Copycats and Christmas Carols on this week’s episode of Arrow!
So if you weren’t there last night, here’s what you missed:
It’s the holiday season in Starling City, and while the city sidewalks are dressed in holiday style, the Queen mansion is remarkably Christmas-free. It turns out that Moira and Thea have been skipping out on the holiday cheer since Oliver and Dad disappeared. Ollie takes it on himself to resurrect the Queen Family Christmas Party, to mixed results, at best. A painfully awkward family photo precedes an equally awkward conversation with Tommy and Laurel, which is followed by an even more awkward walking in on Thea with her current boy-toy. This party never had a chance.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the city, a copycat archer is taking out targets who have already had a visit from The Hood. Papa Lance is on the case. He knows the Hood didn’t do it, but is under pressure from the Commissioner to bring him in, so he passes Ollie evidence and gives him a Christmas deadline. Ollie’s investigations lead him to The Archer, someone on the payroll of the organization behind the List. The Archer is every bit the archer and fighter that Ollie is, and more. Oliver barely escapes and ends up spending Christmas in the hospital after his “motorcycle accident.” The hospital time does facilitate the Christmas miracle of bringing the Queen family back together, at least for most of the rest of the episode.
It can’t last long, though, as Walter’s investigations have put him back on Malcolm Merlyn’s radar. He arranges for Walter to be taken out of the picture until the big plan goes down in six months. He’s also the one who arranged Oliver’s hospital time, as he’s revealed to the audience as the Archer! Walter’s gone, Oliver’s in the hospital, and thousands will die in six months’ time. Cliffhanger!!
And that’s what you missed, on Arrow!
Ah, the obligatory Christmas episode. I applaud Arrow for writing in some major plot points and staying away from the Christmas Episode trope of taking a holiday from continuity. I guess it helps that this year’s Christmas episode was also the mid-season finale. Walter’s been put on a bus for six months, we have a deadline for The Project, and Malcolm Merlyn is not only more of a badass than anticipated, but he might not be the one in charge. Mid-season finale, in very deed!
The family side of the episode was definitely all Holiday Special, though. Oliver’s grandiose plans for resuscitating the Queen family Christmas traditions bomb in the most awkward way possible. Everyone’s forgotten the meaning of Christmas and Family until Oliver winds up in the hospital. Then we’re a family again, at least for the rest of the episode. God bless us, everyone.
I have to admit, I’m not as invested in the island flashbacks as I once was. The conspiracies in Starling City are captivating enough that the flashbacks seem like an unnecessary interruption. Honestly, now we know why Oliver is doing what he’s doing. Do we really need to see the kickoff of his training montage? (Speaking of which, a workout scene with the shirt on? Way to steal Christmas, CW.) It’s possible that there are going to be some more ties between the island and what’s happening in Starling City, but it seems unlikely to me. Let’s skip ahead to the point where Ollie snatches the pebble from Yao-Fei’s hand and leave the island behind.
Tommy: Merry Christmas, sir. How are you?
Papa Lance: Proficient with firearms
Things to Ponder:
- The Archer mentioned that the man who compiled the list was after The Hood. Think that was Malcolm Merlyn hiding his own identity, or is there someone else pulling his strings?
- Granted, everything I know about medicine came from Scrubs and CSI, but wouldn’t arrow wounds on Ollie’s back seem an odd injury to get from a motorcycle accident? Just a thought.
- I asked the guys in our IT department about their abilities to identify arrows and find invisible Revenge lists based solely on their IT skills. Their amusement was expressed loudly and for many long minutes.
Written by: Jennifer Steele