‘Arrow’ Recap: Schism

'Arrow' Recap- Schism

Arrow‘s season finale, “Schism,” starts off exactly where last week’s episode left off – with Darhk confronting Felicity, Curtis and Donna at the loft. Darhk demands that Felicity help him destroy the world or else he’ll slowly suck the life force from her mother. Darhk easily fends off Curtis’ advances, as well as Oliver’s and Diggle’s when they show up. It’s only when Thea appears with Nora and threatens to kill her that Darhk backs off and disappears with a bang.

Unfortunately, Darhk took the laptop with the anti-Rubicon program, which means he can launch all of the world’s nuclear missiles. Worse, Curtis is badly injured. They rush him back to the bunker, where Diggle treats him.

Back at Lian Yu, Reiter shoots Oliver and explains that without the runes on his arm, the power of the idol would overwhelm his mind. Oliver brags that Reiter’s plan has failed since they can see the plane carrying Reiter’s ex-prisoners in the sky. So Reiter uses his magic to blow the plane up, killing everybody on it.

In the present day, everybody seems to have lost all hope. After all, Oliver can’t fight Darhk’s magic anymore precisely because the faith Felicity has in him isn’t enough to beat Darhk’s power, derived from the deaths of thousands. Thea is determined to fight. She insists they’re not finished yet. But the news only gets worse when Felicity finally locates the laptop. It’s in a control room that reveals that Hive launched 15,434 nuclear missiles. They have 2 hours to save the world. Except the missile headed for Star City will arrive in just 45 minutes.

Felicity makes Quentin drive her mother out to a bunker so she can survive a nuclear attack. Lyla, who showed up when Rubicon wasn’t shut down, and Diggle say goodbye to their daughter. She’s in an A.R.G.U.S. bunker in Coast City. There’s also an A.R.G.U.S. chipper waiting to take them there, so at least they’ll all be together. This couple has other problems too. Diggle still hasn’t admitted to Lyla that he didn’t kill Andy in self-defense.

Lyla has A.R.G.U.S. move on City Hall. Oliver calls it a suicide mission and begs her to keep her team out. But Lyla says she has to send them in case Cooper is there. Unfortunately, the team is decimated by Darhk’s powers – an event Lyla and Team Arrow listen to over their radio.

On the plus side, Felicity breaks into Cooper’s firewalls – but the team is interrupted when a bunch of Ghosts attack the bunker. Diggle nearly died when he freezes at the prospect of killing a Ghost; it’s Lyla who saves his life. But the team wins the fight with the help of Malcolm, who suddenly shows up. Unfortunately, now they only have 27 minutes to save Star City.

In the flashback, Taiana is overwhelmed by the deaths of the people on the plane and attacks him, spurred on by the idol. As Reiter and Taiana fight, Oliver stabs a knife in Reiter’s back and kills him. Unfortunately, the idol has still taken over Taiana’s mind. She only calms down when Oliver admits that he’s a murderer but she doesn’t have to be.

And by this point, Team Arrow is barely hanging onto hope – even Felicity seems pessimistic. Oliver says that after Laurel died, he realized that it was his arrogance that made him foolishly he could save the city and “be the Green Arrow without descending into darkness.”

It’s Curtis who wakes up and gives the Oliver a little hope. He says that “living in Star City requires a special kind of tenacity,” and admits that he was ready to leave Star City last October. But then, Curtis says, “The Green Arrow popped up on our TV and he reminded me that this city is worth saving. That my home was worth fighting for. That guy gave me inspiration. He gave me hope. And if he could give me hope then, why can’t he give it to others now?”

So Oliver – sans costume – rushes out into the middle of the streets, where people are rioting, and gets on a car to give a speech. He reminds them that they’ve survived everything – and they’ll survived this.

