Man…I’m unsure what to consider the finale. There have been parts I favored and a few issues that simply left me feeling sort of unfulfilled.
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Overall, I felt the episode moved nicely and had a pleasant tempo to it. The massive win was not wrapping up Diaz’s storyline tonight. As a lot as it will have been good to have taken him out, his character was constructed up/developed all season, and he has such an extended attain, that it might have felt low cost for him to return to an finish inside 45 minutes.
Ollie’s heart-to-heart conversations have been a pleasant contact, too. Taking time to speak to every group member and depart on a great word is what I really feel lots of people would do when in Ollie’s footwear. Why let grudges proceed? He is aware of he’s achieved and going away, may as properly kiss and make-up, so to talk. I feel it additionally confirmed progress in his character. He’s prepared to only say, “Whatever happened in the past, it’s the past. Forget it and let’s move on.” In a bizarre method, the deal Ollie struck with Samantha has made him see there’s a a lot greater image on the market, even past Star City. Seems like Ollie’s martyr act is the final nice deed he’ll do for these individuals for a very long time—probably ever.
Of course, the shock (extra like shock), was Quentin’s dying. I didn’t see that coming in any respect. Truthfully, I’m not precisely positive why it occurred. I get that he makes probably the most sense out of everybody. He’s not a costumed hero, however he’s nonetheless a part of the primary crew and his dying would convey a shock to the fan base.
As a lot as I didn’t look after the recurring theme of Quentin this season, I ended up liking him as an entire. To me, he was one of many extra hard-nosed, black and white characters. There wasn’t a ton of complexity to him and that was a constructive. Arrow options quite a few characters which have loads of layers and/or complexities. It was good to have a extra easy, simple individual within the combine to type of stability out the remaining.
If the actor, Paul Blackthorne, is shifting on to totally different tasks, I perceive the choice. In phrases of the present’s continuity, I assume you do it as a result of because the appearing Mayor and an in depth good friend of Ollie’s, there can be a battle of curiosity with Ollie in jail. One would assume that he would do every little thing he might to get Ollie out—and more than likely succeed. So with Ollie’s high-ranking and highly effective (government-wise) buddy now gone, it makes issues harder for the Emerald Archer.
Where the episode fell brief with me was in the direction of the top. While I used to be okay with not closing out the Diaz storyline, there was one thing about Ollie being despatched to jail that simply didn’t work for me. I feel it’s as a result of we’ve seen him in comparable positions up to now. All season lengthy he’s been coping with authorized points and the specter of being arrested, then truly being arrested, getting out, and so on., and so on., and so on. It felt like extra of the identical.
I hoped this finale would put a definitive finish to this angle, nevertheless it looks like it’ll proceed, and I’m unsure the place they go from right here precisely. He’s in jail with lot of men he’s put there, everybody now is aware of his secret—which places William in excessive hazard, together with everybody related to him. As humorous because it sounds, the one approach I might assume to maneuver past this might have been for Ollie to pretend his personal dying and begin a brand new life. My worry is that subsequent season could also be centered on Ollie being out and in of courtroom hearings whereas serving his sentence.
Also, did I miss the “Longbow Hunters” that they referenced a pair occasions? They constructed them as much as be some ruthless individuals who might maintain enterprise, however I don’t assume we ever noticed them. Maybe they’re saving them and Quadrant for an enormous splash subsequent season? [Editor replace: Turns out, that’s precisely the plan.] How will Ollie’s group function now? I assume the plea deal frees them of their previous transgressions, however wouldn’t permit them to proceed appearing as vigilantes, proper?
I assume we’ll see subsequent season! As all the time, I had a good time masking Arrow this yr. Thanks for letting me share my ideas with you. Although we don’t all the time agree, the great thing about these exhibits and characters is that they open up the ground for some enjoyable conversations. Nice to know they gained’t be stopping any time quickly!
Until subsequent season!
Matt Ross covers Arrow as part of the #DCTV Couch Club. Catch new episodes of Arrow Thursdays at 9 p.m. (eight p.m. CST) on The CW.