A continued side effect to all or any the Legends of Tomorrow build from the first half of Arrow Season 4 has witnessed a fair amount of tale details glossed over, obviously when it comes to Damien Darhk, and in particular each of our ability to make for good business of Diggle’s close friend Andy. Last week’utes “Blood Debts” at least started answer that question by suggesting that this character’s attitude experienced more to do with his as well as Diggle’s troubled historical past than an downright brainwashing, which unfortunately put the Diggle brothers-centric “Some sort of.W.O.L” in some shaky soil to start with.
Diggle-focused hours tend to be few and far between as it is, usually cramming flashbacks with specifics that Oliver’s tale would take months to let unfold, even though “A.W.To.L” definitely did effectively to show more of the brothers’ relationship than we’ve experienced before. As I stated last week, front-loading Season Four with a “who’s inside the grave” mystery tends to take focus from the minutes at hand, keeping apparent crosshairs* on characters similar to Andy or Lyla, and thereby robbing some of the redemption arc the hour or so seemed to try creating. If nothing else, “A.W.O.L” at least drew some strong through-lines, to open on Diggle and Lyla, and close with welcoming Andrew into their home soon after trust earned inside the Shadowspire fight.
*The comic character has surely revisit from worse, nevertheless say goodbye to Cynthia Addai-Robinson’s Amanda Waller, latest victim on the Suicide Squad film eliminating its Telly counterparts.
Because these early 2016 episodes have a great deal competing for focus however, much of the actual Diggle family saga appeared a bit overshadowed by the consequences of a paralyzed Felicity being home, and slowly getting rid of back into her responsibilities helping the team through remote. Arrow isn’t the sort to lean way too heavily into a lifelong* realignment like paraplegia, but it has been nice to see a minimum of some of the experience demonstrated in non-super moments, that for all her intact computer skills, the actual trauma still rattles the woman, and turns taken-for-granted duties like a coffee work that much more complicated.
*There’utes a lot to be claimed of Oliver this show; the writing wonderfully keeping he along with Felicity strong through a real trying ordeal (creating their future fear all the more ominous), and the awkward shoehorn of Barry’azines time-travel warning, but the closing Oliver and Felicity scene thought more than a little off of. Lampshading paralysis in a world of these kinds of super-happenings was probably predictable, but Oliver’s declare to find some deus-ex-machina cure felt like a remarkable cheat to justify preventing her paralysis sometime this year.
What really struck out and about, however, was your return of “Goth Felicity” seeing that some sort of taunting hallucination, especially without any additional idea of having taken too much medication, or perhaps effect from Damien Darhk. Felicity is an outstanding character to have accumulated over the last four years, in excess of worthy of exploring the two a sense of identity in addition to her recent shock, and it isn’t just as if she has thugs to toss around as part of the process of healing, like her teammates.
Felicity’ohydrates hurdles are always cerebral, and I can also understand the device value of Emily Bett Rickards dressing up to act reverse herself, but all of the exchanges felt ridiculous awkward and on-the-nose in context. Worse, also, that we weren’t in the end privy to her catharsis at any rate, jumping straight into the woman return to the lair to trade inspiring speeches and toasts with Oliver.
The split concentrate between didn’t depart much for “The.W.O.L” for taking away overall, generally serving to put Felicity in the game with a clever new codename, and potentially shake things up in a.R.G.Oughout.S., if we’re to take Lyla’s “promotion” in face value. Simply no Quentin, Donna, Damien or anything on the campaign soon, so hopefully “A new.W.O.L” delivers more than to widen the target on Andrew (or yikes, Diggle)’s back.
AND ANOTHER THING …
Arrow Year 4 will give back February 3 having “Unchained”, airing at 8-10:00 P.M. on The CW.
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