Arrow ‘Underneath’ Review and Recap
Arrow gave us a very mixed episode this week, one that delved for into the psyche of Oliver Queen and also gave us some pretty decent character development. But unfortunately, it fails on almost every other front. Spoilers for last week’s Arrow “Underneath“ episode from this point on.
Honestly, this episode was just unnecessary filler. I said this about last week’s as well, but this is an episode that should’ve been way earlier in the season. The final 20 seconds and Oliver’s talk about what Chase did to him were the only important parts of this episode. On top of all this, the Russian flashbacks got side tracked yet again and were replaced with flashbacks showing us what happened with Oliver and Felicity in the wake of season 4. We now have three episodes of flashbacks to explain how Oliver got back to the island, defeated Kovar and his men, planned his escape off the island, show the 6-month gap and then also show him leave the island. There is not near enough time for that.
But onto the episode itself, so the premise is that Chase has trapped Oliver and Felicity in the bunker and they need to attempt to escape while the bunker also runs out of air. Meanwhile, Diggle and Lyla argue over Lyla keeping secrets from Dig and how she now runs A.R.G.U.S. Rene, Curtis and Dinah were all pretty much sidelined this week. They all just were kind of there and didn’t do much besides add small tidbits to the ongoing conversations. It is kind of annoying me how much they’ve misused Dinah ever since her first two episodes. She hasn’t really done much since her introduction and it feels like she’s there just to fill the Black Canary spot on the team. Hopefully, she gets more to do when Black Siren makes her return.
The biggest chunk of the episode was all about Oliver and Felicity. It was kind of interesting for them to get some scenes like this considering they haven’t gotten much to do together all season, but at the same time, it started to get tedious fairly quickly. It was nice to see Felicity and Oliver start to acknowledge some of their faults with each other though. The best scene they shared is when a bleeding out Oliver tells Felicity about what Chase did to him, how he’s a killer and how his father’s crusade was all based on a lie. It was a powerful scene and hands down my favorite of the episode. It’ll be interesting to see the fallout of this conversation and if Oliver tells the rest of the team.
Another very intense scene in the episode came at the end when Oliver and Felicity are escaping the bunker. Diggle jumps in to rescue them. When the three original team members are all holding onto each other was pretty great. It was a nice callback to how they were in season one and I have been loving all of the parallels this season has been drawing with the first.
While they were the highlights of the episode, they were overwhelmed by the bad parts. Mainly stupid and unnecessary flashbacks, the very bottle aspect of the episode and how some of the scenes in the bunker between Oliver and Felicity were just plain bad. We were told that the bunker is a death trap and that Oliver needs to be at his peak level of survival in here yet for most of the episode him and Felicity just sit around and talk what they like and hate about each other.
6/10 Arrow “Underneath” gave us another underwhelming and self-contained episode as we enter the final three episodes.
Connor Cunningham covers ENTERTAINMENT for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @Connoriscoolio