Synopsis: Upon learning the key to oppose The Monitor, Oliver and the team returns to Russia on a mission to gather the necessary materials. Connor reunites with a figure from his past.
Review: Ollie and the team head to Russia for one last adventure with Anatoly.
Family is a pretty strong linking theme throughout this episode as Ollie comes to terms with the fact that Mia and William are now fully grown and not the vulnerable children that he once knew. It’s a conclusion that really hits home when they travel to Russia in order to obtain some secret plans for a weapon from some bigshot General. Thankfully Ollie’s old friend, enemy, and brother Anatoly is on hand to help.
While Ollie, Mia, William, and Laurel Lance are in Russia. Diggle looks up Roy Harper to help him steal some weapons-grade plutonium. Roy who experienced the blood lust after having been resurrected via the Lazarus pit is reluctant for fear of it recurring. Diggle is able to talk him into one last mission and says that as long as he is a member of a team. He stands a better chance of learning to control the blood lust.
It was nice to see a return for David Nykl as Anatoly and for that character to end up on good terms with Ollie given the rollercoaster relationship that the two have had over the course of the series. I loved Nykl’s scenes with Katie Cassidy’s Laurel Lance and how it turned out for her by the close of the episode given that she was on a mission to sabotage Ollie.
For me. The season that Arrow spent in Russia was a very hit and miss affair, but this final episode ties up many of the loose ends from that arc and allows for Ollie and Anatoly to end up on good terms.
I loved the sequence at the beginning of the episode where Ollie is training Mia in the fine art of shooting as many tennis balls as possible in the time it takes them to stop bouncing around. This plays well into the second half of the episode where Ollie and Mia have to fight six dangerous criminals in a cage fight.
The episode was as much about the action and getting the mission done as it was about the complex politics of family. Sadly families can also have bad relationships as well and be divided as we find out in the episode’s cliffhanger.
- CGI & Stunts10
- Incidental Music9.3