ARROW S4 EP5 “HAUNTED” REVIEW!
By Roshawn Rochester
I wanted SO bad to be one of those people that got to watch this episode early. After the news that the episode was leaked early hit, I just about lost it. A little back story, I LOVED the show CoONSTANTINE before it was cancelled. I had a chance to meet Matt Ryan this past summer but he cancelled because he was filming this episode. Knowing it was going to be good, and still upset that the series was cancelled, I had no issues with the cancellation. I have been waiting for this for quite a while. That in mind, let’s get into the recap and review!
The episode starts with two goons attacking a female outside of a diner. Sara immediately shows up and takes them out. To show gratitude, the woman tries to thank her but Sara starts to attack her as well. She flees as the cops show. The next day, Oliver is meeting with his political advisor. He tells Oliver that his best bet would be to distance himself from the Lance’s as they would be a liability to his political career considering his history with the sisters. A flashback comes and goes to reveal Conklin confronting Oliver about the communications gear that he found. When Conklin goes to tell Reiter about Oliver, we are met with our first introduction to the master of the occult, John Constantine.
Laurel and Capt Lance are talking about how Sara has escaped and she’s attacking people. While her dad is trying to question her for not telling him about her escape, Laurel is busy bringing up the fact that he pointed his gun at her with the intent to kill. Even though he did that, he isn’t happy about it and doesn’t want anyone else to kill her either. Laurel is now trying to find her sister before anyone else does and permanently puts her down. Felicity goes to Curtis and asks him to help find what artifacts are on the file that Ray left her. After a verbal back and forth between them, Curtis agrees to look into it for her.
Meanwhile, Damian Darhk formerly requests that Captain Lance plant a flash drive in one of the machines at the local federal server farm. He agrees after Darhk reminds him of his daughters. Now the Queen siblings are sparring. Thea voices her opinions on why she thinks Oliver distancing himself from the Lance’s is a bad idea. She doesn’t like that he will be running under the banner of “United” while pushing away his friends. Before he gets a chance to elaborate on his decision, Felicity interrupts the pair with a sighting of the blonde haired lady that is killing people. A nightclub is then featured and people are frantically running out. One woman is tossed out by Sara. The young woman pleads for her life as Laurel shows up and saves her. Not being able to handle her effectively, Laurel is taken down and is about to take a beating when Oliver shows up and lets his arrow fly. Sara turns to face him and Oliver is left standing there, unbelieving what he is seeing.
Back at the base, Oliver confronts Laurel and Thea about Sara about how he does not understand why they would keep something like that from him. Laurel lets him know that it’s because she didn’t want to see his judgmental face. He just wanted to help but now he feels he has to clean up her mess because she doesn’t understand the forces she’s dealing with. On cue, the island flashback shows John Constantine as he introduces himself. He’s looking for something on the island with the help of a map. Oliver recognizes landmarks on the map, which prompts John to take matters into his own hands and turn the table on his captors to then take Oliver captive.
Captain Lance makes a hearty entrance and he and Oliver exchange words about Laurel and Sara before the Captain reveals why he stopped by. He gives the device to Felicity who informs him that it is a R.A.T. (Remote Access Trojan) designed to delete files matching the parameters given. Oliver sends the Captain to Diggle for help. Diggle then gives Lance the quick and dirty about how Darhk runs H.I.V.E. and how they put the hit out on his brother, essentially killing him. Diggle only plans to help so that he can use Quentin’s connection to Darhk to take out H.I.V.E.
While Oliver and Felicity are talking over friends and family lost, they realize the reason why Sara attacked the two women was because they look like Thea. Oliver immediately calls her only to be ignored. At that moment, Sara crashes through Thea’s window and attacks her. Barely escaping with her life, Thea wakes up in the hospital to find Felicity and Oliver standing over her. She gives insight to why Sara is after her. The bloodlust that Sara has is even greater than what Thea is experiencing. Laurel arrives, only to be escorted out by Oliver and then chastised for it.
In a flashback, Oliver and Constantine arrive to one at the landmarks. In a moment of disbelief, Oliver witnesses John do his magic. He reveals a place hidden in the brush and then tells Oliver to start climbing down the ladder. Meanwhile, Diggle and Lance arrived at the federal server farm and have accessed a terminal. They both seem intrigued by what the drive could be erasing. They are almost immediately caught when an alarm goes off but, with quick thinking by Lance, the two narrowly escape capture. Laurel is now by Thea’s bed, apologizing for what happened. When she finds out that Thea would have to die to quench Sara’s bloodlust, Laurel denies that even being a possibility for her. Oliver comes to check on Thea and, while standing outside talking to Laurel, she is attacked. At this point, the team has no choice but to try and take Sara down as Oliver reveals she has no soul.
Constantine reveals that the island is a mystic nexus and that he is there to find a certain object. He handcuffs Oliver to a beam saying that it’s for his own good. He then proceeds to take the object as Oliver reveals he has escaped he cuffs. Unknowingly, Constantine had set off a booby trap but Oliver quickly reacts by pushing him out of the way saving his life. With the plan to capture Sara underway, Thea is acting as bait. The plan had just been put into action when Sara comes crashing down. The team has a go at her before it comes down to Oliver shooting her with a tranquilizer arrow. Now he calls in the big guns…Constantine. He informs the team of what it will take to save Sara’s soul and gets everyone in place. Everyone stands around as it is decided that Laurel and Oliver will accompany Constantine on his mystical journey.
The trio crossover successfully. The rules of this realm differ from the reality that both Oliver and Laurel are accustomed to forcing them to follow Constantine as they go deeper into the realm to retrieve Sara. It’s almost no time at all when they encounter resistance in the form of spirits resembling the League of Assassins. They are able to defeat them and save Sara’s soul in the process. While Oliver is thanking Constantine, he mentions Darhk. Constantine warns Oliver to stay away from him as nothing good can come of any dealings with him. Back at the island, Constantine is showing his gratitude for Oliver saving his life. He offers Oliver the top of the Orb of Horus and gives him a tattoo that will protect him from mystical energies. He also leaves Oliver with a punch to the face.
Back in present time Oliver makes the choice to keep the Lance’s close during his campaign, much to his political advisors dismay. Thea’s proud of the choice he’s made. Captain Lance makes the decision to give Diggle some peace of mind by giving him his brothers classified personnel record. Curtis has finally cracked Ray’s overlying code which turns out to be a message from the man himself stating that he’s alive.
Arrow hasn’t let me down even a little bit this season. The character arcs, surprise appearances and the twists just keep getting bigger and better. Not only has the writing of the characters continued to get better but the fight choreography and special effects are getting better as well. With the huge guest appearance by Matt Ryan as John Constantine, this episode has given me a season high. I’m over the top for his character and he was portrayed perfectly in this episode. Not only was he the driving factor for the real Sara to be brought back to Team Arrow, he was a driving force to show that magic has also penetrated the Arrow-verse. I give this episode a 5 out of 5 stars based on the overall story and the writers’ continually upping the stakes with this show.