Up to the latest episode I had never cared for the second generation kids. Ben Lewis, Katharine McNamara, and Joseph David-Jones were all introduced in the previous season, grown up versions of Oliver’s two kids, and the boy John Diggle (David Ramsey) adopted.
The conclusion of last week’s episode saw the trio get thrust backwards through time, winding up in the present day. This week’s episode allowed them to interact with the parents they never got to know, and I found all three characters more interesting, as a result.
It appears they are going to stick around, at least for a while. I’m not certain they will continue to keep me engaged, but for this week they really added to the drama, especially when Rene (Rick Gonzalez) discovered that, in their future, his daughter was murdered by Diggle’s son.
On the one hand, this episode has less to do with the upcoming Crisis than the previous ones. There was no mission from the Monitor for Oliver (Stephen Amell) to perform, and the Monitor himself (LaMonica Garrett) appears only briefly at the very end, making a dark deal with one of the characters.
But in another way, this was all very Crisis. A big feature of that series had been the time slips, characters being thrust into the past or the future, interacting with characters they normally would never have encountered. And really, that’s what this episode was all about.
I was also glad to see the return of Mr Terrific (Echo Kellum), who had been one of my favourite characters on the show. I hope he is back in more episodes this season.
It looks like the next episode will return to the “greatest hits” theme, as Oliver will have to return to Russia. But we’re almost halfway through this final season, and I am expecting the Crisis to start playing a much larger role shortly. With the huge line up of guest stars that have been announced for that story arc, I’m just chomping at the bit for it to really get going!