The Extremely Ill-Advised Arrow Project: Episodes 2.20 – 2.23
|October 6, 2014||Posted by Jess under Comics, Television, The Extremely Ill-Advised Arrow Project|
2.20 – Seeing Red:
Roy wakes up, twitchy and crazed, and storms out of the Arrowcave. Ollie’s just asked Sara to move in with him when they get the news. They’re unable to track him down, but he runs into Sin and attacks her, plus a bunch of guys who try to defend her. She tells Sara what happened and asks her to help Roy. Later, she finds Roy at the clocktower and calls Sara, who brings Ollie along to take Roy in. Roy kicks their asses, breaks Ollie’s leg, kills a cop, and scampers off into the night.
Meanwhile, Thea tells Moira she can’t host her rally at Verdant. Moira points out that she signed a contract, which is the exactly wrong thing to say. Her campaign manager warns her that she can either be a parent, or a candidate. Moira tells Blood she’s dropping out of the race to be a better parent to Thea – but Ollie convinces her that she can win Thea over by staying in, and being a good mayor. He also says he knows “a little something about sacrificing the people closest to me for the good of this city,” like the numbskull he is…and she tells him she knows his secret, that she has since the night of the Undertaking, and that she’s proud of him.
Sin tells Thea what’s going on with Roy, which is good, because Roy is hallucinating Thea saying that this is all her fault and that he should kill her. Moira decides to stay in the race and makes a speech to that end, to Ollie’s pride and Thea’s disgust. Thea piggybacks on the speech, though, to announce that she’s “so glad” to have this rally AT VERDANT, HEY, ROY, ARE YOU WATCHING?
Sure enough, Roy attacks the rally while Ollie is suiting up. Diggle tries to protect Thea but gets his ass kicked. Thea tries to talk him down but he nearly kills her until Sara tries to shoot him. Both Thea and Sin tell her not to kill Roy, so she shoots out his knee – and he begs her to kill him. Before she can, Ollie shoots him with three tranq arrows and takes him back down to the Arrowcave. Sara, realizing she was willing to kill Roy and Ollie wasn’t, breaks up with him and leaves town.
The Queen family gets into a limo, and Thea, realizing that Ollie knew about Roy because he sent Diggle to guard her, tells them again that she deserves the truth. Moira agrees, and is about to tell them both that Malcolm is alive when the limo crashes. Ollie comes to in the woods, bound, with Moira and Thea on their knees and Slade holding court. He raves about Shado for a while and tells Ollie to choose which one dies. Ollie choses himself, but Slade doesn’t accept that – so Moira stands up, tells the kids she loves them, and volunteers. Impressed by her courage, Slade kills her with a sword and not a gun, then leaves.
In flashback – clearly Moira’s flashbacks – Ollie confides in Moira that he got a girl pregnant, and it wasn’t Laurel. He whines a lot about how unfair this is to him. Alas, Diggle doesn’t fly through the timestream to slap him. Also, everyone’s wigs are TERRIBLE. Anyway, Moira gives Ollie’s babymama $2 million to tell Ollie she lost the baby and move out of town.
- Diggle: “Felicity, I don’t think there’s a force on Earth that could make you a bad person.” GET MARRIED.
- Laurel: “Mopey’s your default, Ollie. It’s part of your smoldering charm.” Ollie: “I do have smoldering charm.” FLASHBACK OLLIE IS THE BEST OLLIE. And he and Flashback Laurel are very cute, even if he is a weasel and a half.
- I find Roy’s hallucinations really disturbing and am genuinely not sure if these two can come back from that. It’s way too close to abusive rationalizations.
- This episode really showcases how fascinating Moira is, and what a FUCKING WASTE it was to kill her off – and, via the parallel, what a sexist waste it was to kill off Shado too. At least Manu Bennett agrees with me.
2.21 – City of Blood:
Ollie misses Moira’s funeral, but Isabel doesn’t, much to Diggle and Felicity’s shock. In desperation over the growing army of mirakuru’ed criminals, Diggle asks Waller to find Ollie. He turns out to be hiding in his secret bonus Arrowcave we’ve never heard of, another example of the show getting Chekhov’s Gun backwards. Depressed and guilt-stricken, Ollie plans to turn himself over to Slade to end the battle. Meanwhile, Blood is elected mayor, sparking Laurel’s suspicions again…so Quentin and Tech Cop help her bug his computer (WITHOUT A WARRANT, QUENTIN), and find a press release issuing condolences over Moira’s death that was written before she died.
