Arrow Season 2 Finale Review “Unthinkable”

For the last several weeks, Arrow has been promising an exciting season finale. I had very high hopes for this episode, and I was going to be supremely disappointed if the show didn’t deliver on its promise. Thankfully, for the most part Arrow kept its promise. I have a few nitpicks, but in the grand scheme of things, this was a pretty good season finale.

Team Arrow was in the clock tower regrouping and waiting to find out whether the mirakuru cure worked on Roy. Slade’s soldiers found our heroes just as Roy woke up. They were able to escape with a little help from Dig’s girlfriend Lila and her rocket launcher. Sara also called in The League of Assassins to help Team Arrow take down the supersoldiers. Oliver didn’t really want their help because he didn’t want to kill anyone, but the truth is, Team Arrow needed all the help they could get. The assassins reluctantly agreed to do things Oliver’s way, so everyone loaded up injector arrows with the mirakuru cure and went to work taking apart Slade’s army. After completely decimating the bad guys, Slade calls Oliver and the final showdown is set. Oliver and Slade have a knockdown, drag-out fight that echoes almost blow for blow the fight between them five years ago. Only this time, things end a bit differently. Instead of trying to kill Slade, Oliver simply incapacitates him and takes him into custody. Amanda (under duress) calls off the drone strike and it looks like Team Arrow lives to fight another day.

For the longest time, Dig and Felicity have been trying to steer Oliver toward the path of hero. They have been trying to make his see the larger picture and trying to make him understand that not only can he be more than just a killer, he MUST be more than just a killer. It’s kind of sad that it took someone as sick and twisted as Slade Wilson to finally give Oliver that final push. But whatever it took, I’m glad he’s finally planted his feet firmly on the path to hero. I’m not saying that heroes never have to kill. Sometimes they do, but only as a last resort. Only after they have exhausted every single other viable option. A part of Oliver, a very big part of him, wanted to kill Slade. Not just to stop him from wreaking further havoc on Starling City, but also to make him pay for killing Moira. That is a totally natural, human response. Oliver’s decision not to kill Slade or his soldiers, even though it may have seemed like the easier choice, was actually the harder one. It takes much more courage and strength to spare a life than it does to take one. When Felicity helped Oliver to calm himself and think more clearly, Oliver was able to come up with a plan to neutralize Slade without killing him. It was a dangerous plan, but Oliver has just as much faith in Felicity as Felicity has in him.

Speaking of Felicity, therein lies one of my nitpicks. How dare you tease me with Olicity, Arrow! How dare you! It’s no secret that I desperately want Olicity to become a real thing, and for a few moments I was hopeful it was true. Although, I must admit, while watching that scene play out I found it quite odd for Oliver to suddenly tell Felicity that he loved her. I mean, he does love her. He loves her a great deal. It’s just that he’s not IN love with her. So, a part of me knew from the beginning that it was all a ruse, but it was a beautiful ruse nonetheless. Felicity is so good for Oliver, and if they were to hook up, I have a feeling their relationship would be both sweet and hilarious to watch. As it stands, it doesn’t look like anything has changed in their relationship, but I’m not too disappointed by that. As much as I wanted Oliver and Felicity to be together together, I’m good with them just being family. And make no mistake about it, Diggle and Felicity are Oliver’s family now. They have both gone to the mat for him numerous times, and they believed in him even when he didn’t believe in himself.

It looks like Diggle’s family is about to expand. One of the reasons Lila showed up in Starling City was, apparently, to tell Dig that she’s pregnant. Lila didn’t get the chance to share her happy news with Dig herself though because Amanda Waller is a jerk. While Oliver and Co. were taking care of Slade’s soldiers in Starling City, Dig and Lila went to ARGO headquarters to force Amanda to call off the strike. They released Deadshot and a few of the other prisoners Amana was holding, and literally put a gun to her head and told her to stand down. She took that opportunity to toss out that Lila’s pregnant, I guess in the hopes of distracting Dig long enough for her to get the upper hand. It didn’t work out the way she planned though. Thankfully, Oliver called just in the nick of time to say that he had the situation under control and she needed to call off the strike. She did so reluctantly, but we’re still left with the (not entirely shocking) news that Lila is pregnant.

