Arrow Season 4 Episode 4 Review: Beyond Redemption

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Arrow’ Season 4 Spoilers: Episode 4 Shows An Emotional Confrontation Between Oliver And Captain Lance [RECAP].

“Arrow’s” Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) is back from the dead, at least in body — but like everyone who takes a dip in the Lazarus Pit, she’s been irrevocably changed by the experience. Some might say that this week’s Arrow was a bit on the snoozy side — I mean, for all the pre-season hype the flashbacks are moving at a positively glaaaaaaacial pace — but some needed and well-deserved character work was done, and nicely at that, by series vet Paul Blackthorne.

In this week’s episode, “Beyond Redemption,” everyone will have to deal with the repercussions of Sara’s return, especially her sister, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and father, Captain Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne). Namely: Dad considering putting his undead daughter down. “He’s obviously very happy his daughter is back, as peculiar as that might be, but…something is remiss. Thea Queen, Laurel Lance and John Diggle meet up with Felicity Smoak and Oliver Queen at their new headquarters, Sebastian Blood‘s old campaign office. With everything that’s going on, it’s important to remember that at the center of all this conflict is the original desire to make Star City a better place.

Now Laurel is going to have to tell her dad what she’s done, and since Captain Lance has thrown in his lot (unwillingly, but still) with Damien Darhk, that may make a bad situation even worse. News. “He clearly sees the pain and suffering she’s going through, which makes him ask himself whether that really is good for her or not.” But could Lance really pull the trigger on that gun we saw him aiming at Sara in last week’s trailer? “Obviously, it would be a terrible situation for any father.

EW has the scoop from Blackthorne on what’s next: PAUL BLACKTHORNE: We’ll find that out specifically on Wednesday, but of course the family is looking out for each other. But given that she seems to be devoid of soul, spirit and that she seems to be suffering incredibly—you can clearly see the pain she’s in—it’s something that he has to entertain for the sake of putting her out of her misery,” he says. “It’s a ‘taking the dog down to the vet’ sort of moment…It’s a bit desperate.” Something tells us Sara will survive the hour (she does have a mid-season spinoff to get to, after all), but will she back to her old self by episode’s end?

Obviously Laurel knows an awful lot about what’s been going on with Sara, so it’s fair to say that she’s probably got something to do with how Lance finds out. A group of drug dealers are getting some work done in an abandoned building when the Star City Police Department (SCPD) SWAT team bursts in and clears the room. A father seeing his returned daughter is obviously an amazing moment for him, but at the same time he can immediately sense that something’s completely off with her and is wracked by that and can’t accept that she is truly back — which is pretty horrifying, when you’re seeing her back in the flesh but not really in spirit. So rocked is Lance that he turns to the man he’s already ill-advisedly involved with, Damien Dahrk, for some perspective from the onetime League member on how to take the edge off post-Pit depression. “Father to father,” Darhk answers, letting slip an innnteresting bit about his personal life, “If it was my daughter, I’d put her down.” Lance goes to do just that toward episode’s end — “I’m sorry, baby, you’re just not her,” he tells the familiar-but-straaaange young woman before him — but Laurel stops him, after which her father breaks down sobbing.

That’s right, folks — Sara is missing on Arrow and given the sort of violence she’s exuded so far, she should really not be around people at the moment. No, he also learned that some members of the anti-vigilante task force he resurrected during Oliver’s absence have gone rogue, stealing drug shipments for resale.

Laurel didn’t keep Sara’s return a secret from him again, at least, but she also made the questionable choice to resurrect Sara in the first place – how is he dealing with that aspect of it? Oliver says, “Don’t everyone congratulate me at once.” Diggle asks, “Oh, you’re serious?” Oliver, Thea and Diggle raid the crime scene and find the attackers’ stuff. Luckily, there’s a ray of hope in Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), who gathers the members of Team Arrow together to announce that he’s decided to run for mayor. As the show moves into that kind of tone, it’s interesting, because obviously the most skeptical person on the planet would be Lance, in regards to any of that mumbo-jumbo, as he’d call it. After a first disastrous run-in with this well-equipped crew, Team Arrow ultimately comes away with a win, though it was a close call as Liza got the drop on Oliver.

