Life Begets Life: Arrow 5x23 Review (Lian Yu)
“Lian Yu” a summary:
I love the journey we take on stories. I particularly love the journey we take with television. There’s really no medium like this. The experience is over in a couple hours with a movie. We can control how quickly we read a book (even if we have to wait for additional sequels). But television? Television is a week to week story that spans years. Or at least it is if you watch live from start to finish. Television can be a long and arduous journey. Full of ups and downs. Great episodes and horribly bad ones. We walk the road with the characters in real time. It’s a serious time investment and the hope is the story eventually connects. That the threads the writers weave come together in the end and we can see the full picture. "Lian Yu" is one of those rare storytelling gifts that repays all the many years of patience.
We started this journey with Oliver Queen five years ago. We have walked each step with him. We’ve rejoiced with Oliver in his moments of triumph.
We’ve grieved with him.
We threw things at him with every maddening step backward.
Step by step, we’ve watched Oliver come back to life.
It hurt and he fought it for a long time, but slowly Oliver began to learn how to live again. Instead of shutting himself off, he chose to build a life filled with purpose
his way out of the dark and into the light that was always there, deep
It was all leading somewhere. A destination, a choice, Oliver had to make. No matter how far Oliver has come there is always a piece of him that remains on the island… and on the boat. Oliver had to return to Lian Yu, one last time, so he could finally let it go. So he could finally come home.
A hero’s story is fraught with triumph and tragedy. There is both in “Lian Yu.” The great tragedy is once Oliver decides who he is, and is ready for all that entails, he’s faced with an impossible choice and loses what he’s spent years building.
Or did he? Adrian Chase is the master chess player. He was always ten moves ahead, even in the final moments, but perhaps there was a move Chase couldn’t foresee. One Oliver set in motion years ago, in a moment where he clung to the light and held to Diggle and Felicity’s faith in him. A moment where Oliver kept a promise.
Let’s dig in…