‘Arrow’ Recap: Lost in the Flood

“Lost in the Flood” opens just where last week’s Arrow episode left off, with Diggle and Oliver confronting Darhk in the nexus chamber. They shoot arrows and bullets at Darhk but can’t touch him, prompting Diggle to remark that he’s not even human anymore. Darhk tells them he’ll pull the oxygen out of their bodies but won’t kill them because he wants the pair to suffer from the nuclear explosion. The force of his attack collapses the chamber in around them, and Diggle and Oliver just barely escape.

Back at Tevat Noah, Thea is sobbing over Alex’s corpse. Machin’s body is on the ground nearby too – but Machin has run away by the time Malcolm shows up. Of course, Malcolm doesn’t believe that Machin and Thea aren’t in cahoots. So he reluctantly drugs Thea to force her to comply. But before he can, Thea surreptitiously sends a 911 text to Felicity via Alex’s phone.

Felicity is at her apartment with her father. She’s devastated by the thousands of people dead at Havenrock, even hugging her father briefly and nearly calling him “Dad.” Noah reminds her they’ve only bought themselves 24 hours. They still have to destroy Rubicon. That’s when Curtis shows up. Felicity called him over to help, and he’s thrilled to discover that Felicity’s father is the fugitive hacker. He stays behind to work on Rubicon when Felicity has to go after receiving Thea’s text.

Felicity regroups with the rest of the team at the bunker, and traces Thea’s phone to an intersection in the Glades. So Oliver and Diggle head there and jump into a sewer that’s not supposed to be there. Quentin stays at the bunker because Oliver thinks the city will need someone they can trust if this gets worse. This turns out to be a good thing because he’s able to man comms when Curtis texts Felicity that there’s an emergency. We also learn that Lyla and A.R.G.U.S. are searching for a more permanent solution to the Darhk problem.

Oliver and Diggle arrive at Tevat Noah, where they lose contact with Felicity. Ruvé sends Malcolm to deal with them, saying Oliver is his problem since Malcolm wanted Thea on the ark. Diggle and Oliver split up, and Oliver finds Thea tied to a chair. But when he tries to save her, she attacks him. She’s been drugged.

Felicity rushes home only to find Curtis drinking a beer. The emergency turns out to be that Donna is at Felicity’s apartment, so she and Noah are yelling at each other. In order for them to continue saving the world, Felicity is forced to admit to Donna the truth: she has been working with the Green Arrow for the past 3 years. Donna seems a little disappointed, saying, “I guess you and your father are more alike than I thought.”

In the midst of all this, we’re also getting flashbacks to Lian Yu. Taiana is initially totally terrified of how the idol affects her. Oliver only insists that they keep moving when they’re both shot at. The bullets send Oliver to the ground but Taiana is unaffected. When Oliver kills the men who shot them, their deaths give Taiana more power, much to her delight. She finally understands what Reiter was after and thinks fate sent her to Lian Yu so she could finally get the strength to free her home. Oliver begs her to think of the people on Lian Yu that need saving now.

Malcolm appears confident Oliver won’t kill him even though Oliver blames Malcolm for Laurel’s death. Oliver seems at a loss when Diggle shows up to save the day. He shoots the Ghosts and Oliver and Diggle race through the streets of Tevat Noah. They find a seemingly empty house and are startled by a family who walks in.

Oliver starts to explain they only want to save someone who’s at the ark against her will. But then Ruvé’s face appears on every TV screen, warning the ark’s citizens about two men who are set to disrupt Genesis. She tells everyone to find them and kill them, forcing Oliver to subdue the family. In the building where she’s filming this, Malcolm judges Ruvé for turning innocent people into murderers – a conversation Machin overhears via the vents.

Back at Felicity’s apartment, Curtis suggests that perhaps they could overload Rubicon with too many access requests so it shuts itself down. Noah dislikes this idea, prompting a fight between him and Donna. At one point, Donna points out he hasn’t been involved in his daughter’s life and Noah says he “didn’t have much of a choice in the matter.” Felicity is clearly intrigued by this, but doesn’t have time to ask questions when her computer goes haywire and a voice fills the room. Darhk tapped Cooper Seldon (Nolan Funk), who he broke out of Iron Heights, to fight Felicity. Quick refresher: Cooper is Felicity’s ex-boyfriend who faked his own death and later tried to kill her. Cooper tells Felicity that her system is under his control, just like Rubicon will be in the next 5 minutes.

Cooper begins sending electric surges to all the computers, causing them to spark like crazy. But the electric surges are pinging back to his location too! So the team hitches their own code to the backtrace, sending the latest surge back to its point of Rubicon and triggering Rubicon to lock itself out. Seldon’s computer practically explodes and he’s knocked back dramatically.

