Final Thoughts from the Arrow Episode "A.W.O.L"

by StevenHelmer

Thoughts from the season 4 episode that first aired January 27, 2016.

Synopsis: As she and Oliver (Stephen Amell) begin to adjust to the fact she can no longer walk, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) decides to take a break from Team Arrow. However, her timing couldn't be worse as her friends go up against an elite (and corrupt) military force that carries out a plan to attack A.R.G.U.S.

I Liked Felicity's Hallucination. But...

I was a little disappointed the show writers decided to have her say goodbye to her past self instead of keeping it for at least a few episodes. 

As I watched the scenes with her talking to herself, it reminded me a lot of the Green Goblin from Spiderman. And, continuing that plot twist would have had a lot of potential ranging from her turning into a bad guy to just going insane. Plus, I thought she conquered it a little too easily.

Of course, maybe I'm wrong about this and her problem only temporarily disappeared and will come back. If so, I apologize in advance and look forward to it.

Speaking of Felicity

I kind of like her new code name, Overwatch, partly because, at least if you look at how the military uses that term, it describes her role perfectly while being somewhat cool sounding at the same time.

However, is it just me or does Oliver mumble when he's the Green Arrow? My wife and I had to rewind and replay that scene several times because we simply could not understand what he was saying when he gave her the new name. We finally just gave up and went to the internet to look it up.

I Wonder What Sort of Ripple Effect Amanda Waller's Death Will Have

I was a little surprised when Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) was killed off in this episode because she was such a great character, not really evil but capable of doing evil things when the situation called for it. With her gone, however, it does create a lot of uncertainty.

My guess here is Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson) will end up replacing her. She only left A.R.G.U.S. because of Waller and, with her gone, I could see her choosing to return and take over Waller's job.

However, it's also possible the show will add a new A.R.G.U.S. head honcho. And, there's no guarantee that person will be as cooperative with Team Arrow as Waller was.

I'm Having a Hard Time Trusting Andy

Diggle (David Ramsey) may be starting to trust his kid brother (Eugene Byrd). But, he just seems to be full of secrets and I suspect he's not on the level. Sure, he helped Diggle rescue his wife from Shadowspire. But, something tells me he's some sort of Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) plant and is secretly gathering information about who the Green Arrow is and who is helping him.

Final Opinion

I think the most interesting thing about this episode is Amanda Waller's death. This is because it has the potential to change the series dramatically. However, based on the assumption Felicity's hallucination was just a one-time thing, I do think the writers might have dropped the ball. And, until they prove me wrong about that, I am a little disappointed overall.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 02/03/2016, StevenHelmer
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