Arrow “Lost Souls” Review (Season 4, Episode 6)

Falling in love is perhaps one of life’s most exhilarating, life-changing, and terrifying experiences. Trusting your heart to another person and knowing that they have the power to break you if they choose is scary. But when you find the right one, it’s also one of the most amazing things you’ll ever experience. That’s something Felicity had to learn in this week’s Arrow.

Felicity hasn’t exactly had the best role model as far as relationships go, so I can see her freaking out and pushing Oliver away. Of course she felt guilty about leaving Starling City and being unavailable to help Ray six months ago. That’s not actually her fault, but oh well. Leaving Starling City was probably one of the best things Felicity and Oliver could’ve done. Being away from Starling City and everything that had happened over the past couple of years gave Oliver and Felicity a chance to just be together as a couple. It gave them a chance to get used to the new parameters of their relationship. They needed that. But Felicity’s freakout wasn’t just that she wasn’t there to help Ray. It was based on the fear that she’s no longer an individual since she and Oliver have started dating. It’s true that you have to be concerned about more than just yourself when you’re in a relationship. But that doesn’t mean that you cease to be an individual just because you become someone’s other half. One of the things Felicity and Oliver have always done right is not ask the other person to be someone they’re not. Felicity has always accepted Oliver for the good yet flawed man that he is, but she’s also always challenged him to be the best version of himself that he can. She’s the one who helped him realize that he was more than just a killer. She’s always believed in him and seen the best in him. That’s a good woman. Oliver, for his part, accepts Felicity in all her quirkiness. He believes her to be one of the best people he has ever known, and he seems to work hard to try and be worthy of her love. They are so much a part of each other now that they kind of get off balance when the other one isn’t there. So when Felicity realized how much of herself she’s allowed to become wrapped up in Oliver, it scared her. But at the same time, Mama Smoak was right. Once you’ve found the person that loves you exactly as you are, you can’t keep them at arm’s length. Is there a possibly of getting hurt? Yes. Is it worth the risk? Absolutely.

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about Ray being back. It’s not that I didn’t like him as a character. He was ok. Maybe a bit too scatterbrained, but that goes with the whole mad scientist vibe. Also, he seems like a decent guy. He bought Queen Consolidated so he could help fix Starling City and he built his suit to try and help people. Like I said, not a bad guy. I’m just concerned that the show is going to use this opportunity to create an Oliver/Felicity/Ray love triangle, and I’m just not interested in watching that. Let’s just be honest, I’ve been an Ollicity fan since the first season, and I was ecstatic when they finally got together. I’d like to keep it that way. I would not be opposed to the show wrapping up the Felicity/Ray relationship from Ray’s perspective though because he didn’t actually have a chance to say anything about it before he got blown up and shrunk. Beyond that, having Ray around could be beneficial to Team Arrow in their fight against Damien Darhk. Whatever else Ray may be, he is above all a brilliant scientist. Judging from how unstoppable Darhk seems to be, Team Arrow is going to need all the help they can get.

While Felicity was having her freakout, Sara was trying to get back to normal. It didn’t go so well. I actually felt kind of bad for Sara. She was resting in peace and then she suddenly gets pulled back to Earth, but without her soul. And now that she’s got her soul back, it’s been tainted by whatever was in the Lazarus Pit, and I don’t think Sara will ever be the same again. It was kind of sad watching her go out on missions and try to be the person that she was before. She knew she wasn’t right, but she also knew she needed to figure out how to control the monster within. Sadly, that just doesn’t seem to be an option. It was interesting that shedding blood didn’t seem to help her the way it helped Thea. I don’t know whether it was because Thea wasn’t actually dead when she went into the pit or whether it’s just that Thea and Sara are different. Whatever the reason, Sara is going to have to figure out where she fits in the world now because she can’t keep going out and killing people. I’m actually a little disappointed that Sara’s leaving. I enjoyed her as a character, and she had an interesting dynamic with Oliver. I’m glad the show didn’t kill her off at least because that means that maybe she can come back later.

This was a pretty solid episode. I really enjoyed the fight scene between Sara, Laurel, Thea and Darhk’s minions at bad guy headquarters. It was intense but really cool. Felicity and Oliver are unnecessarily cute together, and even when they fight they’re adorable. I’m also really digging Curtis. I’ve said before that he’s very much how Felicity was back in season one, and I’m hoping things will work out with him the same way. Team Arrow keeps expanding, and pretty soon they’re going to have more techies than they know what to do with. I’m not sure how I feel about a Lance/Mama Smoak hookup. I mean, I like both of them, but I think Donna would drive Captain Lance crazy in fairly short order. Or who knows, maybe she’ll get him to loosen up a little. It could be fun to watch. So what did y’all think of this week’s Arrow?