Arrow- Season 7- Ep 4: “Level 2” – A Review

Posted: 11/07/2018 in Uncategorized

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This ep presented much more of a balancing act than its predecessor. The flash forward portion yielded a potentially huge payoff and circled back to the current arc. This was a bit more of a cerebral run for GA/Oliver (Stephen Amell) but remained no less interesting and still very much on point with its trajectory this season. My review follows below.

Oliver’s descent to level 2 played quite differently from what was expected. It remains unclear afterward if he has indeed met the Demon or not. Jason E. Kelly’s Dr. Jarrett Parker is clearly not a good person…but is he in Diaz’ pocket or not? His referring to Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) as Mr. Diaz might be a giveaway or it might not.  Jarrett’s keeping Oliver in an agitated state, unfed and unrested is clearly torture. Parker’s attempt to ‘reach’ Oliver is his trying to break him, pure and simple. This former vigilante is a man however who has been tortured by the actual Demon’s Head/Ra’s Al Ghul…so honestly, physical and chemical attempts probably won’t succeed. GA is all about long game. This is a figure who went so deep as to join his arch enemy’s League, even allowing for his marriage to his enemy’s daughter. He is no pushover and while he does get tested quite brutally, including a twisted re-enactment of his final moments with his father through a renewed perspective, the concept of Oliver breaking and calling off his mission of getting to Diaz doesn’t seem viable. The prison arc remains the show’s most interesting plot line at the moment.

The rogue Felicity (Emily Bett-Rickards) arc does get a bit more interesting via her brokering an alliance with Laurel/Black Siren (Katie Cassidy). The two women working together played as forced initially but Laurel’s later confession of her relationship with Earth Two’s Felicity allowed for a deeper level of character exploration. The two seem more on the same page and the notion of how far Felicity is willing to go to ensure hers and William’s (Jack Moore) safety gains greater authenticity. Laurel’s pronouncement of how killing changes you is nothing new but the pairing of the two women offers a more legitimate dark turn for Felicity.

The New Arrow arc brought both Rene (Rick Gonzalez) and Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) closer to a return of the vigilante status quo. Dinah’s perspective is understandable as she wishes to restore public faith, particularly that of the people of the Glades, in the police force, but Oliver’s current slice of hell intimates that regulated law and order might no longer be attainable or sustainable. Dinah’s accepting the intel of the new Arrow as useful is a step  toward her inevitable turn toward her path as Black Canary.

The future segment in which Roy (Colton Haynes) and adult William (Ben Lewis) return to Star City successfully brings up the level and value of the forward arc. The reconnecting of Team Arrow and the next gen of vigilante is teased with a moment between Dinah and Rene’s daughter Zoe (Eliza Faria) in present time. The reveal of the Glades’ current status in Starr City presents a mystery worth delving.

Numerous plot angles are easily juggled and the feeling that this might be GA’s last run seems more than possible now with the series’ urgent tone. Arrow is well on track to presenting one of its strongest seasons, confirming its status as the foundation upon which the Berlanti DC Universe is built.

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