Coming off of last week's episode, Oliver is looking to disband Team Arrow. Will Chase continue his stronghold over Oliver? Check out this week's takeaways.
1. Chase Isn't Finished With Oliver -- Not that we thought he was, but Prometheus doesn't look to be slowing down his onslaught anytime soon. Chase comes to Oliver in the mayor's office dropping off a knife in hopes of Oliver stabbing him. He goes on to verbally berate Oliver telling him that stabbing him in public is the only option he has since The Green Arrow is wanted for "killing Chase's wife". He is showing the he clearly still has the upper hand. Viewers knew this would be the case. There were so many questions from last episode that I could not wait to learn more about in tonight's episode. Unfortunately, I watched for an hour and the episode didn't touch on many of the questions that were raised last week.
2. Promotional Clips Still Ruining Reveals -- Just as the promotional clips revealed that Black Siren was the actual Laurel Lance we were going to see, this week's episode lacked the same type of reveal. Anatoly was hidden behind a pillar as Oliver was asking for help. This may have lead viewers to wonder who Oliver would be asking for help from seeing as he just distanced himself from the team, yet Anatoly was one of the first individuals shown in the promotional footage. I'm not sure why they continue to do this, but they kill any sense of anticipation they are striving for. One of the few highlights of this week's episode was also in the promotional clip: Oliver punching Diggle. He punched him because Diggle messed up his plans for the Bratva to kill Chase. This would have made much more of an impact if we hadn't already seen it. I get that they want to create hype for the upcoming episode, but they end up showing all of the hype, and the rest of the episode doesn't live up to it.
3. Oliver Could Be Headed Down a Dark Path...Or Is He? -- In order for Anatoly and the Bratva to help Oliver, they obviously need something in return. Oliver allows them to steal medicine in order to turn it into a street drug for revenue. Oliver has started to believe what Chase had told him. He feels that he is sick, and beyond redemption. This could have been an extremely interesting plot point, and a way for Oliver to be the character that he was in Season 1, but he and Diggle had one extended conversation that quickly changed his mind. This seemed a bit rushed, but Oliver still had to deal with the fact that the Bratva weren't leaving like he had hoped.
4. No Green Arrow + Focus on Team Arrow = Boring -- This episode was definitely a "filler", but the series is always strong when Green Arrow is the focus...Yes, I understand why Oliver was not in costume this episode, which was fine, but that plus the focus on Team Arrow trying to continue the fight just seemed bland. The second half of Season 5 has struggled to continue momentum. There will be some episodes that spark anticipation and questions, but the following week doesn't match. I know that not every episode will be filled with twists and turns, but when last week's episode ended I had more questions than answers, and was looking forward to possibly getting some answers this week, even if they were subtle. Unfortunately, we didn't get that this week.
Honorable Mention -- Even though this week was a bit disappointing for me, the ending with Chase brutally killing the guards, driving away covered in blood, listening, and whistling along to "It's A Beautiful Morning" by The Rascals was extremely well done. He truly feels no remorse whatsoever.
This week's article is short, but that's because I didn't find much worth talking about with this episode The fact that Arrow goes on another hiatus until April 26 means this should have been a stronger episode to keep the momentum created from last week. What are your thoughts after this week's episode? Are you looking forward to the remaining few episodes of the season? What do the writers need to make the Season 6 stronger than the current? Leave your thoughts in the usual spot, and thanks for reading!