Episode 2.23: Unthinkable
So, here we are: the finale of the fantastic Season 2 of Arrow. Just to sum things up, usually I try and bring these episode reviews in at 600 words or so. Just from making notes whilst watching Unthinkable, I managed to knock up 553 words. Yes, there’s a lot going on, a lot getting resolved, and a lot of questions thrown up as this brilliant season of television comes to a close.
To bring you up to speed, Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) has unleashed his mirakuru-ridden army on Starling City, has killed Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson), and is now targeting the person who Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) loves the most. Elsewhere, Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) has been in a coma of sorts after being injected with snake venom in an attempt to cure him of the mirakuru running through his system, Thea Queen (Willa Holland) has shot her recently-revealed father Malcom Merlyn (John Barrowman), Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) has fled Starling City to find “help”, Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) is now well aware that Oliver is the Arrow, Oliver is well aware that Laurel knows that he’s the Arrow, and Detective Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorn) has got his badge and balls back. And breathe. Oh, and due to Slade’s roided-up army, Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) has given orders for A.R.G.U.S. drone planes to destroy the city if the threat of Deathstroke is not neutralised with a certain time frame.
Unthinkable starts off as a huge group of Slade’s soldiers swarm upon Team Arrow. Conveniently, this is when Roy Harper finally decides to regain consciousness. One rather impressive-looking zip-line escape later, and we see the reappearance of Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson), former wife/current love of John Diggle (David Ramsey). Near enough as soon as it’s revealed that Agent Michaels is in Starling City to help Digg, we flip things over to Thea and her daddy issues, not to mention the reigniting of the young love that is Thea and Roy. Detective Lance now finds himself having to lead and inspire the remaining police numbers of the city, and Sara Lance’s Canary returns with that help she’d mentioned. And yes, as alluded to in previous reviews, Sara does indeed brings Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) and the League of Assassins to back up Team Arrow in their fight against Deathstroke’s army.
Whilst this review is a near certainty to end up lengthy, Unthinkable simply does not let up. Whilst Season 1 of Arrow was very pleasing on a variety of levels, Season 2 has just blown its predecessor out of the water. If you’re wary of a flat-feeling finale, leave your fears at the door. All that you hoped for and more are given to you here. With Roy seemingly now a fully-fledged member of Team Arrow, and with the League of Assassins at their side, Oliver and co. take the fight to the streets and to Slade’s army, resulting in a barnstorming butting of heads reminiscent of The Warriors or various other street gang-type movies of years gone by. Taking place in a tunnel, Unthinkable delivers a set piece that is right up there with the very best that Arrow has given us to date. An army of baby Deathstrokes taking on the combined forces of the Arrow, Canary, Roy (can we officially call him Red Arrow/Arsenal yet?) Detective Lance, Nyssa al Ghul and the League of Assassins? Yes. Yes, please.
For the rest of this extensive review, head over to Starburst Magazine.