Well, I really liked it until those last two minutes. Obviously, the theme of this episode was consequences, Oliver's actions having a direct effect on those around him.
Let's talk about the big cliffy at the end of the episode first. There are a few blatant issues with this scenario. First and most importantly is whether Felicity is dead or just gravely injured. My guess is she's just hurt, and the next episode will deal with her fight for survival. I still don't believe she is the one actually in the grave, even though the show is trying its hardest to make us believe she is.
The reason I think it's not is that killing Felicity would be monumentally stupid. Not only because she is the primary love interest on the show for Oliver (Laurel will never work in that respect), but because she is also the heart and brains of Team Arrow. Killing her would cripple our group to such an extent that it would destroy their effectiveness. Which may be the whole point of her death, if the writers go that route. Sure, a character like Curtis might be able to step in and take over some of that kind of technology support, but then something important would be missing from the show: humor and light. Felicity is probably the one character who is indispensable. Plus, her death would probably drive Oliver back to that dark place that he has been trying so hard to walk away from.
My theory is that if she is the one 'in the grave', then it is a fake out for Darhk so that he thinks he succeeded. The other option is that someone else is in that grave, someone who will die in the next episode (or so). This cliffhanger didn't really answer the question, it just made me frustrated with the writers. One last thing, why would Oliver get into a limo with limited visibly and no defenses when the HIVE is still gunning for him?
At least Damien is living up to his potential as a villain. He is dangerous and so much fun at the same time. hey are working to give him a real character arc, so much so that it was just revealed that he has a family. Does that humanize him some? Plus, what is with the underground cornfield? What is this plan? Is HIVE going to destroy the world and put the survivors in an underground bunker with a bunch of corn?
We also got a bit more on the Andy front, but nothing major happened there, either. Diggle might be going about things the wrong way by being super confrontational, I wonder if forgiveness would be a better route to take? Well, I guess sometimes confrontational attitudes breed a strangely healthy relationship, like Thea and Malcolm. She clearly wants nothing to do with him, but he does keep coming back.
We got some limited movement on the Island, as Oliver learned to dive in an hour and retrieved some maps of Lian Yu that he can use to figure out the map he stole from Reiter. Except he got bitten by a shark and Conklin showed up to give us yet another cliffy.
Donna and Quentin are pretty cute together. I keep wondering if maybe all this foreshadowing towards Thea, Diggle, Laurel, and Felicity is to keep us from guessing that it's Lance in that grave.
Oliver rescuing the little Felicity clone was more foreshadowing for the end of the episode when he couldn't save Felicity.
I loved Malcolm as Green Arrow. Oliver once again saved Malcolm.
The ring stuff made me think of Bonanza Syndrome, where any female love interest for a male lead would end up dying shortly after their engagement/marriage.
So the only two explanations for how Darhk survived is that he can either protect himself from explosions, or he teleported away from it somehow?
Quentin: "Listen, um, Laurel doesn't know." (about Quentin and Donna)
Felicity: "Yeah, I'm gonna hit myself with something very heavy so that I don't know either."
Felicity: "If we can reduce just 40% of the toxicity that's produced by the bacterial micro-organisms that have just sprung up here..."
Mini Felicity: "We can swim in just 12 more days if the restitution rates stay consistent."
Laurel: "She's like a mini-you."
Laurel: "Are you sure that Darhk didn't make it out of the explosion?"
Felicity: "Have you seen any horror movies? These guys don't stay dead. Especially if you can't find the body."
Malcolm: (to Laurel) "Excellent. You've got your bondage outfit on."
This was a pretty good episode and a fairly good fall finale, but the frustrating elements kinda ruined it for me.
2 out of 4 underground fields of corn.
J.D. Balthazar is a confirmed nerd who loves most things sci-fi or fantasy-related.