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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 8×01, “Starling City” recap

16 Oct

Welcome back, Arrowheads, as we start the final season of Arrow! In case you need a reminder of what happened in the season finale, here’s the short version: Oliver has been recruited by The Monitor to save the entire multiverse from destruction, but it’s a mission that will end in Ollie’s demise (he did make a deal with The Monitor to sacrifice himself for his comrades, after all)! But what is this mission exactly? Let’s find out in a second, but first, let’s deal with the flashforwards to 2040 and the Queen siblings and get that out of the way, okay? Continue reading

ARROW Season 7×22, “You Have Saved This City” (season finale) recap

14 May

Welcome back for the season finale, Arrowheads! Team Arrow is facing trouble left and right thanks to Emiko’s attempt to destroy the legacy of the Queen family, and by extension, Oliver Queen and company. The police are now hunting them down, and that only gets worse because of a rampage Emiko commits in the police station dressed as the Green Arrow. Ollie wants to stop his mad half-sister, but wants to try to redeem her, not kill her. Speaking of difficult odds, our heroes in the future are about to launch an attack on Galaxy One before they release their Zeta supersoldiers, but find themselves all swarmed by the bad guys! Somehow we will solve all of this drama here, but let’s start with the flashforward… Continue reading

ARROW Season 7×21, “Living Proof” recap

9 May

Welcome back, Arrowheads! Last time, Team Arrow put themselves in a rather sticky position when they helped their friend, Roy Harper, cover up an unintentional murder or two while he was under the influence of some Lazarus Pit related bloodlust. This was a massive mistake because Emiko took surveillance camera video and delivered it to the police, possibly destroying the progress they have made over the past year to clean up their image. Then, she decides to let Ollie know about her not preventing the Queen’s Gambit from going under, because she wanted their father to pay for abandoning her. And just to add some extra salt to the wound, she drops a whole building on the Team! Meantime in the future, our heroes still have to handle a group of super soldiers enhanced by Felicity’s Archer program. By the way, how did that end up in the hands of the bad guys, since she destroyed it in the present? Let’s get an answer to that first… Continue reading

ARROW Season 7×20, “Confessions” recap

30 Apr

Welcome back, Arrowheads! Ollie let Emiko in on the fact that Dante, her mentor in the Ninth Circle, was the one who killed her mother, and she…took that well. “Well”, meaning she brutally kills Dante, but since she’s still running the Ninth Circle, I don’t think she’ll get many complaints from her minions there. But the Team still has to stop her, since she’s grabbed a deadly chemical for some future nefarious terrorist act. Also we should note something here since we don’t have a flash forwards this time: Roy seems to have a few “issues” from over the years, and it’s stuff Dinah knows about. Just something to keep in mind for later. Continue reading

ARROW Season 7×19, “Spartan” recap

25 Apr

Welcome back, Arrowheads! Team Arrow is dealing with the Ninth Circle, a deadly crime organization that has made Emiko Queen, Ollie’s other step-sister, part of its ranks. But Ollie may have found a way to break the group’s hold on Emiko, by revealing that they were responsible for her mother’s death. Will this turn Emiko over to the good guys? Meantime in the future, our baddies there have put out some new super soldier that has been putting our heroes on the ropes, but Mia (along with some help from an older Black Canary holder) has retrieved the tech filled helmet from that super soldier and maybe will provide some answers. So let’s jump into that first… Continue reading

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

ARROW Season 7×15, “Training Day” recap

14 Mar

Welcome back, Arrowheads! Last we left Team Arrow, they are still working under the SCPD, but have been also pursuing a heavily connected super criminal only known as Dante. While they have finally seen the elusive criminal up close, he escaped, and then we learn how close he is to hitting the team when we see Emiko knows him! Add to that, Dante’s contact, Ricardo Diaz, got torched in his cell by an unknown assailant, but considering Diaz helped ARGUS track Dante, it’s hard not to put together who’s behind that human barbecuing. On another end, Ollie has finally learned Felicity is pregnant, which is great news as he’s a legit crime fighter now, right? You would think that… Continue reading

ARROW Season 7×14, “Brothers & Sisters” recap

6 Mar

Welcome back, Arrowheads! Just to catch you up on things before our brief hiatus, let’s start with some big developments for Team Arrow itself. Diggle and Lyla have restarted the Suicide, ahem, Ghost Initiative to find the super criminal Dante, and among that “volunteered by explosives in the skull” group is Ricardo Diaz, which can only be problematic. Curtis is leaving for greener pastures and Dinah is getting hospitalized for that throat slashing she took, which is only the tip of crazy developments. William got sent to live with his grandparents in the effort to help him grow up slightly normal, which is an awkwardly timed step for the Queen family, because Felicity learns at the same time that she’s pregnant! This has its own repercussions in the future story playing out, because we learn Blackstar is Mia Smoak, Ollie and Felicity’s daughter! Oh, and Emiko is still looking for her mom’s killer. That’s about it. I think. Let’s just get to it… Continue reading

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