With a title like ‘Sacrifice’, there was no denying that someone was going to die in tonight’s episode. And although ‘Sacrifice’ tries to get clever with a few expected misleads (one that lands really well), Arrow decides to eliminate the easiest option – but one I wished they hadn’t, for reasons I’ll explain later. But with the wonky character development pushed to the side, ‘Sacrifice’ sets its sights on one event, and executes it with confidence, keeping things moving even when some of the emotions fall flat.
Unfortunately (a phrase I feel I use often on this show), the island material for the season culminates a single explosion, a fitting end for what was largely an empty parallel to Oliver’s adventures in Starling City. There were occasional attempts at trying to ground Oliver’s emotions in his experiences on the island, but these didn’t really add up to much, thanks to the convoluted double and triple-crossing characters and large sense that people were running in circles. And that’s what the ending feels like: as Yao Fei lies dead on the ground, Oliver breaks the three of them free, and they take out the entire camp by re-routing one of the missiles right back into the camp (apparently re-routing consists of unplugging and replugging a single wire). Then Oliver kills his first man with an arrow (the dickhead general who had a lot of time on-screen, but never amounted to much), and that’s the end of the island material, for this season. Hopefully season two will accelerate oh… four years forward in the island timeline, and we can start with Oliver learning Russian and becoming part of the mafia (remember that?).
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