By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of Arrow.
Sara is on the loose and she’s entered full-blood-lust-crazy-killer mode. I like Sara’s story juxtaposed with Thea’s. They both have the blood lust as a side effect from the Lazarus Pit, but Sara is not at all herself while Thea has still maintained her consciousness. Sara cannot help what she’s doing right now. Thea, on the other hand, has to live with the violent acts she commits when the blood lust hits her. Having this episode focused mostly on the two of them allowed for a focused narrative. I feel like the writers jammed three weeks worth of a story into one episode, but they did it in a way that didn’t sacrifice quality.
Ladies and gentlemen, John Constantine. I absolutely love how he was introduced into the world of Arrow. The writers have been slowly teasing the idea of a supernatural world since the introduction of the Lazarus Pit last season. Now Damien Darhk has come along and he’s moving things with his mind. Bringing Constantine onto the show, even if it is for one episode (please, CW, I’m begging you to make this a semi-regular thing), allows the writers to just go ahead and dive head first into the pool of the dark arts. This not only opens the show up to a whole slew of new story arcs, but it also gives Oliver a weapon to use against Damien Darhk later in the season (again, writers, please don’t let this be the only appearance of John Constantine). Hopefully this leads to new and compelling plots for this series.
There were some good ones to choose from, but I have to go with Oliver, Laurel, and Constantine going into the other realm to retrieve Sara’s soul. Was it perfect? No, it definitely wasn’t, but it showed the audience that this isn’t the grounded-in-reality Arrow that we watched for the first two seasons. It’s a whole new world, and I think this will be a better show for it.
Thanks for reading!