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After watching the show online last year, I decided to get myself tickets to the Paleyfest, a Los Angeles event held each spring, sponsored by the Paley Foundation and this year, at the Dolby Theater. The festival ran March 6-15, opening with the Teen Wolf panel and ending with the American Horror Story cast on stage. Tickets for Paleyfest run from $30+, and there are about 3,400 seats to be filled. It was exciting to see the different types of fans gathered for the show. Sometimes I tend to feel a little out of place with a sea of middle-aged white, male faces at these types of events, but in the orchestra section where I sat (yeah, I sprang for the good seats), I saw at least half a dozen black girl nerds, which made me quite happy!

While there are usually only single show panels, the Saturday, March 14 event was special in that audiences received two panels for the price of one. Hosted by the adorable Aisha Tyler, the show began with the Arrow cast, along with Executive Producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and rounded out with the cast of the Flash, along with Berlanti and Kreisberg, once again. I received the pleasure of seeing both producers on the Showrunners Panel at WonderCon last year, and I must say, they are brilliant creators who have a real vision for both of these very successful shows and I’m excited to see how future seasons pan out.

In attendance from the Arrow cast: Stephen Amell, Colton Haynes, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Katie Cassidy, Willa HollandDavid Ramsey, Paul Blackthorne; Executive Producers: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim.

In attendance from the Flash cast: Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Candice Patton, Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes; Executive Producers: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg.

Spoilers ahead, Sweetie (seriously, if you aren’t caught up with both shows, read at your own risk!)

I gush often about Arrow, Olicity and Stephen Amell on this blog but after recent episodes, I feel compelled to share a few, short character sketches to help you get to know the amazing female cast members of one of the best shows on television.

Basically, I need to vent about the awesomeness of Arrow.

Next Wednesday, May 14, is the season 2 finale of the show and I definitely plan on writing a mostly-angsty post about the comic book adapation. Until then, I want to introduce you to the strong and capable women of the Arrow universe. Without them, the show would not have as much of the depth or emotion as it gained in this season. (Spoilers Ahead!)

Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson)

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Matriarch of the Queen family, Moira is a shrewd business woman and a fierce mama bear to her babies. If Moira has a talent for anything, it is keeping secrets. Her involvement with Malcolm Merlyn, the Undertaking and her own husband’s kidnapping as well as her fearless attack on the Hood to protect those secrets proves she is not to be messed with. Moira quickly becomes a complex character with her own visions and goals in terms of what she wants for her family and Starling City. In season 2, we see Moira working to make the city she helped destroy a better place by running for mayor. Still, her positive works are not enough to keep her children from holding some serious grudges. First Oliver disowns his mother and then Thea wants nothing to do with her when she finds out that Malcolm Merlyn is her real father. Even after all she’s done to renew her reputation in the community, Moira is alienated as a liar by her children because of past mistakes and isn’t redeemed until she is on her knees in front of the murderous Slade Wilson. After revealing she’s known Oliver’s secret identity since the Undertaking, (Spoiler! He’s the Hood/Arrow) the relationship with her son is repaired but it isn’t until the ultimate self-sacrifice–Moira’s life for that of her children–that Thea understands the depth of her mother’s love. Even Slade stands in awe at the fact that Moira volunteers, without fear, to die. It epitomizes all that Moira stands for and it is the act that pushes Thea away from Starling City.

WonderCon, Anaheim Convention Center, April 18-20, 2014

The Collective bloggers have been working our asses off recently, at our day jobs, fangirling here at acollectivemind.com, and preparing a brilliant femme!Avengers group cosplay for our most recent endeavor, WonderCon 2014.

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If you follow @Nerdwrldprblms on Twitter, then you might have seen some of the pictures from our Saturday at SoCal’s spring kick-off comic convention or followed our tweets as we sat through presentations by Warner Brothers, Fox Films, Marvel Now, Showrunners, Legends, The OneRing.net and saw sneak previews of films such as Godzilla, How To Train Your Dragon, Into The Storm, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and more. There was so much to see and plenty to discuss, so The Collectress and I have decided to split our “best of” moments into two separate posts, one written by each of us. I’m lucky enough to start us off with my top 3 moments of WonderCon 2014.

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This top 3 moment came as a surprise to me. I had never heard of this film, but after sitting through the panel, I’m fascinated by the idea of a documentary which explores the jobs of those who create and run popular television shows today. The project was originally funded on Kickstarter, and so it seems to be a labor of love to those involved. The pleasant surprise came when Chris Carter–X-Files showrunner, and Andrew Kreisenberg–Arrow showrunner, happened to sit on this panel, both of whom have created unique and engaging television shows that I love. I have been a fan of X-Files since I was a teen watching it on Fox, Friday nights at 9pm with my mom, and thus, Chris Carter’s work. The writer admitted he hasn’t written much past the pilot for The After (watch S01xE01 here) a new web series which premiered in February on Amazon TV, but has hopes for what the show might become. Click the link above to check out the show for free on Amazon.com.

Also in attendance was Andrew Kreisenberg, the showrunner of one of my new favorite television shows, Arrow on the CW. I’m just going to get down to business and say yes, I did tweet about Olicity yesterday and yes, Kreisenberg seemed to be hinting at the legitimacy of that particular ship when he said that fans should just be patient for relationships between characters to develop and not tweet wank to him about the show. Basically. The writer and producer also discussed the imminent Flash series and all the fun they are having creating these comic book series that fans, producers and even the network president, seem to love.

Kreisenberg also talked about the John Barrowman and his the role of Malcolm Merlin, stating that all the “hero” baggage the actor brought from the role of Captain Jack Harkness (from Doctor Who, you dolt), gave the villain role depth and went against the normal fan perceptions of the actor. I couldn’t agree more.