The time has come. The moment that has been teased since the first episode of this season has arrived. It’s time to uncover who is in the grave…
Is this a good episode? Part of me thinks, yes. Part of me thinks, no. It certainly has its flaws, it certainly has some plus points but I’m struggling to escape the feeling that this show has run out of steam.
Malcolm is determined to break Darkh out of prison, striving to hand him his reconstructed totem to restore his powers with the aid of Andy Diggle. Like many Arrow episodes, the A to B plot of the episode refuses to be budged, meaning one character in particular is moulded like clay to suit it. In fairness, the episode succeeds in restoring some of Damien’s credibility – I certainly want him dead now. He is not a nice person.
The Diggle brothers relationship garners focus, understandably, but it is pretty weak in its execution. Though a potentially interesting arc for John is set up through this episode. Elsewhere, Laurel mulls over an offer to become the new mayor’s DA – Mrs. Darkh. It’s nice to see Laurel and her alter-ego get some focus this episode, it’s certainly something I feel we should have seen more of in episodes gone by and again, like with John, it sets up an interesting arc for episodes to come.
In perhaps the biggest twist of all though, the flashbacks actually tie into the present day and also seem to hint at where next season’s batch will be set, which did cause me to sigh with relief.
Overall, it’s an episode which is an improvement from recent weeks yet feels cluttered, it’s as if they crammed an hours worth of material into 40 minutes or so. The writing is still flawed in places, in particular there’s one scene that sticks out like a sore thumb, though there’s a lot more of an Arrow feel to it (Good Arrow, before the dark times, before Olicity) than there has been in recent weeks.
Some teaser quotes:
1. “Why does that thing creep me out the way it does?”
2. “There’s something I haven’t told you guys.”
3. “There’s gonna be trouble then.”
4. “What if Andy is playing us?”
5. “A magician never reveals his secrets.”
6. “This city has enough heroes with masks on.”
7. “One last time.”
8. “I know you don’t trust me.”
9. “That is why you will never beat me.”
10. “I’ll never be able to forgive myself.”
Tune in and watch Eleven-Fifty-Nine on Wednesday 27th April at 8pm on Sky 1. Then, check back to the site after the episode for Bradley’s review and the podcast.