The Extremely Ill-Advised Arrow Project: Episodes 2.17 – 2.19
|September 22, 2014||Posted by Jess under Comics, Television, The Extremely Ill-Advised Arrow Project|
2.17 – Birds of Prey:
Frank Bertinelli has returned to town; he’s quickly arrested, but both the cops and Team Arrow know this means Helena’s not far behind. Donner asks Laurel to take the Bertinelli case; he’s cleared away any obstructions relating to her possibly being disbarred. Ollie goes to the courthouse to see the trial (and keep an eye on Laurel), but as they bring Frank in, Helena attacks. Of course it’s a police sting, with Frank in on it – but as cops surround them, a bunch of the random people sitting around the courthouse turn out to be heavily armed (how’d they get assault rifles into a courthouse?) and working for Helena. Ollie gets Frank to safety but Laurel is trapped inside the building, where Helena is taking hostages.
Luckily, Sara is there, as the Canary! She rescues Laurel from a henchman and they hide out in an office, where Laurel realizes that she was brought in as part of the sting. Humiliated, she almost takes a drink, but Sara convinces her not to. She tries to get Laurel out of the building, but Laurel refuses to go without helping to get the other hostages to safety. LAUREL <3 So Sara fights Helena while Laurel tries to free the hostages, but Sara loses (how???) and gets thrown out of a window (she’s okay), while Laurel is also taken hostage. Helena offers Ollie a trade: Frank for Laurel. Quentin helps Ollie and Sara grab Lance for the trade, while Laurel tells Helena that she lost Tommy too, and it’s never too late. Helena’s unmoved, and as the SWAT team breaks in, she slips out in a stolen cop’s uniform with Laurel. They head to the exchange, and Helena’s about to kill Frank when some cop who hates vigilantes and came out of nowhere this episode starts shooting at all of them. Quentin knocks him out, and Sara kicks Helena’s ass, but Laurel convinces her not to kill Helena. Frank’s been killed in the crossfire, stunning Helena, who’s been robbed of her revenge. At the precinct, Ollie apologizes to Helena for being a hypocrite, since he was a killer too when he met her. Meanwhile, Laurel returns to the courthouse, where DA Spencer apologizes and tells her Donner’s been fired, but that he wasn’t authorized to give Laurel her job back. Laurel says if Spencer doesn’t give her her job back, she’ll tell the press what Donner did, and Spencer caves. Meanwhile, Roy almost loses it after getting shot and Ollie asks him to stay away from Thea because he’s too dangerous (and of course Thea can’t be allowed to make her own, informed choices or anything). He tries to break up with her, but she basically just refuses to go along with it - so he lets her catch him making out with a Verdant waitress to get her to break up with him. She does, though she knows he did it to push her away, and tearfully asks Ollie why no one will ever just tell her the truth. I hope you can’t sleep tonight for guilt, Oliver.
As Thea walks home (from the Glades to her mansion outside the city???), Slade pulls up and offers her a ride. DUN DUN DUN!
In flashback, Sara returns to the fusilage with the handful of prisoners she’s rescued. Slade, who has been torturing Ollie, radios her and tells her that the engine’s damaged and he can’t leave, so he’ll trade her Ollie for Hendrik, who can fix it. She tries to claim Hendrik drowned, but Slade’s not having it. When Hendrik turns violent, Sara knocks him out and agrees to hand him over.
- There’s a great moment of Team Arrow attempting to look cool and normal meeting in a group at Verdant and I love it. Broken people being comically awkward together FTW.
- Felicity: “Anyone with boobs can get a frat boy to do anything.” Ollie: “I was a frat boy.” Felcity: “I rest my case.” Zing!
- Ollie talks Roy down when he gets shot by yelling “SPEEDY!” and then later explains it away as “bringing up Thea” instead of the really contrived Easter Egg it is. It’s some real tortured writing.
