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TV Review: Arrow - Season 4 Winter Finale "Dark Waters"

12.10.2015
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Join us each week as we review the latest episode of ARROW. Warning: the following review contains major spoilers for the newest episode of the show.

Episode 9: "Dark Waters"

Synopsis: After the city is attacked again, Oliver makes a bold move against HIVE. Malcolm checks in on Thea and leaves her with a warning. Things take a horrible turn when Damien Darhk retaliates in a brutal manner at Oliver’s mayoral holiday party.

Review: This time last year, the mid-season finale of Arrow left our collective jaws on the floor with the apparent death of Oliver Queen at the hands of R'as Al Ghul. Clearly, there was no chance that the title character would be killed off mid-year, so the tension wasn't as powerful as it could have been, but it still took most of us by surprise. At the start of this season, we were teased by a flashforward of a character's death that seemed to profoundly affect Oliver Queen. There have been no further references to it this season, until tonight. While we still do not have confirmation as to which character is dead, it seems based on the final scene that it is who fans have been theorizing all season long.

The episode opens with Oliver Queen holding a campaign event at Star City Bay which is interrupted by a drone opening fire on the crowd. Felicity is able to disarm the drone, but Oliver and team are confident it is the workings of Damien Darhk. Oliver makes the decision to call Darhk out on television and reveals that the villain is the man behind the attacks in Star City as well as his involvement with H.I.V.E.. Darhk does not take kindly to being called out and plots his own acts against Queen and his loved ones. Of course, since he has a flair for the dramatic, Darhk is going to make a big splash at Queen's holiday party. While preparing decorations, Felicity's mother, Donna, stumbles across the engagement ring Oliver was going to give Felicity in the season premiere which, of course, leads to some comic relief from the bumbling blondes.

At the Queen party, Felicity tells Oliver that her mother found the engagement ring. Oliver says he never changed his mind about proposing, but he had to think things through when they returned to being heroes. Felicity tells Oliver she knew what she was getting into, but they are soon interrupted. No, not by Quentin Lance and Donna Smoak cuddling and kissing. Darhk does drop by and criticizes the wine selection before throwing Queen through a window and taking Thea, Diggle, and Felicity hostage. When Oliver comes to, he meets with Laurel and Malcolm Merlyn. Merlyn is afraid of what Darhk's powers could hold, but Oliver decides to go and turn himself over to Darhk in exchange for his friends.

Darhk, of course, is a bad guy. He even says so himself as he references the Nazi regime and their prowess with gas chambers. Darhk has nicely developed into one of the best villains Arrow has had and rivals some foes on The Flash as well. His ability to turn a phrase and Neal McDonaugh's piercing gaze and smarmy delivery definitely hide his evil side which comes out in full force this episode. Darhk backtracks on what he told Oliver and puts Diggle, Thea, and Felicity in his gas chamber and pumps it full of fatal gas. At that moment, Merlyn arrives dressed as Green Arrow along with Laurel and they manage to break the chamber and rescue the three inside. As they try to escape, Merlyn battles Darhk. Darhk gets the upper hand and chokes him and before he can kill, Oliver tackles Darhk.

As everyone escapes Darhk's compound, Merlyn shoots arrows into the villain to keep him pinned to the ground. He and Oliver set a timed bomb arrow and detonate it, exploding the entire building with Darhk inside. Presuming him to be dead, Oliver heads to a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. In front of Star City residents and media, Oliver professes his love for his family and friends and then proposes to Felicity who says yes. With everyone happy and enjoying the season, we get hit with the season's biggest bombshell. As Darhk heads home to his wife and daughter after demonstrating Phase 4 of his plan for Star City, including a massive underground farm whose purpose we still do not know, we see Oiver and Felicity's limo surrounded by ghosts. They open fire and Oliver barely drives them to safety. He goes to check on Felicity who is unconscious with blood streaming from her mouth.

Now, the teaser for the next episode (airing January 20th) shows Felicity at the hospital as we hear Oliver's voice over from the premiere episode scene at the mysterious gravestone. It seems logical to assume Felicity dies. But, with virtually every death on this series reversed to this point (Sara, Thea, Diggle's brother, and Oliver twice), I wouldn't think one of the show's most popular characters will be gone for good. Overall, this was one damn good hour with Damien Darhk once again proving how strong of a bad guy he is. You may have noticed I didn't even recap the pointless flashback scenes this week (Oliver recovers maps/charts from the sunken ship at Lian Yu only to be caught by Reiter's douche mercenary. Boring). Diggle also had some unkind words for his brother, but that plot element still doesn't seem to be going anywhere fast. This hour was all about Oliver and Felicity with a brutal ending that will keep us guessing for the next month. Could Felicity really be dead? Never say never.

Final Verdict:

Next on ARROW: New episodes return in January 2016.

Source: JoBlo.com

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8:49PM on 12/10/2015

The good and the stupid.....