Afterwards, everybody is thrilled they’ve saved the world…but only for a moment before Donna leaves. Felicity goes to speak to her mother, who finally admits the truth. Noah didn’t abandon their family. Donna kicked him out because she knew just how dangerous Noah’s gambling addiction could be for Felicity. Felicity seems touched that Noah let her believe he abandoned them all these years, presumably because he didn’t want Felicity to lose her mom too.

At Tevat Noah, Oliver tries to convince Diggle that the families have been brainwashed and thus shouldn’t be killed. But the father of the house they’re in admits they haven’t taken a single pill. He says the world is evil and Darhk has given them hope in a way nobody else has. This gets to Oliver, who becomes depressed that Darhk gave these people hope instead of him. Diggle reminds him that Darhk is psychotic. But they don’t have time to talk further because the Ghosts shows up.

In another flashback, Oliver and Taiana are walking through the island when they see a man – suffering, but still alive. Oliver wants to save him. But Taiana thinks his death is inevitable and wants to kill him so that his death could make her stronger. Oliver is unable to stop Taiana from snapping the man’s neck, as she insists that she’s thinking clearly and knows exactly what she’s doing.

In the present day, Diggle fights the Ghosts while Oliver goes after Thea. He wants her to fight the drugs and manages to convince her that she can’t give up. So when Thea and Oliver return to the house, they fight Malcolm and the Ghosts with Diggle.

But their fight is interrupted when Machin appears on TV. He has Ruvé and Darhk’s daughter Nora hostage. He tells Darhk that unless he shows up in 20 minutes, he’s going to kill one of them…and in 21 minutes, he’s going to blow up Tevat Noah.

Nobody wants everybody to die, so they’re all forced to work together. After all, Machin is the immediate threat since he’s already tried to destroy Tevat Noah once before. Oliver, Diggle and Thea head to where Machin is while Malcolm is tasked with leading the evacuation. After all, he knows where all the exits are. Malcolm thinks this is foolish since the world will be destroyed soon. Oliver refuses to believe that, saying it’s because he has hope.

The trio confronts Machin, who’s in the middle of threatening Ruvé, and begin shooting – which turns out to be a bad idea, even though an arrow hits Machin in the leg. Apparently, Tevat Noah is powered by a dwarf store alloy, which are quite unstable, and Machin tinkered with the engineering. A stray arrow can blow the whole place up…and that’s exactly what it does. Random explosions begin popping up throughout the ark, as Malcolm tries to evacuate as many as he can. Worse, Machin stabs Ruvé in the heart before the building they’re in collapses all around them.

As everybody races away, Oliver tries to save Ruvé, but she’s trapped in by several falling stones. She says there’s no time and makes Oliver promise to save her daughter instead. So Oliver grabs Nora and arrives safely above ground with the rest of the team. The explosions at Tevat Noah are so dramatic that Felicity can see them from her apartment window. She calls them and the team learns that both missions have succeeded. The city is safe.

But, Oliver says, “people still need saving. They still need hope.”

In another flashback, Oliver wrestles the idol from Taiana. Taiana wants it back, but Oliver is confident she won’t kill him for it – which is exactly what she’ll have to do. But that’s when Reiter shows up. And he has no qualms about killing Oliver or Taiana.

In the present day, Malcolm meets with a devastated Darhk. Ruvé is dead and Darhk has no idea where his daughter is, as they’re still getting reports of survivors. (We know she’s still with Team Arrow.) Cooper is still knocked out so Darhk says he knows someone who can get them back online. Malcolm reminds Darhk that with Tevat Noah gone, launching Rubicon would mean no place on Earth is safe.

Darhk says, “If there’s no place left on Earth that’s safe, let it all burn.”

Donna and Noah speak privately outside of Felicity’s apartment. But don’t expect any family reunions! Donna tells Noah, “Leave, and this time, don’t come back.” Donna knows that Noah took a bullet for Felicity, helped her tonight and has even been keeping tabs on her work even though he wasn’t around. But she still doesn’t trust him and doesn’t think he’s changed. She tells Noah he’s dangerous to Felicity, and him leaving is the best thing he can do for her.

As they speak outside, Felicity tells Curtis how Donna kicked Noah out. Curtis points out how similar that breakup is to Felicity’s. Noah was a criminal Donna didn’t think could change, so she broke up with him which was “slightly overactive but understandable.”

But they don’t have time to discuss this further. First, Donna appears and says Noah is going to be gone for a while. Just a few moments later, Darhk appears because he wants Felicity to do him a favor. When she tells him to go to hell, he says, “Why bother? I’m going to bring it to us.”

