Arrow: The Fallen Review

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By: Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

“The Fallen” had a season finale feel. Plot lines were resolved and the episode ended on a series-changing note.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Unfortunately everything that was supposed to be a surprising moment in the episode just wasn’t: Thea was resurrected via the Lazarus Pit, Oliver took his place beside Ra’s al Ghul, Ray and Felicity broke up, Olicity finally got together, and Maseo losing his son drove him into the League of Assassins. That’s not to say that “The Fallen” wasn’t a good episode, it still was a solid hour of Arrow.

Perhaps this is season three’s problem. Everything has been laid out for the viewer. Except for “Public Enemy,” which was an outstanding episode, nothing has been shocking. That’s part of what made their sophomore season so exceptional – there were twist and turns like no other. It kept the viewer in suspense. Season three hasn’t done that.     

We knew that Oliver had to give in to Ra’s’ demand, at least for the time being. Thea is his only remaining relative except for his stepfather Walter and his son who he has no idea exists. So he would do anything to keep her safe.

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of Olicity shippers losing their minds, including me. I was thrilled the two finally got together. It was glorious and Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards are phenomenal together. But, okay, here’s the thing. The episode focused entirely too much on them. I love them as much as the next shipper, but it was too much.

I get it, I do. Oliver is leaving behind the person he loves and it hurts, but I think the episode should have gone more with the Thea angle. Essentially, she was just resurrected by the Lazarus Pit and it would’ve been more interesting to watch the effects of the magical water and the effect it had on her relationship with Oliver. He was obviously hurt that she didn’t recognize him and that would have been a compelling time to explore that even though she did eventually remember him.

Arrow needs more Malcolm. He’s had such little screen time and it’s almost like the show has neutered his character. Malcolm’s no longer threatening nor imposing. It was interesting to see how adamant he was about not using the Pit to resurrect Thea. In his own bizarre way, he’s so protective of Thea, almost to the point where it’s creepy.

For a while now, I’ve had an idea that Maseo’s son had died. There have been hints throughout the flashbacks, so Maseo confirming it in this episode was not a surprise.

At the moment, the flashbacks are a complete waste of airtime. They kill whatever momentum the episode has. I’ve never been a huge fan of the flashbacks, but these are just not good. The flashbacks and the present day storyline hardly connect. That was the strength of the ones in the previous season – they connected well with present day and seemed necessary from a plot perspective.  

I look forward to seeing where the series goes from here. Besides the long endgame of Oliver eventually becoming the Green Arrow, I wonder how his new place in Nanda Parbat will shape not only his character, but the characters that populate the landscape of the series.  

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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