While most seasons of TV shows tend to be sluggish in the early episodes, Arrow season 4 has been anything but, having consistently delivered exciting and action-packed episodes that punch with story development. At this point, the only concern is that the story may be moving along too fast, but this itself is exciting as it leaves viewers unable to guess where things go next.
“Beyond Redemption” is the fourth episode of the season 4 and the episode’s main goal is to get Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) back on the same team. For the most part, the main story is a procedural mystery that sees Team Arrow taking on a team of bad cops who are stealing drugs and money from the city. The interesting twist is that the team are members of an anti-vigilante task force and therefor have special weapons and training. The two subplots of the episode deal with Oliver announcing his run for Mayor, and Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) revealing to her father that her sister Sara (Caity Lotz) is alive.
Keeping Up With The Lances
Laurel is a fascinating heroine, yet her portrayal in the show is one of the major weak points of the narrative. She is consistently shown making major blunders and has been from season 1 until now. Though she’s been a masked hero for close to a season and a half, Laurel is still one of the least developed characters on the show.
Arrow gives audiences no reason to cheer for her. As a reviewer, I’m always hoping for a reason to like Laurel and cheer her on, yet each week I’m disappointed. As others have already pointed out, I find myself wishing for drunken and angry Laurel Lance from season 2, at least then her character was showing progress.
After nearly a season of being bitter and angry, Lance has made a tentative truce with Oliver and Team Arrow in order to fight Damian Darhk (Neal McDonough). It was interesting to see Lance – once the most righteous of Star City’s defenders – had now fallen to Darhk’s power and was in need of redemption. This will be a very fascinating story to follow, seeing one of the white hats humbled and in need of forgiveness from one he used to hate.
This was a very Lance family-centric episode, and for the most part “Beyond Redemptions” was successful in reintroducing the family as a driving point of the show. With the end of the episode showing that Sara had escaped from her bounds and was running free, it has set the stage for the arrival of John Constantine in next week’s episode “Haunted”; a perfect Halloween episode tinged with horror and magic that will help to further expand the Arrow universe.
Arrow airs Wednesday nights at 8pm/9c on The CW.