“A friend of mine told me that living in Star City takes a special kind of tenacity,” Oliver says. “But we do live here because this is our home. This is our home. It is our friend, our family, our lives, and we will not – we will not throw those precious gifts away by descending into chaos. We will look to each other for hope. We will cling to each other for strength. And if we do that, no matter what happens, then we can all stand here united.”

It’s a speech that inspires everybody, including Quentin and Donna, who listen to it over the car radio. But that’s when the missile appears over the sky.

Thankfully, this turns out to be a good thing because Curtis realizes that if Felicity can see it, she can hack it. She and Curtis save the city and send the missile away – but not before Curtis tells Felicity that working with Team Arrow has been the highlight of his professional career and his life.

Unfortunately, while Star City is safe, there are still 15,433 nukes out there – and even with Lyla distributing the codes to everybody, the chances of getting them all is 1 in 375 million. Luckily, Felicity was able to hack into the Star City nuke’s onboard computer and traced it back to find Cooper’s location. He’s in a warehouse.

So Curtis and Felicity go after Seldon with Malcolm and Thea as back up. Oliver heads to City Hall, telling Diggle he won’t die tonight. Diggle wants to join him but Oliver makes him stay as backup for the city, just in case.

In another flashback, Taiana realizes that the only way out of the idol’s power is her death. She begs Oliver to kill her. He doesn’t want to, but finally agrees when she says, “If you ever cared for me, then you would do this.” He apologizes and hugs her before breaking her neck. Unfortunately, that’s when the rest of the people on the island show up. They see him kill Taiana.

Left alone, Diggle finally admits to Lyla why he froze when killing the Ghost: he didn’t kill Andy in self-defense. Lyla attributes it to the “fog of war” and says he did what he had to do. Diggle doesn’t seem so convinced.

Oliver confronts Darhk, who literally throws him out of City Hall and onto the streets. Darhk calls his plan a “mercy killing,” saying he’s sparing his daughter from growing up without her mother. As Darhk attacks Oliver, he’s interrupted by an angry citizen who throws a rock at him. The mob yells at Darhk to get out of there. Darhk isn’t touched since they were attacking each other just hours before and knocks them down. He wants to cleanse humanity’s recklessness, and demands why Oliver thinks he can stop him.

“Because it won’t just be me who’s going to stop you,” Oliver says. And he shoots an arrow that – powered by the hope of all these people – nicks Darhk in the face. Darhk’s magic doesn’t work anymore. But he’s still a threat; after all, Darhk is a former member of the League of Assassins. And he has friends. That’s when Diggle and Lyla show up, as do the Ghosts.

Meanwhile, Curtis, Felicity, Malcolm and Thea arrive at the warehouse. They’re attacked by Ghosts but make it to the control room. Thea even saves Malcolm’s life! The team finds Curtis at the computer. Darhk shot him and is moving the bullet closer and closer to his spine unless he works.

Felicity asks for a moment alone with Cooper. Cooper says he’s not strong enough to pull himself away from the keyboard and hasn’t been the man Felicity loved in a long time. That’s when Felicity reminds him how they wanted to save the world 7 years ago, and now is his chance. So Cooper hands the keyboard to Felicity – and is immediately killed by Darhk, who senses Cooper’s decision.

Now they only have 3 minutes to take down 15,000 warheads. Out of options, Curtis tells Felicity to send them elsewhere and they all end up exploding in space.

Back at the mob scene, Darhk shoots Oliver in the chest with his own arrow. Oliver’s fine but knocked down, and it’s Quentin who pulls him back up. Quentin says he had to come back to stand with his city; Diggle tells Oliver he couldn’t stay behind because he already lost one brother. So Oliver sends Diggle and Lyla after the Ghosts and Quentin to keep the people safe. And he goes after Darhk.

Darhk doesn’t think Oliver can kill him since he didn’t even kill his mother’s murderer. Oliver says that he had a choice with Slade but not with Darhk – and stabs him in the chest with an arrow.

