Arrow season 4 episode 14 highlighted the big problem with network TV and it’s rigid 22/23 episode season structures. So I guess let’s discuss Arrow season 4 episode 14?
Maybe I’m being extra harsh on Arrow because I’m starting to get worn out watching this show. Every episode is starting to feel the same: some chase scene with motorcycles and hanging out in weird places in the city, somebody keeping some dumb secret, random island flashbacks and very slow story progression.
I get there are limitations to network TV. It’s hard to fill out that many episodes. But come on, give us something!
The overall plot of the episode involved the Demolition Team, who likes to go around blowing buildings up! This of course interrupted Oliver’s big political career. I would really love to see Oliver Queen become Mayor, and see how he balances that role with being the Green Arrow.
But his opponent is Darhk’s wife, and she’s clearly going to do anything she can to make sure Oliver doesn’t win, because apparently “Phase 5”, whatever that is, needs to have Darhk’s wife with the power of Mayor to go ahead. We still don’t know what exactly H.I.V.E’s plans is yet but typically overall they want world domination through political manipulation and terrorism, which is exactly what they’re doing now.
I guess there were two big (but very predictable) things that happened this episode: Curtis (who is terrific by the way) has developed tech that will help Felicity walk again. Yes it’s all very convenient, but it’s not surprising that Felicity won’t permanently be in a wheelchair.
The other big thing was Damien taking Oliver’s son. Malcolm being the son of a bitch he is, gave Damien the perfect opportunity to really hurt Oliver. The question of who is in the grave has loomed over the season for a while now, and with Oliver’s son now in the hands of Darhk, he has shot up to the front of the list.
However I think that not even Arrow is cruel enough to kill off Oliver’s son, I mean he’s just a kid! Like every single secret on this show, Oliver’s secret will soon blow up in his face when everyone finds out that Darhk has kidnapped Oliver’s son, the son they never knew about.
And with that will of course come the Olicity drama. All this wedding talk but I have a feeling that the wedding won’t ever happen, or if it does, it probably won’t end well.
Next week’s episode looks a lot more promising as Felicity finds out about Oliver’s son, and we get an “Arrow” meets “Taken” episode. And it’s the live-action debut of Vixen, which will be exciting to see.
Overall Arrow season 4 episode 14 was a pretty forgettable episode that really didn’t do much to add to the overall story. Let’s hope the rest of the season moves at a better pace, because it’s time for some stuff to actually happen!
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