Why is this episode difficult to review? It was EXCELLENT! Juliette is finally remembering everything. The zombie army is clearly being formed to split Nick's attention so he can't protect Renard, leaving the Captain vulnerable. (BTW, does Renard have ANY abilities other than the Ugly Face?) And, Adalind is in way over her head, even if she gets her powers back.
The one item that rings false is Juliette "helping" Nick. Seriously, she is more of a liability because she is ignorant about what being a Grimm *really* means. Does she know all the people/Wesen he has had to execute in the span of one year? This goes way beyond the scope of normal police work. She & Hank need to talk since they're the only humans that know about this world.
Does anyone here have any thoughts about the Legs - as in whose legs ordered the downing of the commercial flight when Oliver was on the island, and evidently has Edward Fyers at her beck & call? I know everyone's first thought must have been "Moira!" But, if not her, who else would we recognize at this late juncture? There aren't very many other female characters with influence & gravitas on this show who fit the timeline (as in, they weren't in college at the time) except...Dinah Lance. Speculation is most welcome!
Favorite line: "Hi, Roy. I'm the disapproving older brother."
If anything will kill Thea's love life, it's Roy finding out the Vigilante is Oliver. LOL!
@TMT - It would take a looong time, and possibly some chemical alterations, for Tommy Merlyn to become the Dark Archer even within 2 years IMO. The guy has NO fighting skills. Laurel Lance is more lethal than he is. You would have thought his father would have insisted he train in martial arts to defend himself because of what happened to his mother. But, he has shown zero ability in that area.
This brings me to a slight nitpick: Malcolm Merlyn should not be able to take down the Vigilante. I don't care how long he's trained. Oliver is younger than him by 20+ years, has quicker reflexes, & 20% less body fat. Oliver brought down Merlyn's entire security force by himself to free Walter last week mostly in hand-to-hand combat. Does not compute. But, I understand the need to make it seem like he could for dramatic purposes.
One hour is not enough for this show! I always come to the end of an episode, and think, "NO! I want more!" EXCELLENT episode! The only part that was unclear to me was why Oliver even went to Laurel mere hours after he encouraged Tommy to not end his relationship with her. What changed? Still, I don't feel that sorry for Tommy. He *did* dump her with the flimsiest of reasons. Agree w/DJ below that Laurel needs better window coverings. You'd think a daughter of a cop with a pump shotgun in her bedroom would know better.
To the reviewer: Shado is too young to have trained Malcolm Merlyn. He went overseas after his wife was murdered, when Oliver & Tommy were kids. It's possible Yao Fei might have trained him, which would be ironic. But, did you catch the possibility that Roy might be the son of Oliver's island companion, Slade Wilson? That's the impression I got.
OMG! Oliver carrying Felicity to safety w/a grappling hook...this episode is already fabulous! I don't even care about the plot.
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.
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