The second episode of Arrow's second season puts both Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and The Arrow up against new adversaries. As series star Amell put it: "It's a changing, expanding universe that we're operating in, and the easiest way to deal with it is just to deal with it head-on."
"We're starting to build our repetoire of villains, so why have one when we could have two-- or three-- or four? As important it is to build out the superhero world, what good is it if there aren't supervillains along the way? What are the superheros going to do, just high five each other and tell each other how awesome they are? No, you have to have adversaries!" Amell said to LA TV Insider Examiner.
In "Identity," where Oliver finds out the medicine that is being sent to Glades Memorial is being hijacked by thieves. Without an influx of supplies, the hospital will close. Roy (Colton Haynes) attempts to stop the thieves, but he fails and is arrested by Officer Lance (Paul Blackthorne). Oliver gets into a heated battle with China White (guest star Kelly Hu) and her new partner, Ben Turner, AKA the Bronze Tiger (guest star Michael Jai White), over the supplies. Meanwhile, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) makes plans to catch the Arrow, and Thea (Willa Holland) gives Roy an ultimatum.
But as we've already seen in the first season of this hit CW show, relationships grow and evolve and not always in the way we'd expect, and one that will is Kevin Alejandro as Sebastian Blood, who we also meet in "Identity."
"This season one of the most interesting relationships he has is with Kevin Alejandro who's playing Sebastian Blood, who if you're a fan of the comics, can probably guess where that's heading. It's another interesting relationship in that they start out as antagonists and then start to form a relationship as friends, and those are always the best villains to spring up...and there's a lot of that this season. There's a lot of betrayal, and there's a lot of 'things aren't always what they seem.' As we know, Oliver sometimes has a blinder to the danger that's-- for a smart, savvy guy sometimes doesn't realize how close the danger is," series executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said.
Arrow airs on The CW on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. "Identity" airs on October 16 2013.
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