by Josie Kafka
Although tonally inconsistent and occasionally nonsensical, “Star City 2046” had many good points, not least of which was—surprise, surprise—some character development for Mick Rory.
I wondered how LoT would handle the Arrowverse mythology with such a big leap into the future, and I got my answer tonight: oddly. According to Rip, the future is in flux. Not all futures, maybe, since he has to work so hard to change the future in which his wife and son die. And not all the time, since Rip tells Sara at one point that she can’t change this future (while in it), she can only do so from the past. (Even though Rip is also always saying they should be careful about how they change the past.) But it is all fluxy. Okay, maybe that makes sense. Sure.
All those time-travel rules were reiterated more than once (to say the least), just in case we were worried that Oliver Queen might wind up alone, armless, and a complete failure at his mission of saving his city. I enjoyed that plot, mostly because Stephen Amell looks sort of like Clancy Brown when he’s in oldface and sporting a real beard.
The emphasis on next-generation rivalries, especially between Diggle’s son Connor Hawke (who must be a canonical character with a name like that) and Slade Wilson’s son Grant, was pretty cool. I did wonder why it took everyone So. Very. Long. to realize that it was unlikely that Oliver would still be actively Arrowing 30 years from now. But that’s okay. They’re trying to be legends, not geniuses.
Sara’s plot was…well, to be honest, I don’t love the fact that Rip and Sara seem to have a lot of conversations about her feelings and Rip’s fear that her feelings will get in the way. I think that might be all I have to say about that.
Moving on: Mick Rory is developing as a character! After going full Hrothgar with a chalice, fur coat (complete with at least one tail), and a bunch of leather-clad thanes, Rory decided he wanted to live in the semi-post-apocalyptic future, also known as “Christmas every day.” Snart had to talk him down, then knock him down, in order to get him back on mission.
I loved the bromance tension there. I tend to think of Rory and Snart as a couple, and I had been wondering if the show was pushing them in that direction. (I couldn’t remember if their orientations had ever been clarified.) But, bromance or romance aside, they are growing apart as Snart discovers his heroic impulses and Rory discovers the power that comes from time-hopping. It’s the most interesting character struggle we’ve had on this show so far, and the charisma between these two actors is making it a fun struggle to watch.
Speaking of bromances: Ray Palmer violated the bro-code, didn’t he? Him hitting on Kendra when he knew Jax was interested was—I believe this is the correct term—a dick move. Watching Victor Garber give Jax advice was fun, though, especially since I still think of him as Spy Daddy. As mildly interesting as that plot was, though, it was odd to see it mixed in with the dour Star City stuff. The Kendra/Ray/Jax triangle could have happened in any week. Why this one?
Everybody Remember Where We Parked:
• Oldiver: “I’m literally half the man I used to be.” Oliver, you suck at math. It’s only half an arm!
• Kendra was a real-life Rosie the Riveter, which is pretty darn cool.
• Sara seemed really sad that a bunch of people were dead in the future. I love my parents, but if I found out they had passed away 30 years from now, I would not be particularly surprised.
• About halfway through the episode there was a hilarious shot of Snart half-asleep at the bar. That’s exactly how I feel at most parties. If only I were as pretty as Wentworth Miller…
• Snart and Sara both seem to be struggling with their costumes. Snart didn’t wear his parka at all this week, did he? And when was the last time we saw him coldify something?
I’m going to give this episode a three out of four cyborg arms. I think the show can eventually do a lot better, but I’m willing to sit through a few more hours of growing pains to see if it finds its footing.
Josie Kafka reviews The Vampire Diaries, True Detective, Game of Thrones, and various other things that take her fancy. She is a full-time cat servant and part-time rogue demon hunter. (What's a rogue demon?)