Welcome to Shipping 101!
Please check your schedules to make sure you are in the right place. Everyone settled in? Okay, good. Today we will discuss my newest ship, the S.S. Olicity, featuring Oliver Queen(Stephen Amell) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) from the CW’s Arrow.
If you’ve read my December 2013 Arrow posts, you know I am a fan of the show. As it goes with a new show that has two (although, I can dig Diggle) very hot lead characters that I wouldn’t mind imagining making out (with), I immediately decided I ship Oliver and Felicity (Olicity) and went to AO3 to search for Olicity fanfiction. Since Arrow is only in the middle of its second season, there isn’t much reading out there. Of course, I went to The Collectress for assistance, who soon found me a two lovely Tumblr sites with rec lists and off I went on a magical journey to smutsville with Oliver and Felicity. I love a good romance, and the pairing of Felicity/Oliver is not just popular with the fans but with the cast and crew as well.
On the show, Oliver and Felicity began their friendship based on his need for her technological prowess. He was the boss’ son, she worked in IT. When Oliver ‘fessed up to his identity as (SPOILERS) the Vigilante in season 1 (by crawling into her car while bleeding from a gunshot wound his mother gave him), Felicity then began assisting him on his missions and they became friends and peers. Between the awkward excuses for hanging out together, the long and loving gazes, and the obvious sexual tension, these two seem to be headed toward something substantial, but I’m guessing it won’t be in season 2 or even 3.
The slow burn is great on this show, and the Olicity shippers don’t seem to mind that the pair hasn’t kissed or had any sort of physical confirmation of the relationship. I affirm physical, because…
I won’t analyze the scene too much, except to say A) Oliver totally kicks Diggle out so he can be alone with Felicity and B) HE NEEDS HER, oh, and C) She wants a shot…at employee of the month. That was almost as awkward as the Sherlock save in S03E03 (no spoilers til Sunday, lovelies but it was really awkward). While the pair probably won’t have a physical relationship on the show anytime soon, they do hold obvious feelings for each other that even Diggle, Barry Allen and everyone BUT Oliver and Felicity can see. Sigh…slow burn romance hurts so good.
Arrow is on the CW Wednesday nights at 8pm, season 1 is on Netflix and season 2 is on Hulu. Go watch it. NOW.
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Olicity=Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak