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ARROW Season 8×07, “Purgatory” recap

5 Dec

Welcome back, Arrowheads! We’ve been leading Oliver Queen and friends on these missions for The Monitor to fight the coming Crisis all season, and we have finally come to the last leg of this journey before we face the end…of Arrow. And all of this has brought Ollie and friends to the place where it all began for him: Lian Yu! So what will Ollie do, now that he has accepted he won’t survive Crisis? What is Ollie’s plan for breaking this news to his kids? And what is Lyla’s role in all of this? Continue reading

ARROW Season 8×06, “Reset” recap

28 Nov

Welcome back, Arrowheads! Oliver Queen is juggling quite a bit these days, with his grown up kids from the future in the present, preparing for a universe ending event, running errands for the mysterious Monitor, and figuring out a way to fight said Monitor in case it turns out it is the bad guy in this whole thing. Well now he can add one more problem to his list of problems: Diggle’s wife, Lyla, also working with the Monitor! Before Ollie, Diggle, and Evil Laurel can get answers from Lyla on that, they get hit with tranquilizer darts! Now what? Continue reading

ARROW Season 8×05, “Prochnost” recap

20 Nov

Welcome back, Arrowheads! We’re at the halfway point of this final season, and we’ve had plenty of shocks and big events, but probably no event more shocking than our current Team Arrow meeting their hero children from 2040! How and why they are there is still a big mystery (bet The Monitor on this one), but while they are there, this gives Ollie and Diggle an opportunity to see the future through their children, adopted or otherwise. But while Ollie tries to figure out how to fight The Monitor if it turns out he isn’t the good guy he might be, we know The Monitor has agents in Team Arrow’s midst, like Lyla, and maybe another one, if he recruits Evil Laurel into the fold with the promise of bringing back Earth-2! Will Evil Laurel join The Monitor’s cause and betray Ollie and company? And how does Russia fit into Ollie’s quest to get a Monitor fighting weapon? Read on to find out… Continue reading

ARROW Season 8×04, “Present Tense” recap

6 Nov

Welcome back, Arrowheads! Last time, Ollie and friends were trying to figure out more about the mysterious Monitor and what his intentions really are, while in the future, the assault on JJ and his Deathstroke gang went sideways as Zoe got killed in the ensuing battle. But none of that matters because, shockingly our Future Team Arrow of Mia, William, and Connor find themselves transported to now in the Arrow Bunker, literally in front of their dads, Ollie and Diggle, respectively! What is going on? Is this the Monitor’s doing? And what could happen as a result of this combo of present and future heroes? Continue reading

ARROW Season 8×02, “Welcome To Hong Kong” recap

23 Oct

Welcome back, Arrowheads! Ollie is running errands for The Monitor, trying to avoid the possible destruction of the entire multiverse, and that brings him to Earth-2, where he interferes in events there while completing his mission, and gets help from our Earth’s Diggle and Evil Laurel. Maybe he should have focused on his task at hand because just as he and Diggle are about to breach a portal home, Earth-2 gets wiped out of existence! Evil Laurel caught the same way out our duo did, but…now what?

Before we learn “what”, let’s deal with what’s happening in 2040…

A Chat Between Brothers. Future Team Arrow meets back at the Arrow Bunker to pick their wounds and figure out what has happened. JJ has kidnapped that guy from the previous episode to get access to his safe, which seemed to have a lot of sensitive information that could be dangerous in the wrong hands. Zoe figures out what back alley meeting place JJ would try to sell all that info, and the Team stalks out the place…only to find JJ waiting for them! But first, he wants to chat with Connor and maybe get him to change his mind about joining the Deathstroke gang. He says “no”, and then JJ let’s the Team know he wanted them to show up there because he’s interested in taking out the people looking to revitalize Star City, which includes William! And guess who’s gang members show up to the Arrow Bunker to collect him? Diggle’s actual son is turning out to be a real smart thorn in Future Team Arrow’s side.

“Hey, I’m Evil Diggle. How are you all doing?”

Back In Hong Kong. In the present, Ollie wakes up in what appears to be a hotel room, and waiting to talk to him is The Monitor, who shuffled him away from his friends during that breach. The Monitor confirms pretty much what we suspected from last episode: Earth-2 is GONE! Then the Monitor chides Ollie for going off mission since time is running out for pretty much everything, so while he collects those dwarf star particles, Monitor gives him a new mission: find a scientist and bring said scientist to him. More to the point, where are they?

As Ollie is leaving said dingy hotel, he runs into Diggle and Evil Laurel (and some violent gang members) and figures out where he is: back on his Earth, in Hong Kong! Evil Laurel just wants to get back to Earth-2 and bolts off to get some help, even after Ollie tells her that her Earth doesn’t exist anymore. Ollie and Diggle head to an ARGUS monitoring station to track down some info on this scientist and maybe why The Monitor wants him, but run into more of those angry gang members. Lucky for them they get help fighting off those gang members from an old ally: Tatsu, aka Katanna!

When A World Dies. Ollie, Diggle, and Tatsu reconvene at an ARGUS safe house (and call up Lyla to stop by) and discuss what everyone’s been up to since last they saw each other. Tatsu has been out doing vigilante stuff, Ollie just watched a universe get snuffed out, you know, lots of stuff. She notes she’s heard of someone in ancient lore referred to as The Monitor, so she knows if this mission is important, she’ll offer her help to Ollie and Diggle. There isn’t much information on why he’s important to The Monitor, other than the government is secretly moving him around.

Meantime, Evil Laurel gets found by Lyla as our former Black Siren is hunting down an old associate she thinks can fix the breach device so she can get back to Earth-2. Of course, she learns like we already know, it’s not broken at all, there’s just no Earth-2 to breach to. Evil Laurel is obviously distraught knowing her entire Earth is gone, and Lyla tries to get her out of this existential funk by telling her how when she faced unimaginable tragedy losing her own team many years ago, she soldiered on. We’ll see later if that talk works.

Diggle: “Just like season three all over again, right guys?” Ollie: “Don’t bring that up again.”

Question the Mission. Our trio of Ollie, Tatsu, and Diggle find out when the scientist, Wong, is being transferred, and intercept it. The problem is, so does some other goons and China White! China’s goons snatch up Dr. Wong and escape, and now our heroes have no leads, except one: if they know what Wong was working on, maybe they can use it as a bargaining tool to retrieve the doctor. Ollie sneaks into the scientist’s secret lab and finds out exactly what Wong was working on: remaking the lethal Alpha-Omega virus! If you remember season three, you know that is just a world of trouble!

Ollie takes the vial of Alpha-Omega that Wong created and suggests using it as an exchange for the doctor, which everyone is really prickly on. Obviously, Ollie isn’t planning to let either Wong or the vial of virus go, but Tatsu has to ask why the Monitor really needs Wong to begin with. Our hero is a little weirded out from the last time he didn’t follow the Monitor’s order to the letter, but he has to wonder himself what this whole grand scheme of The Monitor is.

One More Exchange. Our Team sets up an exchange with China giving up Wong for the virus, and things get dicey when China brings out the doctor strapped to a bomb vest as insurance! As can be expected, the whole exchange goes squirrely, and the Team splits up, with Ollie and Diggle securing Wong and the virus, while Tatsu faces off against China White. China White seems to get the upper hand on Tatsu and is about to kill her, when Evil Laurel shows up to use her scream to send China flying into the bay! The good guys win again!

The Harbinger. Back at the safe house, Tatsu is healing up from her injuries, and Wong is now in ARGUS custody. Before Ollie considers handing over the doctor to the Monitor, he takes Tatsu’s advice and wants to find out more about his mysterious benefactor. And with Evil Laurel now onboard with helping Ollie out, he knows there’s only one group who may have further and more ancient information about the Monitor than Tatsu’s clan…and it probably is you think it is. Yeah, the League of Shadows. Great.

Later on, Lyla is meeting someone outside and telling said person they have Wong, and asking why he was even needed. That mystery person is The Monitor! And now he wants Lyla to keep a tighter leash on Ollie, so…why is she working with The Monitor, anyway? More questions and hopefully some answers next time!

