By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the season four premiere of Arrow and also one major spoiler for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow if you haven’t watched the trailer.
Just when he thought he was out, they pulled him back in. It’s almost sad to see Oliver’s return. He was so happy with his slow cooker and soufflés. Unlike many hero characters on a similar arc, Oliver didn’t appear to miss his old life (Felicity took on that role in this episode). Now the team needs him again, even if Diggle is reluctant to accept that fact.
Oliver re-branding himself as the “Green Arrow” was a fresh change for the show, but I have to wonder why the writers are suddenly trying to be more in line with the comic (the city’s name was also changed to Star City). I’m not complaining about it, but Arrow has been one of the most consistently good shows on TV the past few years (save for the slight bump in the road they experienced in the last half-season), so why make two sudden changes like that?
I really hope Damien Darhk turns out to be the villain we all thought we were getting with Ras al Ghul. So far, he’s living up to my expectations. He’s both charismatic and ruthless, willing to kill Star City officials and his own men that fail him. Like Ras, he commands an army willing to do his bidding, but he’s also able to handle himself with his mystical abilities. He’s a formidable foe, something that this show desperately needs. He seemingly has Captain-freaking-Lance in his back pocket! Darhk is like Malcolm Merlyn, Slade Wilson, and Ras al Ghul rolled into one. Here’s hoping the writers don’t screw this one up.
How was that for a twist? So Lance, after being established as one of the straightest arrows (no pun intended) in the DC television universe, is now working for Damien Darhk. I think it’s the understatement of the century to say that there will be more to this story. My guess is that Darhk has something on Lance, but since, as I’ve already pointed out, he’s solidly straight-laced, the options of what can be hanging over his head are limited. Darhk could be threatening Laurel. Even though she is perfectly capable of taking care of herself, her father still sees her as his little girl and would probably compromise himself to protect her. Darhk could have also promised to bring Sara back from the dead. As we saw, Darhk has mystical abilities, and we know Sara is coming back for Legends of Tomorrow, so that’s a actually a likely explanation, and the one I will probably guess to be true. The least likely explanation is that Lance really did just turn bad.
We will be asking ourselves all season whose grave Oliver was standing at. I think Felicity is the obvious choice, but it could be Diggle. He and Oliver are still have a rocky relationship, so they could finally make up right before Diggle dies at the hands of Darhk.
I don’t really get into the flashbacks when I give my thoughts on the episodes, but I just want to say I’m glad we finally get to see how Oliver ended up back on the island. Hopefully he will get off there this season and we can be finished with looking at the past.
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