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  • Episode: Unthinkable (Season 2, Episode 23) - Season Finale
  • Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Colton Haynes, Caity Lotz, Manu Bennett, Katrina Law
  • Written By: Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim & Andrew Kreisberg
  • Directed By: John Behring
  • Studio: Warner Brothers, DC Comics
  • Network: The CW
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Arrow: Unthinkable Review

Second Season Finale Hits the Target

By Tim Janson     May 15, 2014

Arrow: Unthinkable Review
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The Green Arrow, Arsenal The Black Canary, The League of Assassins, The Suicide Squad, and a preview of The Flash…now THAT is what you call a season finale!  But Arrow wasn’t content to just wrap up its second season in a nice, tidy little package but instead leaves us with a cliffhanger involving Detective Lance and a surprising revelation about what happened to Oliver after he got off the island.

The cure tested on Roy is successful.  He is free from the Mirakuru-driven rage but has also lost his super powers.  Sara has brought reinforcements to the battle against Deathstroke in the form of Nyssa al Ghul and several members of the League of Assassins.  Oliver arms the group along with Roy with arrows tipped with the Mirakuru cure as they head off to face Deathstroke’s army.  Meanwhile Diggle and Lyla bust Deadshot and a few other inmates out of their A.R.G.U.S. cells in order to force Amanda Waller to call off the attack against Starling City.

Deathstroke kidnaps Laurel to hold her as bait as Oliver takes Felicity to his empty mansion to keep her safe, revealing that she is his true love.  For the first time in his ongoing war against Deathstroke, Oliver outwits his foe, using Deathstroke’s own hidden cameras against him. This culminates in a brilliantly executed and choreographed dual fight between Arrow and Deathstroke in the present, and Oliver and Slade Wilson in flashbacks to the island.

If “Unthinkable” didn’t hit dead center it was awfully close.  The episode was likely the most action-filled episode in the series’ two year run and gave each character a chance to shine in one way another.  Oliver and Nyssa butting heads on whether to kill or not; Roy getting his own mask and becoming Arsenal (or Speedy if you prefer) in spirit if not in name; Felicity’s incredible willingness to put herself in harm’s way; Diggle and Deadshot taking it to Waller…all the elements added up to an unforgettable finale.  Oliver’s final conversation with Slade Wilson put a final stamp on the season.  Yes Slade made Ollie a killer but he also made him a hero.  It is that conviction that will lead us into next season.  From that one line alone we can infer that the show will feature more villains from the comics and continue to embrace its roots.

Perhaps Oliver’s group defeated Deathstroke’s army a little too easily.  After all, the Mirakuru-powered thugs were tossing people around like ragdolls and Team Arrow had little trouble defeating them.  One can overlook that thanks to the surprisingly violent and bloody fights between Arrow and Deathstroke.  Their showdown was everything you could have wanted.  

If there was one weak point to the show it was, not surprisingly, Thea.  After shooting her father Malcolm Merlyn (don’t worry…Kevlar vest), she reunites with Roy only to decide to leave the city forever, running off to daddy.  Not much sense there with trying to kill him one moment and leaving with him for good the next. Yeah we can only hope!  And that last scene with Oliver waking up in Hong Kong after being mysteriously rescued from the island adds a whole new dynamic to the show and unveils yet another secret that he has kept.  

And of course there was the short but sweet preview for the Flash which certainly teases that the Arrow and the Flash will meet again.  Great episode, great season and yes…I am counting the days until the third season premiere.


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Iridan 5/16/2014 4:14:35 AM

A plus from me. Great episode. I had no problem with Thea in this one and I can understand why she returned to Merlyn. I am actually interested in what they will do with her next season.

I will admit that they had me going with the confession to Felicity, and I really liked the last season between them when they were discussing it. Hopefully team Arrow at least starts off smaller with the three and Roy part time. I prefer it that way. Looking forward to season 3.

DarkJedi41 5/16/2014 5:22:58 AM

 This is one of the few shows that I will truly miss and will be waiting for the season premier. You knew at some point Oliver came across ARGUS so I was not totally shocked by that ending. I think Malcom has found the ultimate weapon/revenge against Oliver. Given that Borrowman has been bumped to regular I think we will be seeing a lot of him molding Thea against her brother. The end fight cut together like that was great and very, very well done. 

Alobar 5/16/2014 6:36:03 AM

Why is no one commenting on Arrow putting an untrained computer hacker in the clutches of a drug-crazed murderer as not, like, rather sociopathic?

Eldogg42 5/16/2014 6:55:22 AM

She basically told Ollie to throw her into harms way, when she told him to out think him.  I thought it was a great finale.  Lots of action, and both Ollie and Roy accepting thier fate as heroes.  Does anyone else think, that Laurel will now don the Black Canary mask, now that she has her leather coat?  With Det Lance possible death scene, this might push her in that direction.  Of course she has zero training and the build of an anerexic super model, but that shouldn't stop the WB from making that happen.

Merlyn will definately turn Thea into his little protege.  Maybe he will train the annoying out of her.

Daybreak0100 5/16/2014 7:47:04 AM

 Laurel has self defense training at best. Though I definitely picked up on several hints of her becoming the Black Canary. Sarah giving her the 'black' saying "looks better on you anyways" was one. It isn't MUCH to go on, but when watching films or tv shows, one learns it's the little things eventually. I swear I had one or two more but they vacant me.. 

Love that the writers and tv producers are going all out on their connected universe endeavor. Is this the official time DC has decided something like this, but on a smaller scale? 

Thea actaully interested me as well. I was tired of the mopey lil shite, so I think her playing a straight up beeyotch/possible enemy will benefit the character. Poor girl. I gotta keep reminding myself where she has come from and endured in two seasons.. 

Felicity is hott. 

Hopefully Sarah takes the back seat for a while. Or dies. 

Daybreak0100 5/16/2014 7:48:02 AM

 Up towards my first sentence I meant to say "Sarah giving her the black jacket*" 

sorry for the confusion 

DarkJedi41 5/16/2014 7:48:48 AM

 Eldog- if you watch season 1 of Laurel and see her now it's amazing how different she looks now. I like the old Laurel much better. 

monkeyfoot 5/16/2014 8:41:00 AM

Great cliffhanger! Great episode! The fun of this series for me is that it has a tough & gritty edge to it but still is able to have a fun over-the-top feel and get away with it. All the circumstances that happen in this episode would be stupid to silly if done on a show like The Wire or True Detective but that is not what they are going for. It has the fun of of being a kind of superpowered soap opera or the fun of reading a stack of comic books with your bowl of cereal on a Saturday moring while watching cartoons. I care about the characters but they do it like a fun story. The drama is  great. The action is great.  It doesn't try to be as serious as the Dark Knight movies but is not as silly as Smallville was. Lots O Fun!

Dammit, Queen!!!! You've got one of the cutest geek girls (a toss-up between her and Skye of MAoS) on TV pining over you and you can't even throw her a bone!........Throw her a bone!

fft5305 5/16/2014 10:34:43 AM

DarkJedi - I've noticed, too, that Laurel doesn't look as good as she did at the beginning of the series. I am hoping that they are doing this intentionally to represent her struggles with drugs and alcohol, and that as she gets clean, she will start looking healthy again.

CaptAmerica04 5/16/2014 12:21:56 PM

1 Thea is still worse than 100 Skyes.

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