Arrow 1×21: The Undertaking
It was an incredibly interesting episode of Arrow this time. No island stories, which is a bit of a bummer after last week’s cliffhanger, but in exchange we got some great flashbacks which explained a lot of everyone’s backstory. On top of that Felicity and Ollie found out something that might lead to Walter’s whereabouts. After the intense episodes you would almost forget that Walter is still missing. The only complication is that Diggle left the Arrow Team and Ollie needs someone as back up for fieldwork. Felicity decides to step up, because she joined the team in the first place to save Walter.
If you didn’t love Felicity and in particular Olicity, you were bound to fall in love with them this episode. Of course you had Felicity fabulous one-liners, but what I really enjoyed was the trust she has in Ollie. You could see it in her eyes when she talked with Ollie infront of the casino. It sucked that they first found out that Walter was dead. I didn’t expect that Ollie would break to news to his family, but he did it in a clever way. After his mother’s response, who made a deal with the devil along time ago, he knew that something fishy was going on. Poor Ollie, who had to find out that his mother was in on Walter’s kidnapping. Luckily it got him Walter’s location and he was able to save Walter after all. The only good thing about Ollie’s discovery was that he mended fences with Diggle. The family moment in the hospital was very touching. I wonder if Walter suspects that Ollie helped out with finding him (as the vigilante I mean not the FBI contacts via Diggle story). He probably has guessed Felicity had something to do with it. Walter has proved he isn’t stupid. Ugh, I hate that Malcolm was lurking around at the hospital. Hopefully he left his arrows at home.
Let’s talk about the flashbacks. We learned that douchebag Ollie and a bit naive looking Laurel were planning to move in together. I’m betting she bought her appartement to share it with Ollie after he returned from his trip, you know as a surprise. Although I don’t know how long he was cheating on Laurel with Sarah, I think it probably had something to do with getting cold feet. Poor Laurel. Nowadays she learned Tommy wouldn’t get back together because he thinks she and Ollie belong together. Plus Ollie confirmed he has feelings for her when he declined to change Tommy’s mind about everything. I’m curious how Laurel is going to act knowing the vital information.
Thanks to the flashbacks we also learned a lot about The Undertaking. Seems like the rich guys tried to fixed the Glades by pumping money into it, but when that didn’t work Malcolm decided to break it down to the ground with some help of a natural disaster. Why do I get the feeling Fyers and Malcolm Merlyn will cross paths somewhere in the future (I mean in Ollie’s island years or post Malcolm’s wife death)? I actually don’t feel sorry for Frank anymore after seeing he betrayed Robert Queen’s trust. The only question I was left with is when did Malcolm recruit Moira to become part of his evil plans for the Glades?
I can’t wait to see Arrow’s new episode! I always thought Arrow would be to action packed for me (and less interesting storylines) but this show has been a very pleasant surprise this season. I’m almost dreading the season finale cliffhanger, because it certainly going to be devastating. – 8,5/9
This week’s favorite quote
Felicity: “It feels really good having you inside me. And by you, I mean your voice. And by me, I mean my ear. I’m gonna stop talking right now.” Ollie: “That would be my preference.”