Arrow – Season IV – Ep. 21 “Honor Thy Fathers”: A Review

Posted: 05/15/2017 in Uncategorized

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This ep was mostly set up but still managed to maintain the manic energy set up throughout this season. Also ably returned was the Flashback  sequence, noting the journey to Lian Yu which sets the stage for a two tiered finale. As per usual, much got done and much more madness is to come. My review follows below.

Feeling nearly finale-ish, this latest run linked both hero and villain as well as past and present. The feeling of all elements pulling together for the mutual conclusion of a five year arc is palpable. The present brought the group to continue their hunt for Prometheus/Adrian Chase (Josh Segerra). As expected, the villain’s game of “one-upman-ship” continued with Mayor Queen/GA (Stephen Amell) being sent two ‘items’, culminating with a jump drive regarding Robert Queen (Jamey Sheridan). Oliver’s instinct of disregarding the drive is undermined by the returning Thea (Willa Holland) who opts to see what Prometheus has on their father. The notion of who one truly is being informed by one’s upbringing is hammered forth. The majority of the season has seen Prometheus dig at Oliver to prove like his own father, he is essentially a bad person. Prometheus’s father was a criminal and such, how can he not be? This premise is ably presented via a viewing of an incident with Robert. It is not so much the incident itself that is horrible; it is the action he takes in its aftermath. The re-visitation of an earlier video clip in which Robert tells Oliver he isn’t the man he thinks he is when he charges him with righting his wrongs is given a deeper delving.

Prometheus’ theatrics were grim in this episode, opening with a cement encased corpse being shipped to the mayor. This delivery kick starts the ep as the team attempt to learn the victim’s identity and how it ties in with either GA or Prometheus. The video evidence chaser futher amps things up a notch. Once you break somebody, however, you can’t really break them further. The ordeal or crucible Oliver undergoes prepares him for any future revelations regarding his family. With the one thing he has over his enemy – a supportive team/family- GA is able to rise above whatever terrible truths Prometheus heaps upon him. The team works better than they ever have. Oliver and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) have obtained a sense of closure in their relationship.Even when Oliver and Diggs (David Ramsey) fall prey to another of Prometheus’ booby traps, we have little fear of true endangerment. We know that the villain’s end game is far more big picture than simply killing both men. The return of Derek Sampson (Cody Runnels) did little other than demonstrate the improved performance of Team Arrow, particularly Curtis/Mr. Terrific (Echo Kellum) via his tech and Dinah’s (Juliana Harkavy) superior fighting skills.

A later sequence in which Oliver resumes his proper mantle could easily have been a powerful finale moment. In this case, it plays more as an afterthought as he knows who he is now. The past informs the future however with the Flashback featuring Anatoly (David Nikl), himself a father figure as much as a ‘brother’, journeying to Lian You with Oliver. A sequence involving a season one visual, namely Deathstroke’s mask, provides an answer to a long time fan question. The return of a enemy lying in wait eliminates any notion of Oliver’s quick return to Starling City and accounts for his more bedraggled appearance in the opening of Season 1.

How the next play goes down occurs on two levels. The first via a seemingly too simple resolution to a battle that should assuredly have been more grand scale. The second is via a sub arc in which Rene/Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez) endeavors to get his daughter back legally.  Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) advocates on his behalf and pushes him when he questions his worthiness as a parent. Honestly, the moments between the two men are among the strongest and best throughout this season…this includes the “hoss” play:) An end sequence with Lance at the family court hearing ties into Prometheus’ defeat and end game. The smile that creeps on his face sets the stage for the penultimate run and the assurance that season 5 remains on point to being simply outstanding and well worth your time.

 

 

 

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