‘Arrow’ Recap: Monument Point

'Arrow' Recap- Monument Point

Last night’s episode of Arrow, “Monument Point” opens at a Missile Attack Warning Center in Russia. The employees there are shocked that their warheads are arming and they can’t stop it.

Back at the bunker, Team Arrow is equally horrified at the prospect of Darhk’s Genesis. And they only have 21 hours before the nuclear strikes launch! While Lyla works with the President and the Secretary of Defense, Felicity looks for the only person who can hack Rubicon: her father. She also searches for the nexus chamber, where Darhk will collect the magic from his idol once all these people die. Remember, Darhk derives his powers from death. So if even one of these nukes hit, he’ll become basically unstoppable.

In a flashback, Oliver and Taiana head to a plane on the east end of the island.

Meanwhile, Thea is still stuck in the ark, Tevat Noah, when Malcolm shows up. We learn that Ruvé conditioned Alex, but including Thea was obviously Malcolm’s idea since he’s convinced Darhk’s plan is inevitable. Thea is furious but also resigned at her father’s predictable insanity and only demands to see Alex.

Donna confronts Quentin about an affidavit she found in his house. If he signs it, he’ll get his badge back..but this would mean lying that he didn’t know Laurel was the Black Canary. Donna basically successfully guilt-trips Quentin into not lying on the affidavit, which he rewrites to reveal the truth. (She insists there are no small lies.) Quentin thinks this means he’s signing away his badge; Donna reminds him he doesn’t actually know that and insists he’s doing the right thing.

Oliver and Diggle arrive to where Noah should be. Unfortunately, a video proves they’re too late. H.I.V.E. showed up before them looking to kill Felicity’s dad, who thankfully escaped. Felicity thinks he might have gone to Ravenspur, which is what his code is named, but can’t remember where she’s heard that name before. So she goes to ask her mom in her office at Palmer Tech, blowing off Mr. Dennis’ request to talk about the company. Ravenspur turns out to be a cabin where Noah and Donna used to go.

Oliver and Diggle have hit a dead end in their search for the nexus chamber. So after Oliver warns Diggle not to compound his guilt over killing Andy by continuing to lie to Lyla, they head up to Ravenspur. There, they successfully save Noah from the gang of Ghosts out to kill him and return him to Felicity’s apartment. Felicity is shocked to learn Noah is eager to save the world (he insists he’s not a monster), but he does need Palmer Tech’s quantum subliminal processor.

The problem? When Felicity arrives at Palmer Tech, she discovers she’s been fired by the board. So now they have to steal the technology. These scenes are suspenseful and awkward, with Noah picking terrible moments to muse on why he’s a great hacker and a terrible father. And sadly, the mission is ultimately unsuccessful – they’re only able to clone 90% of the processor before they’re forced to leave or get caught. Luckily, Noah thinks he can extract the other 10% to help save the world.

Back on the ark, Thea tries to tell Alex he’s been drugged and they need to get out of there. But she’s interrupted by Malcolm. Lonnie Machin somehow got into the ark and is damaging the CO2 scrubbers; if the ark’s life support fails, everyone on it will suffocate. So Thea has to go stop Machin – without weapons, since Malcolm refuses to give her any.

Thea appears to get through to Machin by saying she’ll help him get revenge on Darhk but the people on the ark are innocent and don’t deserve to die. But Machin turns out to have no intention of listening to Thea; he’s already rigged the scrubber with explosive charges. So Malcolm shoots Machin and the father-daughter pair rush around trying to save the ark.

Aboveground, Team Arrow arrives at the Star City Data Center. Noah and Felicity have to upload the override codes to each nuke silo individually, which means they need a server farm. Unfortunately, Noah encounters a tapeworm in the code that transmits their location to H.I.V.E.. Cue a firefight between A.R.G.U.S., H.I.V.E., Oliver and Diggle as Noah and Felicity try desperately to stop the nukes before it’s too late.

On the ark, Thea rushes outside to find Machin watching over Alex’s unconscious body. Machin is upset that “Mommy” is always the pawn of some guy when she should be a queen. So the two fight. Alex wakes up in the middle but refuses to run, and Machin shoots an electric beam at him. Machin creepily insists he’s “liberating” Thea. Thea is naturally furious and wins the fight before rushing over to Alex. Is he dead? He appears to be as Thea checks his pulse and sobs over him, but it’s not 100% clear.

