Dark Waters is a pretty solid episode, and a good midseason finale. There’s a lot going on in the hour that’s likeable. However, it’s not perfect, and one storyline in particular weakens the last instalment of 2015.
That storyline is indeed the one involving Oliver and Felicity’s relationship. Yes, I know that I sound like a broken record going on and on about how this aspect of the show is causing problems, but I can only tell it as I see it. And this week, what happens between the pair does not make for great viewing. What happens in the episode basically revolves around some utter stupidity, and the majority of the plot throughout comes from what amounts to little more than desperation. It’s extremely frustrating as it does little to help either character. While what’s going on between them does play into the main story with Damien, that doesn’t make it any more interesting or well-plotted.
All this aside, the remainder of the episode is enjoyable. Oliver puts into action his plan to clean up the Star City Bay and Damien makes good on his promise to oppose Oliver. It’s a nice change of pace from what we’ve seen so far, where the Green Arrow just interrupts his plans. What’s also smart about this is the personal aspect – Damien is going after Oliver Queen, not the Green Arrow. It’s something we’ve really only seen in Slade’s quest for revenge, but it’s effective. We learn a lot more about what Damien is planning, as well as what Genesis is. It’s good to see more of this side of the story, and it sets up the back half of the season quite nicely.
Dark Waters has some enjoyable moments between characters who don’t usually interact. For example, Oliver and Laurel share a nice scene as Oliver attempts to blame himself for something that happens. I won’t divulge what that is, or who else interact as it’ll spoil the fun of it all, but they all make for some great scenes.
This week’s flashbacks feature Oliver attempting to acquire something that he needs for this big plan of his to stop Baron Reiter. We also learn the story of how Oliver got one of his scars. Again, I won’t tell you the spoiler, but even if I did, you wouldn’t believe it. The flashbacks may have been improving somewhat, but this scene pushes them back into “can we please watch something else” territory.
All told, Dark Waters is an enjoyable episode and a good way to end the year, as various different threads are left in the air by the time the credits roll.
Some teaser quotes:
1. “She must love you right now.”
2. “We can take care of ourselves.”
3. “A couple of weeks in a cage will change your perspective.”
4. “Have you seen him eat a piece of cake?”
5. “I had my minions looking into it.”
Make sure to tune in and watch the midseason finale, Dark Waters, on Wednesday 16th November at 8pm on Sky 1! Then, check back to the site after the episode for Cory’s review!