Since the start of Season 5, Prometheus has been lurking in the background, waiting to make his move. This episode was his “big night” to send a formal invitation to Oliver Queen . . . made of dead bodies and flames. It was a pretty extreme way of saying come and get me, but I’d say Prometheus got the point across. As expected, this caused a lot of drama for the new Team Arrow. So let’s cut in the meaty goodness of this episode, starting with . . .
- OTA is leaving the kids of out of their latest mission. This totally won’t bite them in the butt later.
- In flashbacks, we learn how to love the bomb with Oliver and Anatoly!
- Cisco could have come up with a better name than Throwing Star Killer. Just saying.
- Prometheus is a big Season One fanboy. He remembers all the names on Oliver’s kill list!
- The new recruits aren’t fans of Oliver’s murder-y backstory. But it does lead to some quality bonding time between Oliver and Artemis. So sweet!
- Callbacks to Season One all over the place. Look, we even get Oliver shooting arrows at tennis balls! Now where’s that salmon ladder…
- New Team Arrow finally got a chance to take on Prometheus! Everyone on board the hype train! Except then they immediately get off because the damn thing crashed.
- In flashbacks, Oliver finally gets his wish and comes face to face with Konstantin Kovar. Oliver then became both terrified and aroused.
- Felicity’s boy toy, Billy Malone, took the news of her working with the Green Arrow suspiciously well. Calling it now, he’s Prometheus (it’s a shot in the dark, but if I’m right I get to gloat).
- Quentin Lance has problems, man. Problems! Either Prometheus snuck into his house or Lance gets into some wild shit while he’s in blackout mode.
Prometheus and the Kill List
This episode managed to work in some great call backs to season one by bringing The Hood’s kill list back into the spotlight. Oliver’s past often comes back to haunt him, but it’s usually connected to his time away from Star City. Prometheus dredging up the victims from Oliver’s early work is a rough ride for both the viewers and the new recruits. Bonus, it gives Oliver another chance to brood. It also suggests that whoever Prometheus is, he’s someone Oliver affected after “coming back from the dead.”
So who could he be? The best answer, though not the likely answer, is Tommy Merlyn. I doubt they’d be able to get his actor back, but what a twist that would be! So now the most logical question: is he someone we’ve met on the show? This episode’s ending suggests that maybe Quentin Lance is involved, but I think it’s a red herring. Not to insult him, but Lance doesn’t seem physically or mentally fit enough to pull off what Prometheus has been doing. So that leaves the other newcomers to this season: Billy Malone and Adrian Chase. Now, I don’t think it can be Adrian Chase because it’s already been teased that **spoiler alert** he’ll be Vigilante. So that leaves Felicity’s new boyfriend. I know it’s a stretch (we already had Thea’s stupid DJ boyfriend be a villain), but it’s all I have for now.
Oliver and Evelyn
It seems there will be at least one episode in which Oliver bonds specifically with one of his recruits. This one happened to highlight quality between Oliver and Evelyn. It’s understandable that Evelyn would have doubts about working with Oliver after finding out about the list. Back in Season One, Oliver was not a good guy. We loved him because we knew why he did what he did, but he was still a cold killer. Fortunately, he was able to convince Evelyn (as he did the audience) that he’s doing the best he can to make up for the bad he’s done. He’s worth fighting beside.
I hope Evelyn is given more subplot to work with this season because so far she hasn’t gotten much. It was nice to let her and Oliver work together and a side team. Even though they didn’t take down Prometheus, they still worked well together and were able to overcome the doubt that had built up between them. With each passing mission, the new Team Arrow becomes better, more trusting, more cohesive. And that’s as it should be.
After talking him up a lot in this season’s flashbacks, Arrow finally introduced us to Konstantin Kovar. Oliver gets kidnapped and finds himself exactly where he wanted to be: within striking distance of Kovar. The man lives up to the hype: he’s suave, he’s creepy, he’s handsome….and he’s a pretty remorseless killer. The flashbacks were really engaging overall, and that final scene featuring Kovar telling Oliver that he’s been waiting to meet him leaves me eager for more.
And as a quick aside, Oliver acting like the rich playboy he used to be was so much fun to watch. As was the conversation in which Oliver earns his latest nickname: American Puppy. But watch out because this puppy has some pretty, razor-sharp teeth!
Final Thoughts and Quotes
This was an enjoyable episode that felt, to me, like Prometheus’s true introduction as the Season’s Big Bad. I’m still on the fence about whether or not he’ll be a good Big Bad, but there’s still time for him to prove himself. As for Team Arrow, they’re slowly getting better and better as a unit. By midseason, they’ll be a true team that trusts each other (and ripe for tearing apart by the plot and/or villain). So until next time, enjoy some quotes form the episode!
Felicity: “Who knew Prometheus was a Babylon 5 fan?”
Diggle: “What? Curtis and three people [the recruits] we don’t know?”
Oliver: “I failed chemistry in high school. Twice.”
Anatoly: “You must be like sponge, Oliver.”
Lance: “Hold off on giving me the keys to the city. I just know a guy.”
Rene to Oliver: “You have a to-kill list? And I’m the out of control one?”
Thea to Lance: “I am not giving up on you, and I am not letting you give up on yourself.”
Rory to Curtis: “It’s strong and a little sweet. Just like you.”
Rene to Rory: “And what I fine weirdo you turned out to be.”
Diggle to Oliver: “I think you’re being a little hard on yourself, which is annoying because it’s usually mine and Felicity’s job.”
Oliver: “I’m sorry that I’m not the man you thought I was. But John reminded me, as he does, that I’m trying to be that man. And I might actually be getting there. Slowly.”