Taken – 4x15 – Episode Review
So… it was not that bad, was it? Angst is back but for the best! Everything we saw tonight is extremely positive when we make the effort to look at the bigger picture. Everything is falling into place for Oliver to embrace the hero’s journey. We still have 8 episodes to go and from now on, we are going to go uphill.
DESTROYING THE LIGHT FOR HIM TO FIND IT IN HIS HEART
Tonight, Oliver has lost almost everything he held close to
When the season began, he wanted to be a symbol of hope, inspire others and be the Green Arrow as much as Oliver Queen. He wanted to marry the woman of his life and build a life with her. He wanted to prove his friends and himself that he could love, that he could trust.
Tonight, Oliver has suspended his campaign, seen the woman he loves walk away from him (literally) and sent his son away. He had to face innumerable lies and accept the consequences.
The Oliver who wanted to be a hero in the light, as much as a hero at night, is on the ground, beaten by his own lies. He has lost people who could help him embrace his inner light. Nothing could be worse (it always could in Arrow… this is just a figure of speech…)
This is depressing… except it’s not! This is the perfect time to set up this obstacle in Oliver’s journey.
A true hero needs to find his own light, his own motivation, his own inspiration. If Oliver wants to inspire others, he needs to be able to inspire himself, to get the confidence and the charisma of someone who needs nothing else but his love for his city to be a leader and a hero in the light.
Left alone, like a phoenix, Oliver will arise from the ashes that this family disaster left behind. He will rebuild himself. Not fully complete as his heart will always seek his second half, but stronger.
By being stronger, Oliver will be more stable and will eventually give his life with Felicity a new impulse, a new chance, a new conviction. He will prove her that he is the man she loves, the man she hopes he could be, the man he deserves to be for her. He knows how to be this man with her by his sides, showing him the way. Now, he will learn to be this man by himself, grounded, true to himself and to her, knowing what his heart desires.
Being a hero. Being with the woman he loves.
Eight episodes to go to fulfill his journey.
WHAT WE LEARNT FROM OLIVER’S SPEECH
FIRST : That Stephen Amell is a more than underrated dramatic actor and that his talent knows no limits. This scene was exceptionally well played, all in subtlety and reserve. It was absolutely brilliant and we need more space on Arrow to allow these performances.