by Noor Alnaqeeb (@nooralnaqeeb)
How much will Felicity Smoak affect Oliver and his take on missions? What is to become of Moira’s decision to get Tommy’s father killed? And finally, will the real Speedy please stand up? Arrow has found their key questions and answered them thoroughly this episode, and to the audience’s delight the answers are pretty impressive.
Felicity Smoak joined forces with Oliver and Diggle last episode in the attempt to uncover where Walter was taken and to try and save him. But in Dodger, Felicity served a much larger purpose. She steered Oliver away from potentially orphaning a child with a money-embezzling father and steered him towards saving the city from a new threat. Oliver’s usual tactic of “I find the person and then I put the fear of God in them until they talk” might have to be made redundant for now. Dodger, the thief with the M.O. of a grenade for a necklace and a Taser for a walking stick; a necklace that he just so happened to give Felicity at a function he was operating at. In one episode, she got through Oliver’s stubbornness, changed his overall game plan and almost got killed. Some would call it crazy; I’d call it successful. Another aspect of Oliver’s life Felicity seemed to facilitate was his ability, or lack thereof, to ask McKenna out on a date; which, in turn, got Diggle to finally ask his brother’s widower, Carly, out on a date. Both went disastrously with Diggle and Carly breaking up before they started going out and McKenna asking Oliver too many questions about his “time away,” but it all ended on a sweet note at the end of the episode. Diggle kissed the “love of his life” and Oliver went on another date with his current crush. Oliver did also stand right by McKenna while Detective Lance appointed her to the ‘vigilante investigation’ and as she promised to ‘bring him in’. So maybe not the sweetest note to end on, but it’s the thought that counts.
Moira Queen has decided to leave The Undertaking, and as you might’ve guessed, it’s easier said than done. She mentioned that they began the initiative to change Starling City for the better, reshape the community and wipe out the ‘garbage’ of the area. But one thing led to Malcolm Merlyn, and that led to the corruption of the city. Moira met with a man that her previous husband seemed to confide in before he died. Moira also met with one China White. Seeking out her help for Malcolm Merlyn matters doesn’t seem like the best plan of action, but desperate times apparently call for desperately confiding in The Triad.
Arrow have changed their tactics with two recurring themes this episode. The flashbacks were finally interweaved in a normal conversation in the most effective way possible, when McKenna was drilling Oliver about his time on the island. And this week’s bad guy actually got away the first time Oliver tried to catch him. Dodger dodged Oliver unlike every other character that was caught, bagged and thrown in the slammer on the first attempt. This week’s flashback continued to show Oliver’s descent into his Arrow psyche; he remorselessly left a seemingly hurt and helpless “exchange student” alone in a cave because he didn’t know him or trust him. We were never shown whether or not the “student” was telling the truth, but there is still more to come.
In other news, Thea Queen is finally back in the picture and she has a more than decent storyline backing her return. Thea, still working at CNRI and with Laurel, had her purse stolen. Through her own detective research and an “Abercrombie-ish” description of the thief, she found a name: Roy Harper, the comic book’s original Speedy. Speedy stole from Speedy. A bit of a backstory: Roy Harper also known as Speedy was Green Arrow’s sidekick and a bit of a drug addict in the comics. Nicely tied in with the character’s backstory, Roy Harper pleaded with Detective Lance explaining that he “had to steal” because his mother is hooked on Vertigo and her health isn’t what it used to be. Thea bought into his tale and dropped all charges. But Thea being who she is, showed up at Roy Harper’s apartment in The Glades. After a brief conversation he gave her two pieces of advice: don’t go to The Glades because it’s dangerous and don’t believe every sob story a thief tells the police. I, for one, am in love with Roy Harper as a character. Any bets going on Speedy and Speedy getting together for one epic love affair?
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars