ARROW S4 EP4, "BEYOND REDEMPTION" REVIEW!
By Roshawn Rochester
This episode starts with Star City’s Special Operations team; led by Liza Walker (and True Blood alum, Rutina Wesley), taking it upon themselves to skim a little off the top by taking drugs from criminals and selling it back to them at a higher price. The whole premise of this episode is about how the righteous have fallen in Star City. Everybody’s relationships have definitely changed in this episode. Thea is back to being the loving sister to Oliver, Felicity is feeling the pressure of never having really dealt with Ray Palmer’s death, John (Diggle) and Oliver seem to have no issues with each other at all, and the list goes on and on. By the end of this episode, there isn’t much I am sure of besides the fact that Oliver is running for Mayor and he made it off the island. Onto what happened.
Laurel and Thea are still keeping the secret of Sara’s resurrection from Oliver. Laurel doesn’t want his judgment until he can prove that Sara is okay. Oliver is still planning on running for mayor and lets the team know. No one is particularly happy about it and you can tell it throws off the team dynamics immediately. Oliver’s enthusiasm about running for mayor is cut short as he reveals the amazing new Arrow cave. It’s a state of the art headquarters created with help from Cisco and STAR Labs.
Someone is playing with Felicty’s phone and sending her mystery texts. The code is pointing to Ray Palmer’s OS that was installed in his A.T.O.M. suit. It also points to an encrypted message left by Ray for her. Even though she knows the password, she doesn’t want to know the message. She’s too distraught even thinking about it. However, by the end of the episode, it looks as if Felicity finally has some closure as she listens to the message. I think it was bitter sweet that we all got a bit of closure with their relationship. It was over too fast for me and I’d rather see that she can move on now before Oliver finally pops the question.
Laurel tells her dad that Sara is alive and he flips out. This news puts an immediate and obvious strain on their relationship. Sarah’s resurrection has shocked Captain Lance to his core. With his heart being an issue, it’s kind of a wonder as to why he didn’t faint or SOMETHING. Laurel is hoping that she can teach her sister who she was before she was resurrected. Sara has no recollection of who she is and immediately attacks Laurel as soon as she lets her guard down. This complete shocks the two but Laurel is still determined to reclaim her sister. Captain Lance confronts Damien Dahrk on his knowledge of the Lazarus Pit. Dahrk claims that he would put her down if Sara was his daughter. He also reveals that she no longer has claim to her soul.
Oliver and Captain Lance’s relationship is taking a weird turn. Oliver lets him know he is running for Mayor and Lance responds by hoping that he dies. He still carries the “I’m better than you” attitude around and Oliver doesn’t seem to mind. That is until he realizes that the Captain is in league with Damien Dahrk. He immediately confronts the Captain.
Lance is taken back by the accusation but he doesn’t even deny that he knows what Damien is doing. He claims the whole reason that he is partnering with him is that Dahrk wanted to help the city. Their argument comes to a head as Oliver tells the Captain that he is more than ashamed of him. Oliver and the team locate the hideout of the corrupt cops. This sheds a huge light on how deep corruption goes in Star City. They concoct a plan to take out the cops but, before they do, Oliver enlists the aide of Captain Lance…unwillingly. The plan is to entice them with a cocaine shipment. The plan goes down without a hitch but it leaves the team a little worse for wear.
Captain Lance is given access to the teams’ new base of operations as they head back. He reveals that the anti-vigilante taskforce was reestablished and that these cops may be on it since they were using the taskforce’s equipment. Now that the cops know Captain Lance is working with the vigilantes, they start fighting among themselves as they try to decide his fate. Captain Lance can no longer handle it and decides that he must try to kill Sara to save her. Laurel talks him out of it. When he tries to leave, he’s ambushed by the taskforce. While they are taking him, Laurel confronts them and is tazed in the process, knocking her out.
When we come back from the break, Captain Lance is now being forced to let the taskforce into the SCPD Contraband Facility so that they can take even more drugs and supplies. The team gets a hit on them immediately and they come to the rescue. The whole team dynamic in this episode is really coming together. Liza puts a knife in Oliver’s back and threatens to sever his spinal cord. Captain Lance talks her out of it and talks her into turning herself in. Oliver shows that he is grateful when he returns to Lance’s apartment. He still wants his support for Mayor and thinks that Lance will do the right thing.
After everything the team has gone through in this episode, Oliver announces his candidacy for Mayor in a very eloquent speech written by Thea. The platform he is running on is “United”. He keeps it short and to the point. It’s kind of hard not to root for him after that. I can give this episode a solid 4 out of 5 stars for keeping things interesting and up to pace with the season so far. I like the subtle acts of team-ups between Green Arrow and Black Canary too. There quick but they are there.