Thea: “I know you’re here. There’s no need to lurk in the shadows like the bogeyman.”
“Taken” is the February 24 episode of “Arrow.” Warning, this article contains spoilers. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from the episode. “Arrow” returns on March 23 on the CW.
Honestly, it’s a little hard to decide how to feel about this hour, mainly because the baby mama drama was so ridiculous to begin with that it should have never happened. Everyone had a different opinion on the lie and on William, and it’s hard to decide who was completely right.
The main point that the baby mama drama served was to break up Oliver and Felicity. That’s it. We didn’t see Oliver develop any kind of relationship with William, so it’s not like Oliver grew as a human being once he became a father. He didn’t learn anything from being a father, which is a shame because it could have been an interesting way to have Oliver reevaluate his life and his complicated relationship with the truth.
But no, instead we get the lie and the super obvious references to the fact that Oliver is lying to Felicity. On the bright side, this storyline is done. Of course, Felicity and Oliver’s relationship is over, but we can all breathe a sigh of relief that we don’t have to deal with this anymore.
Felicity walking out at the end was pretty great statement. However, the fact that she suddenly was able to walk after failing so intensely at physical therapy was a little hard to believe. She could have stood up and taken a step, and then faltered slightly. Nothing happens that quickly, which is what Curtis’ husband was saying at physical therapy.
It’s hard to buy that she was all of a sudden able to walk. What was nice was that Felicity’s anger wasn’t assuaged by Samantha’s admittance that Oliver was put in a tough choice. Felicity, like her mother, doesn’t stand for lying. It’s a deal breaker to her, and it’s great that she would not continue to stay in a relationship with someone who only lies and doesn’t open up and discuss certain things.
Vixen, aka Mari McCabe, stops by to help with the search for William. She was a delight. Best part of all was that her appearance made sense. She was able to provide more background on magic, which lead to the destruction of Darhk’s totem. Plus, it’s also just fun how every superhero in this DC Universe has a connection to each other and keeps in touch.
A couple of game changers happened. Darhk is powerless, and Oliver is no longer running for Mayor. The Darhk twist makes things exciting, while Oliver dropping out was unexpected but not all that interesting. It will be really fun to see what Darhk is like without his powers because Mari destroyed that totem. Darhk’s not getting it, or his power, back anytime soon.
You know, a couple years ago at NYCC, Stephen Amell commented that he wasn’t sure that “Arrow” could go on without the flashbacks. Personally, if the flashbacks went away, it would actually be a big improvement. They are so boring. Who actually pays attention to them anymore? Everyone is so convoluted and seemingly pointless.
Just one small moment that was really great was Laurel stating how she was still shaken by the fact that Oliver cheated on her with Samantha. Yes, Oliver and Laurel are completely over, but it would still be painful to hear that when you were with someone, they had an affair and had a child as a result. Laurel has every right to be upset.
What did you think of the episode? Is anyone else curious if Constantine’s okay in hell? Does he get good cell reception or have access to email? How else would know that he was there? Leave your thoughts in a comment below.