Orion January 28, 2016 Share January 28, 2016 This could be one of the best episodes in several seasons. Not just because of the characters that it focused on and developed (although that is a large part of it) but because for the first time in a while the sound mixing was great, the score didn't drown out dialogue, there were no mumbled lines, the fight scenes were crisp and clear and well choreographed, the directing and pacing were perfect - allowing time for each scene to breath and develop, and the flashbacks were packed full of new information that tied back into the current timeline. I normally would have been annoyed with hallucination Felicity and using a gimmick to give a character POV but for a storyline like Felicity's injury I think her feelings would have been intensely personal and I don't think Felicity speaking to another character about her concerns would have been half as fulfilling because no one else could directly relate to what she was going on in her mind in that moment. EBR also did a great job of selling those two very different personalities - different body language and posture along with her speaking at different speeds for each Felicity. She really did a good job. This show can never have enough of Diggle. I can take Andy or leave him, although I have hope moving forward now that he is not confined in a cage and simply playing the douche to Diggle's good guy, I'll take any story that brings David Ramsey and his acting to the foreground. He made the flashbacks compelling and interesting. I also really enjoy the Dyla dynamic. A few negatives (although they were minor this episode) I didn't like that at the end Felicity said she wasn't on pain medication. That line seemed to imply that once she got over her justifiable anger and upset at her injury she no longer need the pills. I was really happy at the beginning of the episode that they showed her needing medication for pain from her injuries, nice continuity that this was still effecting her and I didn't think that line at the end was needed. I understood why Oliver was trying to be cheerful and make Felicity smile at the beginning but, and this could be me personally, but it reminded me of my husband joking around with me when I was in labor, I appreciate the distraction but I'm in pain and get to wallow in that for a time if I want to. Again that could just me my personal experience influencing my viewing. I honestly don't understand why this show has Laurel bring up that she dated Oliver like that somehow informs on who he is now. Laurel, you dated him 8 years ago. Who he is and how he is in a relationship is not something that your past experience with him would have any connection. The show keeps bringing this up through her dialogue. Last season when she told WildCat that she use to date him and the I don't know why I ever loved you line. I'm not who I was 8 years ago and I haven't been through a fraction of what Oliver was. It makes her appear clueless and trying to add an emotional intimacy which doesn't exist between those two. I almost feel bad for when she has say those lines. Oliver never brings that stuff up. Just let that relationship remain dead show stop dragging it back in the light like it's not something to be ashamed off. Good start at Delicity show but two sentences are not enough for me. More please. Arrow you are so incredibly frustrating when you have episodes with character development and agency like this and then have episodes like last week. But this week was so refreshing I'm going to let you drag me back in next week. 21 Link to comment
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