the apple four musings

arrowfan1:

More spoilers from Kreisberg.

laurelisblackcanary:

theapplefour:

ARROW 3.02 Sara PredictionWell they’ve tease this particular big bad for over two seasons now, ever since we heard of Nanda Parbat, so is Sara’s return to Starling City more than a social visit to catch up with family and friends? Could it be tied to the LofA.
Since the release of this episode 3.02 Sara,  we’ve been told that it could also mean more than just Sara (Lance), i.e. "that the name may have a double meaning." 
So could Sara be an Easter Egg anagram of the big bad villain for Season 3 - RA’S Al ghul? Well I certainly think so, as what would bring Sara Lance and the League of Assassins to Starling City.
So who is in danger? High on the list of suspects are Sara’s family - Quentin and Laurel. Now I’m sure Paul Blackthorne tweeted a photo of him sitting in a hospital gown for the episode 3.01 The Calm. Now could assume it was connected to to the villain of 3.01 or even a flashback to his injuries he sustained in the season 2 finale, but what if it was actually a cliffhanger attack by the League of Assassins? There is still payback for Sara leaving and all the men Ra’s al Ghul sent in episodes 2.03 and 2.05. You know payback can be a bitch. I’m also wondering if he takes Laurel as payment for Sara? interesting possibilities

I’ve always thought this assassin mentioned in the synopsis for episode would either be Sara or someone else in the League.
Logically, it doesn’t make much sense for Sara to be playing the “I’m so tired of killing” card while in Starling just to come back to town and start picking people off. So I think now she is back to try to stop the other assassin either by putting Oliver on the case and/or going after the guy herself.
Whether or not the other assassin is Ra’s himself, her interference should put Sara back on top of his shit list.

I just saw this in an article:
Kreisberg: We have her [Caity Lotz] booked for three episodes, with hopefully more. She has come back to Starling City because she is on a mission… and that is all I can say.
IGN: Will we see Nyssa or get an update on Nyssa?
Kreisberg: A lot of what we did in Season 1 was setting up Season 2. You can be assured that a lot of the things we did in Season 2 are to help set up Season 3.
IGN: Continuing on that track, a lot of rumors have been circulating about Ra’s al Ghul. Anything you can say about him? In Season 1, you referenced him without naming him. Then in Season 2, you named him and you brought in Nyssa. There’s a logical next step, you know? [Laughs]
Kreisberg: You know us — we’re never one to do the logical thing! You know, I can’t comment on that — I can neither confirm nor deny. But rest assured, we have a lot of amazing stuff set up, mythology-wise, this year that will really feel like an extension of everything we’ve done before

laurelisblackcanary:

theapplefour:

ARROW 3.02 Sara Prediction
Well they’ve tease this particular big bad for over two seasons now, ever since we heard of Nanda Parbat, so is Sara’s return to Starling City more than a social visit to catch up with family and friends? Could it be tied to the LofA.

Since the release of this episode 3.02 Sara,  we’ve been told that it could also mean more than just Sara (Lance), i.e. "that the name may have a double meaning." 

So could Sara be an Easter Egg anagram of the big bad villain for Season 3 - RA’S Al ghul? Well I certainly think so, as what would bring Sara Lance and the League of Assassins to Starling City.

So who is in danger? High on the list of suspects are Sara’s family - Quentin and Laurel. Now I’m sure Paul Blackthorne tweeted a photo of him sitting in a hospital gown for the episode 3.01 The Calm. Now could assume it was connected to to the villain of 3.01 or even a flashback to his injuries he sustained in the season 2 finale, but what if it was actually a cliffhanger attack by the League of Assassins? There is still payback for Sara leaving and all the men Ra’s al Ghul sent in episodes 2.03 and 2.05. You know payback can be a bitch. I’m also wondering if he takes Laurel as payment for Sara? interesting possibilities

I’ve always thought this assassin mentioned in the synopsis for episode would either be Sara or someone else in the League.

Logically, it doesn’t make much sense for Sara to be playing the “I’m so tired of killing” card while in Starling just to come back to town and start picking people off. So I think now she is back to try to stop the other assassin either by putting Oliver on the case and/or going after the guy herself.

Whether or not the other assassin is Ra’s himself, her interference should put Sara back on top of his shit list.

