Arrow – S8 Ep10 – Fadeout Review

I couldn’t have asked for a better way for Arrow to end than what happened in this episode. It reunited our favourite cast members from the past and present and I felt like it delivered everything I needed for a satisfying ending.

The main cast are all brought back together in mourning for Oliver and there are some extra surprises as the rebirth of the universe has meant that Moira, Quentin and Tommy are all alive on this Earth. Their presence made the episode really feel complete. Crime has literally disappeared overnight meaning that our heroes are finding themselves at a loose end. However, thanks to one of Oliver’s past foes, they find themselves on one last mission to save little William who has been kidnapped.

Throughout season 8 there have been many moments that have brought excitement and fun due to the return of old cast members and nods to the shows past. A highlight for me was having Thea back but I remember being a little disappointed that Willa Holland and Colton Haynes didn’t share any on screen time during that episode. Their reunion this week completely made up for that and made me see that it was important for us to have an episode which was just all about Oliver and Thea. Having Thea and Roy back together was something special as their relationship was a huge deal way back when Arrow began and they both share such strong on screen chemistry. I really loved how their story wrapped up.

I enjoyed seeing Joe Dinicol back as Rory and I appreciated getting to see him use his rags one last time. The biggest thing for me though was the return of Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity. The way she was brought back was so well done – she wasn’t made to steal the show and there was no over acting from Emily. It was essential that she was in the finale and it played out perfectly. She shares a moment with future Mia (who has been brought back to the funeral by Sara), which was really emotional.

I’m glad Oliver’s statue wasn’t shown properly on last week’s Canary episode as the reveal by Quentin was lovely. The statue is fantastic! The episode draws to a close as they all stand around Oliver’s grave. Barry, Kara, Talia, Nyssa and Anatoly join the others to pay their respects and there is also another lovely moment where Emiko is welcomed into the family by Moira and Thea. Rightfully so, Diggle is pushed forward to say some words and I just feel like he’s that guy who says the perfect thing at the perfect moment. Diggle’s future seems exciting as he prepares to move to Metropolis with Lyla and the kids, however just before he sets off things take a turn. They say the grass isn’t always greener but for Diggle it may just well be!

The final moment takes us back to Felicity walking through the portal set by The Monitor at the end of season 7 and we finally get to see her at the other side, reunited with Oliver. We needed this scene and we needed to see Oliver and Felicity together again. We needed to know that even though he left his family to save the world that someday these two would find each other again and for me, this was perfect!

I’m going to miss this show so much. It’s meant a lot to me and as corny as it sounds, it’s changed my life! I’ve met some wonderful people thanks to Arrow and fell in love with writing due to being pushed to do it by @lastsonjim after meeting him at an event the Arrow cast were at. As a result of that so many good things have happened to me. I’ll be forever thankful to Stephen Amell. This man is empowering and his continuous honesty and generosity inspires me. Lastly, I want to thank anyone who has taken the time to read, like, share and comment on any of my Arrow reviews. I’ve absolutely loved writing them and sharing my love for the show with you all!

Arrow – S6 Ep2 – Tribute Review

Let’s just cut to the chase! Holy crap … BATMAN EXISTS IN THE ARROWVERSE!!!! As Oliver arrives to work the morning after his photo was shown on the news wearing his Green Arrow costume, he is met by reporters who are expecting an explanation. He cockily walks in asking ‘anything interesting on the news last night?’ Of course, he completely denies being the Green Arrow claiming that the photo had been doctored. And then here comes a sentence that is slipped in, almost like a throwaway comment, which blows us all away … ‘they could have put Bruce Wayne’s head on that body’. This is crazy exciting and brings so many possibilities to not only Arrow, but the other DC tv shows too! Now they’ve teased us with this, they need to make it happen!!! And soon! Also on a side note @lastsonJim has a very good theory on how this is going to play out …. ask him!!!

Anyway …. Oliver is met in his office by Special Agent Watson who announces that an investigation has started into him to see if the rumours are true. The rest of the team are trying to do some damage limitation in trying to find out where the photo came from. Sometimes I worry that Curtis will end up making Felicity redundant, but we absolutely need him in this show. He has so many one liners that add comedic moments to quite a dark programme. This week he reveals to Felicity that he has a secret job as how else is he going to make any money? I was chuckling to myself as they bickered over keeping secrets and wondering how Diggle even has any money, until they remember he’s married to the leader of ARGUS.

Anatoly is back in Star City and Oliver’s meeting about a new investment is interrupted by the Markovians who take his new business partners hostage. Anatoly has come into hassle at Bratva for showing weakness in helping Oliver. He wants $20,000 from Star City.

Dinah continues to press Diggle for what’s wrong with him. Her persistence works in the end as he reveals he has degenerative nerve damage after catching shrapnel from the explosion on Lian Yu. He asks her not to say anything to Oliver. His injuries cause a problem later though as he fails to save Dinah during a fight.

Oliver is having more dramas with William. He gets beaten up at school for being the son of The Green Arrow. Oliver offers to teach him some moves but William is more concerned that his Father is going to die too, leaving him an orphan. They start to bond further over both knowing what it feels like to lose the people close to them. Can we just take a moment to appreciate William’s Flash backpack! I kinda feel like I need one for work.

As the episode comes to an end, Oliver’s name is cleared as evidence is sent to the press to show that the photo was digitally enhanced. Phew! Felicity solves Curtis’ money issues by asking him to go into business with her. Oliver calls Diggle to the Arrow cave and before Diggle gets a chance to tell Oliver about his problems, Oliver asks him to be the new Green Arrow so he can hang his hood up to fulfil his promise to William that he will never leave him. Awkward!!!!!