Arrow continues with its “greatest hits” final season, sending Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) to Nanda Parbat, and bringing back his sister Thea (Willa Holland), as well as Talia Al Ghul (Lexa Doig).
Oliver is not on a mission for the Monitor this time around. Instead, he is seeking information about the man. But what he winds up learning is not the kind of news he was hoping for.
This is easily becoming my favourite season of the series. I hugely appreciate the way that it is mining the previous years, and creating fulfilling returns for so many of the characters.
I wasn't sad to see Thea leave the show when she did. Holland had done about everything she could have with the character. But I was equally glad to see her return, and catch up on her life post-Star City.
The one thing that had been bothering me, and which I haven’t really been talking about, is the “next generation” characters, the children of Oliver, Felicity, Ben Turner, and Rene Ramirez. The previous season integrated flash forwards in which the four youths encountered each other, went through the requisite misunderstandings, sought out Felicity, and prevented more destruction to Star City. Honestly, I tended to poke around on my laptop during those sequences.
So I was less than enthused to see these characters return this season, and remained equally disengaged during their battles with the “Deathstrokes.”
Well, all that changes with this episode. It’s kind of a major spoiler, so I won’t say anything more, but for the first time I was actually excited by a scene they were in, and am interested to see how their storyline will play out.