Ollie tries to give himself up to Slade, but is kidnapped by Diggle, Felicity…and Laurel, who tells him she knows the truth. She tells him about Blood. While Diggle and Felicity interrogate Blood’s bodyguard (they get him to talk by having Felicity gleefully hack into his bank account and give all his money to charity; it’s GREAT), Ollie confronts Blood and tells him that Slade will betray him, but Blood doesn’t believe him. Meanwhile, Isabel tells Thea to vacate Verdant, so she decides to leave Starling City. Walter doesn’t want her to, but Ollie thinks it’s a good idea, as it’ll get her away from Slade.
Ollie, Diggle, and Felicity suit up to confront Slade and his army in the sewers. Ollie finds Blood rallying the mirakuru’ed soldiers and Diggle prepares to blow up the sewers to crush them. One of them finds and nearly kills Ollie, but he’s saved by the intervention of Laurel, who followed him. Diggle’s attacked by Isabel in a truly stupid Ravager costume, and some mirakuru sleeper agents go to work – one attacks the police station, killing Tech Cop (aw, poor Tech Cop), and another attacks the train station where Thea is waiting for her train. And Ollie and Laurel, trapped by Slade’s soldiers, blow up the tunnel they’re in in a desperate attempt to create a wall between them and the army.
In flashback, Ollie et al. go back to the Japanese submarine, planning to use it to blow up the freighter – but they find themselves stuck, and the torpedos on the sub need to be manually operated. Some guy named Peter, who I thought was the preacher Thomas but I guess is a different guy? unless he was always named Peter and I’m confused? volunteers to pilot it, since he’s dying of radiation poisoning thanks to Ivo’s experiments anyway. He does, and Ollie and Anatoly pilot the sub out of the underwater cave.
- Walter! Walter and Thea should move out of town and get therapy together.
- Felicity credits Ollie with “telling me I could be more than just some IT girl” which pisses me the fuck off. She had a very respected position at Queen Consolidated that she worked her ass off for and he forced her to become his secretary instead as a cover. He didn’t do shit for her or her career.
2.22 – Streets of Fire:
Ollie claws his way out of the rubble he dropped on himself and guides Laurel, trapped on the other side, through blowing her way out with another explosive arrow. Isabel’s about to kill Diggle when Felicity hits her with a van. Quentin takes out the mirakuru’ed soldier in the police station with a grenade, and Thea is rescued from the one in the train station by…Malcolm Merlyn!
The city is in chaos, much to Blood’s barely-suppressed pleasure and everyone else’s terror. STAR Labs has finally come up with a cure for mirakuru, but the courier has been attacked by Slade’s army and is trapped under his van. Team Arrow heads towards him while Laurel goes for the police station, where Quentin has been reinstated as a detective and is leading the other cops. She’s attacked but rescued by the Canary, and reveals that she knows Sara’s identity. Sara tearfully tells Laurel she’s no hero and has done terrible things, but Laurel assures her that she’s not irredeemable. It’s very sweet. Sara then rescues a little girl from a fire, proving her heroism.
Meanwhile, a mini-Deathstroke attacks Blood’s office and kills DA Spencer over Blood’s protests and he realizes he’s lost control of the situation. He angrily confronts Slade, who tells him he plans to raze Starling to the ground. Team Arrow reaches the courier to find him dead and the antidote gone. Ollie despairingly says he doesn’t know how to stop Slade, and Felicity basically yells at him that he will figure it out and she believes in him. Then Blood calls – he’s stolen the antidote and he wants to give it to Ollie. Ollie and Diggle head off to meet him, leaving Felicity to watch over a still-unconscious Roy in the clocktower.
