Arrow — “Unchained” — Image AR412A_0089.jpgb — Pictured (L-R): Colton Haynes as Arsenal, David Ramsey as John Diggle and Katie Cassidy as Black Canary — Photo: Liane Hentscher/ The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

I knew having Roy back would make my heart hurt, and voila, it did. I was impressed with how Colton made Roy such a likable character, since I generally hated him a lot in Teen Wolf, and I hadn’t seen him in anything else. Roy and Thea both started out on the show with me thinking they’d be annoying, and then I came around to them as they grew up as characters into who they are now. When he left, he didn’t get any closure with Thea. Now he does, but it still hurts. Aghhhhh. Previously on Arrow, Roy “died” in order to pretend to be the Arrow and get Ollie off the hook. Thea has been trying to fight off her bloodlust from the Lazarus Pit. Felicity got shot and paralyzed after Oliver proposed to her, and Darhk was irritated so he did that to them. Oliver defeated Ra’s al Ghul but gave Malcolm Merlyn the ring, and he sort of married Nyssa that one time.

So there’s a new masked guy in town who is stealing things, and we all knew Roy was coming back so it was pretty clear that’s who it was. I mean he moves like an Arrow, c’mon. But first Thea has a near death experience when she catches him and almost falls off the roof. It’s weird he doesn’t immediately try to save her himself. He confronts Mr. Terrific to get something from Felicity’s lab, and honestly I didn’t pay a huge amount of attention to the actual storyline so let me focus. Roy is being controlled by a tech genius named the Calculator, and he’s using him to do deeds for him. They manage to “kill” Roy by shooting him and then removing the thing that the Calculator was using to track him. Felicity goes against the Calculator using her amazing tech skills, but they seem almost on par with each other. The group stops the Calculator’s bomb from going off, thus saving the city, and Roy is off again.



But the plot isn’t really what matters so much as the emotional character stuff for me. I mean, seeing Roy and Thea finally get their goodbye with tears, that was lovely. She tells him to go have a normal life, and he said he wished he could have it with her. Agonyyyyyy. I will miss those two. Thea is dying because the bloodlust is turning inward and killing her since she refuses to kill. Nyssa shows up to tell Oliver that the only way she’ll help him save his sister is if he agrees to kill Malcolm Merlyn. Okay show, this really pisses me off. NYSSA SHOULD BE ABLE TO KILL HIM ON HER OWN. HE IS/SHOULD NOT BE AS POWERFUL AS SHE IS. She was raised by Ra’s al Ghul! She’s trained since childhood! He had no skills until only a few years ago and he’s like twenty years older than her. This genuinely irritates me.

But someone kill that guy because he’s annoying. Anyway Thea’s life is on the line, Nyssa supposedly has the cure, and despite all that, I’m sure Malcolm will survive this. Sigh. I’ve wanted him gone for so long now. It was great to see Roy again, and I’m positive this is the end for him. They wrapped up all the closure they needed. See ya, baby. It was really fun to see them all suited up together again, and to have Roy and Ollie get back to how they used to be as mentor/sidekick. Aw. Felicity proved again that she is a valuable member of the team, but things are about to get questionable since her dad is the Calculator. We all speculated that was probably the case when he was announced. And even before that, it was always likely that Felicity’s father was going to be a supervillain. There was this cool thing with the Calculator in the comics where every time he was defeated he tracked how it was possible, he learned how he was beaten by the superheroes and found ways to make it so they could not beat him the same way twice. He’s a smart guy, very savvy. My favorite storyline with him was in Birds of Prey when he became obsessed with figuring out who Oracle was, so this is kind of funny since we all say that Felicity is basically Oracle. It’ll be interesting to see where it goes from here!


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