I just saw this in an article:

Kreisberg: We have her [Caity Lotz] booked for three episodes, with hopefully more. She has come back to Starling City because she is on a mission… and that is all I can say.

IGN: Will we see Nyssa or get an update on Nyssa?

Kreisberg: A lot of what we did in Season 1 was setting up Season 2. You can be assured that a lot of the things we did in Season 2 are to help set up Season 3.

IGN: Continuing on that track, a lot of rumors have been circulating about Ra’s al Ghul. Anything you can say about him? In Season 1, you referenced him without naming him. Then in Season 2, you named him and you brought in Nyssa. There’s a logical next step, you know? [Laughs]

Kreisberg: You know us — we’re never one to do the logical thing! You know, I can’t comment on that — I can neither confirm nor deny. But rest assured, we have a lot of amazing stuff set up, mythology-wise, this year that will really feel like an extension of everything we’ve done before

laureloliver:

Katie Cassidy + Emojis

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ARROW 3.02 Sara PredictionWell they’ve tease this particular big bad for over two seasons now, ever since we heard of Nanda Parbat, so is Sara’s return to Starling City more than a social visit to catch up with family and friends? Could it be tied to the LofA.
Since the release of this episode 3.02 Sara,  we’ve been told that it could also mean more than just Sara (Lance), i.e. "that the name may have a double meaning." 
So could Sara be an Easter Egg anagram of the big bad villain for Season 3 - RA’S Al ghul? Well I certainly think so, as what would bring Sara Lance and the League of Assassins to Starling City.
So who is in danger? High on the list of suspects are Sara’s family - Quentin and Laurel. Now I’m sure Paul Blackthorne tweeted a photo of him sitting in a hospital gown for the episode 3.01 The Calm. Now could assume it was connected to to the villain of 3.01 or even a flashback to his injuries he sustained in the season 2 finale, but what if it was actually a cliffhanger attack by the League of Assassins? There is still payback for Sara leaving and all the men Ra’s al Ghul sent in episodes 2.03 and 2.05. You know payback can be a bitch. I’m also wondering if he takes Laurel as payment for Sara? interesting possibilities

ARROW 3.02 Sara Prediction
Well they’ve tease this particular big bad for over two seasons now, ever since we heard of Nanda Parbat, so is Sara’s return to Starling City more than a social visit to catch up with family and friends? Could it be tied to the LofA.

Since the release of this episode 3.02 Sara,  we’ve been told that it could also mean more than just Sara (Lance), i.e. "that the name may have a double meaning." 

So could Sara be an Easter Egg anagram of the big bad villain for Season 3 - RA’S Al ghul? Well I certainly think so, as what would bring Sara Lance and the League of Assassins to Starling City.

So who is in danger? High on the list of suspects are Sara’s family - Quentin and Laurel. Now I’m sure Paul Blackthorne tweeted a photo of him sitting in a hospital gown for the episode 3.01 The Calm. Now could assume it was connected to to the villain of 3.01 or even a flashback to his injuries he sustained in the season 2 finale, but what if it was actually a cliffhanger attack by the League of Assassins? There is still payback for Sara leaving and all the men Ra’s al Ghul sent in episodes 2.03 and 2.05. You know payback can be a bitch. I’m also wondering if he takes Laurel as payment for Sara? interesting possibilities

Loved this fan art of Oliver and Laurel as their alter egos the Green Arrow and Black Canary that was posted on twitter.

He’s got a relationship cooking with Laurel where it’s like “You catch ‘em, I cook ‘em.” Because she’s a DA, he’s setting them up and she’s knocking them down. It’s a great deal of fun to see them have this completely new relationship.
Marc Guggenheim for zap2it (via rosietwiggs)

theapplefour:

Laurel Lance Substance Abuse

Sleeping Tablets

Benzodiazepines are a group of drugs called minor tranquillisers, often known as benzos. These drugs are prescribed by a doctor to help people with anxiety or sleep problems. There are about 30 different types (generic names) of benzodiazepines. Each one of these generic name drugs may be sold under several different brand names - all the same drug, but made by different companies.

The list below shows some of the different generic and brand names of benzodiazepines.