They meet Blood in his office and he tells Ollie Slade will kill whoever he loves the most. (Ollie’s thoughts, presumably: “That literally changes every thirty seconds, so…?”) He gives Ollie the antidote and Ollie and Diggle return to the clocktower, where fret over the dangers of administering the antidote to Roy. Isabel kills Blood for betraying Slade. Quentin tells Ollie that soldiers are massing outside of the city and he calls Waller, who admits that she plans to bomb the city to keep the mirakuru’ed soldiers from getting out, and he has until dawn to stop them another way. Desperate, he injects Roy with the antidote.
Meanwhile, Thea flees from Malcolm, who follows and tells her he’s just there to protect her, now that Moira’s gone. He saves her from yet another soldier and tries to convince her that they’re all each other has, but she picks up the soldier’s dropped gun and shoots him.
In flashback, Ollie and Anatoly discover that while they were in the sub shooting torpedoes at things, Slade took Sara. Ollie swims out to the freighter and frees her, then they look for the antidote, only to be caught by Slade.
- Woo, another woman slaughtered this season for no reason. Kate Spencer deserved better than this.
- Annnd Isabel is jealous of Shado, because the writers have poured all their laziest and most misogynistic stereotypes into this one character.
- Sara’s heroic rescue and Laurel’s proud, admiring smile legit brought tears to my eyes. I love them. And wow, I have come around so hard on Laurel this season.
- It is endlessly hilarious to me that Colton Haynes literally spends two episodes unconscious in the background like a piece of set dressing. He should put that on his reel.
2.23 – Unthinkable:
Slade’s men attack the watchtower. Roy wakes up, sane but powerless, and the four of them escape via jumpline; then an ARGUS helicopter with Lyla aboard shoots out the tower. The five of them return to the Arrowcave and scrounge up injection arrows, which they fill with antidote. Quentin sends the cops out with a rousing speech, and Sara summons Nyssa and a handful of other assassins from Nanda Parbat inexplicably instantaneously, with a promise to go back with them when this is all over.
Meanwhile, Malcolm has survived Thea shooting him thank to his kevlar outfit. He tells her he’s proud of her, since Tommy didn’t have the guts to shoot him like she did. It’s basically the most amazing thing that’s ever happened on the show. Roy calls and asks her to meet him at his apartment, and she agrees, telling Malcolm again to stay away from her even as he warns her that Roy’s as much of a liar as Moira and Ollie.
Team Arrow launches an assault on Queen Consolidated, where Slade and Isabel are holed up. They cure a bunch of soldiers but Slade gets away. Ollie talks Sara out of killing Isabel, but Nyssa does it for her. Meanwhile one of Slade’s soldiers kidnaps Laurel from the precinct, so Quentin joins the others at QC. Felicity informs them that the soldiers are gathering at the Giordano Tunnel (hee!) to escape the city and Waller’s drone strike, which actually makes taking them out/curing them a lot easier for Team Arrow & Company. Quentin urges Ollie to kill Slade and Felicity urges him not to; Ollie sides with Slade, even though like 30 seconds ago he was saying this was all his fault because he tried to kill him on the island instead of curing him. She suggests that if Ollie can’t outthink Slade he should “make [Slade] outthink you,” which makes no goddamn sense but whatever.
Thea arrives at Roy’s; he tells her he’s cured and after swearing he doesn’t know anything about the Arrow, he promises to leave the city with her. (Does he know Moira’s dead?) Felicity texts him for help and he tells Thea he has to go take care of one thing but he’ll be back soon. Meanwhile, Ollie takes Felicity to Queen Castle and tells her to stay there because he needs her to be safe; Slade took Laurel because he thinks she’s the woman Ollie loves, but he actually loves Felicity. He leaves her there, gobsmacked.
Diggle and Lyla free the Suicide Squad and they attack Waller’s office. In a tense standoff, Diggle tells her to call off the drone strike and she reveals that Lyla is pregnant with Diggle’s child. Thea finds Roy’s bow and quiver under the bed while packing his stuff, and is horrified that he lied to her, AGAIN. Ollie, Sara, Roy, Quentin, Nyssa, and the assassins confront Slade’s army in the tunnel (where they’ve slaughtered Easy Company, another comics reference) and cure, kill, or otherwise incapacitate them all.
