This was an excellent season-ender that wrapped up all the major plot lines, and delivered on almost all the character growth built up all season. Also...
Holy shit! They did it. They actually destroyed the Glades. We speculated in the comments of last week's episode that it was a possibility, but I'd shrugged the idea off as improbable. Way too bold a move for a freshman show, but that's exactly what they did. Malcolm's insane plan actually went off. It does appear that the damage was contained within the Glades itself, but wow. Color me surprised.
They also killed off Tommy. I was shocked that they killed him off. He even went out like a hero. He saved Laurel, and apologized to Oliver. Talk about changing up a character. I cared about him in the end, I actually got misty when he died. They had set him up all season to be the next big bad, and then they went and did this.
Moira's very public statement about her involvement in the Undertaking was also a bit surprising, although less so than Tommy's death. The writers needed to give the people of the Glades time to get out, which should've been the first clue that the earthquake plot was going to actually happen. I bet Moira's confession will be a big plot point in season 2. Still, she probably saved hundreds if not thousands of people. It was an act that redeemed the character completely in my eyes. So much so, that I finally think I can call her a character I like.
I loved team Arrow coming together as a family. That they wouldn't let Oliver try and save the city alone. Sure, they didn't entirely succeed, but they did save lives by disarming one of the devices. Redundancy, at least he didn't fall into the long line of super villains whose super-complicated evil plan never displays logic. I thought that final fight was pretty good too, although it was clear the man under Malcolm's mask was not John Barrowman.
Roy really came into his own in this one. He kept making good heroic choices. He must've saved dozens of lives, and really earned Thea's love. For me that seems like the right approach to get the Hood's attention. Speaking of Thea, I loved her clocking that thug with a liquor bottle. It was a fun save. The Thea and Roy sub-plot has been a good one, if not necessarily an exciting one. I'm looking forward to where it goes in season 2.
Oliver almost stopped Fyres's missile plot right away, but we had to have some more drama. Thankfully, the whole sequence of events was really well done. In the end I'm not sure how much has been added by the Island flashbacks yet, but they have become consistently entertaining. I did like that eventually Oliver saved the day, and it was fitting that he was the one that killed Fyres. The idea of him choosing Shado over his freedom was a sound one. Of course, it wasn't that hard a choice, he couldn't exactly trust Fyres. I wonder though, if maybe having him become the big hero on the Island was a bit soon.
Great opening sequence between Malcolm and Oliver. Sure, John Barrowman was hamming it up, but this was his big finish, he kind of had to cross the line.
Ferris Airlines, the label on the side of the plane that Fyres was gonna shoot down, is the name of the company that Hal Jordan works for. Hal Jordan is the alias of Green Lantern, who is a frequent partner of Green Arrow in the comics. I love the Easter eggs in this show.
Ouch, Oliver breaking out of his chains at the beginning must've hurt, although they way he did it made it seem like he had to escape from a similar situation before.
Felicity and Quentin's first scene was delightful. She really is team Arrow now, and they never even made an issue out of her original statement that she would only stay until Walter was found.
Oliver warned Quentin about the Glades, and Quentin actually trusted him. Talk about an awesome scene. Quentin basically redeemed himself twice in the episode, so much so that I was sure he was going to die.
The episode's theme was hammered in a little too heavily, but eh, that's okay.
Oliver's speech to Laurel was really nice, and oddly truthful without revealing too much. It was the first time I really felt their chemistry.
Tommy's mother's clinic. Wow, that was mentioned in like episode two or something. That's either good continuity, or a very long set up. Of course the device was under it.
Dig was stabbed and Oliver put an arrow through himself to defeat Malcolm.
Malcolm's dead, which means no more John Barrowman. We'll miss you, Captain Jack.
I loved that Malcolm's arrow catch backfired, fool me once.
Felicity: "You see a timer?"
Quentin: "Seven minutes."
Felicity: "Okay, well, the good news is it's gonna be a paper weight in three."
Fyres: "Are you prepared to sacrifice your freedom, for her?"
Oliver: (Shoots Fyres in the throat with an arrow) "Guess so."
Felicity: "No, I'm not any kind of criminal."
Quentin: "What do you call computer hacking?"
Felicity: "A hobby... that I do not engage in."
4 out of 4 Earthquake devices that Felicity couldn't turn into paper weights.
J.D. Balthazar is a confirmed nerd who loves most things sci-fi or fantasy-related. He reviews Arrow, The Originals and Farscape and cool new movies that strike his fancy.