- Everyone’s pissed at Ollie for not being willing to just straight-up murder Helena, and he keeps insisting that she’s his responsibility and he “created the Huntress.” OR MAYBE WOMEN MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICES??? Fuck youuuuu.
- There’s a great moment when Quentin calls the Arrowphone while Ollie is standing right next to him. Hee!
- Laurel: “Are you one of the good guys?” Sara: “No, but I’m friends with them.” I love everything about them. GET RID OF OLLIE, MAKE THIS THE LANCE SISTER ACTION SQUAD.
- The hostage exchange happens at “Gail Street and Simone.” CUTE.
- Slade makes a crewman TATTOO SHADO’S DRAGON ON OLLIE’S NAKED BACK AND THEN CARESSES IT, oh my GOD, show.
2.18 – Deathstroke:
We pick up with Thea in Slade’s car. He pretty quickly reveals that he’s kidnapping her, and when she tries to flee, she’s caught by a masked Blood. Ollie and Moira don’t get concerned until the next evening, though, when she doesn’t show up for Moira’s debate against Blood – and then the moderator plays a video question for the debaters “submitted” by Thea, which turns out to be a video of her pleading for help until Deathstroke covers her mouth. The cops spring into action while Ollie frets; meanwhile, Isabel tells him that the board is appointing new officers and he needs to vote within 24 hours, so he appoints her CEO pro-tem to deal with it for him.
Felicity finds an address for Slade and Ollie, Sara, and Roy go off to confront him. He meets them calmly and points out that he’s the only one who knows where Thea is, so instead of killing him, Ollie has him arrested. It’s a moronic move, because Slade has an alibi and despite Ollie privately begging Slade to spare Thea, Slade refuses and the police are forced to release him due to lack of evidence. Team Arrow tries and fails to track him, and Slade returns to a defiant Thea and tells her she’s free to go – or he could tell her her brother’s secret.
Moira and Ollie reconcile in their shared grief and fear, but Roy’s fed up and blames Ollie. He attacks Diggle and quits – and then Felicity discovers that Isabel’s taken over Queen Consolidated. Ollie confronts her and she reveals that she knows his secret and is working with Slade. They fight, and she tells him how to find Slade, and to go alone. After fights his way through a slew of henchmen, he finds no Thea – and meanwhile, Slade is freeing a van full of convicted felons and conscripting them into his army.
Felicity tells Ollie that Thea just walked into the precinct, safe and sound. Ollie and Moira rush over to see her, but she’s not at all happy to see them, because Slade told her “Ollie’s secret”: that she’s Malcolm Merlyn’s daughter. For some reason she’s angrier at Ollie than Moira over this. Roy leaves town once he knows she’s safe, and Quentin is arresting to aiding and abetting vigilantes. Finally, Slade goes to see Laurel – who by now knows he kidnapped Thea, since Thea told the police the truth – and tells her Ollie’s the Arrow. Dun dun dun!
In flashback, Thomas doesn’t like the idea of handing Hendrik over to Slade, but Sara sees an opportunity – what if they rig Hendrik with an explosive from one of the island’s many land mines? But when Slade and his men show up to drop off Ollie and Ivo, Slade finds the explosive and is about to kill Sara when a hallucination of Shado stops him and tells him to leave them to die on the island, which he does.
2.19 – The Man Under the Hood:
Team Arrow – minus Roy, but plus a very anxious Felicity – use the skeleton key they took from Tockman to break into and blow up Queen Consolidated’s applied sciences lab, depriving Slade of the centrifuge he needs to mass produce the mirakuru. Slade confronts them in the Arrowcave and easily beats the crap out of Ollie, Sara, and Diggle, mostly just for laughs. Sara’s wrist is broken, and Laurel, who’s been puzzling over the possibility of Ollie being the Arrow, finds out about her scars when she visits her in the hospital. She’s not actually a moron, and starts to put together Ollie’s secret and scars, Sara’s similar scars, and the fact that, you know, both vigilantes are really into personally saving her a lot.
