Arrow “So it begins” Recap and Review
This really is the beginning of a whole new rivalry. Arrow has been producing high quality episodes throughout this season and this episode certainly doesn’t disappoint. It’s time to turn our attentions to the Green Arrow vs Prometheus.
The episode begins with the original team of Diggle, Felicity, and Oliver tracking down Prometheus where he taunts them with an ominous message in fire: “So it begins”. Prometheus then starts murdering supposedly random people with a throwing star, including a mother of two kids. Now that is true villain material. The rest of the team finds out about Prometheus after he is all over the news, branded the “Throwing Star Killer”. It doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as Prometheus. A city-wide panic is caused, which Team Arrow has to calm down, including a great moment where Oliver shoots his arrow straight into someone’s gun. This leads to the weekly meltdown from the new recruits.
They have even more reason to complain (Evelyn is the most annoyed) when Felicity discovers that the names of the victims are anagrams of people on Oliver’s list from Season 1. The new recruits didn’t realise Oliver was like a serial-killer when he was starting out. It is okay to murder now though. It’s worth noting that Felicity had to steal a throwing star from her boyfriend Billy. This allows Team Arrow to narrow down a few potential targets and they will cover one each. Evelyn’s target is a train driver and inevitably Prometheus shows up. I’m still trying to work out how exactly he appeared on the train. Anyway, Evelyn and Prometheus fight, she is able to cut his arm but he escapes after killing the train driver and just before Oliver shows up. Oliver and Evelyn escape the train, before it explodes in the background. This show loves explosions.
A cut-away to Lance’s apartment reveals him with a cut on his arm and a throwing star. This is after Thea discovers he never stopped drinking. The weapons Prometheus uses are also made from Oliver’s past arrows, suggesting his identity might be found in the SCPD. In the flashbacks Oliver turns playboy again to plant a bomb, but is abducted and taken to Kovar who tells a long and strange story about a turnip.
I mentioned before the quality of this season of Arrow, but this may be my favourite episode yet. Prometheus is making an excellent and mysterious villain. The ease in the way he kills people and the lack of mercy shown makes him a formidable opponent. Small clues have been dropped to his identity, but the fact that Prometheus knows about the list could hint towards a surprise face under the mask. I’m still hoping for Tommy, perhaps even Walter. The “Throwing Star Killer” is already my favourite villain since Deathstoke and I enjoy his capabilities in hand to hand combat. It also provides great moments for the Green Arrow, such as shooting an arrow directly into a gun or small relaxing scenes when he shoots tennis balls.
My only problem with this episode was the new recruits complaining again. If they were as good at fighting as they were at complaining then Prometheus would already be in jail. It seems that a new person is getting annoyed each episode. First Wild Dog, then Ragman, now Evelyn. Luckily this was my only complaint about this superb episode. The Thea and Lance relationship is, although an unexpected pairing, nice to see. It is heartbreaking whenever Lance turns to drinking and it shows the good heart of Thea wanting to help others. I’m not convinced that Lance is the man under the mask though. I also enjoyed finally seeing Kovar, by didn’t enjoy his story so much.
A clever and enjoyable plot that reminded me of the qualities of season 1.
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