Arrow Season 8×03&04 Review
Episode 3: Leap of Faith
Keeping with the theme of returning to the past, this episode was about Nanda Parbat. This concerned me, as the first two episodes correlated to the seasons they were based in terms of quality. Episode 1 was based on Season 1’s present day, whereas episode 2 was based on Season 3s Flashback’s storyline. This episode was based on the latter half of Season 3’s present day storyline, so I did expect a episode that was worse than last weeks. And I guess I was half right.
So this episode marks the return of Willa Holland as Thea, even for just an episode, it was still pretty nice. As alluded to before, it led Ollie to Nanda Parbat. To Talia Al Ghul. Oliver felt he had to find some more information on the Monitor and he felt that Nanda Parbat was the best place to do that, seeing how Mar Novu was a cosmic being and Nanda Parbat is, well Nanda Parbat.
Talia Al Ghul offered to help Oliver as she owed him a debt. She does and briefly backstabs him, after which Athena and the League of Assassins attack them.
However, Talia decided to be the better man (woman in this case) and decided to help him and Thea. Thea then offers Talia to set up a new League of Heroes, which Talia agrees to, partly due to the fact it would annoy her father.
Meanwhile, the B Plot is Lyla and Diggle dealing with a terrorist. Now what I really didn’t like is this storylime. It was almost entirely unnecessary and could’ve been replaced with some more of the main plot. The flashbacks were better than last weeks, and were more emotional; JJ killed Zoe. It was this moment that led to anger and fury amongst the members of Future Team Arrow. This was a mirroring of the feelings felt by the deaths of Past Arrow team members, and I don’t know if it was intentional but it was a good parallel.
I would’ve said the flashbacks were unnecessary, and I would’ve had the plot twist at the end happened. It led Future Team Arrow to the Present Arrow bunker. I guess that means less flashbacks later on in the season.
This episode was certainly a step up from the previous episode. The flashbacks were average until the plot twist at the end of the episode.
Episode 4: Present Tense
This episode follows on immediately from the one prior. It has quite an emotional and shocking start, with everyone surprised as to what happened. It was full of emotion and the future team having to hide the full truth about the future, which took a toll on all of them, especially Zoe’s death and JJ being leader of
This episode follows on immediately from the one prior. It has quite an emotional and shocking start, with everyone surprised as to what happened. It was full of emotion and the future team having to hide the full truth about the future, which took a toll on all of them, especially Zoe’s death and JJ being leader of the Deathstrokes.
Deathstroke was the villain in this episode. Not Slade, but his son, Grant. He was underwhelming as Deathstroke, as we barely saw him and then he was tied up and sent to Blackgate, in Gotham. The Arrow writers must be having fun dropping the Gotham and Batman references here and there, just because they can.
Once the present team Arrow find out the whole truth, there’s some animosity, naturally, but eventually they all patch it up. Mia takes after her dad in her stubbornness, as she hates him for dying and saving the world through his death.
The episode featured the return of Curtis Holt, this time with a beard. Him and William were on comms and it really did feel like Felicity and Curtis, back in the old but not too old days, i.e a season or two ago.
There were no flashbacks for some pretty obvious reasons that I need not elaborate on. It was nice to see some long overdue bonding between Oliver and both his children. No Felicity though, but the scene when Oliver tries to call her but William says no made me chuckle.
At the end of the episode, it seems the future team Arrow is staying in the present, at least for the short term which I am honestly pretty chuffed with. They don’t need to waste time on flashbacks.
And after a short absence, the Monitor returns. This time he is asking for Laurel’s help, in return for restoring Earth-2, so that leaves two scenarios. That this is the Monitor, and this is part of his great plan, or it is the Anti-Monitor; they are played by the same character and do look similar.
Verdict: A good episode and an improvement from the previous episode. 8.5/10