from the previous one, Ollie can't be arrested at all for that any more.
Double Jeopardy doesn't work that way. There are still plenty of cases of Vigilantism he has already committed that he can be charged with outside of that incident once they actually manage to prove its him. All Ollie really did was throw suspicion off himself.
Legal jeopardy only attaches when evidence is presented to a jury at trial and even then not always (in the US, at least). The only limitation to an investigation is that the police have to abide by the rules of evidence for anything they intend to present at trial and they can't violate your civil rights doing it. Realistically, the police should have simply backed off and kept watching Oliver until they accumulated more evidence.
It could be that Detective Lance's judgement was really clouded at the time, as Laurel had accused him of in that same episode. Though his suspicions of Oliver was correct, his bias could've made him jump the gun and act too soon.
If Malcolm Merlyn is the head of the conspiracy, or at least very high ranking in it, how come his name isn't in the book? I would assume that in five years Ollie would have read, if not memorized the entire thing, yet in "Dead to Rights" he leaps in to save him without any hesitation or even acknowledgement of Merlyn being on the list. He HAS to be on the list, but clearly he isn't or else Ollie would've brought that up by now, at the very least in this episode.
We still don't know very much about the conspiracy, or about the List. How do we know Malcolm didn't write the thing?
Also, Ollie burnt a few pages of the List to keep himself warm on the island, before he discovered the names on it, he might have burnt one where Malcolm's name appeared.
Even if he burnt any pages, he has a full copy he got from Felicity who got it from Walter.
That one ended up burnt too, thank you Moira. Dunno if Ollie had the sense to make a copy before talking to his mother.
Unlikely since he probably didn't think his mother would chuck it into the fire. Though that said, he may have written them into his computer system for easy reference.
More to the point, given that Moira also had a copy, and that the list was not written by his father, it seems likely that the list only includes people who were necessary to the Undertaking in some way, but were not the ringleaders.
The most recent episode shows that the undertaking made the list as part of their original plan to save the city so their names would not be in it. Just names of those they believe failed the city.
You don't get to captain of the Russian Mafia by being Mr. Hugs-N-Cuddles, and Ollie's injuries were well-documented. Wouldn't his having mob tattoos raise at least a couple of red flags?
One would imagine so. Perhaps this is why police suspicion fell on him to begin with. Once they realized he wasn't interacting with the Russians all that much (he does so twice in the first season and both times, it's mostly just talking), they might write it off as a rich kid doing stupid things to get a rush but nothing inherently illegal.
You're assuming that what a Russian Mafia tattoo looks like is public knowledge.
True. The only people who knew his physical condition at all were his physician and his family. While his mother may be aware of some details of the Russian mafia, she probably didn't know what their tattoos look like. The Doctor would likely assume they're merely tribal tattoos rather than anything gang-related. The police likely didn't know much detail on his scars besides the fact he had some. Even if someone in law recognized he had a Russian Mafia tat, they would't think he was a high ranking member (as noted in series, its surprising that an American would be so high ranking in such).
How did slapping water help him draw a bow?
The technique is actually used in Real Life by Shaolin Monks to hit harder in a fight. Since it's an explosive move, it would improve Island!Ollie's explosive strength, and strength in general. Only way it makes even some slight sense. If I were Shado, I would have reinforced Ollie via good ol' pullups and pushups (since you have to pull the string and push the bow, actual archery experts can correct me), but I guess the point was to give a more Oriental flavor to the training.
It also had the benefit of being a relatively simple exercise that didn't require much strength to begin with but would build up strength quickly.
For a tech savvy guy like Ollie, why is the code to his hidden lair 141?
Rewatching the pilot, I realized that the number of the bank account Arrow gave to Adam Hunt was 1141 (very close to the lair's code). One Googling later, I saw that Green Arrow's first appearance was in November 1941. I also found a few other interesting things, which might give a more symbolic meaning to the number and might be explained during island flashbacks for the in-story explanation, but for now I'd just roll with "Ollie's first appearance ever".
How did China White's wig cover her white hair? It should require a bald cap or something similar, but in this case, it's just a wig, and no bald cap is seen...
Perhaps the wig is designed with a baldcap, or something similar, built into it.
Just rewatched it. There could possibly be a bald cap attached to the wig, but from what I see, it doesn't look big enough.
Maybe it isn't a wig. It's probably (in-show; that's Kelly Hu's real hair, obviously) some form of dye that can easily be wiped out, and that's how she manages to lose it so easily.
Why is Deadshot wearing his Eyepatch of Power on his dead eye? It's not shown to be some sort of implant, so how is he even using it?
Maybe the eyepatch projects something that gives his one good eye depth perception?
Wait... what? If it projects something, he could just attach it to his guns.
Actually, I got the impression that it was an implant of some sort.
When he fights Dig, it isn't glowing, so either he turned it off or he detached it. Due to how this show goes for realism, I doubt it's as easy as taking out and putting it in on a whim (it would have to be attached to his brain in order for him to make use of it). He could maybe have been wearing an eyepatch over it, but since Dig clearly punches him in that eye, even if it was an implant, that should have done something, but Deadshot barely reacts to it, and a fresh implant being punched would, I assume, hurt like hell.