Murmur gets to Felicity and Noah and shoots them; Noah takes the bullet and saves his daughter’s life. But it’s not all good news. They were able to stop every missile except one, which is headed for Monument Point. Felicity can’t stop the missile and is forced to mess with its GPS to send it to Havenrock. Tens of thousands of people die. It’s less than the millions who would have been killed at Monument Point, which is of little comfort to Felicity.

Meanwhile, the team gets news that the mayor’s office has been evacuated and FINALLY realize why Darhk’s wife ran for mayor of a city he was planning to destroy: to get to city hall. The nexus chamber must be there. Oliver and Diggle get to the chamber, where Darhk is receiving unimaginable power from the idol.

It’s reminiscent of what’s been happening in the flashback throughout the episode. Oliver and Taiana were running off the island, but Oliver had to return when he learned Reiter wasn’t dead yet. So he went back and Reiter nearly killed him, before Taiana unexpectedly showed up and saved his life. So Oliver and Taiana rushed away, Taiana carrying the idol so Reiter couldn’t draw power from it. But she didn’t expect to be attacked by the idol itself. In the last scene of the flashback, Taiana’s eyes are glowing yellow – just like Reiter’s.

“Monument Point” was intense – and with just two episodes left in Arrow‘s season, it needed to be. I enjoyed the constant suspense throughout as well as the snappy dynamic between Felicity and Noah. I am eager to see how Felicity will deal with the two major events that occured to her this week: being fired and having to kill thousands of people. Are we looking at a big shakeup in Team Arrow within the next coming weeks? Since Felicity and Oliver are no longer together, I wouldn’t be surprised if she returned to her original plan before Laurel’s death – leaving the team.

Still, there were issues with “Monument Point.” First off, where was Curtis? The processor was in his lab. I refuse to believe he wouldn’t be furious at Felicity’s firing and want to help her in any way he can. Secondly, what was the deal with Donna and Quentin? She’s his girlfriend; her snooping into his affidavit seemed uncalled for and a little intense. And finally, I wasn’t a huge fan of Thea’s storyline. Machin calling her “Mommy” was unbelievably creepy and not quite believable, as was her grief over Alex’s death. Neither of these relationships have been developed enough for me to have any strong feelings either which way – a fact the Arrow writers should have realized before the final episodes of the season.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image Courtesy of The CW

Last night’s episode of Arrow, “Monument Point” opens at a Missile Attack Warning Center in Russia. The employees there are shocked that their warheads are arming and they can’t stop it.

Back at the bunker, Team Arrow is equally horrified at the prospect of Darhk’s Genesis. And they only have 21 hours before the nuclear strikes launch! While Lyla works with the President and the Secretary of Defense, Felicity looks for the only person who can hack Rubicon: her father. She also searches for the nexus chamber, where Darhk will collect the magic from his idol once all these people die. Remember, Darhk derives his powers from death. So if even one of these nukes hit, he’ll become basically unstoppable.

In a flashback, Oliver and Taiana head to a plane on the east end of the island.

Meanwhile, Thea is still stuck in the ark, Tevat Noah, when Malcolm shows up. We learn that Ruvé conditioned Alex, but including Thea was obviously Malcolm’s idea since he’s convinced Darhk’s plan is inevitable. Thea is furious but also resigned at her father’s predictable insanity and only demands to see Alex.

Donna confronts Quentin about an affidavit she found in his house. If he signs it, he’ll get his badge back..but this would mean lying that he didn’t know Laurel was the Black Canary. Donna basically successfully guilt-trips Quentin into not lying on the affidavit, which he rewrites to reveal the truth. (She insists there are no small lies.) Quentin thinks this means he’s signing away his badge; Donna reminds him he doesn’t actually know that and insists he’s doing the right thing.

Oliver and Diggle arrive to where Noah should be. Unfortunately, a video proves they’re too late. H.I.V.E. showed up before them looking to kill Felicity’s dad, who thankfully escaped. Felicity thinks he might have gone to Ravenspur, which is what his code is named, but can’t remember where she’s heard that name before. So she goes to ask her mom in her office at Palmer Tech, blowing off Mr. Dennis’ request to talk about the company. Ravenspur turns out to be a cabin where Noah and Donna used to go.

Oliver and Diggle have hit a dead end in their search for the nexus chamber. So after Oliver warns Diggle not to compound his guilt over killing Andy by continuing to lie to Lyla, they head up to Ravenspur. There, they successfully save Noah from the gang of Ghosts out to kill him and return him to Felicity’s apartment. Felicity is shocked to learn Noah is eager to save the world (he insists he’s not a monster), but he does need Palmer Tech’s quantum subliminal processor.

The problem? When Felicity arrives at Palmer Tech, she discovers she’s been fired by the board. So now they have to steal the technology. These scenes are suspenseful and awkward, with Noah picking terrible moments to muse on why he’s a great hacker and a terrible father. And sadly, the mission is ultimately unsuccessful – they’re only able to clone 90% of the processor before they’re forced to leave or get caught. Luckily, Noah thinks he can extract the other 10% to help save the world.

Back on the ark, Thea tries to tell Alex he’s been drugged and they need to get out of there. But she’s interrupted by Malcolm. Lonnie Machin somehow got into the ark and is damaging the CO2 scrubbers; if the ark’s life support fails, everyone on it will suffocate. So Thea has to go stop Machin – without weapons, since Malcolm refuses to give her any.

Thea appears to get through to Machin by saying she’ll help him get revenge on Darhk but the people on the ark are innocent and don’t deserve to die. But Machin turns out to have no intention of listening to Thea; he’s already rigged the scrubber with explosive charges. So Malcolm shoots Machin and the father-daughter pair rush around trying to save the ark.

Aboveground, Team Arrow arrives at the Star City Data Center. Noah and Felicity have to upload the override codes to each nuke silo individually, which means they need a server farm. Unfortunately, Noah encounters a tapeworm in the code that transmits their location to H.I.V.E.. Cue a firefight between A.R.G.U.S., H.I.V.E., Oliver and Diggle as Noah and Felicity try desperately to stop the nukes before it’s too late.

On the ark, Thea rushes outside to find Machin watching over Alex’s unconscious body. Machin is upset that “Mommy” is always the pawn of some guy when she should be a queen. So the two fight. Alex wakes up in the middle but refuses to run, and Machin shoots an electric beam at him. Machin creepily insists he’s “liberating” Thea. Thea is naturally furious and wins the fight before rushing over to Alex. Is he dead? He appears to be as Thea checks his pulse and sobs over him, but it’s not 100% clear.

Murmur gets to Felicity and Noah and shoots them; Noah takes the bullet and saves his daughter’s life. But it’s not all good news. They were able to stop every missile except one, which is headed for Monument Point. Felicity can’t stop the missile and is forced to mess with its GPS to send it to Havenrock. Tens of thousands of people die. It’s less than the millions who would have been killed at Monument Point, which is of little comfort to Felicity.

Meanwhile, the team gets news that the mayor’s office has been evacuated and FINALLY realize why Darhk’s wife ran for mayor of a city he was planning to destroy: to get to city hall. The nexus chamber must be there. Oliver and Diggle get to the chamber, where Darhk is receiving unimaginable power from the idol.

It’s reminiscent of what’s been happening in the flashback throughout the episode. Oliver and Taiana were running off the island, but Oliver had to return when he learned Reiter wasn’t dead yet. So he went back and Reiter nearly killed him, before Taiana unexpectedly showed up and saved his life. So Oliver and Taiana rushed away, Taiana carrying the idol so Reiter couldn’t draw power from it. But she didn’t expect to be attacked by the idol itself. In the last scene of the flashback, Taiana’s eyes are glowing yellow – just like Reiter’s.

“Monument Point” was intense – and with just two episodes left in Arrow‘s season, it needed to be. I enjoyed the constant suspense throughout as well as the snappy dynamic between Felicity and Noah. I am eager to see how Felicity will deal with the two major events that occured to her this week: being fired and having to kill thousands of people. Are we looking at a big shakeup in Team Arrow within the next coming weeks? Since Felicity and Oliver are no longer together, I wouldn’t be surprised if she returned to her original plan before Laurel’s death – leaving the team.

Still, there were issues with “Monument Point.” First off, where was Curtis? The processor was in his lab. I refuse to believe he wouldn’t be furious at Felicity’s firing and want to help her in any way he can. Secondly, what was the deal with Donna and Quentin? She’s his girlfriend; her snooping into his affidavit seemed uncalled for and a little intense. And finally, I wasn’t a huge fan of Thea’s storyline. Machin calling her “Mommy” was unbelievably creepy and not quite believable, as was her grief over Alex’s death. Neither of these relationships have been developed enough for me to have any strong feelings either which way – a fact the Arrow writers should have realized before the final episodes of the season.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image Courtesy of The CW

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