After the intensity of last week’s Arrow episode, I quite enjoyed “Lost in the Flood.” The stakes were still quite high but the episode didn’t feel nearly as dramatic – perhaps because Donna and Curtis played such prominent roles. They always add a little levity to the show, and it was nice to have them around. It also helped everybody move past the tens of thousands who died in Havenrock..although I imagine the tragedy behind that will come back to haunt every member of Team Arrow.

I am very curious about Malcolm’s character, and how he’ll affect the events of next week’s season finale. Malcolm, for all his flaws, has never struck me as a true villain. After all, he was upset when Ruvé wanted to turn Tevat Noah’s citizens into murderers. If he were truly evil, he shouldn’t have cared. And as flawed as his parenting decisions may be, Malcolm does always try to do what he thinks is best for Thea. I can’t see Malcolm supporting Darhk destroying the world totally, and I imagine he may play a crucial role in defeating Darhk next week. That said, I kind of hope he dies doing so. It would really be the only way for him to redeem himself after everything he’s done.

I don’t quite see why Arrow has decided to bring back so many of its villains. Yes, it makes sense now that they’re all out of Iron Heights, and as Darhk aptly points out, they owe him. Still, Machin’s actions could have easily been perpetrated by someone else. Plus, I’m really curious about Noah. Is he good? Is he evil? Did Darhk show up at Felicity’s apartment looking for her or for Noah? What is Noah’s end game – and how will it affect his relationship with Felicity?

Also, what’s the deal with the flashbacks? Barely anything has happened in them ALL season. Can we just get rid of them next season please? In some seasons, the flashbacks have added more to the story. This is clearly not one of them. They could have told the Taiana story in two scenes, instead of spending 10 minutes of the episode on it.

Finally, there was one hilarious moment in the episode that I have to point out. Just before Felicity tells Donna the truth about her nighttime activities, Donna is totally convinced she’s pregnant. Even Curtis thinks this is a possibility. Felicity is furious, saying, “Is that the only news a woman can have?” – a total feminist victory and a great line, in my opinion. But also, I’m wondering if that might be a possibility. After all, Felicity and Oliver did head away together a few weeks ago. And dropping a pregnancy bombshell in the season finale sounds right up Arrow‘s alley.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image Courtesy of The CW

“Lost in the Flood” opens just where last week’s Arrow episode left off, with Diggle and Oliver confronting Darhk in the nexus chamber. They shoot arrows and bullets at Darhk but can’t touch him, prompting Diggle to remark that he’s not even human anymore. Darhk tells them he’ll pull the oxygen out of their bodies but won’t kill them because he wants the pair to suffer from the nuclear explosion. The force of his attack collapses the chamber in around them, and Diggle and Oliver just barely escape.

Back at Tevat Noah, Thea is sobbing over Alex’s corpse. Machin’s body is on the ground nearby too – but Machin has run away by the time Malcolm shows up. Of course, Malcolm doesn’t believe that Machin and Thea aren’t in cahoots. So he reluctantly drugs Thea to force her to comply. But before he can, Thea surreptitiously sends a 911 text to Felicity via Alex’s phone.

Felicity is at her apartment with her father. She’s devastated by the thousands of people dead at Havenrock, even hugging her father briefly and nearly calling him “Dad.” Noah reminds her they’ve only bought themselves 24 hours. They still have to destroy Rubicon. That’s when Curtis shows up. Felicity called him over to help, and he’s thrilled to discover that Felicity’s father is the fugitive hacker. He stays behind to work on Rubicon when Felicity has to go after receiving Thea’s text.

Felicity regroups with the rest of the team at the bunker, and traces Thea’s phone to an intersection in the Glades. So Oliver and Diggle head there and jump into a sewer that’s not supposed to be there. Quentin stays at the bunker because Oliver thinks the city will need someone they can trust if this gets worse. This turns out to be a good thing because he’s able to man comms when Curtis texts Felicity that there’s an emergency. We also learn that Lyla and A.R.G.U.S. are searching for a more permanent solution to the Darhk problem.

Oliver and Diggle arrive at Tevat Noah, where they lose contact with Felicity. Ruvé sends Malcolm to deal with them, saying Oliver is his problem since Malcolm wanted Thea on the ark. Diggle and Oliver split up, and Oliver finds Thea tied to a chair. But when he tries to save her, she attacks him. She’s been drugged.

Felicity rushes home only to find Curtis drinking a beer. The emergency turns out to be that Donna is at Felicity’s apartment, so she and Noah are yelling at each other. In order for them to continue saving the world, Felicity is forced to admit to Donna the truth: she has been working with the Green Arrow for the past 3 years. Donna seems a little disappointed, saying, “I guess you and your father are more alike than I thought.”

