Arrow season 2, episode 10 “Blast Radius” aired tonight, featuring Firefly alum Sean Maher as a mad bomber.

So what happened in the Arrow mid-season premiere?

Five weeks

Five weeks have passed since the mid-season finale. The Arrow’s been on a tear through the criminal underbelly of Starling City looking for information on the man in the skull mask, but has come up empty so far.

Meanwhile, Barry Allen has been in a coma since his accident, and Felicity has been spending a lot of time in Central City with him — much to Oliver’s chagrin.

And Laurel has been investigating Sebastian Blood, of whom she’s been suspicious of since the blood drive. She and the alderman have been spending more time together, though, and she even accompanies him to a fundraiser for his mayoral run at Oliver’s club.

And in the present day…

Firefly‘s Sean Maher guest stars as Shrapnel, a criminally underused mad bomber determined to make a political statement. He bombs one building before posting his McCrazypants manifesto online. This bombing also brings Felicity back to Starling, though Oliver is a bit passive-aggressive about her comings and goings.

The next day, Laurel visits Sebastian and asks him about Cyrus Gold, who Sebastian describes as a father figure. Sebastian also reveals that his father was an abusive drunk who his mother shot before running away and leaving Sebastian alone.

Meanwhile, Roy’s been trying to deal with his mirakuru injection. He hasn’t been sleeping and is angry and defensive. Thea manages to calm him down, and he confesses that she’s the only thing keeping him together. While getting hot and heavy in the backroom, they knock a box of glasses off a shelf and Roy gets a chunk of glass stuck in his arm — only for it to start healing on its own.

The chase begins

The Arrow and Lance meet on a roof. Lance indicates that the bombing was done by a professional, while asking for police phone records in return, since he believes there is a leak in the department (hello, Officer Daly).

Their meeting is interrupted by a second bombing, and Felicity traces the detonator’s signal. She puts the Arrow on Shrapnel’s trail, leading to a chase scene with some cool stunt work, but Shrapnel scrambles his signal and the Arrow loses him.

Back at the Arrow cave, Ollie chews Felicity out for losing the signal, accusing her of having her head in Central City. Hurt and angry, Felicity storms off while Diggle calls Oliver on his jealousy.

Unity rally

The next day, Laurel visits her father at the police station, looking for a woman named Maya Resik, whose medical bills she discovered Sebastian is paying, yet doesn’t seem to exist. Lance discovers that she’s Sebastian’s institutionalized aunt. Lance encourages Laurel to stop looking for something wrong with Sebastian since he seems like a good guy, but Laurel’s not convinced.

Meanwhile, despite the Arrow warning him to cancel the rally, Sebastian’s unity rally goes on as planned and crowds, including Roy, Thea, and Moira, pack the plaza. It’s a perfect target.

In the Arrow lair, Felicity manages to track Shrapnel via a message board to an antique shop. Oliver heads to the shop while Diggle goes to the rally. Of course, Shrapnel booby trapped the shop with explosives, so one false move will blow the shop — and Oliver — sky high. Felicity finds the building schematics and helps Oliver knock out the power, therefore stopping the bomb. Of course, that still leaves the rally, which has also been rigged to blow.

As Sebastian takes the stage at the rally, Diggle finds the detonator in a speaker. Felicity shows up to disable the detonator, but Shrapnel shoots Diggle in the shoulder. But the Arrow makes a dramatic entrance and shoots one of Shrapnel’s grenades mid-air, though the resulting explosion knocks some towers down. Roy jumps on top of Moira to save her from one.

After a chase, the Arrow confronts Shrapnel, but the bomber threatens to detonate explosives all over the city. The Arrow shoots out his detonator’s wire, though, and Shrapnel is arrested.

Back at the club, Thea confronts Roy about the tower that fell on him, though Roy writes it off as adrenaline. Thea then notices Roy’s healed wound, and Roy runs off while Thea watches him go, nonplussed.

A chilling revelation

Oliver sends Diggle home to recover from his injury then apologizes to Felicity for snapping at her. He says that her being in Central City made him realize how much he needs her; he relies on her and Diggle. In a sweet moment, he calls Felicity his partner and assures her that Barry will wake up.

Later, Laurel visits Maya at the institution to ask about Sebastian. “Sebastian is the devil,” Maya says. He locked her away and made everyone think she’s insane because she was there when Sebastian killed his father. (Oops, turns out Maya is Sebastian’s mother.)

With this chill-inducing revelation, we watch as the Arrow and Sebastian shake hands in an agreement to work together to save the city.

Meanwhile, on the island

Slade, Oliver, and Sara bury Shado next to Oliver’s father, and Slade gives Oliver Shado’s father’s hood. Oliver wants to tell Slade the truth about Shado’s death, but Sara discourages him because the mirakuru in Slade’s system is affecting his mind.

Case in point, when Sara tries to talk Slade down from arming up to fight Ivo, Slade snaps. Oliver steps between them and Slade starts choking him. Slade eventually comes back to himself and lets Ollie go.

That night, Sara and Oliver are awoken by a radio message from Ivo, threatening the group unless they give him the mirakuru. But Slade disappeared into the night, taking the mirakuru with him.

Watch a promo for next week’s episode

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Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!


Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?