Team Arrow realizes that Slade broke into the Arrowcave to take the skeleton key, which is why you DON’T KEEP THE THINGS YOU RECOVER FROM CRIMINALS, YOU JACKASSES. They realize his target is STAR Labs, which is deserted except for two visiting scientists from Central City, Caitlin and Cisco – and hey kids, if you like Caitlin and Cisco, check out Flash, premiering this fall on the CW! (I do like Caitlin and Cisco, less from this and more from the Flash pilot. I like them a lot.) They’re attacked by Slade, flee, and manage to use a weapon belonging to “Arthur Light” to get away from him, but he’s found what he needs to make the serum. Ollie and Sara show up too late to stop him, and Laurel watches them ride off on their motorcycle from her car. Why is she there?
Felicity does a little hacking and discovers that the device Slade stole can transfer blood from one person to multiple people at once, because of course that would be very useful and totally a thing people would invent. Slade will obviously use it to give the prisoners he freed his mirakuru-ed blood.
Laurel confronts the Arrow and is about to tell him she knows who he is when she gets word that Quentin, who is in jail for aiding and abetting, has been savagely beaten by a vengeful fellow prisoner. She goes to see him and tells him she knows who the Arrow is and Quentin tells her not to tell him – not, hilariously, because then he’d be forced to arrest him, like Commissioner Gordon and Batman, but because then he’d actually have to start thinking of the Arrow like a person and feel bad about constantly letting the Arrow do his job for him. Laurel then blackmails Spencer into dropping all the charges against Quentin.
Felicity locates the blood transfer thingy and Ollie heads to the source – only to find an unconscious Roy strapped into the machine, not Slade. Slade and Isabel try to stop him from unhooking the machine, but he uses an explosive arrow on Slade – and Diggle shoots Isabel in the chest. He takes Roy back to the Arrowcave and they hook him up to some blood transfusions; he’s also stolen a vial of mirakuru, which he wants to use to reverse engineer a cure. Felicity asks Caitlin and Cisco, who she knows because they’ve been observing Barry, to do it.
Meanwhile, the Queens need Thea’s signature on something to save the company because sure. Moira explains that Isabel hates the Queens because she had an affair with Robert when she was an intern at QC. Ollie confronts Isabel, who says that Robert was going to run away with her, but Thea broke her arm horseback riding and Robert decided not just to rush to her bedside – even though he knew she wasn’t his – but to break up with Isabel. Thea, who is still processing being “the daughter of two mass murderers” and also Tommy’s sister (there’s a great moment when she realizes she once tried to kiss him), is not eager to help the Queens, and when Ollie prioritizes a phone call from Felicity over talking to her, rightfully bails. She decides to move out; Ollie tells her that Robert knew about Malcolm and loved her anyway, but she says that just makes Robert a liar too, and leaves.
Finally, Laurel gives Ollie a big ol’ hug, and Slade mirakurus Isabel back to life. Aw, love is all around!
In flashback, Anatoly wants to torture Ivo, but Ivo claims he can cure Slade. He tells them the cure he developed is on the freighter – all he asks in return for that knowledge is for them to kill him quickly, since he’s dying anyway. Sara can’t bring himself to shoot him, so Ollie does it for her.
- Basically everything about Isabel ever has been misogynistic claptrap, but this Woman Scorned routine takes the gross cake.
- I guess they’re going to be using Dr. Light at some point in either Arrow or Flash this season. Uggggggh. For those of you who don’t read the comics, for the past decade Light’s been mostly used as a rapist, and the comic book writers who’ve written him as such seem to get a real kick out of having him wax rhapsodic about it. I don’t trust the writers of either show not to wallow in the same grossness. WHY CAN’T WE HAVE THE AWESOME GOOD DR. LIGHT AND NOT THE EVIL ONE???