I’m not sure how I feel about Dig becoming a dad. I mean, on the one hand, I think he would be a great dad. He obviously has a big heart and a strong moral code. That alone would be enough for him to guide a child to the right path. On the other hand, Dig’s job is dangerous. Slade Wilson isn’t going to be the last person that comes after Oliver and the rest of Team Arrow. Although I believe children are always off limits, bad guys don’t feel the same. Not to mention that Amanda is not above using Dig’s child to force him to do what she wants. What’s to stop her from kidnapping Lila and/or the child to force Dig to carry out a mission that is contrary to Team Arrow’s mission? The sad thing is, I can totally see Ms. Scowly Face doing such a thing. She would of course justify her actions by saying that she’s looking out for the greater good, but that’s a lie. And it’s a lie I’m not even sure she believes anymore. Amanda kills people because she can, and if it happens to prevent a badder guy from doing badder things, then that’s good too. Amanda is no hero and she’s only barely a patriot. On the upside though, Dig won’t have to try to protect his child all on his own. Lila is obviously very capable of taking care of herself, and I have no doubt she’d do the same for her child. When Dig finally does get around to telling Oliver and Felicity about the baby though, they will be just as protective of that child as if it were their own. It’ll be interesting to see how impending fatherhood changes Dig’s perspective though. Oftentimes, guys are willing to take on dangerous missions when they know that there isn’t a little person sitting at home waiting for them to come back. It’s much harder to risk your life when you have children though. I wonder whether this will make him hesitate before agreeing to go on missions with Oliver now. I truly hope not because whether Oliver admits it or not, he depends on Dig a lot. Part of the reason that Oliver is able to do the things he does is that he knows Dig’s got his back. I don’t know how well Oliver could carry on if Dig weren’t around.

Thea has decided to leave Starling City behind and embrace the insanity that is Malcolm Merlyn. Good riddance. It’s no secret that Thea is not one of my favorite people, and nothing she’s done this season has moved me to change my opinion. She’s still just as whiney and self-centered as ever. After Roy woke up, he called Thea and asked her to meet him at his place. He told her he would run away with her, but Oliver called him to come help first and Roy agreed. He didn’t tell Thea what he was about to do, but he did tell her that he had to do this one thing before he left. While Thea was packing some things, she found the bow and arrow that Oliver had given Roy. She immediately realized that he was out fighting with The Arrow, and she decided that she was leaving him. You know, none of what Thea did makes sense. She hates Malcolm Merlyn because she believes him to be insane. She’s not wrong. But she’s angry at Roy, but for what? He didn’t lie to her. Not exactly. And if she thought he was out helping The Arrow, isn’t that a good thing? Couldn’t she see what was happening to the city? Couldn’t she see that The Arrow needed all the help he could get in saving the city? What is Thea’s problem? She whines and complains that everyone lies to her, but she hasn’t exactly shown that she’s capable of handling the truth. Every time she’s been told the truth, she goes berserker and demonstrates that she is, in fact, made of glass. Shooting Malcolm Merlyn didn’t make her strong. It proves just how weak she is. Running away from Roy instead of confronting him after the dust settled wasn’t an exhibition of her resilience. It shows that she truly is incapable of facing reality. Thea claims that she wants everyone to tell her the truth, but she doesn’t. Not really. She wants to continue to live in a world where the worst thing she has to face is running out of vodka at the club. Thea is weak and aligning herself with Malcolm Merlyn’s insanity isn’t going to help her at all. It’s really hard for me to care about Thea and her issues because the character is so into herself. She’s grating and shallow, and as such, I just don’t want to have to deal with her. The powers that be are going to have to work some serious magic to revamp this character to make her tolerable at least.

As far as season finales go, this one wasn’t bad. I have a feeling we’re not done with Slade Wilson. Not by a long shot. The mirakuru has warped his mind, and he’s been holding on to revenge for so long, I don’t think he knows any other way to live. Oliver imprisoning him on The Island again will probably only add fuel to the fire. Furthermore, it remains to be seen whether the mirakuru cure is permanent or temporary. I hope it’s permanent because they don’t have any more mirakuru to make any more cure. Vaya con dios, Isabel Rochev. I can’t say I’m sorry to see her go. I was hoping her reasons for working with Slade were more complex than simply being a scorned lover, but alas they weren’t. She was just that shallow. On the upside, it opens the door for Oliver to reclaim his company, so yea for that. It looks like Det. Lance is in quite a bit of trouble. It doesn’t make sense that he wouldn’t go get himself checked out after getting knocked around so much in the police station, but I suppose they needed to skip that step in order to leave him hemorrhaging internally on the docks. I truly hope he pulls through because he has become an invaluable ally for Team Arrow and now that he’s been reinstated, he could be of even more help. Plus, I don’t think Laurel and Sara would be ok if they lost him right now.

I’m sure there’s stuff I’m missing, but there was a lot packed into this hour. I will say that the finale seemed to wrap things up a little too nicely, and it feels like it’s more the eye of the storm rather than the conclusion. As a whole, I enjoyed this season better than last season, and I feel like the characters all moved forward quite a bit over the course of the season. Team Arrow went through some growing pains, but I think they’ve come out stronger for it. That’s a good thing considering all the work they’re going to have to do to rebuild Starling City. It’s going to be tough, but I have faith. Solid season, Arrow, and I’m looking forward to what’s in store for next season. So what did y’all think of the Arrow season finale?