Afterwards, the team regroups in the bunker. But Team Arrow may no longer be. Quentin says he and Donna are leaving town for a while since he is no longer a cop after the IAB decision. But he doesn’t mind since all he can think about now is Laurel, and he thanks Oliver for giving him justice and closure. Thea is leaving because she’s horrified by the fact that she threatened to kill a little girl, and thinks Laurel would tell her to get out before she loses too much of herself. And Diggle tells Oliver that while Lyla understood his killing Andy, he doesn’t. He needs time away from the team and the city to figure out where he went off track and how to get back on.

Oliver is worried because he’s never been the Green Arrow without him; Diggle keeps him in line. Diggle says it’s been the other way around lately.

In a final flashback, Oliver explains to the people what happened, and they seem to believe him. That’s when he admits there’s another way off the island. After burying Taiana, he radios Amanda Waller for a trip home. She takes the idol to the Slab, then says she sent Oliver on this mission to prove that sometimes killing is the only path to justice. She then returns Oliver’s stuff, and basically offers him a job at A.R.G.U.S. But Oliver refuses because he has a promise to keep.

Back in the present day, Oliver is talking to Laurel’s grave when Felicity shows up. Oliver is worried he infected Thea and Diggle with his own darkness. Felicity reminds him that he is both the man who killed Darhk in cold blood and the one who gave the city its hope back.

“What you’re feeling isn’t darkness,” Felicity says. “It’s a schism. You’re at war with two sides of yourself.”

Their conversation is interrupted by a phone call from Thomas Kemp (Malcolm Stewart), the chair of City Council. Oliver is sworn in as interim mayor as Quentin and Donna drive away, Thea worries inside of Laurel’s apartment, and Diggle leaves his family to return to war.

Afterwards, Oliver returns to the bunker and finds Felicity there. He was worried she would leave too. Felicity tells him, “Not a chance.”

I have to say – I was kind of disappointed by “Schism.” There wasn’t a lot of suspense involved. After all, there was NO way the show was going to destroy the whole world in a nuclear catastrophe. It felt like I was just waiting for the show to end. And the whole Darhk death honestly wasn’t that satisfying. Maybe it’s because he had already basically been defeated? Felicity moved the nukes and Oliver could stop his magic. I would have preferred to watch him rot in a cell. At least he would have been entertaining that way.

The other problem with Darhk’s death was the way it happened. Suddenly the town is cheerful again so Oliver can kill him? Seems a little too convenient. Also, the government KNOWS Darhk is behind the nuclear attacks because Lyla’s in town. So why are they letting civilians fight him? Where is all the A.R.G.U.S. back up?

I’ve been vocal about my hatred of the flashbacks, and this was no exception. Taiana’s death wasn’t even sad because her character was so poorly fleshed out. And the producers have already admitted that Season 5 will have flashbacks too. Sigh. My only consolation? Oliver is probably going to Russia to save Taiana’s family and her town. So at least we’ll figure out how Oliver got all those ties to the Russian mob.

I also wasn’t a huge fan of the decisions Diggle or Thea made, although I understand why they made them. Really, I’m worried because this felt like such a final season. Where are they even going to go next year? I’m also wondering if Diggle and Lyla’s marriage is in trouble. That look in their final scene was NOT good.

The other problem with Diggle’s and Thea’s decisions? The fact that Felicity was forced to send a nuke to kill thousands and she was the cheeriest one of all. I would have preferred to see the show explore the emotional fallout.

Also, the finale left SO many questions unanswered. Darhk is gone, so is HIVE? What will happen to the Ghosts? Where did Malcolm disappear to? What is Felicity going to do for work now that she was fired from Palmer Tech?

