ARROW: “Fighting Fire With Fire” RECAP
Star City became swerve city in “Fighting fire with fire”. Warning, spoilers ahead…
The Vigilante targets Oliver who is facing impeachment for his cover up attempts about Malone’s murder and the Green Arrow’s involvement. With Oliver trying to save his political career, Diggle leads Team Arrow on a mission to put a stop to Vigilante. For the first time this season we see Team Arrow function as a cohesive unit. With this comes confidence and for Curtis in particular, who was allowed to shine in this episode for what he clearly brings to the team and not be regulated as the comic relief. I think the timing was just right for that to happen as we move towards to finale of season five.
Let’s discuss the big reveal of who’s under the hood as Prometheus. Somewhere in the middle of the episode, it is revealed that D.A. Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) is indeed Prometheus and not Vigilante as per canon of the comic books. Not overly surprised by this revelation although I was hoping for Tommy Merlyn myself or at least some version of Tommy given the multiverse. Making Adrian the one manipulating Oliver makes perfect sense. Not only is he in Oliver’s inner circle, he obviously knows that Ollie’s the Green Arrow. This makes tricking Ollie into killing Malone and then later having him discredit and destroy the Green Arrow’s character publicly was a stroke of genius.
While Oliver and Susan look to have mended the fences, both Felicity and Thea continue a path that will undoubtedly lead to their potential downfall. With Felicity, we have seen more and more of late her embracing the darkside if you will from her hacker past. Even though she had no idea that cost of hacking Susan’s files would be, she seems “comfortable” pushing the ethical envelope when she carried out Thea’s wishes. There’s always a price to pay and I’m sure the cost to Felicity will be great by seasons end. Regardless of the outcome or which way the wind blows, this is the most compelling this character has been in a very long time.
Now there’s Thea. We’ve seen here wield her power to either get her way or put someone in their place. Oliver expressed her concern recently that Thea is behaving more like their late mother and that’s not always a good thing. To her credit, by the end of the episode Thea she removed herself from her power position. I am not sure what role she’ll play the rest of the way. Right now there are bigger fish to fry.
I’ve been somewhat critical of this season of Arrow but the second half has thankfully made me rethink that criticism. If anything, the show has delivered so of the finest episodes of the series. The long-awaited reveal of Prometheus although not a complete surprise, will test Oliver and his team in ways no other villain has before it.
May the Dork be with you,
The Dork Knight