ARROW S04EP02 “The Candidate”
By Roshawn Rochester
This episode was better than the first, in my opinion. The drama that is evident in all CW shows is there but the action was more INTENSE. The team actually worked AS-A-TEAM! Right from the start, this episode was hitting all marks. Laurel and Ollie pulled of this amazing move where she jumped in the air and grabbed onto a rope attached to an arrow that he shot.
Immediately getting in to the meat of things, the episode became intense pretty quick by building more on how the city needs a leader and the effects of being in the limelight in Star City. The Queens’ good family friend, Jessica Danforth, was running for mayor and was announcing her candidacy when an attempted kidnapping occurred. Knowing the fate of the previous three mayors, as outlined in my last review, the team (who also has a personal stake in her safety) offers there help to act as her protectors. Of course, Captain Lance declines and that leads to even more trouble.
Jessica’s daughter Madison is then kidnapped by her own would be kidnapper, Lonnie Machin. Her plead for her daughters’ life is one of the more impressive moments of the show. It feels genuine. The moment doesn’t last as we are now on the way to finding the kidnapper.
Dahrk, showing his disapproval of Lonnie’s methods, wipes his hands clean of the kidnapping. We then get another glimpse into the relationship between Dahrk and Lance, which is strained at best. Dahrk shows that even though he is a monster, he knows that kidnapping a young girl is crossing the line and gives Lonnie up to Lance, who in turn gives the information to Oliver.
Though the overall mood of this episode was mostly depressing, it ended on an even more morbid yet exciting note. I have to admit that the last scene in this episode had me more excited than the return of the show itself. Sarah Lance’s body is dug up revealing a decaying corpse. Laurel is determined to bring her sister back from the dead even if she may not be the same Sarah.
The high-point in this episode was Oliver and Thea’s relationship. She’s getting more intense with each fight forcing Oliver to reveal the effects of the Lazarus Pit. Even though this puts a strain on their relationship initially, it eventually works itself out and proves to be the rekindling of their emotional relationship.
The lowest point for this episode, which was not a bad thing at all, was Felicity’s role. I understand the need to resolve her role with Palmer Technologies. It just seems like it’s a little forced to get her more of a story outside of the immediate team. I’m really hoping that this role can intersect with her role in the team sooner than later. Overall, I will have to give this episode a 4.5. It definitely kept my interest by throwing more action and twists into the fold of the Arrow-verse.