Still, the finale did at least offer a little hope. It’ll be fun to see Oliver try to juggle being mayor and being the Green Arrow next season. And I really hope they bring Curtis onto the team soon! He has to show up eventually since he’s probably going to be Mister Terrific. Besides, he’s the one who had the ideas that saved the world – and Team Arrow is looking pretty slim in its numbers.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image Courtesy of The CW

Arrow‘s season finale, “Schism,” starts off exactly where last week’s episode left off – with Darhk confronting Felicity, Curtis and Donna at the loft. Darhk demands that Felicity help him destroy the world or else he’ll slowly suck the life force from her mother. Darhk easily fends off Curtis’ advances, as well as Oliver’s and Diggle’s when they show up. It’s only when Thea appears with Nora and threatens to kill her that Darhk backs off and disappears with a bang.

Unfortunately, Darhk took the laptop with the anti-Rubicon program, which means he can launch all of the world’s nuclear missiles. Worse, Curtis is badly injured. They rush him back to the bunker, where Diggle treats him.

Back at Lian Yu, Reiter shoots Oliver and explains that without the runes on his arm, the power of the idol would overwhelm his mind. Oliver brags that Reiter’s plan has failed since they can see the plane carrying Reiter’s ex-prisoners in the sky. So Reiter uses his magic to blow the plane up, killing everybody on it.

In the present day, everybody seems to have lost all hope. After all, Oliver can’t fight Darhk’s magic anymore precisely because the faith Felicity has in him isn’t enough to beat Darhk’s power, derived from the deaths of thousands. Thea is determined to fight. She insists they’re not finished yet. But the news only gets worse when Felicity finally locates the laptop. It’s in a control room that reveals that Hive launched 15,434 nuclear missiles. They have 2 hours to save the world. Except the missile headed for Star City will arrive in just 45 minutes.

Felicity makes Quentin drive her mother out to a bunker so she can survive a nuclear attack. Lyla, who showed up when Rubicon wasn’t shut down, and Diggle say goodbye to their daughter. She’s in an A.R.G.U.S. bunker in Coast City. There’s also an A.R.G.U.S. chipper waiting to take them there, so at least they’ll all be together. This couple has other problems too. Diggle still hasn’t admitted to Lyla that he didn’t kill Andy in self-defense.

Lyla has A.R.G.U.S. move on City Hall. Oliver calls it a suicide mission and begs her to keep her team out. But Lyla says she has to send them in case Cooper is there. Unfortunately, the team is decimated by Darhk’s powers – an event Lyla and Team Arrow listen to over their radio.

On the plus side, Felicity breaks into Cooper’s firewalls – but the team is interrupted when a bunch of Ghosts attack the bunker. Diggle nearly died when he freezes at the prospect of killing a Ghost; it’s Lyla who saves his life. But the team wins the fight with the help of Malcolm, who suddenly shows up. Unfortunately, now they only have 27 minutes to save Star City.

In the flashback, Taiana is overwhelmed by the deaths of the people on the plane and attacks him, spurred on by the idol. As Reiter and Taiana fight, Oliver stabs a knife in Reiter’s back and kills him. Unfortunately, the idol has still taken over Taiana’s mind. She only calms down when Oliver admits that he’s a murderer but she doesn’t have to be.

And by this point, Team Arrow is barely hanging onto hope – even Felicity seems pessimistic. Oliver says that after Laurel died, he realized that it was his arrogance that made him foolishly he could save the city and “be the Green Arrow without descending into darkness.”

It’s Curtis who wakes up and gives the Oliver a little hope. He says that “living in Star City requires a special kind of tenacity,” and admits that he was ready to leave Star City last October. But then, Curtis says, “The Green Arrow popped up on our TV and he reminded me that this city is worth saving. That my home was worth fighting for. That guy gave me inspiration. He gave me hope. And if he could give me hope then, why can’t he give it to others now?”

So Oliver – sans costume – rushes out into the middle of the streets, where people are rioting, and gets on a car to give a speech. He reminds them that they’ve survived everything – and they’ll survived this.

“A friend of mine told me that living in Star City takes a special kind of tenacity,” Oliver says. “But we do live here because this is our home. This is our home. It is our friend, our family, our lives, and we will not – we will not throw those precious gifts away by descending into chaos. We will look to each other for hope. We will cling to each other for strength. And if we do that, no matter what happens, then we can all stand here united.”