Slade calls Ollie and tells him he has Felicity. Ollie goes to meet him in…the sewers? Somewhere damp and dark. Slade confronts him with his own sword to Felicity’s throat and a soldier holding Laurel. Ollie tells him Shado would be horrified by what Slade’s done in her name…oh, and P.S. the real danger is right in front of him. Felicity jams an antidote syringe in Slade’s neck and runs. A series of quick flashbacks reveals Slade bugging Queen Castle, Ollie finding the bugs after Moira’s funeral, and Ollie giving Felicity the antidote while telling her he loves her and Felicity’s subsequent comprehension of the plan. Sara shoots the soldier holding Laurel, Laurel gets a few punches in for good measure, and Sara leads Laurel and Felicity to safety. #GIRLS
In flashback, Ollie tries to talk Slade down while Hallucination Shado urges him to kill Ollie. Anatoly, under orders from Ollie in the event of his non-return, shoots the second torpedo at the freighter. In the ensuing chaos on the sinking freighter, Ollie destroys the remaining mirakuru. In revenge, Slade hurls Sara to her apparent drowning, mimicking her original apparent drowning. (Word of advice: don’t try to drown Sara, she is STRONGER THAN THE OCEAN. P.S. Sara ILU.)
Flashback runs into present day as both sets of Ollies and Slades fight. Present day Ollie and Slade are evenly matched, and Slade tells Ollie that to stop him he’ll have to kill him, proving himself a murderer, which I guess Slade somehow magically knows is something Ollie is concerned with? Meanwhile, Past Ollie is getting his ass kicked until the ship heaves again and a part of it lands on Slade, trapping him. As Ollie stands there, an arrow in one hand, the cure in the other, Slade screams that even if Ollie cures him he’ll kill everyone Ollie loves, not just Sara: Thea, Laurel, Moira…and Ollie drives the arrow through Slade’s eye. Another explosion knocks Ollie out and into the water.
Back in present day, Ollie pins Slade in place with bolas arrows. Slade says he’s won anyway, since Starling will be destroyed, but Ollie calls Waller and tells her that Slade’s down and the army’s out. She calls off the drones. “So what now, kid?” Slade asks.
Later, Sara bids a fond and relatively cheerful farewell to Quentin and Laurel, gives Laurel her leather jacket, and heads off with Nyssa. As Laurel and Quentin walk away, Quentin suddenly collapses with internal injuries from the battle. Roy returns to his apartment to find Thea gone and a note saying she can’t trust him and is never coming back. We see her getting into a limo on the outskirts of town with Malcolm.
Slade wakes up in an ARGUS prison cell underground on Lian Yu (how does a US agency have a prison cell in Chinese territory?); he tells Ollie again that he will kill everyone Ollie loves, but Ollie just calmly thanks Slade for helping him become a non-killing hero, and leaves. I’m so glad all those Starling City denizens could die to help you achieve self-actualization, Oliver.
He joins Diggle and Felicity outside and there’s some brief awkwardness between Ollie and Felicity over the whole “I love you” fakeout before they all return to Starling City to get Ollie’s company back. Ollie volunteers to fly and Felicity asks how he learned to fly a plane if he was on the island for five years. Cue the sudden flashback to a post-freighter Ollie waking up in Hong Kong and meeting Amanda Waller. Dun dun dun!
- Ollie gives Roy a mask and says “Remember your training” and it’s supposed to be like a big ~*~moment~*~ or whatever and it’s SO DUMB. First of all, Roy’s still just wearing literally the only outfit he owns so the mask is pointless and silly-looking, and second, his training was half an hour of hitting a bowl of water until he threw a tantrum.
- Slade, as Ollie approaches him and Felicity: “Twitch and I’ll open your throat. My first words to you. Do you remember? I do. I remember the exact moment…my blade against your neck…just like my blade is against the neck of your beloved.” You will never be able to convince me that Slade isn’t completely in love with Ollie. Crazed hate-tinged mirakuru’ed love at this point, yes, but razing Starling City is pretty much the mirakuru version of dipping Ollie’s pigtails in the inkwell.
- UGH AND THEN HE CALLS HIM “KID” AGAIN. IT IS TOO MUCH.
- I have never been as excited for anything on this show as I am for Thea’s return in Season 3. WILL SHE KICK ALL THE ASS??? I CANNOT WAIT.
- EEEEEEEE SEASON THREE I LOVE THIS STUPID SHOW!