In my review of Monument Point, I spoke of how Arrow has lost viewer trust in terms of suspension of disbelief. Lost in the Flood takes things a step further, constantly flirting with the ridiculous. There are a few bright sparks here and there, but it’s difficult to get excited about the finale after this penultimate episode.
Smoak family drama takes a front seat (believe me, I wish I was kidding). Donna and Noah come face to face, as Felicity enlists his help and Curtis too to try and gain full control of Rubicon. The scenes feel wildly out of place. The scenes feel ridiculous considering we’re one episode away from the finale and the events of last week’s episode. Every time the episode reels back to them, things slow and fall away – they’re without doubt the weakest link of Lost in the Flood.
Meanwhile, Oliver goes to find Thea with Diggle’s help. The story under the dome provides one of the best action scenes we’ve had in a while – you’ll know when you see it – while Thea gets brainwashed. Again. In fairness, these scenes feel a little more like the Arrow of old. They’re not without their flaws, but with what we’re given on the surface with the Smoaks, you’ll take what you can get.
Damien still isn’t featured as heavily as I feel he should be. He has some nice lines – well delivered by McDonough as you’d expect. It’s just a little odd, considering how heavily he was around in the first episodes of this season, you’d expect him to be more at the centre of things as we head towards the climax. Nevertheless, he’ll surely be stepping up in a big way for next week’s season finale.
Overall, part of this episode feels like a superhero show, the other feels like a bad soap opera. The writing throughout, however, feels lazy and far too many elements of this episode seem ridiculous. It’s a frustrating forty minutes or so, rather than an enjoyable one.
Some teaser quotes:
1. “Not to sound too much like your father, but I really think you need a timeout.”
2. “Between the earthquakes, the viral attacks, the homicidal super soldiers, why would anyone want to live here?”
3. “Today was supposed to be Christmas, and I woke up to a lump of coal. Is it because I’ve been naughty this year?”
4. “Thanks for not being dead.”
5. “Did I leave you with the impression I was a rational guy?”
Tune in and watch Lost in the Flood on Wednesday 25th May at 8pm on Sky 1. Then, check back to the site after the episode for our review and the podcast.