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May 25, 2016 11:17PM EDT
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This episode was quite satisfying. Satisfying in the sense of closure and resolution. The episode starts exactly where the pervious one left off with Darhk confronting Felicity, Donna, and Curtis in the wake of his wife's death. He's pissed and vengeful. He starts tossing people around like they're review papers after a midterm. Obviously this is Oliver and Diggle's cue to smash in (so much broken glass on this show) and save them. The only way they get Darhk to stand down is by threatening his daughter's life, with an arrow to her throat curtesy of Thea of course. Deal. They disappear back to the hidey-hole under city hall which his daughter finds creepy. Can't blame you kid. In the meantime Team Arrow finds out that Rubicon is on the loose and has over 1500 missiles going everywhere. Oh and there is one heading to Star City set to go off waaay too soon. Thankfully Felicity and Curtis are able to put a stop to that. Before that Lyla has sent ARGUS agents to go a kill Darhk. Oliver is trying to tell her it's a mistake but of course she doesn't listen. That plan goes south real quick and now Darhk has more power. Lyla really should have seen that coming, but I digress. Something that should be mentioned is Felicity's desperate plea to Lance to take her mother away from the city, which he reluctantly agrees to. But doesn't totally listen to. And after a ghost invasion in the lair Malcolm makes his usual entrance to save Thea. But in all seriousness, who's side is this guy on? Oliver and Felicity realize that her hope for him isn't really getting the job done so now it's time for a giant hope speech for all of Star City to hear. And surprisingly it does the trick. Before the big "must be May" battle scene Felicity comes face-to-face with her ex and gives her a hope speech of her own. He is reluctant to go with it considering their is a bullet heading toward his spine a la Darhk. She finally breaks through to him and the guy actually stops Rubicon though the missiles are on their way. Thankfully the tech teams figures out how to put a stop to that! Bam no more missiles, the world is safe for now. During the big battle between Oliver and Darhk the whole city decides to back up their green hero. Darhk decides he doesn't need his power to end the Green Arrow because he can just kick his ass since he was a member of the League of Assassins (did anyone else forget about this, or was that just me). After a long hand-to-hand-to-foot combat battle, which let's be honest Darhk was owning it, Oliver realizes he needs to kill Darhk-- for the people of the city and world, and also for Laurel. Laurel who gave many people in this episode a lot of inspiration in the way of WWLLD ( what would Laurel Lance do). Darhk is finally dead. That arc is finally over. Now it's time for the team to recuperate in their destroyed lair. Lance decides that he and Donna do need to leave. He doesn't want to be a cop anymore. He wants to go a mourn and live life. Thea also decides it's time to go. She wants to figure out who she is outside of Speedy. Girl hasn't gotten a break since being resurrected. Diggle wants to take time to figure out when his life went so off course. He's no longer the man who used to give Oliver hope and keep him in a straight line. The roles were reversed and he wants to find a way to be the person he was. Apparently the military will help with that. Oliver tells Laurel all his thoughts on what has happened. Though wait, he gets a call. His hope speech did a lot more that just get the city to battle Darhk. It has them wanting Oliver for mayor. Well for the interim, until an election is held. But now Mayor Oliver Queen has been sworn in. Out finale scene is in the lair. Oliver looking at the class case of costumes of the team. Surprisingly Felicity is there. She isn't leaving the team. It seems as though the team may just consist of Oliver and Felicity for a while. A thought I'm actually okay with. It was a calm ending to the season. Team Arrow isn't totally dead. They will be back for more in Season 5.
This episode was quite satisfying. Satisfying in the sense of closure and resolution. The episode starts exactly where the pervious one left off with Darhk confronting Felicity, Donna, and Curtis in the wake of his wife's death. He's pissed and vengeful. He starts tossing people around like they're review papers after a midterm. Obviously this is Oliver and Diggle's cue to smash in (so much broken glass on this show) and save them. The only way they get Darhk to stand down is by threatening his daughter's life, with an arrow to her throat curtesy of Thea of course. Deal. They disappear back to the hidey-hole under city hall which his daughter finds creepy. Can't blame you kid. In the meantime Team Arrow finds out that Rubicon is on the loose and has over 1500 missiles going everywhere. Oh and there is one heading to Star City set to go off waaay too soon. Thankfully Felicity and Curtis are able to put a stop to that. Before that Lyla has sent ARGUS agents to go a kill Darhk. Oliver is trying to tell her it's a mistake but of course she doesn't listen. That plan goes south real quick and now Darhk has more power. Lyla really should have seen that coming, but I digress. Something that should be mentioned is Felicity's desperate plea to Lance to take her mother away from the city, which he reluctantly agrees to. But doesn't totally listen to. And after a ghost invasion in the lair Malcolm makes his usual entrance to save Thea. But in all seriousness, who's side is this guy on? Oliver and Felicity realize that her hope for him isn't really getting the job done so now it's time for a giant hope speech for all of Star City to hear. And surprisingly it does the trick. Before the big "must be May" battle scene Felicity comes face-to-face with her ex and gives her a hope speech of her own. He is reluctant to go with it considering their is a bullet heading toward his spine a la Darhk. She finally breaks through to him and the guy actually stops Rubicon though the missiles are on their way. Thankfully the tech teams figures out how to put a stop to that! Bam no more missiles, the world is safe for now. During the big battle between Oliver and Darhk the whole city decides to back up their green hero. Darhk decides he doesn't need his power to end the Green Arrow because he can just kick his ass since he was a member of the League of Assassins (did anyone else forget about this, or was that just me). After a long hand-to-hand-to-foot combat battle, which let's be honest Darhk was owning it, Oliver realizes he needs to kill Darhk-- for the people of the city and world, and also for Laurel. Laurel who gave many people in this episode a lot of inspiration in the way of WWLLD ( what would Laurel Lance do). Darhk is finally dead. That arc is finally over. Now it's time for the team to recuperate in their destroyed lair. Lance decides that he and Donna do need to leave. He doesn't want to be a cop anymore. He wants to go a mourn and live life. Thea also decides it's time to go. She wants to figure out who she is outside of Speedy. Girl hasn't gotten a break since being resurrected. Diggle wants to take time to figure out when his life went so off course. He's no longer the man who used to give Oliver hope and keep him in a straight line. The roles were reversed and he wants to find a way to be the person he was. Apparently the military will help with that. Oliver tells Laurel all his thoughts on what has happened. Though wait, he gets a call. His hope speech did a lot more that just get the city to battle Darhk. It has them wanting Oliver for mayor. Well for the interim, until an election is held. But now Mayor Oliver Queen has been sworn in. Out finale scene is in the lair. Oliver looking at the class case of costumes of the team. Surprisingly Felicity is there. She isn't leaving the team. It seems as though the team may just consist of Oliver and Felicity for a while. A thought I'm actually okay with. It was a calm ending to the season. Team Arrow isn't totally dead. They will be back for more in Season 5.
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by S.kari
Oct 14, 2016 11:54PM EDT
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"Well John I'm not going to die tonight" "" "If things go bad I need you to back the city up"
"Well John I'm not going to die tonight" "" "If things go bad I need you to back the city up"