Arrow 5x14 “Sin-Eater” - Oliver Queen on the spotlight
So it happened we got a glimpse on Prometheus grand scheme. I liked the episode it had lots of interesting things so let’s dig in.
The episode starts with Flashbacks. Flashbacks were good IMO, didn’t break the rhythm and provided us with the first answer to a question that we were all making.
Oliver Queen is the Sin-Eater.
It’s Anatoly that calls it as Flashback!Oliver makes the decision to stay and help his friend instead of following Talia’s nudge / push for him to go back to Starling.
Talia’s going to be pissed but I was so proud of Flashback!Oliver sticking around and helping a friend.
In current day Oliver goes with Not-my-bodyguard-anymore!Diggle to visit Amanda. Identified as Mama Prometheus by the show.
She’s not very open to Oliver’s argument that her son as become “Someone else, something else” (great Talia shade to check for a reaction, nicely done Oliver Queen) and that he wants to get him the helps he needs
Suprisingly, to me, Amanda doesn’t look shady. Still she doesn’t quite blame her son (typical mother behaviour) and defends him by noting that the real monster was the man that killed her lover, Jason.
No worries Felicity and Curtis were expecting she wouldn’t be forthcoming and they had a plan in place.
On to our three ladies escaping. Not much was new there they send the other prisoners on their way and come to Star City…
They weren’t conected to Prometheus as far as I could tell, the fights were great, still the main story arc was more connected to Quentin Lance.
Don’t get me wrong I love Lance but this was an Oliver Queen / Green Arrow packed episode and the China White, Cupid and Liza Warner purpose to come to Starling being (just) money made their escape and presence in Star City less relevant than I thought it would be.
And we get to the Vomit phase of the episode. Sorry can’t stand Dragon Lady. Never will stand her, this episode didn’t help (sometimes I wonder if there are women in that writers room). I could see the writers writting a way for us to feel empathy for her. But I’m with @scu11y22 “Cry me a river” Dragon Lady, Cry me a dam Ocean I still won’t like you.
Susan confronts Oliver about him being the Green Arrow. He denies it playfully, yeah, Oliver still has it, he can lie pretty well to everyone except Felicity and Diggle.
Thea not only doesn’t like Susan but also gets worried about Susan knowing about Oliver being Green Arrow. Oliver’s worry level is not even remotly high enough.
Felicity hacks Susan computer
The information on Oliver has them both rattled (Bratva, Green Arrow… so much) and Thea acts… fast. Taking out the trash.
Thea does what I always dreamed she would, she destroys Susan’s precious carreer and Susan comes running to Oliver to tell him she had been descredited as a reporter, fired, and proof was planted on her computer. Ohhh Oliver knows his wifey so well he immeadiatly knows it was Felicity. Susan doesn’t show even one tear but it’s clear she’s devasted, Oliver feels guilty about what happen, he knows it has something to with him just as Susan does too.
I’m not surprised or even shocked with Susan’s reaction, she did what she was excepted and supposed to, she went to the one she knew was the cause for all this that just happens to be her “boyfriend”. Oliver’s guilt comes with the territory and it’s well place, still Writers be alert I don’t buy that Susan likes Oliver I just think she’s reacting to the fact her plans fail, and it was an epic fail. No one is allowed to mees with Oliver with these two ladies having his back.
Oliver is a sap, Susan tells him fair and square she had retrived evidence even while sleeping with him
“That tattoo it’s a Bratva Captain tattoo”
Realy Oliver really? After this you go after Felicity. Not that I didn’t love that, I did
Any thing that brings Felicity and a Olicity touch my way I’m game.
But Susan just told you she has been compiling a all dossier of dirt on you, and that, while in a relationship with you, she was not just enjoying your wonderfully perfect abs but also gathering more proof against you, and you are going at Felicity? And then after Thea, screaming at her
She’s your sister, Oliver, the only remaining blood family you have, she acted to protect you from harm and you go at her because of Dragon Lady?
I spent the rest of the episode expecting Oliver would crawl after Susan out of guilt, Thankfully I was wrong. Instead Oliver, little confused puppy, decided (correctly) to goe talk calmly with Thea.
