The Extremely Ill-Advised Arrow Project: Episode 2.10 – “Blast Radius”
|August 18, 2014||Posted by Jess under Comics, Television, The Extremely Ill-Advised Arrow Project|
A rainy parking lot. Ollie chases down a criminal, hangs him up by his ankles, and demands to know who the man in “the skull mask” is. It’s really more of a demon mask, Ollie, but okay. The guy pleads ignorance.
Arrowcave. Felicity’s missing, apparently in Central City with a comatose Barry, and Ollie is clearly annoyed by this. He’s also freaking out about his failure to track down Skull Mask, because what if he’s making an army? Diggle says he’s never seen Ollie this spooked. “That should tell you something,” Ollie says.
Flashback. Ollie, Slade, and Sara have buried Shado next to her father and Robert. Slade gives Ollie her hood and Ollie says she’d want Slade to have it. “You’re the one she cared for,” Slade says. Ollie takes it and Slade walks off.
Ollie tries to follow, clearly planning to confess that Shado’s death was “his” “fault,” and Sara points out that it wasn’t and also that’s a terrible idea because, bombshell, mirakuru makes you crazy. Ollie’s like, “Oh good, more things to feel guilty about.”
Present day, Laurel’s office. She pops one of Quentin’s painkillers. Laurel! No! Donner comes in and she tells him she’s been researching Blood and he’s kinda sketchy: he’s connected to the Langford Institute, which burned down under mysterious circumstances, and he knew Cyrus Gold. Oh, and she has a date with him. Donner is like, UM. Me too, Donner. (Though, yay Laurel doing things that aren’t flinging herself at/away from/back at Ollie!)
Verdant. They’re hosting a party to support Blood’s campaign. Ollie makes a speech in favor, and Blood replies with a short speech in thanks to the attendees, mentioning in passing that he was a street orphan. Thea teases Ollie about his newfound political conscience, with some suggestive eyes towards where Blood and Laurel are chatting.
Ollie asks about Roy, since “his idol put an arrow in him.” Thea blows it off with a joke, and Moira joins them, forcing a subject change. She’s very impressed with what Thea’s done with the club, which she calls “Oliver’s…hobby.” He’s clearly really offended. Hee! Come on, dude, you built it as a hat for the Arrowcave.
The Queen women walk off and Blood and Laurel come over. Blood thanks Ollie and heads off to shmooze. Ollie and Laurel hug and they have a slightly awkward but well-meaning conversation about her relationship with Blood. She’s hesitant to get too involved because “Sometimes I feel like I don’t know the real Sebastian. He reminds me a little of you that way.” Ollie chugs champagne.
Elsewhere, Sean Maher sits in a van and broods about how evil politicians are. “I declare war on them all,” he says, and hits a button on a remote. A building blows up. Simon! What would River think? (Seriously, I’m bummed they didn’t give Maher and Glau a scene together, just for old time’s sake.)
Arrowcave. Ollie and Diggle discuss the exploded building: it’s on fire and a few people are trapped inside. After a struggle, Diggle picks up the fire department’s radio frequency, and Ollie grabs his bow.
Exploded building. Ollie gets a dude to where the firefighters can help him, then vanishes to brood on a roof. How Batman of him.
Flashback. Slade shoves past Ollie. He’s going to the plane to arm himself, then to find Ivo, “and when I do, I’m gonna cut pieces off of him.” Sara tells him that’s stupid and he’s outnumbered, and Slade gets in her face as he accuses her of working with Ivo. Ollie breaks it up – and Slade grabs him by the throat, hauling him off the ground.
Present day, Queen Consolidated. Ollie and Diggle discuss the bomber. Diggle’s found his manifesto online: “300 pages of anti-government hate.” They’re discussing how to track him via the materials in the bomb when Felicity walks in – she can do it, of course. She heard the news and is back to solve some crimez. I love you, Felicity. (Sidebar: Have you noticed that last season the show’s rhetoric was very Occupyish and the bad guys were all corrupt millionaires, and this season it’s all anarchists and grassroots politicians (and minorities?) Did they put a Republican in charge at the CW or what?) Ollie barks that he’s glad Felicity’s back because they need her there, and Diggle makes some delightfully impish faces as he watches Ollie’s complete failure to have a normal emotion or say a nice thing. Ha.
Blood’s office. Laurel sashays in. She dances around her questions for a bit before bringing up Cyrus Gold. Blood says he was a preacher at the orphanage where he was raised, and they were very close. Laurel asks about Blood’s parents and he says his father was a violent, abusive drunk; his mother shot his father one night when he started hitting both of them, then panicked and ran into the night. Laurel stammers out an apology, and Blood heads back to work. Laurel sneaks a peek at a return address on his mail, then leaves.
