The Demon stands revealed.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode under.
Effectively, no less than one of many numerous ongoing mysteries of Arrow Season 7 has been solved. We lastly met the mysterious “Demon” on this week’s appropriately titled episode. And whereas that reveal hardly ranks among the many present’s most stunning twists, it did pave the best way for a enjoyable team-up between Ollie and an previous frenemy. What this episode didn’t handle, nonetheless, is elevate the season’s different working subplots in order that they stand alongside the jail storyline. As a lot because the sequence has improved this yr, the present season continues to be a reasonably lopsided affair.
Once more, whereas hardly shocking to study that Talia was the Demon all alongside, it’s good to see Lexa Doig again within the image. She’s been conspicuously absent because the Season 5 finale, and her return has been lengthy overdue. Doig brings a really efficient mix of malice, appeal and conceitedness to her position. She additionally has a stable dynamic with Stephen Amell, which makes it a little bit of a disgrace that Talia has appeared so comparatively little in comparison with her half-sister. The hope is that this episode has opened up the door for extra from Talia, although there’s actually no telling primarily based on the open-ended sendoff Talia was given.
It does appear doubtless the writers are laying just a few seeds with the best way Talia alluded to a sure “enemy” in Gotham Metropolis. That’s not as clear lower a Batman reference as Ollie outright name-dropping Bruce Wayne final season, however it’s important to assume the Arrowverse as a complete is slowly working its method towards a respectable Batman look. Or is Talia referring to Batwoman on this case?
In any case, Ollie’s ordeal in Stage 2 made for one more compelling chapter in his ongoing jail ordeal this week. I do want the present spent somewhat extra time exploring the dynamic between Ollie and Dr. parker and Ollie’s battle to take care of his sense of self and goal. This did play out like a barely rushed conclusion to this portion of the story. Even so, it was satisfying to see Ollie obtain a victory for a change and overcome an incredible evil. And there was some satisfyingly bone-crunching motion alongside the best way.
Although for all of the flash of the massive standoff with the riot guards, one of the best combat scene on this episode really got here early on, when Talia launched her sneak assault on Ollie. I at all times get a kick out of the combat scenes that use digital camera angles and the setting to most impact.
Elsewhere, “The Demon” gave viewers the primary actual Curtis-centric storyline of Season 7. I do give the writers credit score for seeming to acknowledge that Curtis has been the odd man out all season lengthy. He doesn’t appear to have a lot goal on this post-Staff Arrow panorama. Did this episode reverse that pattern? Not essentially. He’s undoubtedly a extra integral participant within the ARGUS subplot now, embracing his position as a undercover operative who as soon as once more dangers life and limb each day. This notion that Curtis doesn’t essentially need to be Mister Terrific with the intention to put his abilities to good use is actually a step in the appropriate path. The extra the Arrowverse shifts away from the “each supporting character must grow to be a costumed vigilante” mentality, the higher.
On the similar time, Curtis’ character arc this week felt rushed and hole. If the writers wish to maintain him on the emotional heart of the present, why not lean into his lingering PTSD and despair? He’s sacrificed a lot for his metropolis and gotten so little in return. However reasonably than actually dig into that, this episode simply handled Curtis’ private points as one thing that may be simply swept away with one good pep discuss from Diggle.
The Curtis subplot was nonetheless enjoyable, if considerably mishandled. The identical can’t be mentioned for the Felicity/Laurel/Dinah alliance. As is often the case, Laurel is a irritating member of the ensemble solid. It’s already onerous to tolerate her on this present position given how poorly she was dealt with in Season 6. And now, the extra the character settles into the lifetime of her interdimensional doppelganger, the extra she appears to be reworking into Earth-1 Laurel. Sooner or later it’s important to surprise if there’s going to be a tangible distinction between the 2 characters by the point this Season is completed.
The opposite drawback right here is that this entire subplot felt largely superfluous. Apart from Felicity fretting about Ollie’s disappearance, what precisely did this alliance accomplish. They rifled by some containers, just for Talia to finally present up and ship the smoking gun they wanted. Little about this storyline did something to advance the bigger Season 7 narrative. It merely strengthened the concept Arrow has extra characters than it will probably really assist for the time being.