TV Review: Arrow - Season 4 Episode 4 "Beyond Redemption"
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Episode 4: "Beyond Redemption"
Synopsis: Laurel must deal with the repercussions of taking Sara to Nanda Parbat. Meanwhile, Oliver asks Captain Lance for a favor and while he's not surprised at the response, he is surprised at what he finds out next.
Review: The Lance family are almost as prevalent on Arrow as the Queen clan, but this week's episode puts Quentin, Laurel, and the recently resurrected Sara at the focal point for what has turned into spin-off city in recent episodes set in the Arrowverse. This week's episode of The Flash gave us the new Firestorm origin while tonight continues to build on the return of Sara Lance as well as Ray Palmer, assumed dead in the accident in last season's finale.
While Oliver's decision to run for Mayor of Star City waivers back and forth during this episode, he realizes that he needs to balance his career as Green Arrow alongside his political aspirations. With a brand new Team Arrow base located at Sebastian Blood's campaign headquarters. The office upstairs is now Oliver's campaign base while underground is a newly retro-fitted Arrow Cave designed by Felicity with some help from Cisco and STAR Labs. With everyone seemingly on the same page as to the team's goals and why Oliver is running for office, that leaves only two major secrets, both of which come to a head. First, we have Captain Lance's secret alliance with Damien Darhk and second we have the return of Sara.
The foe for Team Arrow is some rogue cops who have decided to take the law into their own hands to steal money from criminals for their own gain. This brings Oliver and Captain Lance together to try and find the corrupt cops. Lance still does not like Oliver even though he knows full well that he is the Green Arrow. But, when Laurel brings her father to see the revived Sara, he breaks down at the prospect of having his little girl back even if she is an animalistic shell of her former self. This sends Lance to meet with Damien Darhk who says there is no way to save Sara and the best thing he could do for her would be to kill her and put her out of her misery. Lance is fully prepared to follow through with it but at the last moment he changes his mind.
Still, the damage has been done. Searching for the corrupt cops via security cameras, Felicity and Oliver stumble across Lance meeting with Darhk. For the first time, the tables have turned between Oliver and Lance. They continue to team up to stop the corrupt cops, after which Lance tells Oliver he is going to turn himself in to the SCPD, but Oliver tells him he would much rather use him as a double agent to try and get close to Damien Darhk and finally bring him and his Genesis plan down. The episode closes with Oliver delivering a rousing campaign speech to Star City and essentially calls Darhk out both as himself and his alter ego. It will be intriguing to see where things go from here.
In regards to Ray Palmer, Felicity deals with some technical issues with the new Arrow Cave and weird text messages she assumes are from Curtis Holt. Holt has discovered some encrypted messages from Palmer that Felicity does not want to hear. While it is not overtly explained, I have a feeling that the explosion that shrunk Palmer and his A.T.O.M. suit are what is causing the technical glitches with the computers. I would expect Palmer's return to happen in an episode soon, but with the feral Sara escaping by episode's end, that is likely the more pressing plot element.
As has been the case since last season, the flashbacks continue to be pointless. Oliver is still undercover on Lian Yu and pretends to have killed one of the prisoners only to have another guard discover his A.R.G.U.S. pack poorly hidden beneath a tree. I think Arrow would be best served to eliminate the flashback device entirely unless it has a direct correlation to the plot. So far, the flashbacks have been the weakest part of every episode and have not done anything useful since the second season. Overall, this episode doesn't really feel like it does much but catch up on plot threads left dangling over the last few episodes. Damien Darhk is still a slow burn of a character but I am hoping that once the Legends of Tomorrow origins are done, we can get this series back on track.
Next on ARROW: "Haunted" airs November 4th: When things take a turn for the worse with Sara, Oliver calls in a favor from an old friend who deals in the mystical, John Constantine.