Arrow fans use the term ‘OTA’ in reference to the ‘Original Team Arrow’. That would be the group that formed in season one consisting of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), John Diggle (David Ramsey), and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). The team has grown greatly over the years to include Arsenal, Speedy, Black Canary, Wild Dog, Ragman, Artemis, Mr. Terrific, and another Black Canary. For a loner, Green Arrow — like Batman — sure has a big extended family.
But, according to Amell in a conversation with TVLine, the OTA is going to be a big story point:
“In an upcoming episode we discover that there’s a fracture within the superhero group, which threatens to split Team Arrow down the middle — [between] the original members and the newbies.”
Green Arrow, Spartan, and Overwatch versus Black Canary, Mr. Terrific, and Wild Dog. That is actually a pretty interesting idea and a somewhat balanced match. We’ve met more of the bad team so far this season, and we’re about to see Oliver arrested by the FBI before the big crossover event where the team gets to fight Nazis. I expect what they’re filming now will be for when the show returns from their Holiday hiatus on January 18th.
Arrow airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on the CW.