  • diazepam - Valium, Ducene, Antenex
  • oxazepam - Serepax, Murelax, Alepam
  • nitrazepam - Mogadon, Alodorm
  • temazepam - Euhypnos, Normison, Temaze
  • lorazepam - Ativan
  • flunitrazepam - Rohypnol, Hypnodorm
  • bromazepam - Lexotan
  • clonazepam - Rivotril

Some slang names for benzodiazepines include benzos, rowies, serries, moggies, vals, V, normies, downers, tranks and sleepers.

How are benzodiazepines used?

Benzodiazepines slow down the workings of the brain and the central nervous system. They are used medically to reduce anxiety, to help people sleep and to relax the body. They should only be prescribed for short periods of time. This is because it is possible to become dependent on them after as little as four weeks’ use as directed by a doctor.

Different types of benzodiazepines work in the body for different lengths of time. They come in the form of tablets or capsules and some are available for intravenous use in hospital settings. Some people inject benzodiazepines and/or use them at the same time as they use heroin, alcohol or other drugs. This can be very dangerous and can cause an overdose or death. Injecting benzodiazepines, which are intended to be swallowed in tablet/capsule form, can also cause severe damage to veins, leading to loss of limbs from poor circulation, organ damage or stroke.

Effects of benzodiazepines

What benzodiazepines do to you depends on:

  • how many tablets and what dose you take
  • your height and weight
  • your general health
  • your mood
  • your past experience with benzodiazepines
  • whether you use benzos on their own or with other drugs
  • whether you use alone or with others, at home or at a party etc.
  • route of administration.


Immediate effects

The effects of benzodiazepines may last from a few hours to a few days, depending on the dose and type of benzo you take. The immediate effects can include that you:

  • feel relaxed
  • feel drowsy, sleepy or tired
  • have no energy
  • become confused or dizzy
  • feel really good
  • have mood swings
  • slur your words or stutter
  • can’t judge distances or movement properly
  • have blurred or double vision
  • can’t remember things from just a short time ago.

If you take a very high dose of benzodiazepines with other drugs you can go into a coma or die.

Long term effects

If you use benzodiazepines often for a long time you may:

  • have no energy or interest in doing normal things
  • be cranky
  • feel sick in the stomach
  • have headaches
  • have dreams that make you feel bad
  • experience fatigue or drowsiness
  • lose interest in sex, or your body won’t work properly during sex
  • get skin rashes
  • be more hungry and put on weight
  • have menstrual problems if you are a woman
  • be depressed.

The way a person uses benzodiazepines can also cause some problems:

  • Injecting benzodiazepines that are intended to be swallowed in tablet/capsule form can also cause severe damage to veins, leading to loss of limbs from poor circulation, organ damage or stroke
  • Using benzodiazepines at the same time as other central nervous system depressants - such as alcohol, heroin, methadone, or some prescribed drugs - is very dangerous. It can cause you to lose consciousness, stop breathing, fall into a coma or die.

Mixing it with other drugs

Using benzodiazepines at the same time as any other drug, including alcohol, can be dangerous. Mixing benzodiazepines with other drugs that slow down the body (eg alcohol, sleeping pills, heroin, cannabis, can:

  • make it harder to think clearly
  • make it harder to properly control how you move
  • stop your breathing and cause death

Tolerence and dependence

Anyone can develop a ‘tolerance’ to benzodiazepines or other drugs. Tolerance means that you must take more of the drug to feel the same effects you used to have with smaller amounts or lower doses. This may happen very quickly with benzodiazepines.

'Dependence' on benzodiazepines means that it takes up a lot of your thoughts, emotions and activities. You spend a lot of time thinking about using benzodiazepines, looking for them, using them and getting over the effects of using them. You also find it difficult to stop using or control how much you use. Dependence can lead to a variety of health, money, legal, work and relationship problems.

Not all people who ever use benzodiazepines become dependent. But it is very easy to become dependent on benzodiazepines and it can happen within four weeks.

Withdrawal

People who are dependent on benzodiazepines find it very hard to stop using them or cut down because of withdrawal symptoms. Suddenly stopping using benzodiazepines can be dangerous. You should get help and withdraw gradually if you have been using benzos regularly or using high doses of them.

Symptoms of withdrawal can include:

  • disturbed sleep
  • feeling nervous or tense
  • being confused or depressed
  • feeling afraid or thinking other people want to hurt you
  • panicking and feeling anxious
  • feeling distant or not connected with other people or things
  • sharpened or changed senses (e.g. noises seem louder than usual)
  • shaking
  • convulsions
  • pain, stiffness or muscle aches or spasms
  • flu-like symptoms
  • heavier menstrual bleeding and breast pain in women.

