With each episode Arrow improves, proving that it is a compelling superhero show and not just a teen drama masquerading as a superhero show. The last two episodes – “Haunted” and “Lost Souls” – have done much to push the overall story line forward this season. The themes of these last two episodes have been lost souls returning to where they belonged, with “Haunted” focusing on Sara (Caity Lotz) and “Lost Souls” on Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh).
Let’s take a look at the episodes’ high and low points.
Magic and mysticism continue playing a huge role this season, with much of “Haunted” focusing on the supernatural elements of the island where Oliver Queen (Stephan Amell) is trapped, complete with secret passage ways and spell barriers. John Constantine (Matt Ryan) made his long awaited appearance, aiding Queen in a hunt for a relic on the island. This plot was slow yet mysterious, but it’s only reason for existing seems to be to introduce the hero, Hawkman.
Constantine’s role in retrieving Sara Lance’s soul from some spiritual prison was very well done. More of the episode should have taken place in this limbo seeing as it was the best scene of the episode. Matt Ryan was again excellent as Constantine and I can only hope that he returns this season.
After a few episodes of boring flashbacks dealing with Oliver going undercover in order to take down a drug warlord named Baron Reiter (Jimmy Akingbola), Arrow‘s flashbacks are actually interesting again! With the help of Constantine, Oliver discovers that Reiter is a religious fanatic searching for a mysterious supernatural treasure on the island. Hopefully, the story can remain interesting and relevant to the modern day narrative, and not fall back into the traps of season 3.
Another interesting part of season 4 has been Damian Darhk (Neal McDonough). Darhk is both humorous and terrifying, and he presents a threat to Oliver that is physical and mental. So far not much is known about his plans, and the only mention of his motives has been the word ‘Genesis’. It’s revealed in “Lost Souls” that Darhk has kidnapped Ray to steal his tech in order power something that he wishes to use, showing that Dahrk uses a mix of both tech and magic his benefit. The two questions remaining are what is Dahrk planning? And where is he keeping the Lazarus Pit he stole?
CW shows have a habit of making big reveals in their ninth episodes, and with two more to go it seems a safe bet that we will be getting some major revelations about Darhk’s plan in Arrow’s ninth episode, “Dark Waters.”
Overall these were very excellent episodes, with strong character and story progression. I, for one, am excited about wheres season 4 is going and have even come to terms with Laurel Lance (Katie Casidy) always being terrible. At times, I found myself calling out bad decisions she was making even before she made them (much to the amusement of my mother who also watches Arrow) and I have come to realize that if she is always going to be this way, I should just embrace it and laugh. Until next week!
Arrow airs Wednesday nights at 8pm/9c on The CW.