ARROW Recap: “Unthinkable”

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Catch your breath, it’s all over.  The surprisingly consistent and always entertaining second season of The CW’s Arrow is now complete.  There were quite a few pieces still in play when last we left Team Arrow, with Starling City burning down around them, and likely ruined for good either by Slade’s marauding army or the missile-happy drones of A.R.G.U.S.  While the final hour, “Unthinkable,” did a grand job of wrapping up the major plot arcs of the season at large in a wholly satisfying way, it also managed to advance a number of smaller roles that served as teases for the anticipated third season.  Hit the jump for my Arrow recap to see how it all ended, and where we go from here. 

arrow-unthinkableThese last three episodes were essentially three acts in a mega-finale, with this most recent hour serving as the closer to end all closers.  The management of screentime and pacing was admirable, especially since the chaotic atmosphere of a city on fire was felt throughout the last three hours, while there was still time set aside for necessary character moments.  And boy did we have quite a few!  Let’s get into it.

With anarchy ruling in the city around them (and Slade’s soldiers advancing up the tower’s steps from below), Team Arrow could sure use a hand.  Luckily, the writers finally give the good guys some help, in the form of A.R.G.U.S. soldier and Diggle’s love interest Lyla (who proves to be the Harbinger of doom for a group of Mirakuru soldiers), plus Nyssa al Ghul and her merry band of assassins.  Oh, and remember Roy?  The poor guy who’s been lying unconscious on a table for the last few episodes?  Well he comes to, just in time to don a red version of Arrow’s mask and fight the good fight.  Now that the team knows the S.T.A.R. Labs cure works, they load up on injection arrows and share the wealth with the assassins, with the specific orders not to kill anyone.  This is a theme that Ollie has struggled with throughout the season, not just internally, but externally as well, as his allies have been occasionally bloodthirsty.  And not to put to fine a point on it (ha!) but we’re reminded of this season-long theme once again when Nyssa puts Ravager to death by her blade when the league storms Slade’s headquarters.

arrow-unthinkable-paul-blackthorneJust when it looks like the team has the upper hand, Quentin Lance joins up with them (after putting up a fight…) to inform them that Slade has kidnapped Laurel in order to draw Oliver out.  In a surprise move, Oliver opts to protect the city first, Laurel second.  Team Arrow and the League mow through the Mirakuru soldiers in a tunnel filled with abandoned cars, letting the cure arrows do the work and making relatively quick work of them.  Everyone (even Quentin!) gets a hero moment in one of the best action sequences on television to date.

Even in all that adrenaline-fueled excitement, the finale took some time to share in some tender moments between lovers.  Let’s break those down, shall we?

  • Roy calls Thea to apologize for everything, confesses his love to her back at his apartment, and tells her he has one last thing to do before they’ll run away together forever.
  • Diggle and Lyla exchange a very efficient “I love you” before busting into A.R.G.U.S. HQ to free Deadshot and other criminals in an effort to stall Amanda Waller’s drone strike.
  • Oliver takes Felicity back to the Queen Mansion in order to keep her safe, where he confesses his love for her … wait, what?!

arrow-unthinkable-manu-bennett-emily-bett-rickardsYes, this was a nice bit of writing that gave shippers of Oliver and Felicity that moment they’ve been waiting for without actually committing to a relationship that would certainly complicate things. (Plus, it was a little awkward, no?)  As you may have guessed, it was all part of a plan to get Felicity kidnapped herself so that she could get close enough to Slade to plunge the cure into his neck.  And now that Slade’s no longer suped up…

This fight between Arrow and Deathstroke was what the entire season had been leading up to, and while it was cleverly paired almost shot for shot with their flashback fight aboard the Amazo, it looked like they had simply run out of gas.  Sure, the fight carried them from the bowels of a steamy industrial facility to the rooftop of the selfsame factory, so perhaps there were lots of weapon duels and Parkour stunts along the way, but for the big final fight, it lacked that knockout punch.  No biggie.  Oliver’s decision with what to do with Slade when he ultimately defeated him was really what the season was pointing at the entire time.

