Kristine tells us that she has done this actual thing, in her life, for like eons, but unlike if Surya were saying this, and I'm sure somewhere he is, I actually believe it. If you think for a second that we're in for a taste of Kristine in any way in this episode, though, you're wrong. She's still just that cute girl in the futurewear to me. I have no idea who she is or what she wants, or why I like her so much; I joke about how there are ten people on Kinetic named Jennifer, but I swear, it's because there are still so many people on Kinetic that I really like and want to get to know, and still don't know anything about. It's a social blindness thing on the show's part, I think: we know a lot about the sort of people Arrow are -- enough, in fact, that I've gone through the whole "you can't hate anybody if you know them well enough" cycle with all of them -- while...Jenn? Loved her, don't know shit about her. Kristine, same deal. Heidi, frankly: what is she besides a person with a USB port? Even Derek, I don't get the full picture, and what I did get was mostly from watching this shit over and over specifically for him, trying to learn him.
Look. If you're still with me at this point in the season, or my history recapping this show frankly, you know I'm not trying to make a point when I say that I believe this is a producer error, that the whole Girly Team is such ciphers, that comes from a gender place. I'm not actually fucking around or being melodramatic when I say that. In the comic book industry, if you will allow me, we have a saying: boys draw bodies, girls draw faces. I'm not an artist by any means, but I'm totally girly as far as this distinction goes, so maybe I'm interrogating the production from the wrong angle, OR MAYBE I'm totally right: the editing this season is emotionally tone-deaf, and neglects the characterization of the women. Those teams were picked nearly randomly, from a pool of people presumably interesting enough to be picked over thousands of applicants: it's not like they were like, "All robot ladies with no personality over here, and the queers; all the buck-toothed hicks and trampy-looking defense attorneys and metrosexual dudes, on the right." They didn't do that. It just fell out, and somebody in charge decided the girls weren't interesting enough to care about. That's absolutely how it went down. Gross, you know?