ARROW S04 EP03 “RESTORATION” REVIEW
By Roshawn Rochester
This season has been pretty consistent with its episodes. There’s always a good action scene to start off the episode and there is a LOT of character building throughout. The meat of this episode was about rebuilding relationships. It’s amazing they were able to tie things up the way they did and actually make it make sense.
First up were Thea and Laurel travelling to Nanda Parbat to raise Sara from the dead. We are treated to a SUPER special appearance from Malcom Merlyn (John Barrowman), Nyssa (Katrina Law), and Sara Lance (Caity Lotz). This episode put Laurel at odds with Nyssa as a rift grew between the two because of Laurel’s want to bring back her sister. The dynamic between Thea and her father was played up very well. Thea is the rebellious daughter (and rightfully so) and Malcolm is the father that will do anything for her. It plays out really well and has dire consequences for those that follow Ra’s al Ghul.
The relationship between Felicity and Curtis is becoming extremely fun! While Felicity is coming by to check-in on him, Curtis reveals his “T-Spheres” (giving fans hope to see Mr. Terrific this season) as a fun side project. He finally won her over when he reveals that he came to Palmer Technologies in order to fight the good fight. Curtis has really grown on me. Revealing the “Arrow Cave” to him wasn’t an immediate plan of hers but she trusts him and he earns it by the end of the episode.
Now we come to the original team. The “OTA”, Original Team Arrow, as Felicity calls it. With the obvious distance between Diggle and Oliver becoming more and more evident as they try to work together, Felicity intervenes. She immediately becomes the Alpha and both Oliver and Diggle are forced to work past their differences. Diggle opens up about his brother being killed by HIVE. With his only lead coming to a dead-end, courtesy of a meta dubbed “Double Down”, the duo are forced to face him. Oliver then earns Diggle’s trust back by taking a tattoo playing card to the chest. All is worked out in a manly fashion.
Now for the little extras! Sara is back! Someone (I mean, we all know WHO it is at this point…right?) is messing with Felicity’s phone and there will eventually be a new base of operations for the Arrow gang. The character development is there, the action and drama are there. You get EVERYTHING with this episode! This episode brought it back to more organic feeling and really deserves the 4 out of 5 stars.