Yeah, I wouldn’t trust Alien Muttonchops here either.

–Comic book connections: So it’s been a loooooooong time since I’ve been waiting to drop this bit of trivia. Lyla is also known as Harbinger in the classic Crisis on Infinite Earths mini-series, hence her code name used by Diggle earlier in the episode. And if you’ve read that mini-series, then you know we are in for a lot of drama involving Mrs. Lyla Michaels.

–So there is the possibility of a spinoff with Mia and some of our Black Canaries, but what it will entail (time travel? A good amount of our cast in old age makeup?) beats me. I guess we’ll see if it goes beyond just a planning stage.

–Fun little note after that fight in the elevator as Ollie takes a second to compose himself. It’s only been his fourth fight and next to last fight in the whole episode!

–So we get a lot of info about Connor and JJ’s relationship growing up, and it’s clear JJ has been a bit resentful of his adopted brother. Not enough to let it blind him from holding William hostage, though. He’s got a mission to complete.

–“Thank you for reconsidering.”

–Ollie told about not taking this whole watching Earth-2 die too hard: “What about my behavior in the last seven years would give you the impression I would?”

–“It was never a mask.”

That’s it for now, but come back next week for the recap of “Leap of Faith”…

ARROW Season 7×18, “Lost Canary” recap

17 Apr

Welcome back, Arrowheads! We’ve hit the final batch of episodes this season, and we got a lot of ground to cover. First off: Ollie is contending with his half sister Emiko being an agent of the evil Ninth Circle, and whether any of what she told him about her quest to find her mother’s killer is true or not. Second: things aren’t so good for Evil Laurel Lance as she gets accused of murdering a gang leader among other things (some of which she probably did do, but likely not murder), all because she ratted out Emiko to Ollie. And things aren’t as rosy in the future flash forwards either, as the bad guys are unleashing a new weapon against our future heroes. So let’s get to it, shall we? Continue reading

ARROW Season 7×17, “Inheritance” recap

26 Mar

Welcome back, Arrowheads! So Ollie has been connecting with his newly discovered step-sister, Emiko, whose past has been relatively mysterious, save her search for the man who killed her mother. But as the last few episodes have shown, Emiko is likely more screwy than the other siblings in the Queen clan. For one, we learn the super criminal Dante knows her very well; two, that she is responsible for killing Ricardo Diaz while he was in prison; and three, threatens Evil Laurel with exposing her real identity when the D.A. puts together what Emiko has done. So how did she become a agent of evil? And what will happen when Ollie and company find out the truth? Read on… Continue reading

DC TV Recap Round-Up, Week 22: Doubling Up On Recaps!

26 May

Welcome back! Well, this is just a weird time for this column. Besides Arrow, we got only two other adjacent DCTV shows on right now (and don’t ask how we’re gonna address things when Flash ends it’s season ahead of Supergirl), so as a result, we’re doubling up on recaps for both Supergirl and Flash for now! That means a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get to it… Continue reading

ARROW Season 6×23, “Life Sentence” (season finale) recap

19 May

Welcome back, Arrowheads! So we’re here at the end of season six, and things are getting tough for Team Arrow. Not only have they lost both their HQs, Ricardo Diaz has solidified his hold on Star City and whatever’s left of the Quadrant. So of course Ollie has to make a Hail Mary pass by asking for help from FBI agent Samanda Watson. All she wants to give her help is to know Ollie is the Green Arrow. He confirms that, but she asks for something else. That “something else” is what we’re about to learn about. Continue reading

ARROW Season 6×21, “Docket No. 11-19-41-73” recap

5 May

Welcome back, Arrowheads! Oliver Queen this season started on a big high of having a family, being Mayor of Star City, and occasionally being the Green Arrow. But now, things are just in the pits with almost all of his teammates gone on their own, him being impeached from office, and in the crosshairs of an investigation to prove he is the vigilante we all know he is. And last we left, we learned thanks to Ricardo Diaz being plugged in throughout the city, he’s going to have Ollie’s trial…about now-ish. How is he gonna get out of this mess with all those cards stacked against him? Continue reading

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