Thea, bless her soul, asks about Susan
and Oliver reminisces on how Thea remembered him of Moira.
I’d say he’s right.
On the Green Arrow front things were also fast paced and admitidly awesome.
After Liza’s attack on the Triad Arrow and Quentin manage to catch up with the trio, only for Quentin to go after his nemesis Liza and confront his “crossing the line” with Darkh, and Arrow being surronded by ACU for Malone’s death.
It’s a good time to recal the cover up to protect Green Arrow was Adrian’s idea and Mayor!Oliver just went with it. So top brass reunion at City Hall with Pike.
Oliver checks the anonymus envelope ACU got that had them hunting Arrow and he connects the dot’s, the Post Stamp is from the city where Amanda lives. Oliver concludes it’s from Prometheus,
I liked Pike, he looks like a good person, and a good cop. He’s not taking Mayor!Queen word for it; in the end he sees Adrian’s point (delivered by Oliver), the people in Star City feel safe with Green Arrow around, not protecting him for something he isn’t in fact accountable for, would jeopordise that feelling. For the greater good Pike gets on board, in the end.
But Prometheus plan is moving forward and the cover up ends up splashed all over the News.
Thats a sum up of what happen and that got me in all kind of feelings.
- Prometheus plan is starting to unfoil. I found that the Amanda and the Post Stamp being from her city was wrapped up too neat and tidy. Which looks fishy to me
-Susan password was so damn basic, her files on Oliver so nicely wrapped up. I have to ponder if Thea (and Felicity) wasn’t set up to do exactly what she did
Prometheus, for his plan to succeed needs to “isolate” Oliver, to do that he needs Thea and Felicity at odds with Oliver.
Must stress he almost succeeds. I was terribly upset with the way Oliver confronted Thea, he should have know better. She had his best interess in mind, she loves him he knows that.
Nevertheless now, thinking a bit more coldly, I understand Oliver had to hold, at least some, responsability on to Thea because she did do the deed, and Susan his he’s “girlfriend”. (Being that she no longer takes his phonecalls I’m guessing the “girlfriend” part is over and done but…)
IMO, Prometheus failed on evaluating the amount of love Oliver had for Susan (dangerously close to none) and that it is nothing compared to the one he has (and always will have) for Thea.
- So Prometheus changes tactics and leaks the “Cover up” scoop to the media.
If you think it was Susan doing that that’s fair but I don’t think so because I believe our Unicorn first step on Susan’s computer was to completly erase all traces of the proof against Oliver
Felicity stood up to Ra’s al-Ghul on his own turf for Oliver I ‘m confident she would have made the files disappear.
- About Dragon Lady. She’s now a Woman scorned and that’s a really dangerous state for a woman to be. If she wasn’t with Prometheus up untill now she will now gladly take him on if he cares to recruit her.
- About Billy. Yes he’s an issue again. I do think Pike was on board with all Mayor!Oliver told him and Green Arrow apologizing and stating exactly the same as the Mayor (how dum was that Mr. I-ran-out-of-bottles), but now the cat is out of the bag and splattered all over the news. There’s no way ACU can not act on it.
- Adrian Chase. The cover up was really his doing so it strucks me hard that The Vigilante now comes after Mayor!Oliver for something he himself planned, unless that was his plan right from the start, and proposing the Cover up was a trap.
- No Felicity dark arc, no Pandora files usage. but having Felicity handing Black Canary mask to Dinah and Quentin telling Dinah LL would have been proud, was very well played.
It’s not Oliver handing her the Black Canary, in fact he’s shown to be not really sure if Dinah is ready for that. it’s Felicity doing it and Quentin validating it.
- Thealicity was back on my screen
and I just
- I had mixed feellings on Felicity spilling on Thea to Oliver right off the bat.
Olicity Me: “See Oliver she didn’t lie to you.”
Thealicity Me: “What the Hell? You should had had Thea’s back, she’s your girl.”
Summing up loved the episode to bits, I could hardly breath with the fast paced storytelling. I want 5x15 to come asap.