It’s a speech that inspires everybody, including Quentin and Donna, who listen to it over the car radio. But that’s when the missile appears over the sky.

Thankfully, this turns out to be a good thing because Curtis realizes that if Felicity can see it, she can hack it. She and Curtis save the city and send the missile away – but not before Curtis tells Felicity that working with Team Arrow has been the highlight of his professional career and his life.

Unfortunately, while Star City is safe, there are still 15,433 nukes out there – and even with Lyla distributing the codes to everybody, the chances of getting them all is 1 in 375 million. Luckily, Felicity was able to hack into the Star City nuke’s onboard computer and traced it back to find Cooper’s location. He’s in a warehouse.

So Curtis and Felicity go after Seldon with Malcolm and Thea as back up. Oliver heads to City Hall, telling Diggle he won’t die tonight. Diggle wants to join him but Oliver makes him stay as backup for the city, just in case.

In another flashback, Taiana realizes that the only way out of the idol’s power is her death. She begs Oliver to kill her. He doesn’t want to, but finally agrees when she says, “If you ever cared for me, then you would do this.” He apologizes and hugs her before breaking her neck. Unfortunately, that’s when the rest of the people on the island show up. They see him kill Taiana.

Left alone, Diggle finally admits to Lyla why he froze when killing the Ghost: he didn’t kill Andy in self-defense. Lyla attributes it to the “fog of war” and says he did what he had to do. Diggle doesn’t seem so convinced.

Oliver confronts Darhk, who literally throws him out of City Hall and onto the streets. Darhk calls his plan a “mercy killing,” saying he’s sparing his daughter from growing up without her mother. As Darhk attacks Oliver, he’s interrupted by an angry citizen who throws a rock at him. The mob yells at Darhk to get out of there. Darhk isn’t touched since they were attacking each other just hours before and knocks them down. He wants to cleanse humanity’s recklessness, and demands why Oliver thinks he can stop him.

“Because it won’t just be me who’s going to stop you,” Oliver says. And he shoots an arrow that – powered by the hope of all these people – nicks Darhk in the face. Darhk’s magic doesn’t work anymore. But he’s still a threat; after all, Darhk is a former member of the League of Assassins. And he has friends. That’s when Diggle and Lyla show up, as do the Ghosts.

Meanwhile, Curtis, Felicity, Malcolm and Thea arrive at the warehouse. They’re attacked by Ghosts but make it to the control room. Thea even saves Malcolm’s life! The team finds Curtis at the computer. Darhk shot him and is moving the bullet closer and closer to his spine unless he works.

Felicity asks for a moment alone with Cooper. Cooper says he’s not strong enough to pull himself away from the keyboard and hasn’t been the man Felicity loved in a long time. That’s when Felicity reminds him how they wanted to save the world 7 years ago, and now is his chance. So Cooper hands the keyboard to Felicity – and is immediately killed by Darhk, who senses Cooper’s decision.

Now they only have 3 minutes to take down 15,000 warheads. Out of options, Curtis tells Felicity to send them elsewhere and they all end up exploding in space.

Back at the mob scene, Darhk shoots Oliver in the chest with his own arrow. Oliver’s fine but knocked down, and it’s Quentin who pulls him back up. Quentin says he had to come back to stand with his city; Diggle tells Oliver he couldn’t stay behind because he already lost one brother. So Oliver sends Diggle and Lyla after the Ghosts and Quentin to keep the people safe. And he goes after Darhk.

Darhk doesn’t think Oliver can kill him since he didn’t even kill his mother’s murderer. Oliver says that he had a choice with Slade but not with Darhk – and stabs him in the chest with an arrow.

