“Lost in the Flood”
Warning contains spoilers
Here we are at the penultimate, or second to last, episode of season four and I’m not as impressed as I was last week. As action-packed and forward-moving as last week’s episode was, this week fell short. Episode 21 seemed more like a penultimate episode than this one. This one seemed like more of a transition, which is usually saved for the middle of television show seasons. Sure, things happened–there was action and enjoyment in some aspects, but it didn’t seem like the finale was next week. It seemed like just another episode to me.
The episode begins where last week left off, with Diggle and Oliver confronting Darhk and seeing his new powers. Oliver tries hitting him with arrows, which instantly dissolve into dust and then, seeing that happen, Diggle thinks bullets will work, and tries shooting Darhk. Not the smartest move, but he probably just got caught up in a moment of shock and didn’t know what else to do. Damien Darhk, of course, calls him out on his stupidity like we were all doing at home.
Team Arrow finally finds out that Thea wasn’t actually away for the weekend with her boyfriend–she was captured by HIVE. I mean really, does all of this take place in one weekend so that they don’t notice that their sister isn’t there? Even if it does, when the world was under attack by nuclear missiles, no one thought to make sure she was safe? Anyways, Oliver and Diggle find their way into Tevat Noah, or as I like to call it, Under the Dome. They find out that a few of the dome’s residents are actually there on their own accord. They felt more hope from Darhk than they had from Team Arrow in Star City. This is a sad thing for Oliver to learn. It’s like his speech from the first episode about regaining hope didn’t resonate with anyone. They also find Thea, but Malcolm made her take those yellow control pills, so yet again Malcolm has mind-controlled her. He should really get the Father of the Year Award. Oliver is able to talk her out of the control, though, because they have bigger fish to fry. Lonnie Machin, aka Anarky, is still at large in his revenge plot and is holding Ruve Darhk and her daughter hostage. Diggle says what we are probably all thinking: why should we care? Ruve is just as crazy as her husband. Malcolm reminds us that Machin has tried already to kill everyone under the dome, so I guess he’ll probably try again.
I just continue to wonder what Malcolm’s agenda is. Whose side is he really on? I know he’s usually on his own side, but when is he going to actually do his own thing? But I digress. The four of them team up to take down Machin. When they confront Machin, Oliver causes a chain reaction of explosions and the dome starts to crumble. Machin stabs Ruve with an arrow and she gets crushed by the rubble. Oliver tries to save her, but in her last moments she tells him to save her daughter instead. This is a sweet moment, but kind of emotionally manipulative. I would have liked her to just get crushed and that would be satisfying enough, since she deserves it for the pain she has caused. Arrow needed her to be redeemed before her death, I suppose. The team escapes and looks out on the giant hole that is now The Glades of Star City. Finally a chunk of Star City has been destroyed beyond repair! This is something I feel like Arrow has been wanting to do for a while now. It was kind of inevitable with all the fighting that goes on in Star City.
Back in Hacker World, Felicity, her father, Noah, and Curtis (he’s back!) all try to get Rubicon out from under Darhk’s control. While this is going on, Felicity’s mother, Donna, is there to watch Felicity bond with her father, and she doesn’t care for it. There is a time and a place for family drama, and this isn’t it. Felicity and Noah are literally trying to save the world–there isn’t time for family feuds. The best part of this, though, was Curtis’s commentary. Life is better when he is around. Arrow is enjoyable when he is around. I can almost endure the unnecessary conflict with Curtis’s observations and pop culture references in the scene. There ias already enough conflict in that scene without the Smoak family. Felicity’s crazy ex, Cooper Seldon, is hacking against them so they won’t take control of Rubicon away from Darhk. It is a hacker fight! Arrow often tries to throw character moments into scenes that already have enough going on. We do get some new insight from this though: Curtis mentions to Felicity that her and Oliver’s relationship is an exact mirror of Noah and Donna’s. This is an interesting observation and kind of makes all the family stuff worth it. Kind of. I love how Curtis just swoops in from nowhere and drops truth bombs.
All of this drama does not take away from the fact that there was a hacker fight! I love computer hacking scenes. They are so much fun to watch. This is my favorite part of this episode. I almost wish that Felicity, Curtis and Noah could have their own series–maybe a half hour sitcom. Between the banter and the suspense, this is the most exciting part of this week’s episode. I mean, each side is exchanging electrical explosions through computers. That’s insanely awesome! If it weren’t for the constant bickering between Noah and Donna, this would have been the best segment.
Eventually, Cooper is shut out and Felicity and her team take back control of Rubicon for good. There are hugs all around, and Felicity thanks Noah and actually calls him Dad. Donna gets upset and storms out to fold laundry, which is apparently her way to deal with stress. She tells Felicity that they had left Noah when she was seven, not the other way around. So, she had been lying to her this whole time. You would think that since Felicity hates liars (this being a huge reason she broke up with Oliver) that she would be extremely outraged by this reveal. She isn’t mad at all. She tells her mom that she understands. All of a sudden she doesn’t care about being lied to. When did she change her mind? I really hope this isn’t a way of saying she forgives Oliver. Please don’t tell me they are setting them up to get back together. Please. But this is Arrow. They love Olicity. I don’t like this. I don’t like it one bit!
Even though his dome has been destroyed and he no longer has control of Rubicon, Damien Darhk isn’t discouraged. If anything, he’s even more motivated to destroy the world because his wife is dead. Once again, Arrow has killed off a female character in order to drive a man into revenge to drive the plot. They already did this with my girl Laurel this season (may she rest in peace), why are they doing it again? Darhk is evil enough that he didn’t need more of a reason to destroy the world than he already had. But here we are.
The episode ends with him telling Malcolm that he will, “let it all burn…” and then he storms into Felicity’s apartment to get her to re-hack Rubicon. She says, “go to Hell,” and then he awesomely says, “why bother? I’m going to bring it to us.” That is a pretty awesome one-liner, and my second favorite part of this episode.
So, like I said, I found some enjoyment in this episode, but other than the very last moment, it didn’t feel like the finale was next week. I have no idea what the finale will have in store for us. I don’t know how they are going to tie up all the loose ends of season four and get us ready for season five. I thought last week that we were seeing the beginning of the end, but this episode discouraged me quite a bit. I kind of hope everything does burn, and they go back in time to change all of this and get Laurel back. That is how I would write it, at least. It has worked on other shows and movies, so I doubt anyone would feel cheated out of a season. Sigh. I guess we’ll see what happens when hell is brought to us next week.