Arrow 5x17 “Kapiushon” Review: Journey To the Dark Side
This episode of Arrow is
by far the darkest episode of Arrow
we’ve ever seen. It’s darker than Shado vs. Sara or Moira vs. Thea. Darker than
even during the Al Sah Him time. I think that we have absolutely reached the
crushing rock bottom in the journey of Oliver Queen. And thank God because I’m
really not sure we could survive going any further down this dark rabbit hole.
Stephen Amell was utterly fantastic in this episode. The raw
emotion in his scenes with Josh Segerra—who was equally amazing—were painful to
sit through. Yet Amell also managed to balance this with the flashback scenes
where we saw Oliver reaching his darkest point in his five years of hell.
Somehow even juxtaposed with each other I was able to still feel so bad for
Oliver in the present day. Amell did A+ work and should be commended for it.
Queen and Adrian Chase (plus OTA/Olicity)
It’s a cold open of torture as Adrian holds Oliver’s head
under water for 145 seconds because that’s how long Jason Clayborne took to
drown. As Oliver is drowning—like he was in the pilot episode—he flashes back
to the people that he killed in season 1. This is day six of torture for
Physically, Oliver is holding up relatively fine, if a bit
tired. Mentally, he seemed to be doing okay in that first scene too. So far
Chase had only been physically torturing Oliver. Oliver knows how to take pain.
That’s not going to break Oliver. In fact, he seemed kind of bored when he told
Chase, “If that’s what you’re going to do to me you’ll need to come up with
something better than whatever this is,” in regards to Chase telling Oliver he
took the name Prometheus because he took away power from the Gods. Chase told
him he had something better.
And he did. He broke Oliver when he stopped trying to physically
torture him and went back to mentally attacking him. He poked at all of Oliver’s
greatest fears—that he ruins everything he touches. But still as Chase was
dancing around this he wanted Oliver to confess a secret. The secret. Oliver
didn’t know what it was that Chase wanted from him and thus he couldn’t stop
the psychological torture.
Chase starts his psychological attack by hanging pictures of
people the people that Oliver killed. Oliver argues that these people were bad
and had victims of their own. Chase argues they also had spouses and children
too. I see both sides of the argument here. Did Oliver need to kill to get justice in season 1? No; we know that and we
knew that then. But at that time that’s what he’d been conditioned to believe
was the only way to see real justice done. An eye-for-an-eye kind of thing. And
Chase is correct—he’s an example of it—that bad people also have people in their
lives that aren’t bad and would miss them if they were gone.
Potter reference. Draco Malfoy loved his parents but they were
still Death Eaters. Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy may have been parents who
(sometimes) loved their son but they also still chose to be Death Eaters.
People are all complicated. It’s as I’ve said—what like 99 times now?—we all
have light and dark in us but it’s what we choose to do that matters. Jason
Clayborne had good things in his life; he apparently had a close relationship with
his shithead of a son. A son, by the way, born out of an affair if I recall
because he has been called his “illegitimate” son. So that’s hardly honorable.
Then there is all his criminal activity. No one forced Clayborne to partake in
all of that but he chose to. He chose not to think about the people that he
would be hurting.
is that Oliver made the chose to change his ways. And that matters. If the bad
counts than the good has to count too.
When Oliver brings up Adrian’s hypocrisy because Chase
murdered his own wife to further his agenda against Oliver, it’s important to
note that Adrian couldn’t fight against that. He chose to ignore it. Because he
murdered a woman who was innocent and there was no defense against that. Doris
Chase wasn’t a woman with a criminal history; for all intents and purposes, she seemed like
a loving wife to a man who played her and then murdered her.
The first one is my main, a Hunter who I have named Aethena. Second one a Titan named Ari, and third a Warlock named Valerie. I think Aethena came out the best out of these three.
I’ve given these ladies personalities, backstories, relationships, and everything. A group of friends of mine and I have an on-going story that runs along side the main story for the game for all of our characters together. Their characters know mine and so on. They all have different types of relationships with each other. We want to get some stuff out on them just so we have a place to keep it all, so I might end up posting more of these guys down the road.
Imagine: Tying Thomas Sharpe to your bedpost and going down on him. He tries to release himself, desperate as he reaches his climax and begging you to finish him off. You lock your eyes with his when he comes and you swallow every drop of his honey.
“For me, the only thing that matters is being passionate about the story. It could be a story about a psychopath on the loose, a ventriloquist doll or a tofu salesman who discovers that his thumb has superpowers; it doesn’t matter. If the story keeps me awake at night, then I’ll do it.”
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