Oh fandom, you’re so funny. One of the first comments I read after “Al Sah-Him” aired was “I hate this show.” To which I ask, “Then why the hell are you watching it?” I know, I know. Sometimes it’s hard to let go of a show you used to enjoy. But why spend precious time watching something that’s gone sour for you?
In the holy triad of this week’s CW shows, Arrow comes in last. But it wasn’t a total loss.
- John Diggle and his harem! Thea and Felicity joined Lyla and little Sara for dinner and remembrances of Oliver. And John almost got a crusader’s costume out of it.
- Katrina Law: the lighter, brighter, happier Nyssa al Ghul is lovely. (And yes, I see chemistry between Nyssa and Laurel.)
- Girl Power runs rampant in Starling City! Laurel and Nyssa bonded over fries and milk shakes; Felicity and Thea commiserated over Oliver; Lyla didn’t let a little thing like kidnapping get in the way of shaming
- The battle of the Queens: Thea saved Diggle’s life with an arrow through
OliverAl Sah-Him’s wrist, then threatened to put one through his eye. OliverAl Sah-Him pulled the arrow out without flinching and gave Thea the stinkiest of evil eyes. (Or the evilest of stink eyes.)
- The wedding twist!
OliverAl Sah-Him doesn’t have to kill Nyssa, he has to marry her. It’s the only time he actually looks upset.
- Bad performances from several cast members. I’m not sure if the problem was the script’s stilted language, the director’s guidance, or the actors’ fatigue as the season draws down.
OliverAl Sah-Him killed faux-Diggle. It wasn’t John (you know John would never have worn an ascot), but it was some poor schmuck.
- The flashback: What the hell was the purpose of unleashing a bio-weapon in Hong Kong? What did General Shrieve hope to gain by pretending the virus was the antidote? And when did our heroes get inoculated? These Giant Holes That Make No Sense are Arrow‘s biggest downfall.
- Speaking of Giant Holes That Make No Sense: What’s the purpose of wiping out Starling City? [See also, The Ugly, below.]
OliverAl Sah-Him’s shorn hair: Ok, it wasn’t ugly, but it made Stephen Amell less attractive than usual.
- Black Canary’s wig: it is ugly. Can’t Laurel just wear her own hair? It’s not all that different from the wig.
- Really? To complete the transformation to Ra’s al Ghul,
OliverAl Sah-Him has to wipe out Starling City? That is one totally fucked up universe. And therein lies one of the most obnoxious problems with Arrow: plot solely for Drama’s (capital D) sake. Forget that it makes no sense. Just put some dumb-ass plot in ratchet to up the stakes.
Somehow I don’t think this whole Wahreef al Ghul fiasco is going to do Olicity any good.