You know what I’ve missed a lot on this show? Original Team Arrow. I know I’m not the only one, too. Spend any time around Arrow fans on Twitter and you’ll find them clamoring for more scenes with the OGs. It’s understand… the trifecta of Oliver, Diggle and Felicity are the core of the show and what took the show from “decent comic book adaptation” to “must see tv” in season one. Respect the OGs, yo! And that’s exactly what the writers did tonight.
Bromance on the Rocks
Oliver and Diggle aren’t doing so great, not just as friends but as a team. They snipe at each other in the field and when Oliver needs backup, Diggle ignores Felicity’s call in order to deal with his own vendetta against HIVE. This leads to both of them nearly getting killed which leads to Felicity’s Loud Voice.
She makes the boys attempt to play nice again, which leads to Dig finally opening up to Oliver about HIVE’s connection to his brother’s death and some of the ice thaws. By the time the Original Team goes out for drinks at the end of the episode, my little bromance heart is feeling much better about things.
As long as these three are on the same page, we’re in good shape.
Felicity is a badass
I mean, most of us knew this already. She gave Slade the mirakuru cure in the season 2 finale, she saved Oliver’s bacon in the Atom suit last year… No longer is our favorite IT girl a wilting flower when it comes to life and death situations. When Double Down threatens to kill her or Curtis (or both), Felicity takes charge and uses a machine gun to ward off the baddie.
Even Oliver is impressed.
Oh and Felicity got some weird interference on her cellphone. It was easy to miss until it happened again and her name appeared. Could that be Tiny Ray, wandering the office all shrunk and helpless, calling for her assistance?
Damien Darhk remains utterly terrifying
I mean, what else needs to be said? The man doesn’t hesitate to kill anyone who disappoints him and he does so with such cold, calculated precision.
Remind me not to get on his bad side.
Malcolm is a terrible father
When it becomes clear that Thea is suffering the effects of the Lazarus Pit, Malcolm Merlyn’s best advice to her is for her to embrace her blood lust and go on a killing spree every few weeks. Thea doesn’t think this is a great idea. Actually, no one thinks this a great idea.
But psycho dad sends assassins to her bedroom anyhow, engaging her blood lust and she kills them. He acts like he did her a favor. Oh, Malcolm.
Laurel is a terrible sister
Okay, there, I said it. Everyone (or everyone that knew what Laurel was trying to do, rather) told her that her plan to bring Sara back via the Lazarus Pit was a terrible idea.
Even Thea didn’t seem entirely excited about the plan. Malcolm tried to explain why this shouldn’t happen. Nyssa begged Laurel to let her sister go, let her be at rest. Laurel was certain of her quest though. The end result? A husk of what Sara once was, soulless and bloodthirsty.
(My one consolation is that she looks significantly better than she did at the end of last week’s episode. Progress, folks)
Next week will see the ramifications of what happened this week, especially as pertains to Sara. I feel sorry for everyone back in Star City already.
What did you think of this week’s episode of Arrow?