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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Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

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Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

Shannon Purser has also declared her interest in the role. You’ll know her as Barb from Stranger Things, but she’s also just been added to Riverdale.

Before we can start casting, however, we need a show, and according to TV Line, that show is New Warriors.

Marvel and ABC Studios are currently shopping the project around, which would be a half-hour comedy based on the character. One of the tell-tale signs of a Squirrel Girl story line is its lighthearted and humorous nature, so this sounds like a perfect fit.

TV Line reports that the show is being described as “the junior version of The Avengers,” and that “the New Warriors are a superhero squad made up of teenagers.”

Marvel has, of course, brought plenty of its characters to the small screen and to great success. There’s even a chance that this project could be tied to some of the Netflix properties, as Doreen acts as a nanny to Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ daughter, Danielle, in the comic books.

Just think about that crossover potential.

Are you looking forward to this ‘New Warriors’ show if it stars Squirrel Girl?

Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

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Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

EW is now reporting that Purser has joined Riverdale, the television show based on the Archie comics.

Purser will be portraying Ethel Muggs for at least three episodes.

Don’t expect her to follow in the footsteps of her comic book equivalent, however. Ethel may have a crush on Jughead in the source material, but EW is reporting that she’ll have her heart set on someone else.

Ethel will also be teaming up with Veronica and Betty as they set out to get revenge on Reggie Mantle, Archie’s nemesis.

In July, we brought you our thoughts on the Riverdale pilot after we saw it at San Diego Comic-Con. It’ll be premiering midseason next winter on the CW and provides a darker spin on the original Archie characters as they become wrapped up in a murder mystery.

Though the pilot has already been shot, the remaining 12 episodes have yet to be filmed. Production on the rest of the season will begin in early September, and the show is expected to premiere in early 2017, barring any complications.

Are you looking forward to seeing Shannon Purser on ‘Riverdale’?

The Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Dwayne The Rock Johnson-led Jumanji sequel/reboot/whatever has completed its family with the addition of Karen Gilan.

In a Facebook post on Monday, The Rock announced that the Doctor Who alum will be joining Jumanji 2 and rounding out the cast. The Rock bills her character as having “the most important role in our movie.”

“We had to find a girl,” The Rock wrote of casting Gillan in Jumanji 2, “but not just any girl.” He continued:

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The Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Dwayne The Rock Johnson-led Jumanji sequel/reboot/whatever has completed its family with the addition of Karen Gilan.

In a Facebook post on Monday, The Rock announced that the Doctor Who alum will be joining Jumanji 2 and rounding out the cast. The Rock bills her character as having “the most important role in our movie.”

“We had to find a girl,” The Rock wrote of casting Gillan in Jumanji 2, “but not just any girl.” He continued:

A girl who has “Chutzpah”. Guts and talent to stand her ground and hold her own against Nick’s cool rockstar ways, Jack’s relentless energy and genius, Kevin’s masterful timing and skills and the big, brown, bald tattooed guy who just simply stands there and oooooozes smoldering, captivating, sizzling, can’t take your eyes off this brilliant manly man… never mind I got drunk on the ol’ DJ kool aid again.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud to announce a girl who’s playing the most important role in our movie – the talented, beautiful and down for a Scottish fight at any time, Ms. Karen Gillan.

And yes, this is the girl who is so bad ass she shaved her freaking head for Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Rock goes on to promise that “this isn’t a remake or a reboot, but a continuation of the awesome Jumanji story we love.”

Filming begins next month in Hawaii and is slated to hit theaters next year.

Gillan is best known for her role as Amy Pond in Doctor Who and, as The Rock notes, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

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The Jumanji “continuation” has been met with lots of skepticism since the original was led by the late Robin Williams. It just seems like an unnecessary, unoriginal idea.