I didn't hate it but I shouted a few times at the screen over what a hypocrite Laurel was and how badly she (and the show) was trying to rewrite history.
Oh, so she was pretending to be a stone cold murderer that killed for sport and convenience and cute running shoes? And it was because that was easier than not murdering for fun and profit? What the hell? How about just owning that she woke up to how wrong it all was and worked to become a better person?
How could Laurel berate Mia for not believing JJ was an innate killer "cause people don't change" while expecting everyone to see her not as the thug for hire she was for a decade but the "hero" she was for MAYBE a year? And Oliver's whole journey to becoming the Green Arrow was about how much he DID change. The mixed messages were giving me whiplash.
I'm not opposed to JJ being corrupted but my heart breaks for Diggle and Lyla since they got it right with him this time but still will probably lose him somehow now thanks to some overreaching asshat (Cisco) who played god and thought it was a good idea to let anyone decide who got their memories back. and not even securing the tech from the bad guys!
I laughed when Mia was given Felicity's engagement ring. That thing had bad mojo, lol. I knew they wouldn't last the moment I saw it. I also sorely missed the chemistry between Mia and Connor. It was there in buckets even in their very brief scene together. I felt nothing between Mia and JJ except for Mia's sorrow after they broke up. But that was when he was no longer in the room, lol.
I cringed hard a few times during the fight scenes, specifically at the freeze frames and anytime it was clear it was KC doing the fighting rather than her stunt double. I swear i have never ever noticed how slow and stilted her moves were before. Has she always been like that? Dina and Mia were fine but yeah, lets chill a bit during fights and stunts. Let them be cool on their own, not because of the camera shots screaming PAY ATTENTION TO HOW COOL WE ARE!
There was a huge lack of William in this. I felt myself relax every time we saw him. Willam should be tech. Not Dinah. I don't care what "tricks" she claims she picked up as Police Captain. Tricks don't make you a skilled hacker and they sure as hell don't make you skilled in the technology of twenty years in the future. Such BS.
I was happy to see Zoe alive. She didn't deserve to be dead even if her father was an ass. I enjoyed Dinah here. (And loved her apartment) Not just because she was written as much more mellow but because I felt like she'd finally taken the time to reflect on the mistakes she had made before and owned up to them as opposed to when we had last seen her where it felt like she just ignored her part in breaking up the team and all the bad blood between them. Like she felt being sent to the future was part of her penance. And that worked for me.
What didn't work was the randomized, huh, I'm in the future now and don't seem to exist in the past, oh well. I won't even try to get home or fix it. I guess that's kind of a small thing compared to the hypocrisy of how they want to write Laurel.
The frustrating thing with Laurel is I don't dislike BS. I just hate when the show pretends Laurel's past as a villain was a mere blip compared to her time as a hero. She lost her Earth so she's had something really hard to deal with, but it had nothing to do with her being a "hero" that she suffered unless you count surviving the end of the world because she was in the right place all because she put on a mask? She didn't sacrifice or lose anything because she was a hero. Even Quentin's death wasn't because she was a "hero" but because she threw in with the villain again and again. It grates that things she suffered because of her own terrible and evil choices gets blamed on her sacrificing for the mask. DON'T REWRITE HISTORY. And don't claim to be like Oliver or know a tenth of what he sacrificed every day when he went out to save his city.
I watched the episode thinking I wouldn't bother if the spin off happens but then they went and kidnapped William and crap, I'm in.
I think if the show stopped trying to make Laurel the leader of this group or trying to make her purely good ignoring the snark and owning her edge that actually made her interesting and amusing, then the show will be better. Assuming of course that we get waaaaaaaay more of the NTA in the mix. I'm firmly invested in Mia's life (and William's) so if they can adjust to favor what worked in the pilot, I think it could work.
One last observation, the Green Arrow statue Mia was looking at has Oliver in a full beard (one he only had while in jail) and he looked a lot older than when he died. Just bad sculpting again or did he not die when we thought he did?