Arrow Thoughts: Season 4, Episode 4 “Beyond Redemption”

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By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)

WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of Arrow.

Oliver

Right now, Oliver is like Harvey Dent and Batman rolled into one character. He has all the idealism you want to hear from a superhero/mayoral candidate (‘needing to do what is right,’ ‘the city needs a leader without a mask,’ etc.). It’ll be fascinating to see how Oliver balances being the Green Arrow with running for mayor. Both of these things are full-time jobs, and Oliver was barely able to balance being a billionaire playboy nightclub owner and being the Arrow; how is he going to be mayor and the Green Arrow? One thing that is different is his team. In the first two seasons, Oliver was mostly alone. As his team grew, Oliver still had trust issues. I feel like he’s past all that now. Everything he’s gone through in the past three seasons has brought him to this point. Oliver is ready to balance his public life with this secret life. Hopefully the writers realize this too.

Captain Lance

This was a defining episode for Captain Lance. As I expected, he’s working with Damien Darhk because Darhk is threatening the safety of Laurel (Captain Lance really has no faith his daughter’s abilities, does he?). Thankfully that’s all cleared up, because I like Lance better when he’s on the straight and narrow. Dirty cop is just not a persona that suits him well.

He was also forced to come face-to-face with the truth about Sara. Lance trying to “put her down” at the advice of Darhk was painful to watch. Lance has been through so much with his daughters over the course of this show that the thought of him having to kill one of them, even if it’s not really “her,” was gut-wrenching. Luckily Laurel came along to stop it.

Finally, I loved the scenes tonight with Lance and Oliver. Lance wants to hate everything about Oliver, and I don’t blame him. He looks at Oliver and he sees a man who turned his world upside down. Oliver broke Laurel’s heart, was responsible for Sara’s death twice, and has brought an exceedingly harsh level of violence to the city. Despite Lance’s feelings towards him, Oliver never stopped respecting Lance or wanting his approval. Now that the truth is out about him and Darhk, Lance has a good reason to give Oliver a break. That should make for an interesting dynamic between the two. We’ve seen them work together in the past, but now Lance can see that Oliver is trying to make the right decisions for himself, the people he cares about, and the city. Hopefully these two have permanently turned a corner.

Thanks for reading!