‘Arrow’ TV recap: Amid bad blood, who can get close to the heart of Darhkness?

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Arrow’s Lance Family Reunion Isn’t All Smiles & Hugs—Can Undead Sara Be Saved?.

JUST WHEN IT looked as though the relationship between Oliver Queen and Quentin Lance was taking a turn for the worse (and that’s saying something, given their difficult and complex history), we are dealt with a twist: The Green Arrow and Star City’s top cop are looking past some glaring differences to try to take down this season’s baddie, Damien Darhk. “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. That’s one of the questions facing Oliver and the gang on tonight’s Arrow, which forces Quentin into one of the worst situations a father could imagine (though it’s doubtful any dad could even fathom what Quentin faces).

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. Oliver might be the greatest protector that Star City has ever had, but before his five-year stint on the island that turned him into a warrior, he was kind of a jerk.

Laurel and Thea have brought Sara back from Nanda Parbat, but she’s still in feral mode, so Laurel has chained her sister up in the basement and begun to treat her like a rabid pet. 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 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. It doesn’t hurt that the place has a secret elevator to what had previously been Blood’s lair because Ollie has, with some generous help from Cisco and S.T.A.R.

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? The massive superhero playground is a vigilante’s dream, with massive room for strategizing, special cases for costumes (wouldn’t it just be easier to have those things hanging on a rack somewhere?), and more than enough tech to keep Felicity’s fingers working on every case.

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. And when that one would-be foe runs around the city you try to protect within the rules of the law, but he wears a mask and gets better results — well, it’s a wonder Detective Lance doesn’t give Oliver a jab/cross combo every time he sees him (not that he’d be able to land it).

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. Labs-fueled equipment secretly hidden in a new Arrow-cave beneath Oliver’s mayoral-candidate headquarters, he knows Lance has been working secretly with Darhk. Oliver endured years of disgust and condenscension because, given his effect on the lives of Lance’s daughters, the contempt could be deemed justifiable. Upon investigation of the nearly abandoned building (and here is your weekly reminder of just how abandoned this city seems to be), they find a locked up room full of Star City PD gear and weaponry. Recognizing a pattern of drug busts, Oliver has Thea connect with one of her old contacts for, oh, just a questionable amount of cocaine, which they lay as a trap for this mysterious group.

The group, which is later revealed to be using equipment for the once-defunct, now-reactivated vigilante task force is armed and trained well enough to fend off the group of, well, vigilantes. 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. 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. Liza believes they are not criminals (despite the whole multiple murders thing), and doesn’t want them to kill Quentin, instead hoping to make him a solution. How does it feel for Lance to have to cede the moral high ground to Oliver after years of judging him for his actions, once Oliver finds out Lance is working with Damien Darhk?

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. This isn’t Sara, and she’s only causing him more pain when he knows this cannot end well. (Paul Blackthorne sure knows how to deliver the heartbreak, mixing all of Quentin’s fury, sadness, shock, and maybe even a sliver of happiness to create a few potent, powerful moments. 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.

It’s horrific to watch this man grapple with the unthinkable reality of the scene before him.) This revelation leads Quentin to seek out assistance from the one man he would most like to free himself of: Damien Darhk. So the status of one daughter is dubious at best, and the closest thing he’s had to a son who he now harbors great rage for, Oliver, is lying in wait at his apartment. Darhk, I know you’re a rather dastardly villain, but would you mind doing me a favor?” Like with the Oliver and Lance scene, this is another scene where relationships are turned on their head.

We know that Sara will be a part of the next CW superhero show, DC’s “Legends of Tomorrow.” So it appears that when Constantine shows up, he’ll work his magic and set things right with Sara. 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. And in the episode’s most powerful scene, Oliver bites back, telling Quentin to stop hiding behind his daughters and that he decided to run for mayor partially to prove to Quentin what type of man he was.

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. Lance sees that Oliver is a changed man these days, he’s not what he used to be — obviously Lance knew Oliver since he was a kid, through his playboy days and all the rest of it, so in those first few episodes, he’s quietly urging Oliver to step up, step out of the shadows and into the light. 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. Just as Quentin is brought face-to-face with a loved one he thought dead, so, too, is Felicity forced to reconcile a similar, albeit digital, situation. He lost his brother six years ago, and he would give just about anything to hear something new from someone he thought long lost. (ASIDE: I would just like to take this moment to say Echo Kellum has been a phenomenal addition to the cast.

END ASIDE) Felicity eventually gives in and reveals the password to him, which means when she returns to Palmer Tech she will have quite the audio message waiting for her. Oliver frees the woman he was instructed to punish last week, but one of his fellow soldiers doesn’t quite trust Oliver’s assertions that he killed the woman.

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