Well at that point, its not really fresh, but it would probably still hurt. Best guess? The implant itself hurts a lot and he's taking pain meds of some kind to shrug that off, which also explains why he doesn't appear to be in much pain despite Dig giving him a good beating during their scuffle.
Ollie talking to Laurel: "Nobody in my life is who I thought they were, except you." What's Thea? Chopped liver?
IIRC, in one of the early episodes, he's pretty disapproving of Thea's clubbing and drugging habits. She later explains that she does that kind of thing to imitate him. So, perhaps he didn't believe Thea was that kind of person, at least until he got back from the island.
That said, she didn't get revealed to be a backstabbing, family-kidnapping, Glades-wrecking member of a conspiracy.
But she was still hiding her true self.
Kinda small potatoes, TBH.
But there is also Tommy, who didn't change at all. He just doesn't approve of Oliver's "hobby". To me this is just one of those lines writers put in to pretend that a character is somehow special in one way or another.
On a similar note, Ollie talking to Laurel: "You know me better than anyone." Yeah ok. Better than anyone apart from Diggle who knows about the hell you went through on the island. Or Felicity who is part of your top-secret, super-hero, secret-identity team. Or Tommy who knows about your killing sprees... Actually does Laurel know anything about you?
Above explanation; it was just some sappy line he thought he'd say to sound romantic. Ollie's already shown he's terrible with this stuff so he probably recited something that sounded good on TV.
Rewatching "Salvation", I was wondering: how did Ollie expect to hide his identity when saving the corrupt DA, assuming he found him before Falk killed him? From the looks of it, he couldn't shut down the lights and didn't keep his helmet on him, so...
Maybe Oliver wasn't thinking that far ahead? Or maybe he was thinking that, if he got there, he could shut off the camera and then take the guy out and free the DA.
Shutting off the camera would take care of the audience, Falk would probably fall under the "nobody can know my secret" policy, that doesn't take care of the DA.
If I recall correctly, Oliver didn't even have his bow with him, so he could've chalked it up (however flimsily) to his being at the right place at the right time.
The whole plan to take down airplanes to hurt the economy of China. Most goods are still transported by ship, not by airplane (for obvious reasons). Never mind that China is not an island, they are really not dependent on airplanes. It certainly would be a problem, but I really don't see it having such a big impact as they pretend it to be.
Fear goes a long way. In real life 9/11 kicked off a (mild albeit) recession in the US. I can easily see how taking down a few important planes, say with World Leaders perhaps even the Chinese leader on it could be problematic.
The dying message of Tommy's mother...so, I'm lying in the gutter, dying, and nobody comes to help me. But I still have my phone. I get redialling the last number I used first, but I would I keep dealing it if I only end up at voice message instead of simply punching 911? I don't think so.
Who's to say she didn't call 911, and they just took their sweet time getting there? There's places in real life that paramedics and police officers don't touch out of fear of the locals, and the Glades could easily be like one of them.
Bear in mind that if she called 911 (likely), it still takes time for an ambulance to get there no matter how much they want to be there ASAP. Unless one was basically around the corner, a wait of 15 minutes wouldn't be unusual. Probably once she realized she might not have enough time left, she started calling.
Where the hell has Thea been living? Diggle said that she hasn't been living in the Queen mansion. So, she's been living with Roy. Except theres a 50/50 shot his place was destroyed in the Undertaking. So they both moved into Verdant. But then how did Felicity renovate the lair without them noticing?
Its entirely possible the family either owns an apartment in the city or Thea bought one or had Walter buy one for her. Or she could have been staying with him or Laurel.
Apparently she spends most of her nights sleeping at Roy's according to 2X05.
Why is Verdant still a popular nightclub? Its known to be owned by Ollie and Thea and clearly the city isn't drawing a distinction between them and their mother as evidenced by the reception Ollie got at the hospital, so why are people still going there night after night?
Probably because the young club going set doesn't really care who's providing their booze, so long as they're having a good time.
The Prosecution has to turn over all of it evidence in every state. So the ADA's "Trump Card" doesn't work, because if he didn't give it to the defense the charges would probably be dismissed. Oh, and coercion is not a legal defense for murder.
Umm, yes it is. Its called acting under duress, and while it's not one of the more popular defenses due to the intense grey area it creates, it can be very effective.
you can use durass for a excuse a number of things just murder in a court of law. here's the relvent qoute from wikipedia "However, duress is not a complete defense to all crimes. For example, the general rule, both at common law and today, is that duress is never a defense to murder; that is, one is never justified in killing another innocent person even if one's own life has been threatened." and the link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duress
Considering that she is probably only being charged with everything because malcolm merlyn is "dead" and that she had not touched the device that caused the large amount of death duress is probably a viable option and probably the only defense in this kind of scenario.
How is the Count not an incoherent mess capable only of babbling out word salad?
Its mentioned that he overcame his overdose at some point-which is why he was transferred from the mental hospital to Iron Heights Prison.