Roy: “Maybe next time we can do something that doesn’t involve me getting stabbed or shot at.”
“Unchained” is the February 3 episode of “Arrow.” Warning, this article contains spoilers. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from the episode. “Arrow” airs Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. CT on the CW.
Wow, there was so much going on in one hour that it was difficult to really settle into one storyline. When so many people came back – Nyssa, Tatsu, Shado, Roy, and Felicity’s dad – you have to explore all the personal history and relationships, so the rest of the storylines suffer a bit. Everything felt a little hectic, and it was difficult to take the time to process everything.
On the bright side, a lot of the storylines were connected in some way, so that helped. Roy was connected to Felicity’s dad and to Thea, and Nyssa was connected to Tatuso and to Thea’s declining health condition. While Shado’s reappearance made for the most interesting flashback that we had in awhile, it should have been kept out of this episode.
The big twist of the hour was unfortunately a little predictable. Felicity normally doesn’t interact with the bad guy that much unless there’s a personal connection, and then he showed up at her board meeting. That being said, Felicity’s dad will hopefully be an exciting storyline to explore.
We’ve only heard a sentence or two about him, and while we know he’s the Calculator, it will be intriguing to find out why Felicity and Donna have a negative impression of him. Plus, there will be some Smoak family drama going on, and a confrontation between Donna and her ex-husband sounds amazing.
Roy was the highlight of the hour. He brought some levity to the case of the week, and it felt so good to see him back as Arsenal. Plus, Roy really brought on the tears in his scene with Thea. Did anyone else forget how much they loved those two kiddos?
Thea went downhill fast. It came out of nowhere because, like Oliver said, it was the opposite of what we were expecting, side-effect wise. Now all of a sudden she’s got wounds reappearing and she’s in a coma? It was a lot to handle.
It was also super melodramatic. While it was cute seeing Thea and Roy share their wishes that they could have grown old and been normal together, when Thea first started pleading with Roy to live a normal life, it was met with an eye roll.
Thea seems to have accepted that she’s dying. Yes, she has said she doesn’t want to kill anyone to stay alive, but since when does that mean she’s given up on finding a cure? One explanation that would make sense is that she believes any cure would only be temporary – a Band-Aid that wouldn’t fix the larger problem. If she had maybe voiced those concerns, then it would have been easier to accept Thea’s decision.
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