Arrow Season Four Episode Eleven “A.W.O.L”

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Warning contains spoilers

So welcome to the Diggle and Felicity show, where we learn whether or not John can finally trust his brother, and whether or not Felicity can trust herself in her new found status.

Let’s start with the John and Andy storyline first. I loved that this episode was almost entirely a John Diggle plot line. It was about time. Last week’s episode hinted at what Diggle was capable of, and this week’s episode expanded on that. We learned more about John and Andy’s relationship and their time in service through flashbacks that actually tied in with the present which was very refreshing. We didn’t have to wait several episodes for it to pay off– it happened right then tonight before our eyes.

Diggle found out that his little brother’s betrayal started way back during their Afghanistan days. He likes to see the best in people (especially his little brother) so this new information didn’t sit well with him, or help much with the trust department, at first. Andy tries to have Diggle trust him more when he steps up with helpful information when the organization Shadowspire arrives and takes over A.R.G.U.S. We see Lt. Joyner as their leader, who we met during the flashback. He ends up killing Amanda Waller and keeps Diggle’s wife Lyla hostage in order to get the information he needs. This sets up a great opportunity for Lyla to possibly take over as the leader of A.R.G.U.S in the future and for Andy to gain Diggle’s trust. It ended up working out and everyone was saved but I’m still a little on the fence about Andy’s intentions.

Andy moved in with Lyla and John…and everything seemed peachy keen. But there’s still so much we don’t know, and one redeeming event doesn’t make up for all the years of betrayal. I guess we will have to see.

Felicity was the other big storyline of this episode. She has to cope with her new life in a wheelchair. She deals with all of it, and takes care of business all in this episode. Which for me, someone who wished she had been killed off instead, is glad they aren’t going to drag that on through multiple episodes.

For Felicity, getting through her new way life means letting go of her old one. Which you would think meant her immediate life before the shooting, but they took it way back to her goth days. They did this through hallucinations of her old goth self– which I will call “Goth Felicity”.

At first Goth Felicity seemed to be deterring Felicity from getting past this, but as the episode went on we see that Goth Felicity was there to show her how far she has come. Others like Oliver and Team Arrow couldn’t make this decision for her; as much as they tried to push her and try to help, she only took steps backwards, and made mistakes that hurt a Team Arrow mission. Felicity has worked really hard to make decisions for herself and ultimately she had to decide when she was ready.
She came back full force, complete with a new codename “OverWatch”. The Green Arrow even made a nod towards “Oracle” saying he thought of that but it was already taken.

This episode had some nice relationship moments. As much as I am not a fan of “Olicity” it seems to be working towards something or away from it, and as much as I’m skeptical of Andy’s intentions, Diggle needs his brother right now so I can dig that. All in all I enjoyed this episode, it had some great character development and set up more of what’s to come with the rest of the season.

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