Arrow: Restoration Review


By: Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

“Restoration” separated Team Arrow; half traveled back to Nanda Parbat, while the original squad worked in Star City.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

The previous episode, “The Candidate,” featured Laurel digging up a dead Sara while “Restoration” featured Laurel, Thea, and Malcolm resurrecting the former Canary. After some badgering by Laurel, Malcolm allowed them to use the Lazarus Pit on Sara. However, I’m not sure I understand his logic. He explained that the person healed by the Pit has a bloodlust for the person who hurt them. If they don’t kill the person, they have to kill others in order to quench the thirst. It’s almost like a vampire. So, with that, logic would say that Sara would want to kill Thea. Malcolm put himself and his daughter in danger. Not a good call.

I’m glad Nyssa destroyed the Lazarus Pit. With the introduction of the Lazarus Pit last season, death seemed to hold no significance on Arrow or on The Flash, because, you know, shared universe and all. Now with the Lazarus Pit unusable, the death in the six month flash-forward in “Green Arrow” takes on a much more serious tone.

Double Down was a pretty solid villain of the week. Although he wasn’t really the villain, just a hired hit man for the man behind the whole operation, Damien Darhk. It was nifty to see the hit man regenerate cards via his tattoos, but I found it incredibly boring to watch the show try to explain why he had his powers. At this point, just roll with it. Just say he was affected by the STAR Labs explosion and move on. As far as hit men Darhk has hired, Double Down was much more interesting than the previous episode’s Anarky.

Darhk is getting a ton of screen time and it’s glorious. Neal McDonough is playing Darhk larger than life and it’s paying off. You can really feel how off-the-rails his character can go. He killed the HIVE operative to make a point to Double Down.

Thanks to Felicity, Diggle and Oliver finally seemed to have worked out their issues. Apparently all Oliver needed to do was take a bullet, or a playing card as he case may be, to the chest for Diggle to trust him again. The fighting between the two was getting old, so I’m relieved that the writers decided to wrap up that storyline as quickly as possible. And as Felicity put it, it was so refreshing to have OTA (Original Team Arrow) back together again.

Once again Felicity branched out and away from Oliver this week. She was able to protect both herself and Curtis when Double Down came looking for the Green Arrow. She even held her own more effectively than Oliver. There’s a sentence I never thought I would write. But, it’s great to see her be able to save herself and no longer be reliant on any superhero to save her. She’s clearly capable on her own.

Nothing huge went down during the flashbacks to the island. In this particular episode, the flashbacks felt like filler. For the most part it was just character work. Oliver morally struggled with the mission to infiltrate the drug lord’s work camp. Even though he is forced to do these violent things, like torture a worker, at his core he’s a good person who wants to save the innocent people working on the island.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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