This season, Ollie’s been focused on one of two options on how to deal with Slade: Kill him or cure him.  There was a great shot of Ollie aboard the Amazo (just after Sara got sucked out into the bay, whoops!) where he held an arrow in one hand and the cure syringe in the other.  We know he favored the eye-gouging arrow in the past, and we now know he managed to deliver the cure in the present.  Unfortunately, Slade is cured of his super powers, but not his insanity.  And that’s only going to get worse now that he’s locked up in an A.R.G.U.S. supermax prison in the purgatory of, drumroll please, the island!  This is really the best writing decision with how to ultimately handle Slade, because you don’t want Ollie to turn into a cold-blooded killer after struggling against it all season.  You also don’t want to burn the bridge that leads to Manu Bennett and this nutzo character he’s embodied, who’s only going to grow more obsessed with torturing the Arrow.  Maybe he’ll break free just in time to torment some Teen Titans who break ground for their tower on the island…

arrow-unthinkable-katrina-lawWith all of that action happening in the A plot, there was a curious little side plot going on with Thea Queen and her actual father, Malcolm Merlyn.  Turns out, yeah, she actually shot Malcolm at the end of last week’s episode, but he survived thanks to the miracle of Kevlar.  After telling her how proud he was of her strength and resolve, he warned Thea that Roy was just like everyone else in her life that had let her down.  Apparently he gets through to her, because Thea packs her things to leave (including her old bow and quiver of arrows…) and takes off, leaving a tear-jerking note behind for Roy.  (At least Roy’s free to continue his training as the Red Arrow now.)  It was a strange little side story, but there wasn’t much else for Thea to do with the way things had been going, so it’s much more interesting to align her with Merlyn.  We’ll see where that story takes us going forward.

Speaking of going forward, there were a few additional teases at the end of the episode that we’ll have to wait until season three to find out more about.  First and foremost, is Quentin okay??  I was worried about him coming into this episode because he’s gotten some really heroic lines and scenes lately, so of course we last see him lying on the docks and suffering from some pretty severe injuries.  Is there a prolonged coma in his future? Did Blackthorne play hardball with his contract?

Another teaser happened in the final moments of the episode.  Many of you have expressed fatigue over the island sequences.  Congratulations!  The island storyline is pretty much done. But Ollie didn’t just drift from the island to the shores of Starling City.  No, apparently A.R.G.U.S. picked him up in between and deposited him in Hong Kong. So … yeah.  I don’t really know what this means for the third season flashback structure, so if you have a clue from the comics, feel free to share in the comments below.  All in all, this has been a reliably entertaining season with solid writing, incredible action, lots of fan service regarding relationships and comic book mythology, and surprises at every turn.  I have no doubt that season three is going to be every bit as rewarding, I just don’t want to wait that long to be proven correct.

Episode Grade: A-

Season Grade: A

Quips & Quivers:

arrow-unthinkable-summer-glau-caity-lotzMalcolm: “Thea, it’s called Kevlar.”

Felicity: “Jeeze, Sara, you could have called before you invited 3, 4, 5 … 7 assassins into our headquarters.”

Sara: “To fight the unthinkable, you have to be willing to do the unthinkable.”  That title didn’t really do it for me until Felicity used it at the end to test Oliver’s feelings for her.

Malcolm to Thea: “When you need me, I’ll be there.” Whenever you call me, I’ll be there, I’ll be around!

Nyssa: “Your reluctance to do what is necessary is why your city burns.”

Quentin: “You’ve killed before. Tonight, I suggest you get back in the habit.”

Oliver: “Slade took Laurel because he wants to kill the woman I love.” Felicity: “I know, but …” Oliver: “He took the wrong woman. I love you.”

Love is in the air! And as we all know, that leads to babies. Good work, Diggle!

Arrow: “No kill shots. Let the cure do the work.”

Slade: “You can kill me, or not. Either way, I win.”

Nyssa: “I know the power of a father’s love, and I would die before I let anything happen to your daughter.” Quentin: “Here’s hoping.”

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Farewell, Sara Lance! We hardly knew ye!

Quentin: “That jacket … don’t get any ideas.” Do we think Laurel will take on the mantle of the Black Canary at any point?

Slade: “That’s your weakness, kid. You don’t have the guts to kill me.” Oliver: “No, I have the strength to let you live.”

Oliver: “You helped me become a hero, Slade. Thank you.” – Oliver thanking Slade has to be just the worst kind of torture for that guy.

Slade: “I keep my promises!”

Oliver: “This battle may be over, but there will be others.”

Felicity: “I have a question, if you spent five years on that island, when did you learn how to fly a plane?”  Good question, Felicity…

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  • eternalozzie

    when did speedy get bow training? in his coma the last 3 episodes?

    • verasgunn

      Oliver gave him some training before they put him in the coma to try and help him control his strength. I don’t recall Roy ever picking up a bow during those scenes, but if there was ever a time that happened it would be during then.

      • Random Bystander

        Oliver actually did give Roy some training with a bow but he sucked. Him having his own bow at home suggests he practiced alone as well. Also, the only time he was actually using a bow was when there were a lot of enemies and therefore easier to hit something.

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  • guest

    I do not understand why people love this show. The characters are so melodramatic and annoying. Are people really more into teen soaps than I thought, or are the people fighting in silly costumes enough to make people overlook the soapy crap?

    • MainFragger

      Sometimes you take the good with the bad. If you know what most WB teen aimed shows are, you know what to expect. I tend to tune out all the melodrama and just enjoy seeing one of my favorite characters on TV. And believe it or not, this melodrama is a hell of a lot better than the total crap that Green Lantern was (my actual favorite hero).

    • Kpaqu1

      “Stop liking what I don’t like!”

    • Steven

      The show has its irksome moments but the good usually outweighs the bad. Last night’s finale however had way too much of the sappy boring stuff compared to the season 1 finale.

      The Season 1 finale had a city literally crumbling, an epic showdown between hero & villain and production values most big movies strive for. Thats why most people love the show and ignore the less interesting parts.

      • REED RICHARDS

        But the season 2 finale was the exact opposite of the season one finale. And it did not deliver the goods! And that was quite a shame because it could have been epic……….I would have loved to have seen protracted, heavyweight fights between Nyssa and Sara vs Isabel and Deathstroke/Slade vs The Arrow/Oliver Queen opposite each other.

    • REED RICHARDS

      The show had its good/great moments, of which Unthinkable was not one of them. As noted above, there were far too many plot holes and gaps that made the last two episodes pretty unbelievable, given the scope and nature of the characters themselves. Slade was totally brilliant in bringing down Oliver and co. up until Streets of Fire. That is when they made Deathstroke look like a rank amateur who had no idea what he was doing. The show’s handling of the mirakuru cure is exhibit A. Slade allowing Blood to simply take the case (if not downright give it to him) would be like Superman allowing green kryptonite to be stocked on the shelves at Walmart for any villain to get hold of. And you are right about one thing, as I also noted above, far too much melodramatics. Especially during the standoff with Waller over the drone-strike. Do we need to know that Diggle got Lyla pregnant? That certainly could have waited until Season 3. I hope that Season 3 matches the brilliance of Season One.

    • Muhammad Bilal Islam

      Get out

  • cb

    AMAZING episode! It surprises me that after a full season’s worth of build, Agents of Shield had to bring in Sam Fucking Jackson just to make their finale cool. (Poor Ward . . . . he was wasted as a hero, he was wasted as a turncoat villain. Garrett? The almighty clairvoyant was reduced to a ‘puny-god’ worthy punchline of an exit).

    But Arrow? They had everyone so sure that one of the main females was going to die, that NOT having it happen just made Mama Queen’s death from a few episodes ago THAT much more shocking and saddening. Still glad that Sarah got to live (too many almost deaths have kind of numbed the blow of losing her) and having thea simply up and leave rather than end up in Slade’s game would’ve made Ollie look incredibly stupid for not calling to check to make sure she made it out alive like Roy did.

    All in all, will definitely enjoy this finale for years to come, but not nearly as much as the one where thea was kidnapped. “Deathstroke”. Now THAT episode was worth the price of admission!

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    • Murdoch

      I actually thought Nick Fury was used very effectively. Especially when he entered the show, it was absolutely perfect! One of the best moments in the show, aside from May Vs Ward as well as Coulson’s banter with Fury.

      In terms of Arrow, i really felt that the stakes weren’t particularly high this time around. Mayor blood was already dead, and the second Isabelle died, it almost felt like “Ok, things are wrapping up pretty neatly, now”. And finding out that Diggle was going to be a dad probably was building up for something in season 3, but here it seemed completely misplaced.

      • REED RICHARDS

        That is why Isabel should have been the next to the last person to die or be captured, just before Slade. The second in command should always be the next to the last person to fall. And yes, Waller spilling the beans about Lyla and Diggle, don’t friggin’ care and don’t need to know at that moment! Arrow Unthinkable tripped and stumbled big time which is sad.

    • Batt Damon

      Overall I’ve preferred this season of Arrow to Agents of Shield but the Arrow finale was really underwhelming. AoS delivered the goods.

    • Batt Damon

      Overall I’ve preferred this season of Arrow to Agents of Shield but the Arrow finale was really underwhelming. AoS delivered the goods.

    • REED RICHARDS

      The season finale of Marvel Agents of Shield WAS NOT COOL. IT WAS DOWNRIGHT RETARDED! Samuel Jackson did nothing but reprise his role as Amos and Clark Gregg played the role of Andy and there was nothing they did but crack unfunny stupid jokes the entire time. And that sappy ending of Samuel Jackson’s Nick Fury “passing to torch” to Coulson with some stupid little cube called the “toolbox”, was about as iditoic as anything I could see. Isn’t Shield still declared a terrorist organization so how are they going to operate without official sanction from any national government except as CRIMINALS?
      As for Arrow, that season 2 finale was a travesty, a mis-carriage of justice, and downright disappointing. Look at all the things that Slade did previously in bringing Oliver down and during Streets of Fire and Unthinkable he does the exact opposite of his earlier tactics and strategy. This is known as “Writer’s Bailout”. The writers flipped the script and invented plot devices that allowed Team Arrow to win. How on earth did Sebastian Blood simply stroll out of the building with the mirakuru cure in hand without Slade, Isabel, or any other mirakuru soldier so much as breathing on him? In the end, it was not Oliver Queen that defeated Deathstroke and his mirakuru army, it was the Writers of Arrow who defeated Deathstroke and his mirakuru army. And for that act of attempted genocide on Starling City, Amanda Waller should be lying next to Slade Wilson in the same cell in LIAN YU.

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  • Drake

    Loved the episode, loved the season! I would put it right on par with Season 1, but with better production design. There wasn’t one episode this season where I was bored. Overall, i’d give the season a 9/10. Cannot wait for Season 3 and The Flash!

    • eternalozzie

      Ditto

    • eternalozzie

      Ditto

    • Batt Damon

      On par? This season was a huge step up from season one. The first half of season one is unwatchable crap. Things gradually got better but overall the quality of season two blows season one out of the water. Season one did have a stronger finale though, I’ll give it that.

    • Batt Damon

      On par? This season was a huge step up from season one. The first half of season one is unwatchable crap. Things gradually got better but overall the quality of season two blows season one out of the water. Season one did have a stronger finale though, I’ll give it that.

  • Drake

    Loved the episode, loved the season! I would put it right on par with Season 1, but with better production design. There wasn’t one episode this season where I was bored. Overall, i’d give the season a 9/10. Cannot wait for Season 3 and The Flash!

  • Michael Singer

    Oliver and Slade’s rivalry had that emotional undercurrent to it because they had once been close friends. I’d imagine that when Thea reappears as an antagonist, it will be yet another emotional confrontation. But this time, it won’t just be for Oliver, but for Roy as well. Oh and Amanda Waller will probably be a much bigger presence next season and them being in Hong Kong is a great chance to introduce Cheshire, or Lady Shiva, or both. Oh and props for NOT killing off Sara like many people feared.

    • REED RICHARDS

      Negative. Either Sara, Roy, or Diggle should have died……………………

      • Batt Damon

        Laurel should have died. She’s clearly the show’s weak link.

      • REED RICHARDS

        I could go for that death as well. The point is, in battling super soldiers who can snap necks in about five seconds, astonishingly, no one from Team Arrow died or was injured for that matter, (unless you want to count Detective Lance). Want the mirakuru cure, sure, here it is. FREE OF CHARGE. No huss, no fuss, no sweat. Want DEATHSTROKE, a man with superhuman strength and fantastic martial arts training and other fighting skills taken down? Sure, let computer geek FELICITY SMOAK DO THAT! Wanna kill the main villain’s right hand so fast that the jig is up in the first seven minutes into the show? CHECK. GOT THAT DONE. This was one takedown of a super villain that was WAY TO EASY……………….Thanks writers of Arrow for providing a milquetoast season 2 finale worthy of the not watching on DVD….

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  • REED RICHARDS

    ARROW MEETS X-MEN 3 THE LAST STAND: THIS WAS WAY TOO EASY: I am truly sorry. But the Arrow season finale Unthinkable was the biggest screw job if there ever was one. And the screw job began with Streets of Fire and ended with Unthinkable. But given the lackluster writing that passes for television these days, this is not surprising. An epic season finale or movie is written so that A. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and B. Makes you believe that the bad guys really have a chance to win in the end. Arrow’s Unthinkable did neither of those. Yes, the actors/actresses did the best they could with what they had to work with but there were plenty of other episodes that did keep one on the edge of their seat and making us think that the bad guys could actually win. Season one delivered on both of these premises and was much better than season 2 and the season one finale was leagues better than what they came up with last night. Here is the laundry list of plot holes and screw ups that made Arrow, Unthinkable, an average episode at best.
    First, as I mentioned, the screw job began with Streets of Fire. Simply being handed the mirakuru cure on a silver platter set the stage for the rest of the screw job that followed. One would think that the only thing that could stop Slade and his army would be under serious lock and key, if not flat out destroyed. Having Sebastian Blood simply walk out of the building with it uncontested was a travesty. At the very least, the writers could have staged an action scene where they would have had to fight for the mirakuru cure, losing Sara or Roy or Diggle in the process. It is impossible to believe that, in battling an army of super soldiers, that Team Arrow came out on top, completely unscathed, without a scratch. No one from Team Arrow died, or even suffered any injuries for that matter, save for Detective Lance at the end, a consolation prize of sorts, to the bad guys. Drama Overload: There was far too much lovy dovy soapy stuff. With the fate of an entire city with over 576,000 lives at stake, and everyone pointing guns at each other, the main piece of news that catches everyone’s attention: Amanda Waller reveals that Diggle made Lyla pregnant and will be a father soon. Who friggin’ cares about that at this point? Lyla is a useless character for the most part, even more useless than Diggle or Roy, and she should have been shot during the standoff with Amanda Waller. Oliver telling Felicity he loves her, Diggle telling Lyla he loves her, Roy and Thea love each other. Give me a break. Cut to the Chase: Just how did Nyssa Al Ghul ascertain the whereabouts of Slade and his army while just strolling into town while Oliver and company, being in the city since day one, couldn’t find him? Real lazy writing people. Slade’s strategy and tactics: During the “fight scene” at the Queen building, which lasted all of about 30 seconds, Slade is wearing full Deathstroke gear. No cure Arrows can touch him. And what does he do? He abandons Isabel and leaves her to die at the hands of Nyssa. I think Isabel, with her mirakuru body and her fighting skills, is and was much more valuable to Deathstroke/Slade Wilson than the average prison thug mirakuru soldier he created. Isabel had the mirakuru in her and therefore should have put up a much harder fight against Nyssa and Sara. She dies far too easily and too early in the show and it has no impact. A mirakuru Isabel should have had an epic fight against Nyssa and Sara opposite/alongside with Slade vs oliver at the end. Isn’t the right hand/second in command supposed to be the last to die/be captured before the main villain falls? When Diggle kills Isabel in Man Under the Hood, Slade looks despondent that she is dead. Which is why he gives her a blood transfusion to bring her back. And then he decides to abandon her when she needed him the most when the final fighting begins. Really Slade? Isabel was your right hand and you do this? I See why so many women hate men. No real man would abandon his woman to die, period. That made Deathstroke/Slade Wilson look very cowardly by doing that. Putting all of your men in one tunnel so they could all be decimated at once in one fell swoop? Seriously people? Slade is a master tactician and strategist given his time in the Australian Intelligence service. NO ONE IS THAT STUPID. And if Slade knew that Waller would destroy the city, why bother trying to leave at all? Waller’s men in the tunnels and around the city would have died as well. And on top of that, the fight scene in the tunnel was lackluster at best. It only consisted of men getting stuck with cure arrows and then falling down. And again, no one from Team Arrow/League of Assassins suffered any losses or injuries. Oliver’s reveal: When did he have time to find all the cameras that Slade planted in the house to spy on him and his family anyway? And if he knew, why not stop Slade earlier by doing the exact opposite of what he thinks you would do? Oliver’s plan: Juvenile in scope, it should have never worked. When Slade battles, he usually dresses in full Deathstroke gear, including face mask. Why not during the last fight scene against Oliver? If he had, then Felicity could not have stuck him with the cure. And it certainly would not have worked if he had tied her and Laurel up, which is what he did with Moira and Thea when he kidnapped them and tried to make Oliver choose who would live and who would die. So everything that Slade did up to this point in destroying Oliver piece by piece, in Unthinkable, he does the exact opposite, which allows Oliver to win. Lame excuse given for this? Oliver claims that Slade was “distracted” and therefore could not focus and see the danger in front of him. Very few people who pulled off the intricate plans that Slade carried out are “distracted”. Again, seriously lame writing. The final battle between Slade and Oliver was average at best and not the epic showdown that we all had been waiting for. The fight did not live up to the hype. It should have ended with about five explosive arrows blowing the factory up, with no signs of Slade’s body being found. (IS HE DEAD OR IS HE ALIVE???) That would have been a good way to end this season finale, instead of taking the mirakuru out of him, putting him in an underground ARGUS jail while Oliver gloats. Given this, and all the other stuff that wasn’t necessary but just had to be crammed in anyway (Thea leaving with Malcom/Sara saying goodbye to her family/Oliver having a last conversation with Slade in the underground prison etc.) I must rate Arrow, Season Finale, Unthinkable, as 2.5 stars out of 5.0.

    • Grayden

      “Oh, look, a wall of text I want to read!” – said no one ever.

      • REED RICHARDS

        Good. You could stand to learn something important.

  • REED RICHARDS

    ARROW MEETS X-MEN 3 THE LAST STAND: THIS WAS WAY TOO EASY: I am truly sorry. But the Arrow season finale Unthinkable was the biggest screw job if there ever was one. And the screw job began with Streets of Fire and ended with Unthinkable. But given the lackluster writing that passes for television these days, this is not surprising. An epic season finale or movie is written so that A. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and B. Makes you believe that the bad guys really have a chance to win in the end. Arrow’s Unthinkable did neither of those. Yes, the actors/actresses did the best they could with what they had to work with but there were plenty of other episodes that did keep one on the edge of their seat and making us think that the bad guys could actually win. Season one delivered on both of these premises and was much better than season 2 and the season one finale was leagues better than what they came up with last night. Here is the laundry list of plot holes and screw ups that made Arrow, Unthinkable, an average episode at best.
    First, as I mentioned, the screw job began with Streets of Fire. Simply being handed the mirakuru cure on a silver platter set the stage for the rest of the screw job that followed. One would think that the only thing that could stop Slade and his army would be under serious lock and key, if not flat out destroyed. Having Sebastian Blood simply walk out of the building with it uncontested was a travesty. At the very least, the writers could have staged an action scene where they would have had to fight for the mirakuru cure, losing Sara or Roy or Diggle in the process. It is impossible to believe that, in battling an army of super soldiers, that Team Arrow came out on top, completely unscathed, without a scratch. No one from Team Arrow died, or even suffered any injuries for that matter, save for Detective Lance at the end, a consolation prize of sorts, to the bad guys. Drama Overload: There was far too much lovy dovy soapy stuff. With the fate of an entire city with over 576,000 lives at stake, and everyone pointing guns at each other, the main piece of news that catches everyone’s attention: Amanda Waller reveals that Diggle made Lyla pregnant and will be a father soon. Who friggin’ cares about that at this point? Lyla is a useless character for the most part, even more useless than Diggle or Roy, and she should have been shot during the standoff with Amanda Waller. Oliver telling Felicity he loves her, Diggle telling Lyla he loves her, Roy and Thea love each other. Give me a break. Cut to the Chase: Just how did Nyssa Al Ghul ascertain the whereabouts of Slade and his army while just strolling into town while Oliver and company, being in the city since day one, couldn’t find him? Real lazy writing people. Slade’s strategy and tactics: During the “fight scene” at the Queen building, which lasted all of about 30 seconds, Slade is wearing full Deathstroke gear. No cure Arrows can touch him. And what does he do? He abandons Isabel and leaves her to die at the hands of Nyssa. I think Isabel, with her mirakuru body and her fighting skills, is and was much more valuable to Deathstroke/Slade Wilson than the average prison thug mirakuru soldier he created. Isabel had the mirakuru in her and therefore should have put up a much harder fight against Nyssa and Sara. She dies far too easily and too early in the show and it has no impact. A mirakuru Isabel should have had an epic fight against Nyssa and Sara opposite/alongside with Slade vs oliver at the end. Isn’t the right hand/second in command supposed to be the last to die/be captured before the main villain falls? When Diggle kills Isabel in Man Under the Hood, Slade looks despondent that she is dead. Which is why he gives her a blood transfusion to bring her back. And then he decides to abandon her when she needed him the most when the final fighting begins. Really Slade? Isabel was your right hand and you do this? I See why so many women hate men. No real man would abandon his woman to die, period. That made Deathstroke/Slade Wilson look very cowardly by doing that. Putting all of your men in one tunnel so they could all be decimated at once in one fell swoop? Seriously people? Slade is a master tactician and strategist given his time in the Australian Intelligence service. NO ONE IS THAT STUPID. And if Slade knew that Waller would destroy the city, why bother trying to leave at all? Waller’s men in the tunnels and around the city would have died as well. And on top of that, the fight scene in the tunnel was lackluster at best. It only consisted of men getting stuck with cure arrows and then falling down. And again, no one from Team Arrow/League of Assassins suffered any losses or injuries. Oliver’s reveal: When did he have time to find all the cameras that Slade planted in the house to spy on him and his family anyway? And if he knew, why not stop Slade earlier by doing the exact opposite of what he thinks you would do? Oliver’s plan: Juvenile in scope, it should have never worked. When Slade battles, he usually dresses in full Deathstroke gear, including face mask. Why not during the last fight scene against Oliver? If he had, then Felicity could not have stuck him with the cure. And it certainly would not have worked if he had tied her and Laurel up, which is what he did with Moira and Thea when he kidnapped them and tried to make Oliver choose who would live and who would die. So everything that Slade did up to this point in destroying Oliver piece by piece, in Unthinkable, he does the exact opposite, which allows Oliver to win. Lame excuse given for this? Oliver claims that Slade was “distracted” and therefore could not focus and see the danger in front of him. Very few people who pulled off the intricate plans that Slade carried out are “distracted”. Again, seriously lame writing. The final battle between Slade and Oliver was average at best and not the epic showdown that we all had been waiting for. The fight did not live up to the hype. It should have ended with about five explosive arrows blowing the factory up, with no signs of Slade’s body being found. (IS HE DEAD OR IS HE ALIVE???) That would have been a good way to end this season finale, instead of taking the mirakuru out of him, putting him in an underground ARGUS jail while Oliver gloats. Given this, and all the other stuff that wasn’t necessary but just had to be crammed in anyway (Thea leaving with Malcom/Sara saying goodbye to her family/Oliver having a last conversation with Slade in the underground prison etc.) I must rate Arrow, Season Finale, Unthinkable, as 2.5 stars out of 5.0.

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