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– by Mark Cook

Photo Courtesy of the CW.

Photo Courtesy of the CW.

1. Prometheus’ Identity Revealed–At the beginning of the episode I thought,” We need to see more of Vigilante.”  Not necessarily every episode, but the character has been one of the more interesting individuals this season.  Why is he so appealing?   Vigilante wants to clean up city by killing the corrupt.  Sound familiar?  He’s the equivalent of The Hood from Season 1.  Adrian Chase was my number one suspect as he is the supportive DA by day, but he has his own, darker agenda at night. Also, Chase is one of the alter ego’s for the character in the comics. Next, he and Prometheus came face-to-face, battled, then Prometheus revealed that he is…Adrian Chase?  Well that was…interesting?…I’m hoping he isn’t the actual Prometheus. When he first encountered Vigilante and stated, “Oliver is mine,” it didn’t sound like the same voice used by Prometheus in previous episodes.  Also, who was in the Vigilante costume?  I still hope this “reveal” is another smokescreen for the actual Prometheus, but this is probably wishful thinking. Part of the issue here is that too much time has passed between the previous episodes including Prometheus and Vigilante that it is difficult keeping track of which character could be which. If Chase is the true Prometheus then he should have had a more prominent role in the show.  Possibly making him closer to Team Arrow than one of the other members would have made for a much more dramatic reveal, much like when Artemis turned on the team.  Yes, it was definitely a twist as most assumed Chase was Vigilante, but having his character subtly in the background–and not even being involved in a chunk of episodes–lessened the impact of the reveal.  With talks of Prometheus being “created” from Season 1, a majority of us assumed Yao Fei, Shado, Tommy, Roy, etc., which would bring the show full-circle.  If they do keep Chase as the actual Prometheus, it feels as if we have been short-changed.  Yes, they could make a back story which ties to the early seasons but why create that when the motivation for revenge against Oliver would have already made sense from some of the characters previously listed?  Really hoping Chase isn’t the final Prometheus.

Photo Courtedy of the CW.

Photo Courtedy of the CW.

2. Where is Green Arrow?–Oliver has been trying to balance control of the city by day and night, which is finally catching up to him.  In order to cover for Green Arrow accidentally killing Billy Malone, Oliver and DA Chase had to cover up the situation.  This has been such a focus in recent episodes that we have hardly seen the Green Arrow.  The only time we got to see him in tonight’s episode was briefly in the flashbacks. The point of the series is to focus on Green Arrow–hints the name, Arrow–not merely Oliver Queen.  My hope is that since Oliver has made Green Arrow an outcast again, he will return to his former ways, much like the hunted individual he was in Season 1. 

3. Susan Williams’ Sudden Change–We have heard the saying, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”  Susan was pissed, rightfully so, and if we thought she was going after Oliver before, she now has even more fuel added to the fire, but then she gets her job back and she promises not to tell Oliver’s secret…It now seems that Prometheus will take her hostage next episode. That changed quickly.  There has been build up the entire season regarding her plans to take down Oliver, now she seems to be over that idea. This will lead to another plot twist. I still think she is in on Prometheus’ plans, much like Isabel Rochev in Season 2. 

4. Bland Flashbacks–Where did Talia go?  She made the flashbacks interesting with her appearances and eagerness to lead Oliver down the path to redemption.  Now she is nowhere to be found.  The flashbacks over the past couple episodes have advanced the plot at a snail’s pace.

Honorable Mentions–Dr. Schwartz knows Oliver is Green Arrow.  Worst. Kept. Secret Identity. Also, Thea returned only to resign.  What is the deal with characters leaving, returning, then leaving again? (Ragman, Thea, Lance).  One character is fine, but numerous characters lessens the impact.

What did you think of Prometheus’ reveal?  Who do you think Vigilante is?  Did you enjoy the episode, or was it a disappointment?  Leave your comments in the usual spot, and thanks for reading!