Sunday, October 25, 2015

Arrow - Restoration

While the main storyline of "Retoration" deals with Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Diggle (David Ramsey) working through their trust issues by tracking down the woman (Carmen Moore) who ordered the hit on Diggle's brother, "Restoration" actually gets its name from its B-story which involves the resurrection of another fallen hero. I'm glad that the series got Ollie and Dig to work out their issues fairly early in the season rather than continuing to allow the distrust and anger to fester any longer. Even if Diggle is left without answers or a measure of revenge at least our hero's most trustworthy sidekick is back onboard.

In the subplot with large ramifications both for Arrow and the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Thea (Willa Holland) decide to dig up an old friend and make a trip to Nanda Parbat with hopes of resurrecting Sara Lance (Caity Lotz). While both Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) and Nyssa (Katrina Law) are opposed tot he idea, the new Ra's is won over by his daughter's pleas and pain. However, the choice to bring Sara back may have forever strained Laurel's relationship with Nyssa who destroys the Lazarus Pit rather than see it used for any such atrocity in the future. As for Sara, Malcolm's words of warning appear apt as the woman who emerges from the pit appears to be far different that the one killed at Thea's hands.

The final piece of the episode includes Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) using the resources of a killer (JR Bourne) to deal with the city's vigilante problem. Double Down is an odd choice for new villain, but he certainly fits in with the more mystical feel of the show's Fourth Season. The organic playing cards he pulls from his own tattoos aren't explained, but they do give the assassin an unique method of killing. This piece of the storyline, and the killer's attack on Palmer Technologies, also allows Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) to bring Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum) into the fold as a new resource for Team Arrow. The episode also gives us an early prototype for the T-Spheres and continues to tease the return of Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh).

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