Synopsis: Prometheus goes to terrible extremes to torture and destroy Oliver. While undergoing these torturous days. Oliver has yet more flashbacks to his days in the Bratva and how he compartmentalised his violent tenancies.
Review: I have to be blunt here. I found this particular episode to be a gawd awful drag and feel that it was not just Oliver being tortured, but the viewers as well.
Structurally the episode went something like this. Prometheus torturing and pushing Oliver to confess something or other. Flashback to Bratva. More torture. More Flashback. Me twiddling my thumbs. More torture.
Not to take away to much from the acting performances. The scenes with Stephen Amell and Josh Segarra as the Arrow and Promethius were really well played. Nothing wrong whatsoever with the acting. Its just that the entire episode was a full on downer. It was awfully bleak. How anyone can watch this one more than one time without being tempted to slash their wrist is beyond me.
The only action scenes we get are from Oliver’s with the Bratva, which is a plot thread I have not really been all that invested in throughout the whole season. Though this week even less so because they are literally being shoved down our throats from the shows opening moments.
Dolph Lundgren shows up again as Kover and he is pretty much the guy that Oliver has to take out in order to stabilise things for his Bratva chums, but Oliver kind of only manages to seriously maim Kover. Which suggests that he’s likely still got a part to play in things. In fact it wouldn’t surprise me if Kover has been helping Prometheus with money for his campaign against Oliver.
Interestingly Malcolm Merlyn had dealings with Kover. But Ollie and his path does not cross during the Bratva scenes.
All in all. This episode was tiring to watch. It is just as well that Legends, Flash and Supergirl were offering up light drama this week because Arrow was in full on crisis mode and not at all in a good way.
By the time the episode closes. Oliver is reunited with his team a broken man. I was just relieved to have the familiarity of the team back after a full 45 minutes of total darkness and uncertainty. If an episode of Arrow was a torture. This episode would be the equivalent to water boarding.
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