I don’t specifically think Olicity is ruining the show. I think the gross pandering to a ship is ruining the show. Nobody should be surprised though, seeing as it is the CW. The writers have forced in countless “meaningful” Olicity moments where Felicity gives Ollie some pep talk or inspirational speech which just echoes something that some other character said to Oliver a couple episodes earlier. Romance is fine in shows as long as the show does not forget what it’s supposed to be. Arrow is a superhero show. And regardless of whether or not Oliver and Laurel end up together, Katie Cassidy is getting fucked over because she (as the female lead) is losing screen time to Felicity and Oliver staring longingly into each other’s eyes. This is a problem. Characters in the show are getting put on the back burner because of Felicity. For instance, Diggle’s initial role on the show was to help out Oliver, keep him grounded, and occasionally don the hood. Those speeches Diggle gave Ollie about making sure he had his head on straight are now being given to Felicity, and because of this Diggle actually serves no purpose on the show. With the arrival of Roy (whom I like so don’t take this the wrong way) there is nothing that Diggle offers that nobody else offers as well, and I think the writers need to be very careful with that.
HOWEVER: The Olicity pandering is not the show’s biggest problem in my opinion. Season 2 wasn’t actually that awful in that regard. I am just worried because I see the potential in the future for Olicity to cause major problems in the show. My real problem with the show these days is that the writers are taking on WAY too much. They’re trying to work about 5 story lines in a season, and quite frankly there’s not enough screen time to handle everything. Story lines feel rushed and incomplete because of how much they’re trying to do.
Summary: As a comic book fan, I’m worried that the show will make a mockery of a really great character. I’m fine with Olicity if it is executed properly, but from what I’ve seen so far, I have no faith in the writers to execute it properly.
A good description of the problematic aspects of season two and three.