Afterwards, the team regroups in the bunker. But Team Arrow may no longer be. Quentin says he and Donna are leaving town for a while since he is no longer a cop after the IAB decision. But he doesn’t mind since all he can think about now is Laurel, and he thanks Oliver for giving him justice and closure. Thea is leaving because she’s horrified by the fact that she threatened to kill a little girl, and thinks Laurel would tell her to get out before she loses too much of herself. And Diggle tells Oliver that while Lyla understood his killing Andy, he doesn’t. He needs time away from the team and the city to figure out where he went off track and how to get back on.

Oliver is worried because he’s never been the Green Arrow without him; Diggle keeps him in line. Diggle says it’s been the other way around lately.

In a final flashback, Oliver explains to the people what happened, and they seem to believe him. That’s when he admits there’s another way off the island. After burying Taiana, he radios Amanda Waller for a trip home. She takes the idol to the Slab, then says she sent Oliver on this mission to prove that sometimes killing is the only path to justice. She then returns Oliver’s stuff, and basically offers him a job at A.R.G.U.S. But Oliver refuses because he has a promise to keep.

Back in the present day, Oliver is talking to Laurel’s grave when Felicity shows up. Oliver is worried he infected Thea and Diggle with his own darkness. Felicity reminds him that he is both the man who killed Darhk in cold blood and the one who gave the city its hope back.

“What you’re feeling isn’t darkness,” Felicity says. “It’s a schism. You’re at war with two sides of yourself.”

Their conversation is interrupted by a phone call from Thomas Kemp (Malcolm Stewart), the chair of City Council. Oliver is sworn in as interim mayor as Quentin and Donna drive away, Thea worries inside of Laurel’s apartment, and Diggle leaves his family to return to war.

Afterwards, Oliver returns to the bunker and finds Felicity there. He was worried she would leave too. Felicity tells him, “Not a chance.”

I have to say – I was kind of disappointed by “Schism.” There wasn’t a lot of suspense involved. After all, there was NO way the show was going to destroy the whole world in a nuclear catastrophe. It felt like I was just waiting for the show to end. And the whole Darhk death honestly wasn’t that satisfying. Maybe it’s because he had already basically been defeated? Felicity moved the nukes and Oliver could stop his magic. I would have preferred to watch him rot in a cell. At least he would have been entertaining that way.

The other problem with Darhk’s death was the way it happened. Suddenly the town is cheerful again so Oliver can kill him? Seems a little too convenient. Also, the government KNOWS Darhk is behind the nuclear attacks because Lyla’s in town. So why are they letting civilians fight him? Where is all the A.R.G.U.S. back up?

I’ve been vocal about my hatred of the flashbacks, and this was no exception. Taiana’s death wasn’t even sad because her character was so poorly fleshed out. And the producers have already admitted that Season 5 will have flashbacks too. Sigh. My only consolation? Oliver is probably going to Russia to save Taiana’s family and her town. So at least we’ll figure out how Oliver got all those ties to the Russian mob.

I also wasn’t a huge fan of the decisions Diggle or Thea made, although I understand why they made them. Really, I’m worried because this felt like such a final season. Where are they even going to go next year? I’m also wondering if Diggle and Lyla’s marriage is in trouble. That look in their final scene was NOT good.

The other problem with Diggle’s and Thea’s decisions? The fact that Felicity was forced to send a nuke to kill thousands and she was the cheeriest one of all. I would have preferred to see the show explore the emotional fallout.

Also, the finale left SO many questions unanswered. Darhk is gone, so is HIVE? What will happen to the Ghosts? Where did Malcolm disappear to? What is Felicity going to do for work now that she was fired from Palmer Tech?

Still, the finale did at least offer a little hope. It’ll be fun to see Oliver try to juggle being mayor and being the Green Arrow next season. And I really hope they bring Curtis onto the team soon! He has to show up eventually since he’s probably going to be Mister Terrific. Besides, he’s the one who had the ideas that saved the world – and Team Arrow is looking pretty slim in its numbers.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image Courtesy of The CW

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