Green Arrow Gets in the Ring With a Familiar Foe

Curtis’ Terrific turn

To this point, Curtis Holt has been a fun addition to the periphery of Team Arrow, but has remained on the bench.  In ‘A Matter of Trust’ things started to really change.  In ‘The Recruits’ he began his training, which seemed more like an initiation, but this week we saw him suit up.  First he donned a jacket with the words “Fair Play” on the sleeve.  He cited the jacket as an homage to his favorite wrestler, Mister Terrific Terry Sloane.  Terry Sloane is the name of the Golden Age Mister Terrific.  The second Mister Terrific, Michael Holt, wore this same jacket in the comics early in his career as Mister Terrific.

The character Michael Holt is obviously an inspiration to Arrow’s Curtis Holt.  It is unclear why the name was changed for Arrow, perhaps to take more liberties with developing the character.

Mister Terrific is a prominent member of the Justice Society of America (JSA) as well as the group Checkmate.  He even rose to a leadership role with the JSA at one point.  We saw Curtis in the field wearing a “T” mask on his face.  This is also his look in the comics, although the mask has more to it than meets the eye.  Perhaps the use of the mask, as well as his T-spheres will make their way into the show in the future.

You can read Mister Terrific’s solo New 52 run Mister Terrific Vol. 1: Mind Games by Eric Wallace.  The series ended after eight issues.

Mister Terrific Vol. 1 - Mind Games - Cover art by Gianluca Gugliotta
Mister Terrific Vol. 1 – Mind Games – Cover art by Gianluca Gugliotta

Haven’t we met before?

The main villain for ‘A Matter of Trust’, Derek Sampson, was pushing a drug called “Star Dust” until falling in a vat of it and becoming impervious to pain.  Although Green Arrow hasn’t faced this foe before, actor Stephen Amell has.

On August 23, 2015, Stephen Amell tried his hand at professional wrestling at WWE’s SummerSlam pay-per-view event.  The match was a tag-team match, and on the other end of the right, a wrestler named Stardust.  Cody Runnels (WWE’s Cody Rhodes/Stardust) played Derek Sampson in this episode of Arrow, and the drug “Star Dust” is a reference to one of his wrestling aliases.  Runnels has since left the WWE and is currently wrestling independently.  It was interesting to see him play a refreshing original character on Arrow this week.  Season five seems to be full of interesting original characters come to think of it!

So much more…

Last week’s ‘The Recruits’ also introduced Ragman, while ‘A Matter of Trust’ brought back Deadshot.  We will do a full article on Deadshot soon.  Ragman will also be explored in coming weeks.  Keep checking in with us as the new characters keep coming fast!

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