Arrow recap: ‘Dark Waters’

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Arrow’ fans have zero chill after winter finale insanity.

Attacking children, destroying a Christmas party, and almost killing half of Team Arrow — Damien Darhk makes the Grinch pre-heart growth look like an absolute angel. As the show’s fans know well, there’s always an event, a cliffhanger, a major bombshell, and, in special cases, a death that sends fans into a spiral of emotions.During Arrow’s fall finale, Oliver (Stephen Amell) decidedly went public with Damien Darhk’s (Neal McDonough) true intentions, hoping it could unite the city to take the villain down. Yes, Damien Darhk checked off more than a few requisites in the maniacal villain handbook during “Dark Waters,” which saw Team Arrow putting themselves in the line of fire out of their normal costumed brawls. At one point, Thea, Diggle and Felicity — the characters fans widely believed to be the frontrunners in the Arrow Death Pool — even found themselves trapped in a chamber quickly filling with deadly gas.

While the promo for the show’s return seems to indicate she is, here’s why we think she’s not: As revealed in the premiere, the funeral takes place six months after the events of the season opener. They don’t know why Damien cares about the bay so much, and Oliver wants to be sure of what they’re taking on before he retaliates in any fashion. Oliver valiantly attempted to shield his fiancée and then took charge and snuck into the driver’s seat (even pushing aside their driver’s body to do so) and drove them the heck out of there.

As David Ramsey previously told EW, “I just can’t see them messing with that relationship.” Oliver finally just proposed and he’s gotten everything he’s ever wanted, which seems like an apt time to take it all away. So Oliver does, speaking before the press and publicly revealing Darhk as the leader of the Ghosts and HIVE, as well as HIVE’s intentions to kill the city. He would just be so broken.” The actor is referring to the closing scene of the premiere, in which Oliver swears to make “him” pay while standing over the grave, likely referring to Damien Darhk. Even with a murderous mystical madman attempting to lay siege to the city, a few hours away from the frightful weather spent by the delightful fire can’t hurt them, right?

But her slip-up leads her to ask how Curtis and his husband were engaged, which gets the gears in Felicity’s head turning all the way back to their time living outside the city. Damien, flanked by his Ghosts, steps into the party, snapping up a glass of wine and delighting in the spotlight as he condemns Oliver for going against his wishes. (The scene, purposely or not, evokes the Joker’s arrival to Bruce Wayne’s party in The Dark Knight, though Damien has the good sense to not waste the alcohol.) Rather than directly hurting Oliver, however, he plans to hit him by threatening those he loves most. With what amounts to a force push sending Oliver careening through the room, Diggle, Thea, and Felicity rush to his aid, giving Damien three ideal captives. Suited up as the Green Arrow, he tears through the city, pummeling Ghost after Ghost for some information on Darhk’s location, but he comes up empty-handed.

While Quentin seems most shocked, which tracks after he did not have a role in the crossover, Malcolm’s appearances there and at Thea’s apartment feel like they insinuate he wasn’t just in town helping the crew take out an immortal villain. He brings him to a facility with a gas chamber and speaks of how the Nazis perfected such a device and that every now and then the world needs a bit of a reset. Laurel left Quentin behind at base, mirroring Felicity’s speech about not needing him to help her because she decides when she needs protection. (It’s a good, strong moment for Laurel and Quentin, who so often are saddled with incredibly melodramatic material. The scene between them at the lair is serious, sure, but they both give it a realistic, believable tinge that sells a lot of the growth we’re supposed to see in Laurel.)

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