By Dr. Zaius
Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at 12:00 pm
Arrow Season 5 Episode 22: “Missing”
Directed by Mairzee Almas
Written by Speed Weed & Oscar Balderrama
Created by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg
Starring Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, Echo Kellum, Paul Blackthorne, Josh Segarra, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy The CW
Air Date: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, 8:00pm
Warning! Spoilers below Arrow 5.22 “Missing.”
Last week, Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) finally caught Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra), albeit too easily. The gang is in rare celebratory mode, but c’mon this is Arrow, that won’t last. The show opens with a hilarious back and forth between Quentin (Paul Blackthorne) & Mayor Queen:
Lance : “Your approval is back up to 70%”
Oliver: “Was it ever that high?”
It’s Ollie’s birthday and he’s got a lot to be excited about. He goes to pick up Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) but the door is ajar, and poor Curtis gets flipped trying to initiate the Team Arrow surprise party. Lance is really hitting the great line deliveries tonight. The gang fails at the subtlety game, leaving Olicity alone to maybe kinda sorta get back on track. Oliver finds even the idea of downtime near impossible to take, bringing us a flashback to Oliver getting tortured on the island by Konstantin Kovar (Dolph Lundgren). Curtis (Echo Kellum) meanwhile, goes to find out where Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) is and soon he ends up captured alongside her.
Oliver finds a League arrow and figures it must be Talia al-Ghul (Lexa Doig) and Rene (Rick Gonzalez) must be kidnapped as well. Chase gets to laugh at a frantic Oliver from his glass cage. Things get worse when Lance and Thea (Willa Holland) are put in an A.R.G.U.S safehouse and Black Siren (Katie Cassidy), now freed goes there. Of course, looking exactly like Laurel freezes Quentin. Paul Blackthorne’s reaction is the exactly like any grieving father’s. His moment of pause ends with both he and Thea getting darts in their necks, and they fall unconscious, courtesy of Siren’s accomplice, former Team Arrow member Evelyn.
Things are building to a Team Arrow vs. Team Anti-Arrow. Chase, Talia, Evelyn, Black Siren”¦ where’s Malcolm Merlyn and Deathstroke! Ollie sends Diggle away with Felicity for protection. In the flashbacks we get more drug induced torture by Kovar as he forces Oliver to relive every ounce of pain he suffered AND caused before giving him a gun with one bullet and a choice; “waste it on him” or commit suicide.
Oliver snaps on Chase, but Adrian just laughs it off. He is really coming into his own as a villain. He’s very Bond-villain-esque. And just when I ask where Merlyn (John Barrowman) is, he shows up to surprise Oliver as well… maybe he’s late to the birthday party. He is somehow actually on Oliver’s side since Thea was taken. At that moment though, the “captured crew” gains two new members as Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity are taken by Talia and the League after surviving another of those “gimme a damn break” crashes.
Merlyn hammers home some truth for Oliver, particularly about the role of family and closeness to others in his life. Ollie is having a “I have to be alone forever” boring superhero moment, but Merlyn shatters that illusion. The writing this week is excellent, with poignant dialogue blended with typical pun-friendly jokes. And Merlyn’s point comes to fruition as Oliver finds out William was taken by Chase. Together the unlikely duo chase down… Chase with Merlyn making an actual effort to follow the “don’t kill” rule in humorous fashion. When push comes to shove, Arrow lets Chase fly away, hoping it’ll save William and the Team. Chase ominously says, “I’ll see ya on the boat.”
Oliver figures out where Chase is heading and he is forced to pair with the unlikeliest of allies in a desperate attempt to save them.
I’ll say one thing; HOLY SHIT I CAN’T WAIT FOR NEXT WEEK! Knowing Stephen Amell is such a wrestling fan, this episode was like a pro-wrestling angle building towards a final WrestleMania style showdown. This was one of my favorite episodes this season with great one liners, some really great acting from everyone, and an epic ending building to thunderous climax to the season.
The season 5 finale of Arrow airs next Wednesday night at 8:00pm ET only on the CW.
The CW’s synopsis:
Missing (Ep# 522)
BLACK SIREN RETURNS — Black Siren (guest star Katie Cassidy) returns to help Chase (Josh Segarra). Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) organizes a birthday party for Oliver (Stephen Amell) while Lance (Paul Blackthorne) is furious after Rene (Rick Gonzalez) misses the custody hearing for his daughter. Mairzee Almas directed the episode written by Speed Weed & Oscar Balderrama (#522). Original airdate 5/17/2017.