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ARROW: Season 2.17: ‘Birds of Prey’ TV Show Trailer & Plot Summary

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The CW‘s Arrow Season 2 Episode 17 Birds of Prey trailer & plot summary. Helena Bertinelli, aka The Huntress (Jessica De Gouw) returns to Starling city for episode 2.17, ‘Birds of Prey.’ When last seen, The Huntress had been sprung from police custody, and given a ticket to a new life, by Oliver (Stephen Amell). The idea was to give her an out, after her obsession with killing her mobster father proved self-destructive. Unfortunately, Helena didn’t see it that way, repaying Oliver’s kindness by shooting his then girlfriend, Det. McKenna Hall (Janina Gavankar) – but not before The Hood made a genuine (but futile effort) to put her down, for good. That last confrontation (and the ticket out of town, taken as a rejection) may have left plenty of room, for former love Oliver, on Helena’s vengeance list.

There would still have to be a catalyst, however; a key event, like, say, Frank Bertinelli (Jeffrey Nordling) making waves again.

Plot summary for ‘Birds of Prey:’

When Frank Bertinelli is arrested, Oliver knows it’s only a matter of time before his daughter, Helena, AKA The Huntress, returns to town. To make matters worse, Laurel is picked to try Frank’s case, putting her right in the path of Helena. Oliver tells Sara he will handle his ex-girlfriend, but when Helena takes hostages at the courthouse, including Laurel, the Canary will stop at nothing to save her sister. When The Huntress and Canary meet, an epic battle begins. Meanwhile, Roy realizes he needs to keep Thea safe, but doesn’t like the way he is forced to go about it.

The obvious difference to this latest confrontation will, of course, be Sara (Caity Lotz). The convergence of Helena, Laurel (Katie Cassidy), and Sara, pretty much making the episode more about the ghosts of Oliver’s dating history, than the coming together of DC’s premiere vigilante women.

About the Birds of Prey comic:

Conceived by Jordan B. Gorfinkel and originally written by Chuck Dixon, Birds of Prey refers to several comic book series, miniseries, and specials that have been published by DC Comics since 1996. The book’s premise originated as a partnership between Oracle (the original Batgirl) and Black Canary but has expanded to include additional superheroines. The group is initially based in Gotham City and later operates in Metropolis and then relocates once more to “Platinum Flats”, California, a new locale introduced in Birds of Prey in 2008.

The central premise of the book is chronicling the adventures of the female heroes of the DCU. The core of the team is made up of Oracle, and Black Canary, with other heroines forming a rotating roster sometimes for extended periods, sometimes for merely one adventure. After Black Canary’s departure, Huntress remained as the staple member and field leader, alongside new “core members.” Following the events of Flashpoint (2011) and the company-wide relaunch as part of The New 52, Oracle recovers her mobility and reclaims her former Batgirl identity, taking a brief hiatus from the team in the process. Despite the previously all-female central roster, male allies such as Nightwing, Wildcat, Savant, and Creote frequently assist missions. In addition, Hawk and Dove briefly joined the team, making Hawk its first male member.

Despite the title, the only connection this episode will likely have to its comic source will be the Canary and Huntress sharing screen time. Still preferable to the live action series attempt.

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Black Canary & Huntress, Birds of Prey (original recipe)


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Black Canary & Huntress, Birds of Prey (extra crispy)

Alright, let’s be honest, Arrow: ‘Birds of Prey’ will amount to a girl-on-girl throwdown. Even if we don’t get the all-girl streetfighter team, of the book, there’s always the precedent set by Justice League Unlimited episodes ‘Double Date,’ and ‘Grudge Match.’

‘Birds of Prey’ will also feature Colton Haynes, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, David Nykl, Manu Bennett, Susanna Thompson, and Paul Blackthorne, and will air Wednesday, March 26, 2014, on The CW at 8.00 pm, EST.

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Sources: SpoilerTV, IMDB, Wikipedia, DCAnimated.Wikia


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  • bbussey

    I always feel it’s better to watch the episode first rather than pass judgement prior based on the promo and the TV Guide synopsis. This was an excellent episode and it set the foundation for actual Oracle/Canary/Huntress collaborations in future seasons.

  • dissncuss

    I reserve judgement in favor of concern/ expectation. As it was, the episode did live up to what I expected (the JLU angle); albeit with a whole lot of technical baggage. Hopefully, there will be a Bird of Prey team, at some point. Ollie’s love life has been making things… crowded.

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