Arrow season 3 episode 21 presented us with Dark Oliver, the brainwashed turned evil Oliver Queen. Yeah Ra’s is a pretty evil guy for brainwashing Oliver, but forcing his daughter to marry Al Sah-him as well, that’s just cruel!!! So let’s discuss Arrow season 3 episode 21!
So looking through the internet after this episode aired, it seemed like everyone was loving this episode a lot, I have to say, I did not have too much love for this episode.
First the good: Laurel. I know, what the heck? But I’m weirdly starting to like Laurel’s character more than Felicity’s right now. Last week on The Flash, Laurel was great, and in episode 21, she was pretty great as well. Her and Nyssa training and chilling together, are a pretty good combination.
Side note: is dipping fried chips in milkshakes actually a thing????
Laurel may not be the best Black Canary right now, but she’s not annoying anymore! For once she doesn’t seem like the biggest whinger, she may wear her heart on her sleeve, but she’s still trying to be better, which I appreciate. She seems to be the only one thinking a little clearly within Team Arrow. Also she finally used her canary cry, which was pretty cool!
Anyways let’s get to the brainwashing part of Arrow season 3 episode 21. I feel like, if they wanted to go through with this Dark Oliver route, there should have been a little bit more of a lead up. One minute he’s normal, next episode he’s evil. Perhaps taking an episode to show the brainwashing slowly starting to kick in, before going full on Dark Oliver would have been better.
I just found it almost laughable this entire episode, how Oliver, or should I say Al Sah-him, was kidnapping wives and almost stabbing best friends, whereas last week he was quite normal. I guess that’s just comic book TV shows for you, so I can’t complain. I just found this episode to be a little odd.
Of course we know that by the season finale Dark Oliver will be no more, so it will be interesting to see how he will break out of his brainwashing.
Ra’s continues to be cruel as he is now forcing his daughter to marry Al Sah-him! Now that is one uncomfortable couple. But I guess it’s nicer than killing your own daughter…
Oh and finally the flashbacks that have been dragging out for the last few weeks tie into the larger story. Ra’s wants to unleash the virus on Starling City. (In next week’s promo we also see Katana in present day in costume, which will be great, her costume looks pretty sweet as well).
Well this has all become a little Batman Begins like. Although in Batman Begins Ra’s’ motivations were clear. He wanted to destroy Gotham City so he could rebuild it again anew. I’m not sure if this Ra’s has made his motivations clear yet, but I’m guessing it’s a similar motivation. That or he just wants to mess around more with Oliver’s head.
Oh and as for the Damien Darhk Ra’s mentioned, he is a member of H.I.V.E. If you remember in season one, Diggle found a connection between his brother’s murder and H.I.V.E. H.I.V.E is essentially this evil organisation that trains assassins and mercenaries. Deadshot on Arrow had connections to the organisation, as we saw in his flashbacks.
Overall Arrow season 3 episode 21 felt like an odd episode to me. The quick transformation to Dark Oliver took me aback. I’ve seemed to be having a hot and cold relationship with Arrow season 3, but I’m hoping that the last few episodes will finish strong, with Oliver Queen returning a better man and hero than he was before this whole Al Sah-him dilemma.
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