The second episode of the final season of Arrow does not indulge in the multiverse hopping from the season premiere, but still manages to do what that episode did, bring back characters from earlier on in the series.
This time around, the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) sends Oliver Queen back to Hong Kong, to find and retrieve a kidnapped scientist. Diggle (David Ramsey) is by his side, but the Black Siren Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) is determined to find her way back to her own Earth.
Laurel’s subplot is well handled, as she goes through the usual stages of grief, before coming to accept that she is now the sole survivor of her universe.
And while I wasn’t a huge fan of the season that saw flashbacks to Oliver’s time in Hong Kong, and the long, drawn-out origin of Katana (Rila Fukushima), I was really pleased to see her back, now a seasoned warrior, as well as their old foe, China White (Kelly Hu).
I get the impression, given the way these first two episodes played out, that forthcoming installments of the final season will also bring back characters from previous years. Certainly the end of this episode sets that up, with a mention of Nanda Parbat. I really enjoy final seasons that make the most of the show’s history.
There is only one other thing I really need to say about this week’s episode, and yet I don’t want to. I cannot spoil it. Suffice it to say that there is a great twist towards the end, and yet it was in our faces for many years. I am appalled with myself for not catching it ahead of time.