While this show has always been about the darkness inside, and how an individual can overcome that darkness to become a hero, it's nice to see that explored with another character besides Oliver.
Quentin has been a central and important character since the beginning. Yet his road has been quite bumpy, constantly swaying between being on Oliver's side and against him. One thing was a constant though, he was a moral compass. He was righteous, in an occasionally annoying sort of way. The incorruptible cop. Turns out, even the moral center of the city has been infected with sickness.
Liza Warner was an example of that. While I get why she turned the way she did, I didn't buy her excuses for her actions, and her belief that she wasn't a criminal. She had willfully and blatantly crossed that line repeatedly. When she killed those fellow cops, that was the final barrier to her becoming an outright bad guy. Yet she still thought of herself as a cop. From her point of view she was trying to do the right thing by her squad and the city. Which was ultimately how Quentin got through to her in the end.
I believe Quentin's intentions were good. He was trying to help fix the city, maybe even rescue it from the awful decline it has fallen into. Instead he ended up in bed with Damien Darhk, and has now gotten to the point where he is asking him for advice. Admittedly Darhk was the only person he could really turn to for advice about this particular matter (Sara's resurrection). But that shows a level of connection to our big bad that is disappointing.
But does that change the man inside? Quentin is still a good person, even though he's been compromised. His speech to Liza confirmed that, and in that moment restored Oliver's faith in him as well. I've never really cared about Oliver and Quentin's relationship, but that scene where Oliver called him out was really well done. So having that ending where they pledged to work together to take down Darhk was a nice coda to the theme of the week -- that no one is beyond redemption.
Which of course brings me to Sara. Poor soulless Sara. Where is Willow with an Orb of Thessela when you need her? In this version of a supernatural world, being soulless steals your memories and makes you basically savage. Is that a small part of what happened to Thea? That a part of her soul remained in the Pit, and that's why she has to kill occasionally? I mean this week she showed absolutely no signs of that rage. I guess Malcolm was right, which is just horrible for Thea.
I'm a little disappointed in Felicity when it came to Ray's final message. I mean, I get her reluctance to hear his final thoughts, but at the same time Curtis was right. Given the opportunity, would anyone give up the chance to hear the voice of someone they had lost? That of course has to do with his A.T.O.M. experiment, where he very likely shrunk down to perhaps the size of an atom. On the bright side, I'm digging the chemistry between Felicity and Curtis. He feels like a good addition to the series.
In a very easy parallel to the present, Oliver struggled with his own darkness while trying to save that woman (who still has no name). I don't know where they are going with this story, but it was interesting that there is a drug angle involved, which also paralleled the drama in the present with the bad cops raiding drug-dealers. I'm looking forward to seeing how this plays out, but I would like a bit more information. The flashbacks are almost always too short per episode, and the story usually takes a full season to make its point.
The new hideout/headquarters kicks ass. I do wonder what is going on with the computers, though. I imagine we'll find out soon.
The sting operation planned by Thea was fun, and I liked Diggle playing bodyguard again.
So the only code-name Oliver could think of for Quentin was Detective. Cisco would be so disappointed.
Loved everyone's reactions to Oliver running for Mayor, could they be less enthusiastic?
Oliver: "There's a reason we had Felicity buy Blood's campaign office."
Felicity: "Blood also needed his own lair. But don't worry, I burned a lot of incense."
Felicity: "I think you better add 'Get an entirely new police force' to your campaign platform."
Curtis: "There you are. Why haven't you been answering my texts?"
Felicity: "Your 'texts' were: '911', 'OMG', 'ASAP' and five explanation points. I don't have time to respond to something that doesn't contain at least one actual word."
This was another solid episode that built on the continuing themes and character arcs of the season.
3 1/2 out of 4 Bad Cops
J.D. Balthazar is a confirmed nerd who loves most things sci-fi or fantasy-related.