In the midst of all this, we’re also getting flashbacks to Lian Yu. Taiana is initially totally terrified of how the idol affects her. Oliver only insists that they keep moving when they’re both shot at. The bullets send Oliver to the ground but Taiana is unaffected. When Oliver kills the men who shot them, their deaths give Taiana more power, much to her delight. She finally understands what Reiter was after and thinks fate sent her to Lian Yu so she could finally get the strength to free her home. Oliver begs her to think of the people on Lian Yu that need saving now.

Malcolm appears confident Oliver won’t kill him even though Oliver blames Malcolm for Laurel’s death. Oliver seems at a loss when Diggle shows up to save the day. He shoots the Ghosts and Oliver and Diggle race through the streets of Tevat Noah. They find a seemingly empty house and are startled by a family who walks in.

Oliver starts to explain they only want to save someone who’s at the ark against her will. But then Ruvé’s face appears on every TV screen, warning the ark’s citizens about two men who are set to disrupt Genesis. She tells everyone to find them and kill them, forcing Oliver to subdue the family. In the building where she’s filming this, Malcolm judges Ruvé for turning innocent people into murderers – a conversation Machin overhears via the vents.

Back at Felicity’s apartment, Curtis suggests that perhaps they could overload Rubicon with too many access requests so it shuts itself down. Noah dislikes this idea, prompting a fight between him and Donna. At one point, Donna points out he hasn’t been involved in his daughter’s life and Noah says he “didn’t have much of a choice in the matter.” Felicity is clearly intrigued by this, but doesn’t have time to ask questions when her computer goes haywire and a voice fills the room. Darhk tapped Cooper Seldon (Nolan Funk), who he broke out of Iron Heights, to fight Felicity. Quick refresher: Cooper is Felicity’s ex-boyfriend who faked his own death and later tried to kill her. Cooper tells Felicity that her system is under his control, just like Rubicon will be in the next 5 minutes.

Cooper begins sending electric surges to all the computers, causing them to spark like crazy. But the electric surges are pinging back to his location too! So the team hitches their own code to the backtrace, sending the latest surge back to its point of Rubicon and triggering Rubicon to lock itself out. Seldon’s computer practically explodes and he’s knocked back dramatically.

Afterwards, everybody is thrilled they’ve saved the world…but only for a moment before Donna leaves. Felicity goes to speak to her mother, who finally admits the truth. Noah didn’t abandon their family. Donna kicked him out because she knew just how dangerous Noah’s gambling addiction could be for Felicity. Felicity seems touched that Noah let her believe he abandoned them all these years, presumably because he didn’t want Felicity to lose her mom too.

At Tevat Noah, Oliver tries to convince Diggle that the families have been brainwashed and thus shouldn’t be killed. But the father of the house they’re in admits they haven’t taken a single pill. He says the world is evil and Darhk has given them hope in a way nobody else has. This gets to Oliver, who becomes depressed that Darhk gave these people hope instead of him. Diggle reminds him that Darhk is psychotic. But they don’t have time to talk further because the Ghosts shows up.

In another flashback, Oliver and Taiana are walking through the island when they see a man – suffering, but still alive. Oliver wants to save him. But Taiana thinks his death is inevitable and wants to kill him so that his death could make her stronger. Oliver is unable to stop Taiana from snapping the man’s neck, as she insists that she’s thinking clearly and knows exactly what she’s doing.

In the present day, Diggle fights the Ghosts while Oliver goes after Thea. He wants her to fight the drugs and manages to convince her that she can’t give up. So when Thea and Oliver return to the house, they fight Malcolm and the Ghosts with Diggle.

But their fight is interrupted when Machin appears on TV. He has Ruvé and Darhk’s daughter Nora hostage. He tells Darhk that unless he shows up in 20 minutes, he’s going to kill one of them…and in 21 minutes, he’s going to blow up Tevat Noah.

Nobody wants everybody to die, so they’re all forced to work together. After all, Machin is the immediate threat since he’s already tried to destroy Tevat Noah once before. Oliver, Diggle and Thea head to where Machin is while Malcolm is tasked with leading the evacuation. After all, he knows where all the exits are. Malcolm thinks this is foolish since the world will be destroyed soon. Oliver refuses to believe that, saying it’s because he has hope.