Thanks to the job’s unusually high death rate, he believes that his ability to defend himself will afford him the opportunity to be the type of mayor the city needs to fix its many problems. Quentin watches the way Sara is thrashing around and looking blank and says, “This isn’t my daughter.” Laurel is sure that she’ll remember who she is if they’re patient. However, as things do move along through the season, there is more of this element that takes place in front of Lance’s eyes and it is starting to shift his world that maybe there is some supernatural element to it, but at this stage, it almost seems ridiculous that this could be the case. In a very tense scene between Blackthorne and Stephen Amell, Quentin started, “You don’t get to pass judgement on me!” But oh, yes Oliver now does. “You always held yourself up as better than me, and you were.

However, if she appears to be in a pained and in a terrible state, like how you’d have to put your dog down at some point, it might be the best thing to do, so that’s the choice you have to make. At this point, Lance would try anything, and if there is such a thing as magic or supernatural power going on out there, supernatural elements, I think any father would try anything to bring the spirit of their daughter back. And all the new toys upstairs, were those donated by the STAR Labs peeps, leased…? * Felicity’s phone kept acting up, and Curtis recognized the code it was running as being old code of Ray’s. But that’s what’s so tragic about this situation, he knows he can’t connect with her, because he knows she’s not truly there to be connected with. Curtis then found an audio recording of Ray’s last words, which Felicity eventually found courage to listen to: “I’m sorry, Felicity, This is my fault.” COMMENTARY: For the love of Zod, if some itty-bitty Ray is trying to contact Felicity, can’t he just like hop up and down on her keyboard and tap out a message?

Because of staffing cuts, Lance is frustrated with his inability to process the evidence from the shooting, so he agrees to let Oliver take a look at a SIM card recovered from the scene. This is dragging. * In about 75 cumulative seconds of Lian Yu flashbacks, Oliver faked his killing of the woman (does she have a name yet?) he actually saved.

What is this?” Obviously that takes some reconciling between the two of them as well. “Bring her back, but just bring her back properly next time, please, Laurel. You can’t blame him, can you? “Alright Oliver, I’ll let you have this one – I messed up, I’m sorry!” It’s reasonable that he takes this one on the chin for Oliver, but in true “Arrow” fashion, these things take their various twists and turns and turn out in a rather interesting way.

I do not have time to respond to something that doesn’t contain at least one actual word.” Curtis tells Felicity that he thinks he’s figured out a way to unlock a message on Felicity’s phone with Ray Palmer’s last words. In doing so, she and Oliver inadvertently notice Captain Lance meeting with the leader of the most notorious gang terrorizing the city, Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough). So again, having to eat a little humble pie and go to him and ask “please, how do you deal with this stuff?” was another strange moment for Lance.

In the Arrow’s absence during the hiatus, this was a huge thing for Lance, for somebody to help the city after the biological attack in the season 3 finale. However, for the first time Oliver doesn’t bow to Lance’s authority and tells him that his actions were inexcusable and to stop hiding behind his children. They decide to have Thea use her old drug connections to set up a buy, and Oliver gets Lance to agree to help after breaking the news of the dirty cops to him.

Also, of course, when he realizes that Darhk is actually particularly dark and not exactly the person he suggested he was going to be, then he’s threatening Laurel, so Lance is pushed into a corner and has to keep working with him to keep his daughter alive. So for Lance to see Oliver stepping up into that mayoral capacity with the campaign, he has a quiet pride about it; he’s quietly happy — the kid could be turning out okay after all.

In those first few episodes, Lance was actually cajoling Oliver to stand up. “This city needs someone is the light, not someone lurking around in the shadows.” I tried to play it in such a way that he wasn’t giving him grief about it, he was actually encouraging him in a subtle way. The following day, Oliver makes an impassioned speech of his own and tells all of Star City that, despite his utter lack of qualifications, he’s here for them. In danger of letting an episode of “Arrow” end on a high note, Laurel returns in the final moments of “Beyond Redemption” to bring some food to her chained up sister. Laurel brought her father, a man with a known heart condition, to a dark warehouse to reveal that his previously deceased daughter is alive and trying to kill anyone within reach.

Lance explains that he’s been working with Darhk for about two months, and that he was benign at first, and once he figured out who and what Damien was it was too late. She threatens the hero’s life, but Lance makes a stirring speech (that includes the episode title for bonus points!) about not giving up on the city before questioning if Warner still believes in justice. While he talks, we see a series of other scenes, including Felicity listening to Ray’s final words, Warner facing her own personal justice … and Laurel discovering that Sara is gone! Season 4 is avoiding any villain of the week issues and keeping Darhk lurking nicely, but this still won’t go down as anyone’s favorite, I don’t think.

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