“So It Begins” or Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Lance
Once again Arrowites, our show begins on a roof. Arrow and Guardian are tracking a cell phone signal they hope will lead them to the new bad guy, Prometheus, who we’ve seen all season. They wind up in an industrial area where magic lights and pyrotechnics go off, leaving a message in the ground: So It Begins in fiery script. As Sherlock Holmes would say, “the game is afoot”.
During the daytime, Mayor Queen and his staff decide they want to put on a musical festival in order to raise funds and spirits in the city. Thea and Quentin are tasked with finding the acts to put the show on. While this is happening, we switch to a lady vacuuming her house. Out of the blue, Prometheus shows up and with nary a word puts a throwing star in her neck.
Just like Batman does, Arrow shows up to gather clues while the police and new District Attorney were on the scene. He’s given free run of the place and has a brief convo with the D.A. before heading back to the Arrow Lair. Next thing you know, they learn of additional bodies. As the team discusses the situation, there’s report of a Prometheus sighting at a carnival and folks on the scene lose their minds! They start pulling out guns and shooting willy-nilly. Team Arrow arrives before the cops do to try to quell the hot heads and save those caught in the line of fire.
Trying to get a handle on what’s going on with Prometheus, Diggle convinces Felicity to use her relationship with Matches Malone to try to get the inside scoop. She stops by the police department to see him. The minute he turns his back, Felicity picks up the throwing star that was in Susie Homemaker’s neck and absconds with the evidence.
Once again in the lair, Felicity and Curtis run the names of Prometheus’ victims through their computer, trying to find a connection between them and Arrow. Turns out, Prometheus was killing people whose names are anagrams on Ollie’s kill list from Season 1. The new team learn about Ollie’s black book of names and his dark secret of being a “serial killer”. It rubs them the wrong way, so together they take some time away from him to digest what they’ve learned. Perhaps the one having the most difficulty is Artemis because Ollie talked her out of killing Damian Dahrk last season to avenge her parents’ death at his hands. Obviously she feels he’s a BIT of a hypocrite considering he killed more people than Ebola.
At City Hall, things are somewhat of a mad house after the news is broken that Prometheus – who the media is dubbing the “Throwing Star Killer” – has been on a killing spree. Thea is trying to man the house by herself while Ollie is handling his “night job”, but Deputy Mayor Lance is missing. Snooping around in his office, Thea finds a whisky bottle in Lance’s desk leading her to the conclusion that he’s fallen off the sobriety wagon. Thea confronts Lance at his home, and he says that he’s yet to get sober “cause he’s a drunk and drinking is what he does”. Or is it?
Felicity’s computer spits out a list of names that are potential targets for Prometheus, so the team splits up to cover and protect them all. Artemis is on a subway train guarding the conductor when, out of the blue, Prometheus shows up on the moving train. Artemis tries to hold her own against him but is easily defeated. Before Prometheus can kill his intended target, Arrow shows up and prevents another killing. Prometheus makes his escape through a hole in the train’s ceiling but leaves Arrow and Artemis a present. Somehow, he gained access to the controls and planted a time bomb. Not having the time to defuse it, Arrow feels discretion is the better part of valor and uses a trick arrow to save himself, Artemis and the conductor.
Felicity returns the purloined throwing star evidence to her boyfriend after she learns that it’s made out of the same material as Ollie’s custom arrows; arrows that had been confiscated in the past by the police department . Now, they’ve been melted down and re-purposed. Felicity also divulges that the reason for her strange absences was that she works for the Arrow. Malone surprisingly takes it well; Felicity didn’t want there to be any secrets between them the way there was between her and Ollie early on.
As the show ends, we see Quentin Lance in his apartment recovering from an apparent bender. But as the camera zooms in on him, we see that he’s been injured; injuries consistent with those Arrow inflicted on Prometheus. Plus, sitting right next to him, is one of the deadly throwing stars. Lance looked as confused as the rest of us watching the show. Is Quentin moonlighting as Prometheus? Be sure to follow me on Twitter: @ATLBlerd so we can live tweet the show.