By: Casey (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead.
The arrest of Roy sidelined Oliver this week. While it was difficult for Oliver, I feel like the theme of “you have to let people help you” will be very important in the coming weeks. Oliver has trust issues. We all know that. Even though those around him – Diggle, Roy, Felicity – have proven themselves time and again, Oliver still wants to play the lone vigilante when the hard times arrive. That isn’t going to work against Ra’s al Ghul. In the past, Oliver has needed help against Malcolm Merlyn and Slade Wilson; this won’t be any different. I’ve pointed it out before, but Ra’s al Ghul has resources that Oliver’s past enemies simply did not have access to. Oliver is fighting the entire League of Assassins. As Tatsu has told him in the past, and Felicity has told him in the present, Oliver has to learn how to trust people.
Lance is continuing his anti-Arrow rampage. The fascinating thing about this storyline is the fact that Lance is not wrong. The Arrow, hero or not, is a criminal. We all knew that Roy turning himself in wasn’t going to deter Lance, and the captain is perfectly fine with going to battle with anyone standing in his way. Still, Lance is fighting a losing battle here. Roy really played his cards well when he turned himself in. Taking the heat off Oliver allows him to refocus his fight with Ra’s. As the show shifts back to Nanda Parbat, Lance’s story should be taking a back seat for at least the next week.
So we finally got to see Ray’s suit in action, and it wasn’t quite the equalizer we were expecting. To be fair, the suit shoots energy and Ray was fighting a metahuman that absorbs energy. You can’t them all. He came through in the end though, and that’s what counts. If the writers utilize Ray more in the League of Assassins story arc, he should prove to be a more valuable force against the more human foes.
Ra’s al Ghul and Thea
Wow, dick move Ra’s! That was actually a brilliant play on his part. Turning the city against Oliver didn’t work. Forcing Oliver to come to Ra’s for help might have been the only thing he had left to do. Time will tell if Ra’s overplayed himself here, but I think he has Oliver right where he wants him. Oliver couldn’t be beat in Central City; forcing Oliver back to Nanda Parbat, the League’s home turf, gives all the advantages to Ra’s al Ghul.
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