“Arrow” tonight brought you a wide array of things: Revivals, conflicts, and a villain who throws dangerous playing cards at people.
Seriously, when you go back and look at some of the one-off villains that the show has given us over the years, Double Down is probably going to go down as one of the hokier villains we’ve seen. His powers just did not translate well to the screen, and he was never particularly intimidating. Still, the scene with Felicity firing off the machine gun at him was supremely entertaining, mostly as she tried to do everything that she could in order to protect Curtis Holt.
Thanks to what happened with the villain, Curtis is a little bit more in the know on Team Arrow, even if he does not know that Oliver Queen wears that mask just yet. He’s a valuable tool for the team to have in their corner, provided that they want to use him in some way moving forward.
Now that we’ve gone through most of this (and we should also mention that Oliver and Diggle are now on the same page after a lengthy round of bro-counseling as ordered by Felicity), let’s get to the real surprise of the hour: The end of the Lazarus Pit. After Laurel used it in order to bring back Sara, who clearly is not exactly the same as she once was, Nyssa had the pit destroyed using a method described to her by her father. Now, she can someday kill Malcolm without fear that he could someday return. While it’s somewhat convenient, we’re glad that the show cannot just do any more resurrections whenever it feels like it. The time and the method for doing so is gone.
Do we sympathize with Nyssa? Definitely, but we feel like not all hope is lost … at least not yet. Episode Grade: B+.
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