I won't give this a downvote because the episode was good overall. That said, I'm beyond sick of the flashbacks (they were already bad last season), they've replaced Ra's with Damien (with the exact same plan two seasons in a row), and I can't believe the writers of the show are so mind-bogglingly stupid they don't think the Feds would be remotely interested in dozens of highly trained gunmen with machine guns running around a major city shooting with no interest in even pretending to use
I won't give this a downvote because the episode was good overall. That said, I'm beyond sick of the flashbacks (they were already bad last season), they've replaced Ra's with Damien (with the exact same plan two seasons in a row), and I can't believe the writers of the show are so mind-bogglingly stupid they don't think the Feds would be remotely interested in dozens of highly trained gunmen with machine guns running around a major city shooting with no interest in even pretending to use stealth.

Seriously, the idea that the police force and two people with bows & arrows (plus the annoyingly bad chick with batons and the dufus guy in the Magneto mask) are the only ones standing up to the bad guys is just painfully stupid. That's been what is wrong with the show since day one. For every good thing about it, they have to be incredibly stupid just to make the plot work.

I honestly don't care if Felicity is dead or not. This show has taken really good characters and made them irrelevant with inconsistent character arcs and annoyingly bad dialogue. Besides, we already knew that she'd be leaving Oliver when he (stupidly) decided not to tell her about his son. So what's the difference?
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1:45PM on 12/10/2015

good episode, but....

The full team fights are starting to feel a bit goofy. Also, as awesome as the flashbacks were in the first season or two, they are just a drag at this point and they should probably lose that story telling device. Aside from those two complaints, this has been a solid season again. Looking forward to it and The Flash picking back up and to see Legends of Tomorrow.
The full team fights are starting to feel a bit goofy. Also, as awesome as the flashbacks were in the first season or two, they are just a drag at this point and they should probably lose that story telling device. Aside from those two complaints, this has been a solid season again. Looking forward to it and The Flash picking back up and to see Legends of Tomorrow.
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11:24AM on 12/10/2015
Ripping of the bit when james bond got married and his was killed in a car right beside him. I still remember a shattered james saying she's not dead she's only sleeping...
Ripping of the bit when james bond got married and his was killed in a car right beside him. I still remember a shattered james saying she's not dead she's only sleeping...
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9:40AM on 12/10/2015
Overall, I dig this show. But their lack of commitment to death or at least the inclusion of numerous ex machinas to reverse death, has taken any weight away from the show. There's a major character hinted at being killed off in the first episode of the season. It's seemingly Felicity, and this would give some much added weight to the show if she did get killed. But I highly doubt they'll kill her off permanently since she's one of the better female characters on the show and very popular
Overall, I dig this show. But their lack of commitment to death or at least the inclusion of numerous ex machinas to reverse death, has taken any weight away from the show. There's a major character hinted at being killed off in the first episode of the season. It's seemingly Felicity, and this would give some much added weight to the show if she did get killed. But I highly doubt they'll kill her off permanently since she's one of the better female characters on the show and very popular with fans. With Thea's storyline, it seems obvious why they wouldn't put Felicity into the Lazarus Pit, so I'd imagine they'll find some other magical force to resurrect her by season's end. Thereby making death completely inconsequential to the show.

That being said, I also think Felicity being shot is just misdirection by the writers. She'll be in the hospital, but I doubt she dies. I still think the death is either Diggle or Thea. The former would have real weight as he and Oliver have not gotten back to where their friendship was at the beginning of the season, he dies before a reconciliation occurs. And Thea makes sense since they seemingly introduced a pretty negative problem for her to have (she needs to kill every couple of months to keep her Lazarus symptoms at bay), no way a CW show is going to keep that going for the rest of the series - easier to just kill her off and not have to worry about it. And with her gone, Oliver has officially lost his entire family and is therefore devastated. Leading him to be more involved with his son Connor's life.
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6:24AM on 12/10/2015
I can't imagine they've killed her, I seriously hope they didn't kill her. She is the everyman for us into the world. She is Arrow's equivalent of Cisco. And frankly she is what makes me laugh on this show, well laugh on purpose that is, Katie Cassidy's canary fight scenes do it unintentionally all the time lol. But there was something about the final moments, it reminded me of Bond's On Her Majesty's Secret Service ending where his wife dies. But seriously I can't fathom they've killed her of.
I can't imagine they've killed her, I seriously hope they didn't kill her. She is the everyman for us into the world. She is Arrow's equivalent of Cisco. And frankly she is what makes me laugh on this show, well laugh on purpose that is, Katie Cassidy's canary fight scenes do it unintentionally all the time lol. But there was something about the final moments, it reminded me of Bond's On Her Majesty's Secret Service ending where his wife dies. But seriously I can't fathom they've killed her of. i see it as maybe they fake her death to keep her safe. Or she doesn't stay dead. Maybe time to call Constantine one more time.
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6:56PM on 12/10/2015
Yep, that was exactly the ending of On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Yep, that was exactly the ending of On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
5:39AM on 12/10/2015
Solid episode and a good way to end the mid season. I really doubt though that Felicity bites the dust; she's too popular and would just be too cliche. My best bet is that it's Laurel's grave that Oliver is visiting in the beginning of the season in the flash forward. Either her, or Roy who is slated to appear again in the later half of the season.
Solid episode and a good way to end the mid season. I really doubt though that Felicity bites the dust; she's too popular and would just be too cliche. My best bet is that it's Laurel's grave that Oliver is visiting in the beginning of the season in the flash forward. Either her, or Roy who is slated to appear again in the later half of the season.
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