It’s been awhile, guys. I’m sorry. I’ve failed this website. The flu is no joke but I’m back now and ready to catch you up. I’ve already covered episodes 1, 2, & 3. Click on the corresponding numbers for those, for 4-7 keep reading.
Episode 4: Present Tense
When a mysterious new Deathstroke appears in Star City, Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Team Arrow insist on taking down this villain themselves. Meanwhile reeling from the loss of one of their own, the future Team Arrow figures out a new way to try and stop JJ. – The CW
This episode, for the most part, felt like filler but there were some important bits for the future of Arrow. I, for the most part, haven’t been a big fan of the future stuff. I’ve liked the future character but have just been more invested in the present stuff. With that being said this is exactly what I wanted. It was great seeing Oliver with his kids and Diggle with his adopted son, even though it took him a while to come around. For the most part, this episode was just about family and it was actually pretty heartwarming.
This episode picks up directly after the last one with Mia, Connor, and William being transported to 2019. Mia is 100% Oliver’s daughter as much of the episode is her keeping secrets and making everyone else keep secrets from the present day people. The Deathstroke gang seemed to have followed them and they keep the identity of the leader a secret too. So, the first half is both teams working separately to stop the Deathstrokes. Both teams end up at the Deathstroke hideout, where it is revealed this is just the start of the Deathstrokes and they’re led by Grant Wilson, another son of Slade’s. It’s at this point Mia and they spill the beans about the future. John takes the news JJ hard and Rene, of course, takes the news of Zoey’s death hard as well. But now that they’ve teamed up they’re able to stop the Deathstrokes and get Grant sent to Blackgate. And now they’ve changed the future as that never happened before. This gives Diggle hope for JJ, who then accepts Connor. Rene also hopes this changes Zoey’s future. Mia stops being a little Oliver and accepts her father.
Meanwhile during all of this Oliver has had Curtis, who is now sporting an awesome beard working on a special project. And that special project is a god killing project, specifically one to kill Mar Novu. Curtis finds a weapon powered by Plutonium in Russia that’ll do the job. During this time Laurel is approached by Mar Novu and tells her if she steals the weapon plans from Oliver he’ll bring back Earth-2.
So, like I said a lot of filler but the end really delivered some important plot points for the future.
Episode 5: Prochnost
Upon learning the key to oppose The Monitor (guest star LaMonica Garrett), Oliver (Stephen Amell) and team return to Russia on a mission to gather the necessary materials. Diggle (David Ramsey) reunites with a figure from his past. – The CW
Oliver, Laurel, Mia and William head to Russia to catch up with one of my favorite characters, Anatoly Knyazev. Before leaving for Russia Laurel is met by Lyla who reveals herself to be working with the Monitor. Laurel is a little shocked as it’s out of character for her to betray everyone. Laurel would do it, yeah but Lyla, crazy. Oliver enlists his old friend to help them find the scientist who has the plans for the weapons. Anatoly doesn’t trust Laurel because people don’t change. Unfortunately for them, he likes to hang out at a bratva fight club.
While they’re in Russia, Diggle tracks down Roy to help him get some Plutonium. Really anyone could’ve helped Diggle but he picked Roy as he had learned from William Roy conquers his bloodlust by being part of a team. It works because at the end of the episode Roy decides to stick around. The future has been changed again.
Back in Russia, nothing is easy. They find the guy, he agrees to give Oliver the drive with the weapon plans if Oliver beats a favorite in a fight. Oliver does. Then the bratva interferes and kidnaps Oliver and Mia along with the weapon plans. Mia is put to a bratva test and fails by a second, this makes her question if she is cut out for the hero business. The bratva leaves with the weapon and they escape. They go back to fight club with a plan. William, Mia, and Oliver will create a diversion while Anatoly and Laurel get the drive. The diversion is Mia and Oliver fighting six people. The kick ass Mia comes to terms with being a hero and Anatoly saves Laurel while getting the drive.
With the drive secure, they say their goodbyes to Anatoly. More heartfelt stuff. Anatoly is Oliver’s brother, they’re all family. The most heartfelt goodbye is when Oliver Anatoly apologizes to Laurel, people can change they both did.
Anatoly was right. Laurel tells Lyla to pound sand. Laurel tells Lyla she needs to tell everyone what she is doing but she’s all like nah bro. Laurel wasn’t here for games though. John and Oliver were there all along and they are all like wtf we trusted you. Diggle is especially rattled. The episode ends with John, Oliver, and Laurel being tranqed.
