It isn’t everyday that I get drawn into a television show, but when I do, I stay committed. My latest devotion is to a certain program about an emerald archer that seems to be making positive waves on The CW. I’ll be the first person to admit that I am not a big CW fan. In fact, the last time I watched the network was when Pluto was still considered to be a planet. However, it seems they’ve finally garnered my attention again with Arrow and a supporting cast member that many consider CW royalty.
After appearing in a string of other shows on the network, Katie Cassidy is making quite a damn splash as Green Arrow’s resident love interest — and I couldn’t be happier. As Dinah Laurel Lance, whom comic book nerds (such as myself) may recognize as the alter ego of the alluring Black Canary, Cassidy manages to add a bit more intrigue and depth to a show that is actually already filled with so much. But what is it about Cassidy that makes her such a perfect fit as Laurel? Is it because she’s a formidable actress? Perhaps it’s her gorgeous looks. Or maybe it’s the solid chemistry she seems to have with the program’s leading man, Stephen Amell.
If you ask me, I think the answer is all of the above. I mean, let’s keep it real — Cassidy is gorgeous, and good looks are a requirement to be on a CW show. Nowadays being pretty is all it really takes to be an actress. It’s reassuring to know that this one actually has aptitude. Stephen Amell’s take on Oliver Queen is nice, but, well, he wasn’t hired for his acting skills. I think his abs earned him the gig. Cassidy, on the other hand, really knows how to deliver a line — and a sucker punch for that matter. Did anyone catch the October 24 episode where she saved Oliver and Tommy from an angry club owner? Watching her deliver several jabs to the dude’s torso did something to me. It was at that moment that I realized that I was in love.
And why wouldn’t I be?
Black Canary is known as one of the most glamorous superheroes in the DC Comics arsenal — even more so than my home-girl Wonder Woman whom I still think deserves her own damn TV show. You know, it would have been easy for the writers of Arrow to make Laurel a supermodel or even worse — a cliché in the form of a journalist a la Lois Lane, but I give them their props for turning her into a savvy attorney. I think it’s genius. Still, I wouldn’t mind seeing Cassidy don the signature fishnet stockings of her comic book counterpart to become the Black Canary of the Arrow world. The question is whether or not she could pull it off.
I’d like to think so. Nevertheless, I don’t believe I’d want to see her as Black Canary just yet — at least not this season. On the contrary, I’m enjoying seeing Green Arrow operate by himself. On the other hand, having Laurel around certainly helps, and having Cassidy on board lends the show a bit of credibility. The girl’s got skills, and on a show as captivating as this, it’s nice to know her aim is true.