Oliver: “You were the main reason behind me running for mayor. A part of me has always wanted you to see what kind of man I really am.”
“Beyond Redemption” is the October 28 episode of “Arrow.” Warning, this article contains spoilers. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from the episode. “Arrow” airs Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. CT on the CW.
Laurel’s oblivion to what she did to Sara is just astonishing. She’s so blinded by something, maybe it’s hope, but it is more like oblivious hope in the worst way. Laurel will not consider that she brought back anyone other than Sara, but she never explains why she’s ignoring the most likely real possibility that she did more harm than good by putting Sara in the Lazarus Pit.
All of this would have been easier to swallow is Laurel had an emotional breakdown when pressed about how she is ignoring the facts. Laurel could have cited how lost she is without her sister, or some variation along those lines. The decision to put Sara into the pit was driven by grief, but we haven’t seen that from Laurel.
We need a breakdown. We need some sign that Laurel has not just gone completely insane and kind of stupid. Laurel is smarter than how she is acting, and while the prospect of having Sara back is amazing (at least personally), it shouldn’t come at the cost of destroying Laurel as a character.
Small bright side is that Laurel brought her dad in on the secret. Laurel has lied to her dad before about Sara, and if we had to relive all of that drama, it would have been way too much. Plus. Quentin actually had a normal (and heartbreaking) reaction to seeing Sara again, and he was smart enough to see all the negatives surrounding Sara being back.
Before getting into the greatest Oliver and Quentin conversation of all time, let’s talk about how great it is to have the two of them working together. It’s fantastic to see Quentin kept in the loop on the vigilante side of things, and he even got to see the new lair. This is what their working relationship should be like.
All right, let’s bask in the glory of Oliver’s confrontation with Quentin. Fantastic doesn’t do that conversation justice. It was magical. Quentin, as Oliver said, has always been there to judge Oliver. Sometimes he needed the judgment too.
Oliver has never gotten a chance to tell Quentin just how much he values Quentin’s opinion. Oliver usually always listens to Quentin’s jabs at how Oliver is living his life. To Oliver, Quentin is a father figure. He is responsible for a lot of the changes that Oliver has made and is trying to make.
The emotion behind all of Oliver’s words was fantastic. Oliver was forced to realize that someone he idolizes has fallen from grace. Since Oliver was upset, he did most of the talking, so hopefully one day soon, we’ll hear more of Quentin’s thoughts on everything Oliver said.
What did you think of the episode? It looks like Malcolm’s unorthodox treatment worked because Thea is back to normal. Will anyone run against Oliver? Share your thoughts and theories in a comment below.