Verdant. Roy’s putting boxes on a shelf, a common job in clubs. Thea asks if he’s okay and he says yes, but he’s obviously lying. When she pushes, he gets mad, so she starts to leave with a sarcastic “Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.” He stops her: “You do help. Every day. And honestly, right now you’re the only thing that’s keeping me together.” That’s both very sweet and very scary, Roy.
They smooch, then basically start to do it against the metal shelving that holds the boxes. That’s not a good idea, since a box of glasses falls on them. Roy shoves Thea out of the way but winds up with a huge piece of glass in his arm. Thea runs off to get the first aid kit, and Roy sees with alarm that he’s already healed.
Rooftop. Quentin and Ollie meet. “What’s with the mask?” Quentin asks. “Gift from a friend,” Ollie says. “You got friends?” Quentin says. Hee! Quentin gives him an evidence baggie with exploded stuff in it; forensics has already determined that the bomber knows what he’s doing. Ollie starts to leave and Quentin says he’s gonna need a favor too – he thinks someone in the department tipped Cyrus off the night Detective Exposition died and he wants Felicity to check the phone records to be sure.
Ollie’s agreeing when a building a few blocks away explodes. Quentin calls it in (his call number appears to be DC52 which is too obvious to be cute) and Ollie runs off, calling Team Arrow as he does. Felicity’s already found a spike in cell phone activity outside of the approved frequency – the bomber. She gives Ollie coordinates.
Ollie heads over on his bike, spots Maher’s van, and gives chase. He’s able to dodge a small explosive Maher throws, but loses him in a smokescreen. When did this turn into Wacky Races? He’s also scrambled his signal so that when Felicity sends Ollie after him again, she sends him to the wrong place.
Arrowcave. Ollie yells at Felicity, telling her to “pull [her] head out of Central City and get back in the game.” “Sure, right after you get yours out of your ass,” she replies. Ha! Despite Diggle’s attempt to calm them down, Felicity demands an explanation from Ollie, and he says she wasn’t there when the first bomb went off. So, what, is she just supposed to sit in that basement in case someone commits a crime?
Ollie essentially tells her it’s her fault and her fault alone that Maher got away, and she storms off. Diggle points out that blaming Felicity won’t catch Maher, and that Ollie “didn’t have a problem with Felicity’s performance until she met Barry Allen.” Subtext: you douche.
Flashback. Sara wallops Slade with a branch and he drops Ollie, then looks in horror at his own hand. “I’m sorry,” he gasps, sinking to the ground. The others tell him the mirakuru’s messing with his head.
Present day, police station. Quentin rubs his arm and tells Daly he lost his pain meds, then walks over to greet Laurel. She’s trying to find the person on Blood’s mail, “Maya Resik,” since Blood’s paying all her bills. Quentin’s not totally on board with Laurel digging into Blood’s personal life and tells her if he finds anything, he’ll want to know why she’s looking in the first place.
Queen Castle. Moira and Ollie watch Blood announce a “unity rally” on the news. How Leslie Knope of you, Blood. Ollie thinks he’s making a target for the bomber and Moira suggests she talk him out of it.
He tries, but not as himself. Blood’s office. The lights go off and Ollie appears, in costume. Blood grabs for a gun under his desk, then stops when he sees who it is. Ollie tells him to call off the rally because it’s too dangerous. Blood refuses, saying the rally is to inspired the frightened people of Starling City, so to call it off would just make things worse: “I’ve made my decision.” “That’s the thing, Alderman,” Ollie says. “Whatever happens tomorrow night – it’s not up to you.”
Souvenir shop somewhere. A woman comes in and buys a train set from Maher, who’s dressed like Mr. Rogers and totally friendly. There’s some vaguely sinister dialogue. Oh, Simon, why?
Arrowcave. Ollie complains about Blood not canceling the rally and Felicity snips at him. Diggle is clearly fed up with both of them – but Felicity’s got a lead. The bomb materials match those of an anti-government militia group called the Movement; she’s hacked their message board and traced the IP of “a whackadoo named Shrapnel” to Starling City – to the souvenir shop, in fact. Ollie sends Diggle to cover the rally and heads to the shop.
Police station. Laurel catches Quentin going through the department’s phone records, but he won’t tell her why. He does, however, tell her that Maya Resik is Blood’s aunt; she couldn’t take him in when his mom disappeared because she’s “nuttier than a Snickers bar” and lives in an institution. Laurel still doesn’t have a good feeling about Blood, even though Quentin thinks he seems like a stand-up guy. He tells her to stop looking for reasons to talk herself out dating a good guy, and heads down to cover the rally.
Rally. There’s a large turnout. The media asks Blood if this isn’t dangerous and why he’s gathering all these people to be targets, and he says he’ll answer those questions “later.” Yeah, that’s not sketchy. Diggle slips into the crowd.