Overdose

It is unusual to overdose on benzodiazepines alone - but if you use them with other drugs such as alcohol, heroin or methadone it is very easy to overdose and die. Symptoms of overdose are:

  • person is unable to be ‘roused’ or woken
  • coma
  • very slow breathing
  • slow heartbeat
  • cold clammy skin
  • lips may appear bluish.

Possible Story Line Implications

  • Long term addiction if she stays on them.
  • Possible overdose if mixing with other drugs such as alcohol.
  • Perhaps if Laurel was to overdose, then that might be the reason for her sister to return to Starling City.

This episode was shown in Australia tonight and it reminds me of the possible story lines the show missed in season 2.

  • Never showed the anxiety and trouble sleeping Laurel was having.
  • Using the drug becomes addicted - they did sort of show this to some degree by taking Quentin’s medicine, but it could’ve been a lot more.
  • Possible overdose if mixing with other drugs such as alcohol - even coma.
  • Still regard the alcoholism as an over kill
  • Withdrawing from the drugs - another missed opportunity here.

So there was so much they could’ve done just based on factual stuff around the drug they used - as opposed to the stuff was used.

just came across this…. awe thanks guys!!

just came across this…. awe thanks guys!!

arrowfan1:

More Supanova pics! I think I could root for a Slade/Laurel romance! Katie and Manu look so cute together!

arrowfan1:

GREAT pics of Katie and Manu at the Supanova panel. I found them on an online forum, so I can’t give credit where credit is due.

thomasmuelller:

power couples (1/?) Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance

I can’t live without you, babe. Literally. / After all, every queen needs a consort. 

arrowfan1:

hales23x3:

Sooo I decided to watch Arrow from the start (again lol) and last night I realized that Diggle’s speech was very similar to Oliver’s speech.
Just saying - two headstrong meant to be together.

I loved these parallells! Maybe the writers DO put some thoughts into their writing after all?

Oliver and Laurel’s crucible story line is very similar - which why I thought she may have also thought about suicide in the Time of Death episode - like Oliver did when he held the gun up to his head. The only difference is they have given far more depth to Oliver’s journey and don’t miss key scenes that explain the depression and sorry. I half expect to see so many of Laurel’s scenes on the deleted scenes section of S2 DVD.

arrowfan1:

hales23x3:

Sooo I decided to watch Arrow from the start (again lol) and last night I realized that Diggle’s speech was very similar to Oliver’s speech.

Just saying - two headstrong meant to be together.

I loved these parallells! Maybe the writers DO put some thoughts into their writing after all?

Oliver and Laurel’s crucible story line is very similar - which why I thought she may have also thought about suicide in the Time of Death episode - like Oliver did when he held the gun up to his head. The only difference is they have given far more depth to Oliver’s journey and don’t miss key scenes that explain the depression and sorry. I half expect to see so many of Laurel’s scenes on the deleted scenes section of S2 DVD.

Nancy Wake, who has died in London just before her 99th birthday, was a New Zealander brought up in Australia. She became a nurse, a journalist who interviewed Adolf Hitler, a wealthy French socialite, a British agent and a French resistance leader. She led 7,000 guerrilla fighters in battles against the Nazis in the northern Auvergne, just before the D-Day landings in 1944. On one occasion, she strangled an SS sentry with her bare hands. On another, she cycled 500 miles to replace lost codes. In June 1944, she led her fighters in an attack on the Gestapo headquarters at Montlucon in central France.

Ms Wake was furious the TV series [later made about her life] suggested she had had a love affair with one of her fellow fighters. She was too busy killing Nazis for amorous entanglements, she said.

Nancy recalled later in life that her parachute had snagged in a tree. The French resistance fighter who freed her said he wished all trees bore “such beautiful fruit.” Nancy retorted: “Don’t give me that French shit.”

"Resistance heroine who led 7,000 men against the Nazis," The Independent. (via madelinecoleman)

"strangled an SS sentry with her bare hands"

"too busy killing Nazis for amorous entanglements"

"don’t give me that French shit."

(via snarlfurillo)

- An amazing and brave woman