Warning: The next accommodates SPOILERS for Arrow, season 8, episode 9, “Inexperienced Arrow & the Canaries.”
“Inexperienced Arrow & the Canaries” was greater than the backdoor pilot for an Arrow spin-off; it was additionally the primary take a look at how the cornerstone of the Arrowverse was modified by Disaster on Infinite Earths and the place the way forward for the largest shared universe in tv historical past is heading.
When it was introduced that Disaster on Infinite Earths could be tailored for the 2019 Arrowverse crossover, it was presumed that huge adjustments have been on the way in which. These adjustments started even earlier than the occasion began, with Arrow season Eight returning to the world of Star Metropolis 2040 first launched throughout season 7’s flash-forwards. Early on within the season, the youngsters of Star Metropolis’s heroes have been despatched 20 years into their previous, inadvertently altering the longer term with their actions.
With Disaster on Infinite Earths having drastically modified the current day Arrowverse, it was much more unsure simply how a lot issues might need modified sooner or later. Ignoring the sooner actions of Mia Smoak and her allies, it was safely assumed that merging the Earths of Black Lightning and Supergirl into Earth-Prime may end in some huge adjustments to the timeline. Here is a breakdown of all the pieces that’s totally different in the way forward for Arrow following Disaster on Infinite Earths.
From the very first scene of “Inexperienced Arrow & the Canaries,” it’s clear that the acquainted Star Metropolis of the longer term is, paradoxically, a factor of the previous. The dystopian nightmare dominated by a small group of wealthy elites from inside their ivory towers in The Glades isn’t any extra. The brand new Star Metropolis 2040 is in nice form, with Mayor Rene Ramirez (the previous Wild Canine) searching for his third consecutive time period and no main crimes in 20 years.
Oliver Queen initially misplaced his household property throughout the hostile takeover of the Queen household’s belongings initiated by Isabel Rochev throughout Arrow season 2. It was later burned down by the Church of Blood throughout the occasions of the Arrow Season 2.5 comedian ebook. Exactly how the mansion was restored and got here again into the possession of the Queen household is just not defined (presumably Felicity Smoak purchased it after Smoak Tech turned profitable) however we see the ancestral dwelling in all its glory in an establishing shot as Mia Queen wakes up.
Initially the individuals of Star Metropolis within the yr 2040 hated the vigilantes who risked their lives to guard them and freely gave up their rights to politicians and firms who promised them security from the hazards costumed crime-fighters attracted. Issues are fairly totally different within the new Star Metropolis, the place Mia Queen is a celeb purely due to her father’s repute as a hero. There may be additionally a bronze statue of Oliver Queen because the Inexperienced Arrow in one of many metropolis’s parks; an unthinkable accomplishment given he was a pariah after being outed as a vigilante and despatched to jail simply over one yr in the past. Point out can be manufactured from Star Metropolis supporting a Vigilante Museum.
One among Oliver Queen’s dying needs throughout Disaster on Infinite Earths was for his allies to ensure that Felicity Smoak fought to get custody of each their youngsters, so William and Mia may develop up collectively. This request got here after Oliver met his youngsters as younger adults after they traveled to the previous and discovered that they had each grown up as solely youngsters. Even earlier than we see how shut Mia and William are within the new actuality at Mia’s commencement occasion, their new historical past is confirmed by an image on Mia’s bedside desk, exhibiting a tween William holding a toddler Mia.
Within the unique Star Metropolis 2040 timeline, Mia Smoak was home-schooled in a small city earlier than she ran away from dwelling as an adolescent. She by no means graduated from highschool, as a substitute furthering her schooling within the combating pits and cage matches within the Star Metropolis underground beneath the title Blackstar. Mia’s background within the new actuality is drastically totally different, with Mia having a decidedly upper-class upbringing and having simply graduated from school. She additionally goes by Mia Queen within the new actuality.
Earlier than Disaster on Infinite Earths, William Clayton was a self-made billionaire who ran his personal tech firm. He had a gentle boyfriend and dedication points, which he blamed on being deserted by his father and foster mom as a tween. Within the new actuality, William has taken over Smoak Tech and, due to his new upbringing, his dedication points are gone. Sadly so is his boyfriend, who was apparently the one with dedication points on this actuality.
