Arrow ‘Missing’ Review and Recap
Arrow and Flash both have had one thing in common this week, it had both our heroes turning to unlikely sources in order to try to stop the villain. It also had both of our heroes racing against the clock to save the people they love. This was an intense episode that set the table for some very big developments and this episode also felt like the beginning of the end for this chapter of Arrow, spoilers for Arrow from this point on.
They seriously pulled out all of the stops for this episode, we had the return of so many of Arrow’s big characters this week as we saw Katie Cassidy come back as Black Siren, John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn, Katrina Law as Nyssa Al Ghul and a complete surprise was Manu Bennett as Slade, yes I knew he was coming back but I had no idea he’d cameo in this episode. On top of all that we even had a brief vision appearance of Yao Fei who is played by Byron Mann.
This episode started off pretty happy and cheerful, Adrian is under arrest and in Argus prison, it’s Oliver’s Birthday and Team Arrow all seem pretty hopeful for the future, this couldn’t last however as the team realizes that both Dinah and Rene are missing, the plot thickens as Curtis is also taken. Oliver starts to put the pieces together and realizes that it’s Talia, Evelyn and Black Siren who are behind the kidnappings. Things get increasingly worse as Thea, Quentin, Diggle and Felicity are all also taken and Oliver begins to fall apart. Oliver knows that the team is his strength and Adrian is taking that from him.
In order to get his friends back Oliver needs help from anyone he can get it from which includes Malcolm Merlyn. After discovering that Chase has William along with all of his friends and family, Oliver and Malcolm are forced to break Adrian out of prison in order to keep his team from being killed. Adrian takes everyone to Lian Yu in order to draw Oliver out and back to the place where all of this started.
And thus brings us up to what may be my most anticipated Arrow finale yet, I’ve never been this excited for one before and depending on how the season ends, I think I will look back on this season as my personal favorite. I am loving all of the little call backs they’ve been doing this season, Isabel Rochev got a reference this week, we got to see a little clip of every time Oliver has been tortured in the flashbacks and my favorite is how they have been using so much music from season 1 and 2’s soundtrack.
I need to give serious props to Stephen Amell this week as he really brought his A-game, I know I’ve said that multiple times this season but his acting this episode is up there with ‘Kapuishon’. Oliver came across as someone who is being destroyed inside over the course of the episode as he sits on the idea that all of his friends and his son will die, because of him. Josh Segarra also was brilliant in this episode has he came across as a psychopath who just wants to completely and utterly destroy Oliver.
Overall this episode was amazing and another highlight in a season of highlights, I loved seeing so many familiar faces return and while the episode was light on the action, it made up for it in suspense and superb acting. I can’t wait for the finale and I hope Arrow’s amazing streak continues into next season.
9.5/10 Arrow brought us an amazing episode filled with old faces and superb acting.
Connor Cunningham covers ENTERTAINMENT for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @Connoriscoolio