On my wishlist for Arrow season 6: an episode about Oliver and Rene each getting their kid back. Oliver works out how he can be a part of William’s life and William finally learns who his father is. Rene fights to get back custody of Zoe. Then Oliver, Rene and Diggle have a long talk about fatherhood.
This was a good episode. It was a lot like 5x10 in that it
was a decent episode with a very crappy ending. I had hopeful expectations
during the summer hiatus that we’d return to Russia in the present time; a callback
to 2x06. But then season 5 began, and whatever hopeful expectations I had
started to wither and die. With that in mind, there was a lot more to this
episode that was enjoyable than I thought possible. I mean, except for that one
part. And yes, I’ll get into. I also do not hold back anymore on Suzie Q. I say very not nice things about her. I have no regrets.
I’m going to start with my babies. It’s been such a long
time since we’ve had a decent OTA scene and we really got a couple in this
We start with them in the Bunker. Together. Alone.
I know. Rejoice.
Felicity greets Diggle with, “Welcome back. Hugs, kisses,
warm feelings.” Diggle returned the favor.
RIGHT IN MY DELICITY FEELS.
I loved that Diggle and Felicity were both open with Oliver
about how the mission to Russia was personal for both of them. Diggle needs to
take down Walker once and for all; Felicity needs to do everything she can to
stop another Havenrock from happening. Oliver misappropriates the City Hall
private plane and they all travel to Russia with the rest of the team—save for
Rene and Lance.
My favorite was in Russia when Oliver told them that he
needed them to walk the line for him. They were the ones that brought him back when
he’s crossed the line himself. Diggle is Oliver’s moral compass. Felicity is
the one who harnessed the light inside of him; she’s the one who guides his
way. As Oliver spends another/the season debating about whether he’s a good man
deserving good things, he needs his core to retain their goodness.
And it’s a beautiful moment. Because in that scene Oliver is
attempting to guide them. It’s what I
was hoping for in 4B where Oliver would be the one to lead them into the light
out of the darkness but the writers shortchanged us on it. It’s important to
note that Oliver learned to fight with the light inside of him; and he did it
because of his association with Felicity and Diggle. There is reciprocity to
that; as they affect him, he affects them. He can guide them to the light
because they taught him how to do that.
This is a boy-next-door AU musical about teenage Jesus and Mary Magdalene… I…
Did I mention that it was also sort of R&B in terms of musical style?
Man, what a wild ride.
So apparently tonight was the first time any of the show, A.D. 16, has been heard publicly, so that was pretty cool. Not sure if I’m 100% behind the style of the music, but there were quite a few ballad/belt numbers in there that really took my breath away. Ben Fankhauser made me grin every time he came onstage (and his first song was done entirely in a strong and flawless falsetto?? with riffs?? honestly what a blessing that boy is). He was a foot in front of my face basically the entire night, and seeing him perform live, up close and personal, I can’t imagine a more perfect evening.