When Mia, William, and Connor Hawke traveled into the previous, John Diggle was surprised to study the son he named after himself was destined to turn into the chief of a gang known as the Deathstrokes. Apparently the warning and the 2 Crew Arrows defeating the Deathstroke gang as they have been getting established in 2019 was sufficient to vary future. Within the new timeline, John Diggle Jr. (JJ to his buddies) is the revered supervisor of an artwork gallery. He’s additionally, because the episode opens, Mia Queen’s fiance.
One of many defining tragedies of Mia Smoak’s life was the dying of Zoe Ramirez. The daughter of Wild Canine and Dinah Drake’s protege as Black Canary, Zoe died defending Mia from the chief of the Deathstrokes simply earlier than the remainder of the longer term Crew Arrow was despatched again to the previous by the Monitor. Zoe solely seems briefly in “Inexperienced Arrow & the Canaries,” placing in an look at Mia Queen’s commencement occasion. Sadly, we do not study a lot about her within the new actuality past the truth that she’s alive.
Within the unique way forward for Star Metropolis, Connor Hawke was a revered federal agent with Knightwatch and the on-again/off-again lover of Mia Smoak. Sadly, Connor’s standing appears to have fallen within the new actuality on the identical time that his adoptive brother JJ’s star has risen. Like Zoe, Connor crashes Mia’s commencement occasion. Not like Zoe, Connor is just not warmly welcomed and Mia pointedly asks him if he is nonetheless in rehab and if he is planning on beginning a struggle or setting one thing on fireplace.
The morning after Oliver Queen’s funeral, Dinah Drake awoke in the way forward for Star Metropolis. The previous police captain constructed a brand new life for herself beneath an assumed title, opening up a piano bar and shopping for the loft condo within the clock tower above it. Disturbingly, there was no file of Dinah Drake having ever existed within the modern-day Arrowverse or there being a second Black Canary who joined Crew Arrow after the dying of Laurel Lance. Dinah has prevented fascinated with this, nonetheless, taking it as an indication that the universe did not need her to be a hero and put her someplace she did not have to fret about saving individuals, although her Canary Cry energy has been restored.
The motion of “Inexperienced Arrow & the Canaries” facilities across the abduction of Bianca Bertinelli, the socialite daughter of Helena Bertinelli. The previous Huntress would not make an look within the episode, however Laurel Lance would not dismiss the likelihood that Bianca was kidnapped by an previous enemy of her mom’s. It’s revealed that Bianca was adopted and Mia says that Helena was an important mom earlier than she disappeared mysteriously. Between this and the suggestion that Laurel bought to know Helena in some unspecified time in the future previously, it appears probably that Huntress and Black Canary teamed up someday shortly after Oliver Queen’s dying; maybe because the Arrowverse’s Birds of Prey workforce?
With Star Metropolis in good condition, there’s been no want for Dinah Drake to begin the Canary Community like she did within the unique timeline. Nonetheless, by the top of the episode, Dinah has begun to rethink her retirement from vigilantism and began pondering that the longer term may use a couple of good ladies to reserve it. To that finish, she asks Laurel Lance (who has determined to stay across the future for some time earlier than hitching a experience again to 2020 with Sara Lance on the Waverider) to assist her with establishing the Canary Community within the new timeline.
“Inexperienced Arrow & the Canaries” not solely sees a brand new Inexperienced Arrow established in the way forward for Star Metropolis but additionally a brand new model of Arrow‘s biggest villain. The brand new Deathstroke is revealed to be concerned within the kidnapping of Bianca Bertinelli and likewise appears to be trafficking a brand new Mirakuru system, maybe intent on beginning a military of super-soldiers like the unique Deathstroke did over 25 years earlier. On the very least, he is transporting some sort of drug, however he was capable of firebomb the automobile containing the circumstances holding the drug earlier than Inexperienced Arrow and the Canaries may analyze it. Both manner, the way forward for the Arrowverse is unquestionably in peril.