I just came here to look at the pictures. WOW!
PART IV...something different & not be the token nemesis to Arrow, a la Green Goblin to Spiderman. Tommy just doesn't have the physicality to take his father's place & become the substitute Dark Archer. Oliver & Malcolm have been training for YEARS, and Oliver in the most punishing physical environments. Even Laurel could take Tommy down right now, and in the foreseeable future. OK, I'm done!
PART III...felt like I was watching Brad Pitt age backwards in THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON. Back to Young Oliver. What a callow, superficial JERK! Well done, Steven Amell! The way he walked, his gestures, his facial expressions - they all communicated just how carefree, self-absorbed and completely selfish this guy was. I admit I didn't think Amell's range was that good because he's always the straight, serious guy holding up the tentpole of the series. But given the chance to show both pre & post Oliver, especially that last scene w/Malcom where he can barely contain his contempt, I saw so many layers of emotion in his eyes. Bravo! Finally, Tommy's presence was short, but meaningful. He looked comfortable in that suit, acting all cold & entitled to Laurel. It's almost too predictable to have him take Malcolm's place. I want Oliver to have his best friend back. Hope the writers find a surprising, awesome 3rd path that would allow Tommy to do something different & not be the token nemesis to Arrow, a la Green Goblin to Spiderman.
PART II...arrogant, entitled personality more removed & superior from everyone around him. OTOH, Oliver's trauma of watching his father & Sarah die right in front of him had the opposite effect. He may seem cold & removed because he has a double life. But, we know that compared to that spoiled, rich kid using a $100 bill to pay for pizza in this episode, Oliver cares now more than he ever did about his family & community, & at least is aware about the emotional consequences of his actions on other people. I like how we're seeing what made Arrow & the Dark Archer at almost the same time. They're mirror images of each other, making ethical choices that you can compare because their emotional crises were similar. QUESTION: Does anyone think they are using CGI to make Steven Amell look younger in his pre-island days? You can use makeup only so far, and Oliver Queen's skin & facial structure is so youthful in his scenes with Laurel, that it almost felt like I was watching Brad Pitt age backwards in THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON.
Was this episode only one hour long? SO MUCH INFORMATION that this review could only do a recap to underline the important points, of which there are many (and to make sure all of us understood). LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT! Thank you for finally revealing how the List connects to the Plan, how far back Moira's involvement went (or didn't go), and how Mr. Queen got roped into all of it. I was surprised that he wasn't the mastermind. But, instead more of an unwitting accomplice because he had something to hide. What is fascinating is we know now that Malcolm developed all these plans as a reaction to his wife's murder, and because he couldn't deal with how he let her die alone. He blamed a location for her death, and condemns *everyone* who lives there as being unworthy of existing. Overreact much, Malcolm? Becoming the Dark Archer was an emotional outlet for his trauma. But, it only magnified & distorted his "God complex," as Robert put it, and made an already arrogant, entitled personality more removed from the community...CONT'D ABOVE
@San - I think Snow was referring to Emma not being able to read Graham, Neal or August very well because of her personal relationships with them (not necessarily romantic).
EXCELLENT EPISODE! Lana Parilla & Robert Carlyle have the BEST chemistry together. Whether their characters work together or are at odds, it doesn't matter because they really do great work together. I did notice one thing after watching this episode. To get your Happy Ending in the Enchanted Forest, you either have to be royalty or a character who deals in some way with magic. Average villagers are either routinely slaughtered by kings or ogres on their military campaigns, by queens nursing a vendetta, turned into puppets, or eaten by their girlfriends. David may want to return to the EF. But, IMO he, Snow & most everyone else were pretty safe during their 28 years in Storybrooke compared to the murder & mayhem that were routine in the EF. I don't think this world was more cruel to Emma than their world was to Snow.
Apparently, once a show is informally cancelled/moved to a Saturday time slot, it's no longer worth reviewing, eh?
I love Shado, too! There's a woman who can take care of herself, & not give Oliver a guilt complex about what her life "might have been" without his Vigilante role. She knows the score. And, she could do yoga with Moira!
Finally, I'd like to express some Laurel & J. August Richards love. Laurel hauling out a pump rifle from her bedroom was just AWESOME! And, JAR played the cold assassin perfectly. Will always have a soft spot for him because of ANGEL.
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