Arrow, S4 Ep16 – Broken Hearts

After a short break in the season, Arrow returns with a very satisfying and well-balanced episode. The last time Arrow graced our small screens, the show had reached two major developments. The first one being that Damien Darhk was de-powered and arrested, and the second that Felicity has left Ollie after being fed up with his constant lies. “Broken Hearts” picks up with the trial of Damien Darhk, but also works in a compelling plot-line involving the return of Cupid (Amy Gumenick).

Arrow -- "Broken Hearts" -- Image AR416a_0201b.jpg -- Pictured: Amy Gumenick as Carrie Cutter/Cupid -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Cupid returns

The last time we saw Cupid, she was fighting alongside Deadshot, Diggle, and Lyla, under orders from A.R.G.U.S. She has since paid her debts to A.R.G.U.S. and has been released, but is unfortunately back to her life of crime. Her M.O. has changed drastically since her return, though. The first time we met Cupid, way back in the season three episode “Draw Back Your Bow”, she was infatuated with The Arrow and would kill to be with him. Since then she grew infatuated with Deadshot and it seems after his death in “Suicidal Tendencies”, she has given up on love completely.

Now Cupid is using her arrow shooting abilities to murder high profile celebrity couples, which places her back in Team Arrow’s cross-hairs. Conveniently, Cupid, a character whose madness revolves around the idea of love, returns in an episode where Ollie and Felicity’s relationship is on the fritz. It’s tough seeing Ollie and Felicity go through this break-up, especially if you are an Olicity supporter. From Felicity packing up boxes and moving out of Ollie’s apartment, to Ollie stating he’d cancel the venue reserved for their wedding, the sadness and awkwardness is definitely felt.

“Broken Hearts” does a good job at balancing both the story of Ollie and Felicity’s failed engagement and the trial of Damien Darhk. For the most part the trial against Damien Darhk seems hopeless as Laurel doesn’t have concrete evidence to indict him and Darhk has an amazing lawyer. The scenes involving the trial of Darhk are well done and feel lifted straight out of a solid courtroom drama. Fortunately for Team Arrow and the rest of Star City, Damien Darhk finally gets a solid case against him when Captain Lance puts his credibility on the line and admits to working with Darhk under duress. This was definitely the best and only way to bring Darhk down, considering Darhk’s lawyers already tore up Diggle’s testimony beforehand. Unfortunately for Lance, this may mean the end of his career with the S.C.P.D.

Team Arrow is eventually able to get the drop on Cupid by staging a fake, secret wedding between Ollie and Felicity. Felicity is pretty much over her relationship with Ollie and wants to get this facade over with as fast as possible, but Ollie still remains committed to trying to mend their relationship. His vows to her seem very genuine and actor Stephen Amell does a commendable job making us feel for Ollie and his plight. While the episode concludes pretty typically, with Cupid being taken down and taken into custody, Ollie and Felicity’s relationship subplot doesn’t go as expected. From seeing Felicity’s face light up during Ollie’s vows to her delivering a inspiring speech to Cupid about love, we can assume that the two will end up back together. Sadly, the episode concludes with Felicity staying firm in her decision to not be with Ollie.

The trial of Damien Darhk begins

The trial of Damien Darhk begins

While this is definitely sad, especially for Olicity shippers, maybe this is for the best. A romantic relationship between Ollie and Felicity might not work well with the crime-fighting escapades of Team Arrow. Also, Ollie really isn’t the greatest person to be with and despite his vow that he will never lie to her again, he doesn’t not have enough credibility to make Felicity or the audience believe he will remain true. But there is always hope.

I really enjoyed “Broken Hearts”. The action wasn’t always on point, but the trial scenes were compelling and the break-up between Ollie and Felicity was somewhat heart-breaking. As usual, the flashback scenes didn’t do much for me, but it does seem we are getting closer to something. What that something is, I do not know. Cupid, while very campy in her portrayal, is again a pleasure to see on screen and I would hope this isn’t the last time we see her. Overall, “Broken Hearts” was a solid return from Arrow‘s month-long break.

Next week a villain straight out of The Flash will be heading over to Star City. The Walking Dead alum Emily Kinney will reprise her role as Brie Larvan, a.k.a. Bug-Eyed Bandit. Check out The CW’s official promo of “Beacon of Hope” below and feel free to let us know what you thought about “Broken Hearts” in the comments.

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