Monday, August 25, 2014
Monday Muse - David Ramsey as John Diggle on Arrow
I find it amazing when you go back and watch something for the second time around, how much you miss during the first viewing, how many clues to future happenings are left, and how many things appear in a different light once you've got a bigger picture to work with. So for today's Monday Muse, I'm talking about John Diggle, Oliver's kind-of-but-not-really sidekick.
Diggle started out as a hired bodyguard to protect Oliver after he was abducted in the first or second episode.
However, Diggle did manage to impress Oliver with his skills, and was obviously very perceptive, confronting Oliver with the fact that he thought there was more to the playboy billionaire than everybody else saw.
When Diggle eventually got himself between Oliver and a target, getting shot with a poison bullet, Oliver made the decision to bring Diggle in on the operation. At first, Diggle didn't want to know about it, but after giving it some thought, changed his mind.
However, Diggle joined on the condition that he would be Oliver's partner, not his sidekick, which is fair enough if you ask me!
However, interestingly enough, when it came to Diggle getting revenge for the death of his brother, some role reversal happened, with Diggle being the revenge-driven impulsive one, while Oliver tried to reason with him.
Diggle's story lines have been interesting in their own right, totally aside from Oliver's story arc. There's still some mystery as to exactly who John Diggle is, what he's done and what he might be capable of. I'm hoping the writers will continue exploring this in depth, and wouldn't be surprised to find Diggle has some darker aspects to his past/personality than one might necessarily expect.
And of course, because this is a Monday Muse, we'll finish on this note: