Arrow, S4 Ep03 – Restoration

As DC’s Legends of Tomorrow draws nearer both Arrow and The Flash have been tasked with making sure certain characters make it back in time for their team-up premiere. The Flash is currently continuing to flesh out the character of Captain Cold and find a suitable replacement for Firestorm’s Ronnie Raymond for Dr. Martin Stein. Arrow, however, needs to make sure both The Atom and Canary are back on the scene before their mid-season finale. “Restoration” sees Laurel seek the assistance of Malcolm Merlyn in reviving her deceased sister. In addition, “Restoration” includes a very Ollie/Diggle focused plot which sees a new meta-human by the name of Double Down attempt to take out Team Arrow.

Arrow -- "Restoration" -- Image AR403A_0217b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Steven Amell as Oliver Queen, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak and David Ramsey as John Diggle -- Photo: Diyah Pera /The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Original Team Arrow back in action

While the title of this week’s episode of Arrow may seemingly only refer to the “Restoration” of Sara Lance, it has a double meaning. Much of this episode focuses on the broken relationship of Ollie and Diggle and hopes to successfully restore their lost friendship. In season two Ollie committed some questionable acts when he pretended to be a willing participant in Ra’s al Ghul’s League of Assassins. Allowing his friends to believe he had been turned over to the dark side and even going as far as kidnapping Diggle’s wife gave Diggle good reason to not trust his friend anymore.

This episode successfully illustrates how Ollie and Diggle are stronger when working together and they sometimes take risks when not having their friend there to back them up. When Damien Darhk unleashes Double Down on Ollie, a meta-human who has the ability to create and pull throwing cards from the tattoos on his skin, Ollie has some serious trouble defending himself against him. While Double Down attempts to take down the Green Arrow, Diggle continues to investigate H.I.V.E. when he is given a lead on a Mina Fayad. He too fails in his mission alone. After these separate circumstances occur we get an awesome speech from Felicity as she tries to bring the two back together and settle their differences. It’s great seeing Felicity take charge and tell her teammates how it is.

Between some impressive fight scenes and action sequences we get some great character moments like the one with Felicity. When Ollie and Diggle try and sort out their differences we get a clear idea of why each of them stands where they are. Diggle is still upset with Ollie for clear, obvious reasons, but Ollie continues to get frustrated with Diggle not allowing him to try and gain his trust back. Fortunately, by the end of episode Ollie and Diggle fight alongside against Double Down and Ollie ends up taking a bullet, or playing card, for his friend. Afterwards it was nice seeing the two back at each other’s side and I loved Felicity referring to the three of them as the OGs.

Arrow -- "Restoration" -- Image AR403B_0308b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Willa Holland as Thea Queen and Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance -- Photo: Diyah Pera /The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Thea and Laurel return to Nanda Parbat

Meanwhile, in Nanda Parbat, Laurel and Thea make their way to Malcolm Merlyn’s lair with the hope of reviving Sara Lance. At first this request is met with refusal from both Merlyn and Nyssa al Ghul, who is somehow still able to live and work alongside the man responsible for murdering her beloved. Thea has some compelling moments with her father as he tries to explain that she must feed her blood lust in order for it to calm down. Merlyn even goes as far as sending a couple of his assassins into her bedroom to attack her so she can get some killing done. From our perspective, Merlyn is doing his usual bad parenting, forcing her daughter into killing again, but he truly believes he is doing her some good.

Near the end of this plot Merlyn finally agrees to attempting to revive Sara, going against Nyssa’s wishes, even though he’s sure the ritual won’t work. While I enjoyed this plot very much, it’s still hard to be as involved in it as the creators of the series want me to be, being that we all know Sara will be revived. Now that she is revived she is all crazy and has to be restrained. It’s unfortunate knowing the outcome, that Sara will eventually be fine, but I am interested in seeing how her sanity is restored. It’s already being reported that John Constantine (Matt Ryan) of NBC’s short-lived Constantine may play a role in this Sara situation. I’m definitely looking forward to that.

Felicity had some fun moments in “Restoration” alongside her co-worker Curtis Holt. DC Comics readers may have noticed one Mister Terrific Easter Egg during their scenes together. What was clever about Felicity and Curtis’ relationship is that it mirrors Ollie and Felicity’s relationship from season one. Felicity goes to Curtis for help in tracking down where a playing card came from without actually telling him it’s from a meta-human who literally pulled it out of skin and that she’s working with the Green Arrow. Ollie did this several times in season one, utilizing Felicity’s computer skills in his then solo crusade.

Arrow -- "Restoration" -- Image AR403A_0101b.jpg -- Pictured: Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak -- Photo: Diyah Pera /The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Felicity’s got a gun

After Double Down tracks his card down, thus finding Felicity and Curtis at Palmer Technologies, we get some fun scenes involving the two running away from this new meta-human. While it was fun seeing Felicity kick Double Down and fire a machine gun in his direction, she could have at least opened her eyes before she fired that weapon. I think she caused more damage to the Arrow Cave than Double Down would have. This short, enjoyable subplot concluded with Curtis now knowing Felicity works with the Green Arrow, but he fortunately does not know the Green Arrow is Oliver Queen.

“Restoration” was a strong addition to Arrow‘s fourth season. Already, this season is shaping up to be better than the last. I didn’t talk much about the past island scenes, but not much happened there anyway. Ollie is continuing to gain the trust of the soldiers on the island while doing his best to keep their slaves alive. Damien Darhk continues to be a menacing force to be reckoned with, but considering how much power he actually has I don’t see why he even needs to hire assassins to take out the Green Arrow. Also, I wonder what’s going on with Felicity’s cell phone. Could it be a message from Ray? Yeah. I’m going to say it is.

Next week’s episode will continue Sara’s story and will see Captain Lance struggle with what his recently deceased daughter has become. Check out The CW’s official trailer for “Beyond Redemption” below and feel free to let us know what you thought about “Restoration” in the comments.

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