At long last, the wait for answers is finally over now that “Arrow” has returned for the second half of Season 4. After leaving a major character’s life hanging in the balance, episode 10 of the newest run didn’t waste any time dropping fans right back into the action.
The episode opens with Oliver (Stephen Amell) on the warpath against the H.I.V.E. soldiers (also known as Ghosts). He was looking for any information on the location of Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough). Despite having no idea how to kill or even fight the mystical villain, The Green Arrow seems pretty adamant on finding him after he put his fiancee in the hospital. Luckily, it’s quickly revealed that she’s going to be fine.
After getting shot to pieces during episode 9, the audience isn’t left wondering for too long as to the fate of Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), It is revealed she is still alive, however, she’s between surgeries and doesn’t look her normal self just yet. Luckily for fans, that doesn’t stop her from being her usual chipper self, despite the fact that Oliver has been too wrapped up with the hunt for Darhk to visit.
The hero asks Diggle (David Ramsey) to interrogate his brother, Andy (Eugene Byrd), who they captured quite a while ago from the Ghost’s ranks. He’s remained quiet and loyal to Darhk, but Felicity’s condition makes Diggle agree to start trying to beat the answer out of his little brother. Unfortunately, it doesn't work, forcing Oliver to make a big move. He visits Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and asks him to give up the location of the place he meets Darhk, thus blowing his cover and marking him for death. Not one to shy away from danger, Captain Lance agrees and The Green Arrow finds himself in Darhk’s office, where he encounters a surprise.
About a dozen of Darhk’s H.I.V.E. soldiers were dead on the floor and the calling card of Lonnie Machin (Alexander Calvert), also known as the DC Comics villain Anarky. He has apparently returned to Star City and is going after Darhk, who had already vacated the office. Oliver realizes that Machin is one step ahead of him, so he decides to hunt the villain down and find out what he knows about Darhk’s whereabouts. After the blood that Machin used to make his calling card in Darhk’s office led them to a house in the suburbs, Team Arrow confronts him. This ends up being a deeply personal moment for Thea (Willa Holland), who was initially responsible for burning Machin’s face and body the last time they met.
Obviously, the house was booby trapped, but the team managed to get a hold of Machin anyway. Normally, this would be the part where they turn the criminal over to the police, but Oliver’s vendetta to get the man that hurt Felicity had completely taken over the hero’s moral compass. He’s about to let an interrogation get completely out of hand when Thea enters and tells him that Felicity is out of her surgery, but that she may not be completely out of the woods just yet. Her mother, Donna (Charlotte Ross) said something was wrong. Oliver arrives at the hospital where he learns that Felicity, the character that’s been with the show since Season 1, will never walk again.
As he digests the news, he notices that the police have been called and Machin is now in their custody. With his blood lust for Darhk raging higher than ever, he goes over the line of justice and sets Machin free from police custody and tells him to kill Darhk at all costs.
The move is too much and it forces the team to have a bit of an intervention with Oliver to tell him that he needs to back off the Darhk case and go see Felicity. He does, and the two reaffirm their engagement. She gives him a pep talk about not losing himself in the fight and becoming a murderer again, no matter what Darhk had done. With his moral compass set right again, he chases a lead from both Andy and a tracker they placed on Machin. Thanks in part to Diggle's mending relationship with his brother, they manage to track down Darhk’s personal residence.
Unfortunately, Machin had already beat them there and taken Darhk’s wife and daughter hostage. Luckily for them, he hadn’t started torturing them yet and was only in the phase where he scares them with his mask. Team Arrow bursts in just in time to rescue the Darhk clan and chase Machin outside.
Once on the front porch, Thea goes after Machin while Oliver confronts Darhk, who had arrived home at the exact wrong time. With Oliver fighting for vengeance and Darhk thinking something had happened to his family inside, they clash once again. Oliver wins the boxing match, but once the villain uses his magical powers, he makes it clear the fight is over. The only thing that saves the Green Arrow is the reveal that he saved Darhk’s family, which the villain said bought him a few weeks of peace and let him go.
Meanwhile, Thea tracked down Machin in the woods. Despite his urging for her to kill him, she resists, allowing him to escape into the night. All-in-all, the encounter didn’t end up being too successful for the team, who let two super villains go and only managed to rescue Darhk’s daughter and wife. The wife, by the way, turned out to be every bit as evil as her husband and criticized him for not killing the Green Arrow when he had the chance. It turns out she’s bought into his sick “reset the world” plan as well.
With the initial battle over, the episode ends with another glimpse of the now infamous grave scene. Previously it was revealed that the season will end with Oliver burying someone close to him. Now we see that Felicity is not the person in the ground. She is, however, just as broken up about the person that died as Oliver and is completely going back on her previous comments about not being a murderer. She tells Oliver to kill the person responsible.
ODDS AND ENDS:
- Laurel (Katie Cassidy) now knows that her father and Donna Smoak are an item. She doesn’t seem to care.
- Darhk’s wife is a real Lady Macbeth.
- Does this mean Felicity will become DC Comic’s Oracle?
- Oliver’s tattoo from Constantine (Matt Ryan) finally paid off in the island flashback.
- Thea found time to dump and take back her boyfriend in this episode. It’s a shame Roy (Colton Haynes) might have to beat him up.