Everyone joined in for this finale, and it was an all around success on pretty much every level. Seriously, I think every major player showed up in this episode, and somehow it didn't feel overblown. We got some good plot resolution in the flashback, some pay off moments for each character, and quite a bit of tying up of loose ends while creating several more plot threads.
I should start with Oliver. His arc this season has been simple, but very well done. How does someone become a superhero? He clearly didn't start that way, which is great because watching a character grow is just good drama. Last season Tommy's death forced Oliver to take a long look at his actions. He hung up the hood for awhile, and even returned to Lian Yu to escape the life he had started to create for himself in Starling City.
It took Felicity and Diggle to draw him back home, and the demons from the Island followed him. Slade was very much a slow burn big bad. His reveal in the present storyline created ripples of panic. But it wasn't just him. Isabel and Sebastian Blood set the stage for Slade's arrival. Little details of the Mirikuru plot started to show up, and eventually we got some hints that things on the Island turned out pretty horrible.
This episode showed us everything. That final confrontation on the Amazo with Slade. Sara's apparent death (which was exactly like her first apparent death). And the choice Oliver made to kill Slade instead of saving him. That moment was the birth of Oliver as the Hood. In the present, Oliver choosing not to kill Slade after everything that happened, was the hero's choice. In that moment, he claimed the ability to stand tall and be the virtuous one for the first time.
Even when everyone around him (except for Felicity) told him that taking Slade down was the only option, he chose a different path. The harder path. He might not be the Green Arrow yet, but he's getting closer. Of course he didn't get there alone. Felicity not only acts as his emotional and tech support, she also represents brain, heart, humor, and conscience. Losing Felicity at this point in his journey would be devastating.
That first scene in the mansion was so awkward that it screamed fake. But there was just enough truth in Oliver's words that it was easy to buy. The second scene on the beach was far more genuine, and no less awkward. Yet the awkwardness felt right, like two people that have realized they could be more but aren't sure they want to be. I'm not sure a romantic relationship would work between Oliver and Felicity, but it could be very fun to see if the show goes there.
Now for everything else. Wow, there was so much going on that it's kind of amazing to think about it all. Having the League of Assassins show up to save the day was totally unexpected and so much fun. Sara's arc, as it turns out, wasn't the path of a hero. Having her realize that her true calling was to stay in the League and go back to Nyssa was a bold choice. Surprising, but actually kind of cool. It was a way of passing the Canary mantle to Laurel without killing Sara off. I'm really impressed with that writing choice, and it makes her recent drama work in retrospect.
Unfortunately it looks like the real motivation for Laurel to pursue becoming the Canary is the possible death of her father. I've grown very fond of Quentin, and I don't want him to die. Maybe he'll just be in the hospital for a while? I hope he's not gone. Yet if he is, that would be the more traditional way for a hero to be born. Her father fought against evil, and died trying to save the city. That's just about as classic a comic book superhero origin as you get.
Thea's path on the other hand is quite the opposite. I'm wondering where they are taking her character? Is she going to end up like Malcolm? Or is this just a way for Thea to gain some skills in combat, so that one day she might take over for Roy as Oliver's sidekick? Either way it's an interesting choice having her leave the city with Malcolm. Also, recent casting news has John Barrowmen returning as a regular for next season, so maybe there will be a training thing with Thea, because I can't imagine Oliver ever putting his little sister through that kind of punishment.
Oliver and Felicity did a Luke and Leia... again.
So Lyla's pregnant. Does that mean Diggle is finally going to have a real plot next season?
So Thea did shoot Malcolm, and he was proud of her for doing it. He even disparaged his dead son, saying that when Tommy had the opportunity to fire, he couldn't. That's so ruthless. Why did Thea go with him again?
Ollie gave Roy his own mask! I love it. He graduated hero school. Plus Roy's reaction was priceless.
So much for Isabel. Nyssa killed her pretty damn quickly. Although she had just gotten the cure, so maybe she could've recovered?
I think Nyssa liked Felicity, because Felicity stood up to her without fear and introduced herself with her unique sense of humor.
So Oliver left Slade in an A.R.G.U.S. super max -- on Lian Yu? It's like his own personal supervillain prison. Sort of.
Diggle: "What's that?"
Felicity: "Proximity alarm. I rigged the tower with sensors just in case Slade's goons came here to kill us. (checks sensors) Slade's goons are here to kill us."
Felicity: "We have a new big problem. Which considering our other problems is saying something."
Nyssa: "I'm Nyssa, daughter of Ra's al Ghul. Heir to the demon."
Felicity: "Felicity Smoak. MIT, class of 09."
Oliver: "Do you know anyone hiring ex-billionaires with superior archery skills?"
This was a fantastic finale, and it had a surprisingly low body count.
4 out of 4 Injector arrows full of Mirikuru cure.
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.