Arrow 5x17 “Kapushion” After thoughts
This wasn’t a bumpy ride this was straigth…
Now I’ve slept and gathered my thoughts (somewhat) and here’s my take on the episode
First and for most, I was expecting a great acting episode. It was, but only from one actor IMO
Stephen Amell owned this episode. He was on screen 100% of the time, no breaks, and both storylines were hard and mentally painful.
I trully appreciate what he delivered and what it must have cost him so my Kudos go exclusivly to him on this episode.
Now for the episode itself.
Kapushion IMO is a split personality from Oliver, I don’t have enough knowledge of psycology but what I felt while seeing the episode is that Talia’s training worked, Kapushion is a separate entity.
He’s truly a Monster in the making (still training); he’s the darkest character on Arrow (Prometheus and, I dare say, Deathstroke pale at the shade of Kapushion). The lower point of Kapushion darkness in the episode is undoubtbly the skinning of the man while he’s alive… that gave me “Braveheart” feels.
It’s dark but not the darkest Humans ever droped to. I’m no Historian but I do know my History pretty well (as far as European, South American, Egyptian History goes) Humans are quite creative when infliting unbridal pain. Russia probably had Stalin times as the peak for sancioned torture and deaths I’m willing to belive some of his methods are still “ingrained” in some criminal organizations there.
Still it’s dark enough to get Anatoly affraid for his friend. I do note that there isn’t much that could make a Pakhan affraid in terms of violence. If the Showrunners wanted Anatoly affraid for Oliver it had to be something very very violent and dark… it was.
Kapushion is a darkest version of Prometheus IMO
Oliver Queen / Kapushion and Adrian Chase / Prometheus
The difference between Kapushion and Prometheus is Oliver Queen.
Oliver Queen doesn’t like what Kapushion does (he tells this to Anatoly). Without the hood Oliver Queen still has a morality frame, a right and wrong frame. He knows it’s wrong but he’s dissociating himself from the persona. “It was him not me”.
Adrian Chase truly is Prometheus. He doesn’t need the mask to be Prometheus. He isn’t dissociative he’s purely psycotic with or without the mask. While training with Talia he didn’t give the Monster an identity, he turned himself into a Monster.
Both in Flashbacks and in present time Oliver main concern are other, others he cares about: the promise he made to Taiana, Taiana’s mother (even if Kovar kills her), Anatoly, Evelyn, William, Felicity.
It’s love that drives him. Love for his friends, love for his family, love for his Felicity.
“I wanted to. And I like it”
Everyone that studied history (Holy Inquisition, US dark times of Witch Hunting, modern ages torture) know any confession taken under Oliver’s circunstances should be taken with a grain of all the Salt in the Pacific Ocean. Still we have the Flashbacks and in them, after the “confession”, I see Oliver telling Anatoly that he doesn’t like it, a perfect opposite of what he’s telling Adrian in present time. I tend to believe more on what Oliver tells Anatoly than what Oliver after torture tells Adrian.
About Anatoly I’m going to take a leap here. After all the talks and even knowing that Oliver doesn’t like the killing and torture Kapushion does, Anatoly sends what to me is a clear sign that he wants Oliver to keep being Kapushion by handing him back the hood. It would have been easy to keep it and stop the darkness in Oliver from escalating but in the end I think Pakhan Anatoly takes precedence from Anatoly the friend, for the Pakhan a killer at Kapushion level is an high level asset and Anatoly intends to keep it. And keep him close, he makes Oliver Captain of the BRATVA.
In present times Oliver comes back to the Team resign, defeated, by Prometheus maybe but also by himself. He went back to thinking that everything he did, even good things he did, are tainted. No matter what he does his darkness and always will be.
I was a bit disappointed to be honest. Adrian was a one note character all through the episode. As Bad’s go he really did pale in comparison to Kapushion. And with Stephen stellar performance Josh falled short.
I felt for her when she came on screen. I trully loved that, even after her betrail, Oliver still wanted to save her. And then she’s just playing along with Prometheus?!?
So Malcolm Merlyn and Kovar have business together and want to overtrow Russian Government.
Merlyn and Kapushion are kept apart. They have to because back on Season 1 Merlyn was surprised to know Oliver was the one under the Hood.
Loved the fight… I just loved the fight to bits and I’ve been waiting for it since Dolph was casted.
Maybe for the first time ever Arrow does justice to a powerfull foe and Kovar lives. Has pleased as I am to still have Dolph on my screen I know this is going to come back to haunt Oliver…
Could the reborn Kovar be Season 6 Big Bad? PLEASE
Felicity was in so much pain. She couldn’t take her eyes off the bruises on Oliver’s body, specialy the burned BRATVA tattoo. I could see her pain and I know I just know that its going to brew into an unbridal need to make Adrian pay for what he did to Oliver.
On the other hand Oliver wants Adrian far away from Felicity (an William).
Thing is, these are oposite paths… Felicity is going to lunge at Adrian with the full force of her habillities (and Helix’s) Oliver will try to make her stop. It’s going to be a collision of Universal Proporsions…
Really can’t wait.
Oliver hit the lower level. Is there a sublevel? Maybe be, but I do not thing so. Today I woke up recalling the song “The only way is up” by YAZZ.
https://youtu.be/UtKADQnjQmc (can’t get the link to work as a video)
That’s where I am.
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