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Arrow has always been known for its flashbacks, but this week it flashed-forward for an entire episode. Yep, we spent a whole hour in 2040, and it illuminated a whole lot of murky details about Mia Smoak's (Katherine McNamara) upbringing and Felicity's (Emily Bett Rickards) fate.
While we don't know exactly what forced Oliver and Felicity out of Star City in order to have Mia in a small-town cabin in the woods, we do know that Felicity ensured her childhood wasn't wasted on pony-rides and princess dresses. In addition to reading her daughter The Wizard of Oz before bed, she also had Nyssa Al Ghul (Katrina Law) train her to defend herself from a very young age. All the training in the world didn't protect her from the truth that her mama was still doing some vigilante hacking on the side though, and those lies eventually split Felicity and Mia apart, leading to the schism we found them in, in 2040.
Course - Mission - Mother - Death - Felicity
Of course, that didn't stop her from launching a mission to save her mother, whose death was definitively proved to be faked! After finding Felicity imprisoned in the sublevels of Eden Corps, Mia and William (Ben Lewis) managed to free her with a surprising assist from Connor Hawke (Joseph David Jones), who turned out to be an agent for "the good version of ARGUS." OK, we'll need more on that later, please. On a side note, is there anything more delightful than...
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