Arrow is heading straight towards its season finale and evil plans are revealed and have to be dealt with. Episode 21, “Monument Point,” reunites our favorite three people – hopefully for good – and OTA is working together again and it’s glorious.
Time to Save the World
Now that Rubicon, a program that grants control over the world’s nuclear arsenal, is in the hands of evil mastermind Damien Darhk, the team is left with less than 24 hours to prevent, not just one, but several disastrous attacks. While Lyla believes that the situation goes beyond the team’s capacities, Oliver can’t sit idly by and watch the world go up in flames. The team tries to track down Noah Kuttler, Felicity’s absentee father, in hopes of finding a way to stop the launch of the nuclear weapons. At the same time, Darhk sets his sights on Kuttler with a whole other goal: eliminate him. Kuttler’s technical knowledge poses a significant threat to Genesis. The team is not just racing against time but also Darhk’s goons, led by the familiar face of Danny Brickwell. Ultimately Oliver and Diggle can save Kuttler from Brick and the rest of Darhk’s ghosts.
In a sad and unexpected twist, which comes at the worst moment possible, Felicity loses Palmer Tech. The board decides she is no longer fit to be the CEO of the company and is removed, effective immediately. We were so looking forward to a change in name by the end of the season. Smoak Technologies would have been lovely… It also means Palmer Tech no longer finances Team Arrow. How will that work out in the future? Will Oliver finally get a job?
With Felicity no longer in a leading position Team Arrow has trouble getting their hands on PT’s technical equipment. Oliver, Diggle, Felicity and Noah infiltrate the Palmer Tech building, in hopes off stealing a processor that could help them prevent the nuclear weapons from launching. Oliver and Diggle then continue to battle Darhk’s impressive army, as they’re trying to locate Darhk’s totem. Back at the lair Felicity and Noah try to take on the Rubicon code. It’s a father-daughter hack-off, but this time they’re on the same side.
However, the hackers are running out of time. In the end they are able to prevent all nukes from launching, except for one, and it’s headed straight for Monument Point, a fictional city close to Washington, DC. Felicity, as mighty as her techy powers are, is unable to fully prevent an explosion. She redirects the bomb, and while it does not hit Monument Point, it still destroys a city nearby, Havenrock. Estimated casualties: more than 10.000. As Monument Point burns, Oliver and Diggle find out the location of Darhk’s magical totem, but the mad man beats them to it. The episode ends on a cliffhanger, on the question of what could they possibly do to stop Darhk’s power.
A Blast from the Past
While Team Arrow faces nuclear annihilation, Thea is safely hidden under Darhk’s dome, or so it seems. She is not only stuck with her irrelevant boyfriend, but also her devious father. He explains Damien’s “Genesis” plan to her, claiming it’s similar to his plan for the Glades all those years ago. Just then Lonnie Machin, better known as Anarky, appears. The criminal has somehow found his way into Darhk’s secret bunker-village, and he’s ready to cause Trouble, with a capital t. He isn’t too happy about Darhk’s rise to power, and plans to blow up the little world he has created for himself. His plan fails, curtesy of Thea’s and Malcolm’s interference. While we certainly see the appeal of a romantic connection between Thea and Lonnie, we were thrown off by him calling her “Mommy.” He is a curious figure.
Matters of the Heart
One of our personal highlights of the episode was the few (but lovely) Donna and Quentin scenes we were given. Donna, always one to snoop, has found an affidavit that, if signed, would reinstate Quentin as Captain. However, he would also claim to have not known about his deceased daughter’s secret identity. It causes a raft between SmoaknLance, as lovingly dubbed by the fandom, because Donna is not ready to engage in yet another relationship filled with lies. What started as a relationship created out of an enormous fan reaction is slowly but surely on its way to becoming a more serious, possibly permanent connection. It’s beautiful to see how these two unlikely allies have found their way to each other and make each other better.
After several mediocre episodes it seems like Arrow is slowly finding its way back to what we fell in love with in the first place. The focus has shifted from a large assembly of masked crusaders back to the core of it all. Oliver, Felicity and Diggle are back to working together like a well-oiled machine, and we have missed it so very much. Felicity infiltrating Palmer Tech reminded us of the time she and Oliver had broken into Merlyn Global in season one, and we’re loving it. It’s surely one of the episode’s highlights, as it does not only deliver action-packed fighting scenes, but also a little bit of Smoak-Kuttler banter and a whole lot of OTA.
We cannot express how much we love seeing OTA reunited. Most noteworthy, are the scenes between Oliver and Diggle – they had us swooning thanks to their adorable bromance. We have missed their heart-to-hearts dearly. The ending provided yet another shock, because they were not able to save the day. While Diggle is still dealing with guilt over killing his brother, Felicity will surely continue to struggle with hers. She may have saved millions of people, but the thousands of lives that were lost will undoubtedly weigh heavy on her heart.
“The president asked me if the fate of the world is resting the hands of an IT girl, a criminal, and two guys in Halloween costumes.” – Lyla
“What is it with you? Why are you always at the mercy of some guy? You can make your own decisions, Thea. You’re not a pawn. You’re a Queen.” – Lonnie
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