Ray Palmer Was Finally Reunited With the Team in Last Night's Episode of 'Arrow'

Thursday, 12 November 2015 - 11:20AM
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Thursday, 12 November 2015 - 11:20AM
Ray Palmer Was Finally Reunited With the Team in Last Night's Episode of 'Arrow'
After the explosion at Palmer Technologies at the end of the third season, the rest of the world thought Ray Palmer (AKA the ATOM) was dead. Of course the audience, privy to those wonderful Legends of Tomorrow trailers, knew otherwise. In this week's episode of Arrow entitled 'Lost Souls,' the team was finally able to reunite with Ray and restore him to his normal size.

This week's Arrow began with Felicity and Curtis hard at work to track down the source of Ray's final message to Felicity that revealed he was still alive. After long hours were spent trying to accomplish this goal, Felicity accomplished her goal and was able to make contact with Ray. Little did she know he was being held captive by Damien Darhk.

When the rest of the team got the news that Ray was still alive, they stole the parts to construct a machine that could reverse Ray's condition. It was then revealed that Sara suffered the same effects that Thea did in regards to the Lazarus Pit - she now has a bloodlust and can't seem to keep herself from killing.

The team then formed a plan to infiltrate Darhk's hideout and rescue Ray. This involved Diggle impersonating a Ghost (which was quite fun to watch) and a brief rematch between Damien and Ollie. Finally, Ray thanked the team but made Felicity aware that she would still be in charge of his company for the time being - evidently he's not ready to come back from the dead just yet. Likewise, Sara, distressed over her condition, decided to leave the team and visit her mom for a while in Central City.

'Lost Souls' certainly wasn't a bad episode. Curtis is an interesting character, and it should be exciting to watch him develop into Mr. Terrific over the course of the season. Likewise, seeing the bromance between Ollie and Diggle be restored was certainly a strong point this week. Just as well, with the return and departure of both Sara and Ray, it's clear that the Legends of Tomorrow team is well on its way to become a reality - and that's most definitely something for fans of the DC/CW TV universe to get excited about.

Sadly, however, this season of Arrow continues to walk the line between mediocrity and greatness. Huge opportunities to generate emotional attachments between fans and certain characters were missed this week, as the fact that Sara was just raised from the dead and that Ray is still alive were just sort of glossed over. Likewise, the large portion of Arrow's fanbase that merely tolerate the idea of Olicity simply doesn't care about Felicity's mother coming to town or the little lover's spats that Oliver and Felicity found themselves in this week. And the flashbacks, which fans were promised would be the best ones yet? They continue to move at a snail's pace, and with exception to last week's, are a pretty forgettable part of the show.

In the end, it may be that Arrow suffers so much scrutiny due to how well it's sister show is currently doing. With The Flash delivering so well each and every week on the night before Arrow comes on, it's hard for fans not to compare the two and to expect the same level of quality from Arrow that they get from The Flash. Sadly, they're not. That doesn't mean that Arrow's a bad show - but it's not what it once was, and it's certainly not what it could be.

Catch Arrow again next Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.
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