Three Heroes From Previous Seasons of Arrow Returned on Last Night’s Episode

Thursday, 04 February 2016 - 11:05AM
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Thursday, 04 February 2016 - 11:05AM
Three Heroes From Previous Seasons of Arrow Returned on Last Night’s Episode
Arrow's been back on air after the midseason break for the last few weeks now, but arguably some of the most exciting things to take place yet this season took place on last night's episode. Though early on it was revealed that Oliver Queen now has a contender for mayor - the wife of Damien Darhk - the real focus of the episode was on the consequences Thea's now facing for not satisfying her bloodlust, as well as the return of one fan favorite hero from the team's past, though a couple others also made appearances in the episode.  

In "Unbroken," Thea struggles with serious health concerns caused by her refusal to kill in order to satisfy the bloodlust she developed from being immersed in the Lazarus Pit. It's revealed to be quite a serious condition, and it knocks her out of commission for the duration of the episode. At the end, it's revealed that Thea will likely die from the condition if she doesn't kill, although an alternative method of treatment is offered (more on that later).  

However, the bulk of the episode focuses on the return of Roy Harper, who evidently was identified and threatened by The Calculator. Apparently Roy was in danger of The Calculator revealing his identity to the world if he didn't steal a certain collection of gizmos and gadgets. Though Roy initially complies, Team Arrow is able to hop in and assist him in stopping The Calculator's plans to shut down Star City.  

Nyssa al Ghul is also released from her prison in Nanda Parbat, and then makes her way to Japan in order to find "the lotus," something that can evidently make Thea whole again. While there, she runs into another hero from Team Arrow's past, Katana. Though they have a brief fight, they eventually come to an agreement to work together when Nyssa clarifies exactly what her plan entails. Speaking of heroes from the past, Shado made a brief reappearance on the show in Oliver's flashbacks - well, flashbacks of hallucinations anyway.    

The episode comes to a close with two huge cliffhangers. First, Oliver is told by Nyssa that she'll save Thea with the lotus if he promises to kill Malcolm Merlyn. Likewise, it's revealed that The Calculator is actually Felicity's father - though it seems that neither of them know that they just got done fighting each other in a hacker battle just a short while before.  

In the end, however, Arrow has consistently come up short this season, and even though this episode featured the return of quite a few fan favorite characters from the past, it still doesn't quite measure up. Season 4 does seem to be better than the universally agreed failure of season 3, but the writers still haven't been able to restore the same quality of storytelling that existed in the first two season by a long shot. It's like drinking Pepsi for two years and then switching to RC Cola. A very lame and crude analogy, sure, but you get the point. Arrow may be acceptable right now, but there's no denying that it's not the killer product that it once was - and that's no consolation for long time fans of the show. No one wants RC after they've had Pepsi, even if it isn't completely terrible.  

It would be nice for Arrow to be restored to its former glory, but at this point, it seems unlikely. Thankfully, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow all seem to be doing well, though of course none are perfect. Arrow may have started things for modern DC television, and it deserves a certain respect for that, but if the writers can't get things back to the way they were, season 5 may be the proper time to say goodbye to Arrow. If bringing back fan favorites can't even bring a special kick to the show, and if introducing John Constantine for 20 minutes of screen time is the best thing about the entire season, then something is very, very broken. 

Catch the next episode of Arrow on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
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