More average? Sure. More uninteresting? I don't think so, unless you consider making the character purposefully unlikable as more "interesting." I really feel bad for Cassidy honestly. She's doing the best she can with really, really poor material. It's not exaggerating when I say she's easily had the worst material of the entire series. (Though oddly, right now, during what is easily the shows weakest stretch out of all the seasons, she's been handled all right). They've just given Laurel a lot of crappy material to work with. Starting her off as Ollie's ex who he cheated on with her sister...only to reveal that she's in a relationship with Ollie's best friend, was not the best way to start her out. Season two was even worse. It seemed like every single decision they made with Laurel was geared to make the audience hate her. It was the perfect example of how to NOT do a "lowest point" arc. Bringing a character down to their lowest point can be very interesting dramatically. However, you don't also have to make them unlikable on top of it. Game of Thrones is a great example. Jamie Lannister is reduced to his lowest moment in S3 of GOT, however, with each even that brought him lower, it made him more complex and more LIKEABLE to the audience. They did the opposite with Laurel. And then, on top of it, they introduce a Black Canary that is both 1.) More likable, 2.) Received more training that Laurel, quite honestly, can't live up to. 3.) Is played by an actress with a greater aptitude for the physical nature of the role. So once again, it's like they set Cassidy up for failure. They've been doing better this season, but honestly, it's only better because they're writing her in a way that doesn't make us hate her. And they completely rushed her arc. I never once believe that Laurel could, or should be able to hold her own on the streets. Her training has been laughably minimalistic, but I'm accepting it because I don't honestly think the writers are capable of giving her a good "growing" arc at this point.