Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Arrow - You Have Saved This City

Although the show will return for a final season next year, "You Have Saved This City" comes as close as you can get to a series finale for a show that isn't cancelled yet. The season finale wraps up both the current battle with Emiko (Sea Shimooka) and the Ninth Circle who plan on releasing a biological weapon across Star City and the future arc involving Mia (Katherine McNamara), William (Jack Moore), and the others also fighting to save the city decades from now. The epilogue even offers a ride into the sunset for Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) before foreshadowing Oliver's call to arms by the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) leading into next season's Crisis.

Like most of the season, the finale feels a bit disjointed with memorable highlights and some questionable old-age makeup. If this is indeed the last of Emily Bett Rickards, the show lets Felicity go out in style. As for Oliver, no doubt we'll be seeing him next year come Crisis time, but it sounds like the protection of Star City will fall to the rest of the team... although it is a bit unclear what year(s) the new episodes may take place in. I'm not too sad to see the Emiko storyline come to an end, but I was pleasantly surprised by the return of Michael Jai White as Ben Turner. The episode got a bit closer to selling me on McNamara's Mia, offering her the big hero save moment though I wouldn't be surprised or disappointed to see this plot thread dropped next year.

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