This episode was much less filler and the big takeaways are that Mia is a badass hero, Roy is on the team again, and, Laurel isn’t a double crosser but Lyla is.
Episode 6: Reset
After being double-crossed by Lyla (guest star Audrey Marie Anderson), Oliver (Stephen Amell) finds himself facing a life or death situation that seems very familiar. Laurel (Katie Cassidy) has the opportunity to make amends with the past. – The CW
Arrow meets Groundhog or Edge of Tomorrow or Happy Death Day or whatever other day repeating movie you can think of. After being darted by Lyla, Oliver wakes up on the couch of his apartment completely confused about how he got there. Connor, Mia, and Connor come in and remind Oliver that he is late for the event. Of course, Oliver has no idea what’s going on. Nonetheless, he goes to the event and finds Diggle, who is all like don’t worry about Lyla it was a misunderstanding. Oliver again is confused and the confusion continues to grow when the mayor wants to speak with him. Mayor Quentin Lance. That’s right Diaz never killed him. Oliver doesn’t have time to digest this as Rene informs the two of them of a hostage situation at the police station. Oliver and Lance investigate and Lance dies.
And Oliver wakes up and it’s the same day and Lance is still alive. Lance’s death repeats a few times in different ways. Eventually, Oliver finds Laurel and she’s also stuck in a loop. So, they decide to team up. Days repeat again, different ways but Lance keeps dying. Each time whoever kills Lance usually alludes to Oliver that this is some lesson. As Oliver continues to not learn his lesson Lyla pops in to really lay it on that the Monitor is trying to teach himself.
Lance dies again but this time Laurel is there to say goodbye. Poof, she’s out of the loop. She was rewarded for not betraying Oliver. Oliver goes a few more rounds and after Lance sacrifices himself, Oliver realizes you can’t save everyone and you can’t change fate. Poof, the time loop is over. Oliver has learned his lesson and embraces the Monitor’s quest. Oh yeah, and they wake up on Lian Yu.
Episode 7: Purgatory
Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) mission takes him to Lian Yu where he tries to ignore the repercussions of the looming Crisis until he receives help from an old friend. Meanwhile, a united Team Arrow faces a recognizable villain. – The CW
Oliver and friends wake up on Lian Yu. Oliver and Laurel find Connor, Diggle, and William. Oliver fills them in that he’s cool with the Monitor now and Lyla is alright. Lyla apologizes and Diggle accepts. All is good. Dinah, Rene, and Roy are on the way in a play because of course, Dinah knows how to fly. William’s building the Monitor’s weapon now. The islands producing some kinda crazy energy William can harness for the weapon. Soon they’ll be ready for crisis everything is great. Until it isn’t. Someone shoots down the plane. But who is it?
Remember Fyers and his merc friends including Billy Wintergreen from season 1. While the energy brought them back. But wait there’s more, Yao Fei is back too. That’s right the very man that trained Oliver. So, of course, there’s some fighting and rescuing from a plane crash. Everyone’s fine except for Roy. He is pinned under an engine and the only way out is to cut his arm off just like in the comics. So, they do and now the future has been changed again.
Everyone regroups. Mia gets rattled about Oliver babying her or something. But they talk in another heartwarming moment and she forgives him.
They plan an assault on Fyers while William and Lyla finish the weapon. There’s a huge brawl. William finishes the weapon and realizes it requires a special DNA code to turn on. Once the weapons on the energy on the island should dissipate along with Fyers and his men. The logical conclusion is that Oliver has the DNA code.
But he picks up the weapon and nothing happens. Because it’s for Lyla. She holds it and a beam of light wraps around her and she ends up in a killer super suit. She calls herself Harbinger and dips.
Well, that was unexpected.
Later on, they prepare to leave the island as the sky turns red. Lyla drops from the sky in front of Oliver and Mia and say’s something along the lines of the crisis is here. She and the two of them poof away.
There’s a final moment stinger which is just the last couple of minutes from the most recent The Flash where Nash Wells becomes Pariah. You can just watch the clip below.
And here’s a badass trailer for the whole event.
Crisis is happening now. Supergirl and Batwoman were parts 1 and 2. Catch up on Crisis here. Watch part 3 tonight on The Flash and tune in on January 14th at 8pm for the final two parts, Arrow followed by Legends.