Souvenir shop. Ollie lets himself in – and he’s suddenly surrounded by a network of red lasers, trapping him. A radio clicks on and Maher’s voice tells him that if he moves, he’ll blow up the store – and a TV clicks on so he can watch the rally, the site of which, Maher says, is already planted with explosives. Oh please let Ollie have trained like this to escape lasers. As Maher yammers on about the evil of politicians, Ollie sees Moira, Thea, and Roy on TV, arriving at the rally and pausing helpfully just below Maher’s camera.
Ollie tells Felicity and Diggle what’s going on via headset. Diggle starts looking for the bombs at the plaza where the rally’s being held, and Felicity starts looking for a power supply, which the trigger of the bombs at the souvenir shop would have to be connected to. “Sure you want me doing this? My head might not exactly be in the game.” Hee!
Felicity tells Ollie if he severs one wire it’ll cut all the power. He spots a fuse box, inches the bow around, and shoots. There’s a hiss of static and Felicity clear has a moment of terror before Ollie tells her he’s all right. He hurries off to the rally.
Rally. Diggle’s looking for bombs. Moira’s not sure she should have come, but Thea tells her it’ll be fine. Blood starts telling the assembled crowd how brave and strong they are, as Diggle finds a bomb hidden in a speaker. Quentin’s there, and so is Felicity, for some reason – why did she come?
Felicity joins Diggle and he shows her the bomb. She’s pretty sure she can disable it, though Diggle cautions her not to set off any safeguards like a dead man’s switch. Felicity: “That’s a very depressing term. And a little bit sexist.” <3 Maher spots them and comes at them with a gun in one hand and the trigger in the other. He tells them to back off and Diggle lunges for him - and gets shot in the shoulder for his troubles. The crowd screams. Quentin and another cop hustle Blood to safety. Ollie pulls up. Blood hurls a bomb at the crowd, and Ollie shoots it in midair, where it detonates (relatively) harmlessly. As the crowd panics, a lighting rig starts to fall - directly towards Moira. Roy runs towards her and shields her body with his own. Thea stares as he lifts the rig and helps Moira out. They’re all unharmed but clearly freaked. Maher flees and Ollie gives chase. He knocks Maher down and draws an arrow, but Maher holds up the trigger and tells him to drop the bow. So Ollie shoots the wire connecting the actual trigger button to the detonator. Then he slugs Maher. Hee!
Verdant. Roy asks about Moira and Thea says she’s fine, just shaken. She’s amazed by what Roy did and Roy tries to brush it off as an adrenalin high. She also notices that his arm is healed, and he basically flees the conversation, much to her consternation.
Arrowcave. Diggle’s fine, but Ollie tells him to go get some rest anyway. He then faces away from Felicity, gulps and few times, and mutters, “I’m sorry.” Hee! “Were you apologizing to me, or were you talking to your quiver?” she asks. Hee again!
He finally actually faces her and apologizes properly. She admits she’s been in Central a lot and he says when she’s gone, he realizes how much he relies on her. She asks if she has a shot at employee of the month, and he says she’s not his employee, “you’re my partner.” They gaze at each other. FELICITY, YOU CAN DO BETTER.
Ollie says Barry will get better, and Felicity makes a depressed crack about how the only guy interested in her gets struck by lightning. “Maybe he’s dreaming about you,” Ollie says. Felicity babbles something about whether coma patients dream until Ollie is like “OMG no please stop.” It’s adorable.
Flashback. Ollie and Sara are sleeping when a radio crackles, waking them. It’s Ivo, who tells Sara he knows she’s listening, and if they hand over the mirakuru, he’ll give them safe passage off the island. Otherwise, he’ll find them and torture them. Sara goes looking for Slade and comes back empty-handed: “He’s gone. And he took the mirakuru.” Ollie gives the camera a long-suffering look.
Present day. Laurel’s gone to visit Maya Resik. A nurse tells her that she probably won’t get anything from Maya, then lets her in. Maya is huddled in the corner, singing to herself in Spanish. Laurel crouches down and asks her about Sebastian. Maya registers the name and looks up at her.
Meanwhile, Blood watches his own campaign speech and smiles. The lights go out and Ollie enters in costume. He tells Blood he took a risk, and Blood says the two of them, working together, can save the city.
Laurel tells Maya she can trust her: “Sebastian’s my friend.” “Sebastian is the devil!” Maya snaps, grabbing her wrist. “He’s the one who put me in here. He made everybody think I’m his aunt.” “Why?” Laurel asks. “He killed his father, and I was there,” Maya says.
Laurel stares: “Oh my God. Sebastian isn’t your nephew – he’s your son.”
Blood and Ollie shake hands.
“Don’t trust what he says,” Maya whispers. “You can’t trust Sebastian Blood.”
DUN DUN DUN!