Review: Arrow Season 4 Takes a Turn For the Worse in ‘Restoration’

Thursday, 22 October 2015 - 3:46PM
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Thursday, 22 October 2015 - 3:46PM
Review: Arrow Season 4 Takes a Turn For the Worse in ‘Restoration’
Though Arrow seemed like it was going to make a fantastic turn around this season after a particularly good season opener, the second episode of this year's run of the show was a bit lackluster, and this week's episode, 'Restoration,' was just flat out disappointing. In fact, there really wasn't much of a reason to watch last night's episode, aside from catching the latest plot developments.

'Restoration' picked up where last week left off as Thea and Laurel went to Nanda Parbat to try and bring Sara back to life. Though Malcolm was reluctant to allow them to use the Pit at first, he eventually allows Sara's body to be lowered into its waters. Sara comes back to life, but she's clearly not herself - acting more like a ravenous animal than a human being. During the episode, Diggle and Ollie also finally make amends and together, they take down 'Double Down' (a meta who can make his playing card tattoos tangible and basically use them as throwing knives). The duo also come to learn that the woman who ordered the hit on Diggle's brother is dead, and they seem to make it a priority at this point to get to the bottom of that mystery.

So why did this episode of Arrow seem to fail? First of all, it was apparent to most that last week's episode was simply a filler, made with the sole purpose of moving the plot along. 'Restoration' felt the same, but it shouldn't have. Some pretty big events took place this week, yet they all felt so empty. Likewise, the idea of having a meta like 'Double Down' appear on the show was a fun idea, but in the end he was extremely easy to take down once Diggle and Ollie teamed up; he definitely wasn't executed to the show's potential. The fight scenes weren't anything spectacular either, and the actions and dialogue of Thea, Laurel, and Felicity continue to prove that Arrow has no clue how to write good female characters. Worst of all, Stephen Amell's acting really doesn't seem to be working with this whole new nice guy persona Ollie's taken on. He was a much more compelling actor in seasons 1, 2, and to some extent, 3.

None of this is to say that Arrow is doomed for the rest of the season. In fact, most seasons of most shows have those one or two episodes that really don't seem to be able to keep up with the rest. Yet after a rocky season 3, Arrow really needed to be able to blow fans away early on this year. Sadly, that hasn't happened. Hopefully, Arrow can turn things around and make this year just as memorable as it's first two on the air. But this week, 'Restoration' gets a 'barely worth watching' 4.8 out of 10. Better luck next week, Arrow.

Catch the next episode on the CW this coming Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.
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