We are now just one episode away from the end of “Arrow” season 4, and at this point, the biggest thing that Oliver Queen now has to fear is that many of the characters around him really don’t care much anymore about who lives and who dies.
Let’s talk first and foremost about Anarky, who in Damien Darhk’s underground world, really determined that it no longer mattered to him if he made it out of there in one piece. He made the decision to get his revenge by killing Ruve and almost her child, who Oliver took away at the last minute. What we liked about Anarky and his presence on the show is that it’s rare to have someone equally invested in killing a Big Bad as Team Arrow, even though he is not necessarily on the same page as them. That was paralleled on the show once more by the Calculator a.k.a. Noah working at least temporarily with his daughter Felicity to take down Darhk … and an old face from her past.
Felicity update: Apparently, her mother was the one to leave her father, not the other way around. It wasn’t a huge game-changer, but you can argue that it at least gives Noah a few more shades as a character.
Flashback update: The magic is starting to turn Taiana evil, as she wants to use it to destroy Reiter and then take over where she’s fun in Russia. We have a feeling that this is where Oliver is going next season in the flashbacks; could it turn out that she is the new villain? We would be down for that, since the majority of the adversaries on this show are mostly dudes.
In the end, we leave this episode with Darhk’s safe haven gone, and with him completely off the rails now and ready to start nuclear war. He’s completely enraged, and we’re not entirely sure that there is an adequate way for the team to stop it. In the end, it’ll at least make for some uber-dramatic, interesting TV. Grade: B+.
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