Given the gigantic reveal that not only did Malcolm know that Oliver had a son, but that he revealed this information to Damien Darkh seemed ripe for bringing an immediate, sudden and unexpected conflict to Team Arrow. Instead it appears that this will be paying off with next week’s episode, as we primarily dealt with not the Green Arrow’s struggle, but instead Oliver Queen’s and his mayoral campaign.
Now that Oliver is no longer running for mayor uncontested, rivaling Damien Darkh’s wife of Ruvé Adams, the idea of fighting the corruption in the light has become more apparent than ever. Oliver’s cute remarks to her such as “Is that your maiden name?” and later on “Look at that applause. Almost enough to bring down the building! Almost.” show he’s not scared of letting her know that he knows what she’s really up to, just as he wasn’t shy about being blunt with Darkh. As for why Malcolm decided to twist Oliver’s life by revealing his son’s identity as opposed to revealing Oliver’s is another matter entirely. Honestly it’s kind of weird that H.I.V.E. doesn’t know that Oliver is the Green Arrow, especially considering the frequency he flaunts both personalities at both Ruvé and Damien.
The instant Lance was called out to that B&E we knew it was H.I.V.E., although interestingly enough the building was his combatant as opposed to any assassin. This segue’d into the introduction of our Goons of the Week: the Demolition Squad. They made for an effective group to combat Team Arrow, not only because of their signature trait leading to some sweet cinematic building demolition (as you would assume) but instead because the goons packed signature weapons much like Team Arrow. The leader girl used a nail-gun, the big guy used a sledgehammer, and the other guy… had knives? That’s cool right? I’m sure the rest of the goons approved of his lame ass choice for a signature weapon. The nail-gun made for a nice change of pace visually as opposed to bullets (and allowed Laurel to be shot in the face and kind of brush it off, because realistically that’s a terrible choice for a weapon) but it also allowed for the coolest fight scene of the week with Diggle VS Sledge-guy. The weight packed into every swing carried the two men through walls, and it was especially rewarding to see Diggle geared up with that nifty magnet to just completely disarm the fool.
After the prolonged three-way assault of Team Arrow VS Demolition Squad (which was directed quite well actually) and enough bombs to bring down the block, everyone just kind of got back in the building and still had the debate? In the real world the very mention of the word “bomb” would cancel everything and postpone it all by at least a week. And then we didn’t even get to see the debate! There’s been a lot of talk about how well recieved Oliver is in the polls and what the expert opinions are, but it would be nice to see him actually perform. Yes, we know Oliver is a good guy because we’ve been following his fight to save this city for four years, but how does that mean we can believe the mass populace will accept him without all of that knowledge? Finally there was Curtis’ and his mysterious device that specializes in spinal repair. This is an interesting development, as in the flashforward to the gravesite we can’t tell if Felicity is still wheelchair-bound or not. She very well could be fixed by then, though we have little way of knowing yet.
Coincidentally, around the same time that Oliver’s son becomes an issue with Damien Darkh, Thea gets to the bottom of it thanks to some research done by Alex (who’s mom went into surgery, or something. I guess he and Andy’s actor’s were both too busy to show up or something) and found records of Moira’s check. I still don’t see the issue with Oliver keeping that promise and not telling anyone, Felicity especially. It’s not like the deal is over now that Thea knows, as long as she doesn’t find out anyone else knows. That’s off the table anyway, as with Damien Darkh kidnapping William it’s likely that Samantha Clayton got killed off-screen, because H.I.V.E. With how Felicity’s reaction to discovering William’s existence went in that other timeline where everyone died in a magical fiery explosion, it will be interesting to see just what kind of wrench will be thrown in Oliver and Felicity’s relationship now that it’s primarily smooth sailing. It also offers a new possibility for who could be the mysterious occupant of that grave we’ve seen foreshadowed, if they would have the balls to kill off a kid. Or it’s his mom.
For my review of last week’s episode, “Sins of the Father,” click here.