The trio confronts Machin, who’s in the middle of threatening Ruvé, and begin shooting – which turns out to be a bad idea, even though an arrow hits Machin in the leg. Apparently, Tevat Noah is powered by a dwarf store alloy, which are quite unstable, and Machin tinkered with the engineering. A stray arrow can blow the whole place up…and that’s exactly what it does. Random explosions begin popping up throughout the ark, as Malcolm tries to evacuate as many as he can. Worse, Machin stabs Ruvé in the heart before the building they’re in collapses all around them.

As everybody races away, Oliver tries to save Ruvé, but she’s trapped in by several falling stones. She says there’s no time and makes Oliver promise to save her daughter instead. So Oliver grabs Nora and arrives safely above ground with the rest of the team. The explosions at Tevat Noah are so dramatic that Felicity can see them from her apartment window. She calls them and the team learns that both missions have succeeded. The city is safe.

But, Oliver says, “people still need saving. They still need hope.”

In another flashback, Oliver wrestles the idol from Taiana. Taiana wants it back, but Oliver is confident she won’t kill him for it – which is exactly what she’ll have to do. But that’s when Reiter shows up. And he has no qualms about killing Oliver or Taiana.

In the present day, Malcolm meets with a devastated Darhk. Ruvé is dead and Darhk has no idea where his daughter is, as they’re still getting reports of survivors. (We know she’s still with Team Arrow.) Cooper is still knocked out so Darhk says he knows someone who can get them back online. Malcolm reminds Darhk that with Tevat Noah gone, launching Rubicon would mean no place on Earth is safe.

Darhk says, “If there’s no place left on Earth that’s safe, let it all burn.”

Donna and Noah speak privately outside of Felicity’s apartment. But don’t expect any family reunions! Donna tells Noah, “Leave, and this time, don’t come back.” Donna knows that Noah took a bullet for Felicity, helped her tonight and has even been keeping tabs on her work even though he wasn’t around. But she still doesn’t trust him and doesn’t think he’s changed. She tells Noah he’s dangerous to Felicity, and him leaving is the best thing he can do for her.

As they speak outside, Felicity tells Curtis how Donna kicked Noah out. Curtis points out how similar that breakup is to Felicity’s. Noah was a criminal Donna didn’t think could change, so she broke up with him which was “slightly overactive but understandable.”

But they don’t have time to discuss this further. First, Donna appears and says Noah is going to be gone for a while. Just a few moments later, Darhk appears because he wants Felicity to do him a favor. When she tells him to go to hell, he says, “Why bother? I’m going to bring it to us.”

After the intensity of last week’s Arrow episode, I quite enjoyed “Lost in the Flood.” The stakes were still quite high but the episode didn’t feel nearly as dramatic – perhaps because Donna and Curtis played such prominent roles. They always add a little levity to the show, and it was nice to have them around. It also helped everybody move past the tens of thousands who died in Havenrock..although I imagine the tragedy behind that will come back to haunt every member of Team Arrow.

I am very curious about Malcolm’s character, and how he’ll affect the events of next week’s season finale. Malcolm, for all his flaws, has never struck me as a true villain. After all, he was upset when Ruvé wanted to turn Tevat Noah’s citizens into murderers. If he were truly evil, he shouldn’t have cared. And as flawed as his parenting decisions may be, Malcolm does always try to do what he thinks is best for Thea. I can’t see Malcolm supporting Darhk destroying the world totally, and I imagine he may play a crucial role in defeating Darhk next week. That said, I kind of hope he dies doing so. It would really be the only way for him to redeem himself after everything he’s done.

I don’t quite see why Arrow has decided to bring back so many of its villains. Yes, it makes sense now that they’re all out of Iron Heights, and as Darhk aptly points out, they owe him. Still, Machin’s actions could have easily been perpetrated by someone else. Plus, I’m really curious about Noah. Is he good? Is he evil? Did Darhk show up at Felicity’s apartment looking for her or for Noah? What is Noah’s end game – and how will it affect his relationship with Felicity?

Also, what’s the deal with the flashbacks? Barely anything has happened in them ALL season. Can we just get rid of them next season please? In some seasons, the flashbacks have added more to the story. This is clearly not one of them. They could have told the Taiana story in two scenes, instead of spending 10 minutes of the episode on it.

Finally, there was one hilarious moment in the episode that I have to point out. Just before Felicity tells Donna the truth about her nighttime activities, Donna is totally convinced she’s pregnant. Even Curtis thinks this is a possibility. Felicity is furious, saying, “Is that the only news a woman can have?” – a total feminist victory and a great line, in my opinion. But also, I’m wondering if that might be a possibility. After all, Felicity and Oliver did head away together a few weeks ago. And dropping a pregnancy bombshell in the season finale sounds right up Arrow‘s alley.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image Courtesy of The CW

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