Arrow and the CW Take a Step in the Right Direction for Human Rights.
Last night’s episode of Arrow, the CW’s very popular weekly series based on DC’s The Green Arrow, gave its audience a real treat with the appearance of a mysterious member of the League of Assassins who first seemed to be intending to cause harm to Black Canary. As it turns out, the mysterious assassin is Nyssa al Ghul, Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter, who was there to win back her lost love.
It is likely that last night’s audience was holding their breath as the two women walked toward each other, having of course been shown the blade and fearing for their newly debuted hero. No way could they kill her after so few appearances in costume! What happened next was a most intriguing surprise. The mysterious assassin did not in fact, cause harm to Black Canary, but kissed her in such a way that the passion once between them was evident long before Nyssa and Sarah discussed their love. The kiss, thankfully, was done in good taste. It wasn’t a hugely controversial moment like Brittany and Madonna, but a beautiful one. It was also a great moment of suspense since the audience was privy to the presence of Oliver Queen, dressed as the Arrow while Sarah was not.
This key moment opens so many doors for the LGBT community and the Human Rights campaign. It is not often that fans are given heroes who are like themselves in this way. Sure, Batwoman is a lesbian who is even engaged, but will fans ever see them married? How many other characters exist that identify as something other than straight? Not many, and certainly not on television or in the movies. CW is to be commended for their efforts to portray this part of life in such a sensitive way.
While the kiss itself was of course an impacting event, the moment when Sarah Lance faces her father was a very touching one. Sarah, still dressed as Canary but without her mask, tells her father that she loved Nyssa once, and timidly questions his feelings about that. What he said next likely left many viewers in tears. He reassures her that after all she’s been through in the years since the boat accident, and all the loneliness he imagines she felt, he was just happy she found someone who cared about her. Here is where the writers for Arrow should really be given a pat on the back. That moment between father and daughter could have been taken so many ways. He could have been the unaccepting parent, he could have been the parent in denial, or he could have been the shocked parent. Instead he was the loving and understanding parent that every person carrying that kind of burden hopes for. Detective (now beat cop) Lance shone as a parent, and provided an example to all parents of what true unconditional love looks like.
The closing scene of the episode left the audience with a number of lingering questions. Sarah and Ollie were finally alone together and were immediately getting pretty “hot and heavy”. So what does that mean for Sarah’s sexuality? Was Nyssa a one-time affair? Has Sarah had same sex relationships in the past? Does this mean we FINALLY have bisexual representation? One thing is for sure, fans are eager to see where this new development takes our hero duo.