“Vigilante” or Arrow Part Deux
Our show begins not on a rooftop (for once) but with a young, bound girl being dragged into a room of men for some as of yet unknown purpose. Before anything can happen to her, we get a heat-vision view of the room as the lights are snuffed out. The guys are rightfully concerned as they think the Arrow is there to exact some vengeance. But instead of arrows, all the guys in the room catch some bullets, and an unknown savior frees the girl.
As Team Arrow trains in the present, we get our first flashback of the episode. All season, we’ve seen Ollie as he joined a Russian mob group (the “Bratva”). Last episode, he was tasked with blowing up a casino at the behest of his new mob family but was captured in the process and brought before the casino owner, Konstantin Kovar (played by Dolph Lundgren, or Drago in “Rocky IV”). Kovar is the head of a rival mob group. Sitting in his home, Kovar let’s Ollie know that he’s being played by the Bratva and that he, Kovar, is now in a partnership with them. Ollie, of course, doubts this and makes a brief bid for freedom taking Kovar hostage but is soon recaptured just as the head of the Bratva enters Kovar’s home confirming what he told Ollie all along.
Back in the present, Ollie is feeling overwhelmed with his job as mayor and confides in Susan Williams, the reporter who tells him she thinks he needs a drink and makes a date with him. While Ollie is getting his mack-on, a bank robbery takes place by a group of 5 masked bad guys (and girls). Team Arrow springs into action and arrive at the bank too late (but miraculously before the cops) to take the suspects down because they’ve already been handled. Permanently. As one of the suspects lies dying, his last words are “Vigilante”, who the team finds out is the person responsible.
Another issue that has to be dealt with is Deputy Mayor Quentin Lance’s drinking problem. Instead of getting counselling to deal with the grief over the death of his daughter, Quentin has turned to the bottle. He makes the decision to resign as deputy mayor and hands his quitting notice to Thea. Well, we all know she’s not just going to accept this, so she shows up at Quentin’s apartment to find out what’s really going on.
Quentin lets Thea know about his black outs/lost time, and how he recently woke up with bruises and a throwing star near him making it seem as if he were Prometheus (yet another masked vigilante). Thea doesn’t buy that he is and deals with the immediate issue of Quentin’s drinking by convincing him to go to rehab.
Team Arrow is still on the hunt for the bank robbers AND the Vigilante. The robbers pull another heist, and both Team Arrow AND Vigilante show up at the same time to thwart them (yet again, surprisingly, no cops! Mayor Queen needs to deal with that).
In their first (masked) face to (masked) face meeting, Vigilante lets Arrow and his crew know that they’re on the same side – protecting the city from crime. Although Ollie used the EXACT SAME TACTICS when he began his crime fighting career, Arrow let Vigilante know that killing is unacceptable (hypocrite much Ollie?). Of course Vigilante lets it be known that if you aren’t with him, you’re against him, and makes his escape leaving T.A. with several trussed up bad guys.
Once in police custody, the new D.A. (who I personally believe IS the Vigilante – or Prometheus) grills one of the bank robbers and pretty quickly and easily gets the location of their leader, who made his escape during the last confrontation. Mayor Queen is on scene during the interrogation and uses the knowledge to try to beat Vigilante to the bad guy’s hideout.
At the hideout, the head bad guy is nursing his wounds when Ollie busts in. He tells Arrow how he did time previously for a crime he didn’t commit, so he figured why not try to make ends meat by breaking the law. While the two talk, somehow Vigilante also shows up (see, it’s the new D.A., watch!) and fires several rounds from a machine gun in the flea-bag motel that’s serving as the hideout. Ollie and the bad guy escape unscathed, but the Vigilante’s indiscriminate shots kill two innocent hotel guests.
Ollie tells Team Arrow – who had earlier debated whether Vigilante wasn’t on the same side as they were – that this was the reason he needed to be stopped: to protect innocents. At least all those Ollie killed were “guilty”. Felicity and crew come up with a plan to try to catch Vigilante by staging their own, fake bank robbery. At the designated bank, Curtis and Artemis wait outside in a van while the rest of the team lie in wait inside the bank.
Vigilante is smarter than your average bear and takes Curtis as a hostage when he has his final face-off with Arrow. As the two masked vigilantes debate their respective roles, Ollie is able to save Curtis with his precision marksmanship then goes toe to toe with Vigilante. Vigilante is able to hold his own but is trussed up by one of Ollie’s trick arrows. When Arrow goes to unmask Vigilante, a flashbang goes off knocking all back and when his vision clears, Vigilante is gone.
After things die down – with Vigilante’s escape and the main bank robber in police custody – there’s an impromptu birthday party for Diggle’s son. When Wild Dog and Diggle trained together, there was some male bonding going on. Diggle confided that he felt bad he couldn’t be with his family because he’s still a hunted man as an escaped prisoner. Renee hooked his boy up and got Diggle’s wife and son to the Arrow Lair, making for a happy family reunion.
As the show ends, we see Artemis on a rooftop with none other than Prometheus himself. She says no one suspects a thing. What does this mean!? Is Artemis a traitor? You’ll just have to keep watching Arrow on Atlanta’s CW! Be sure to follow me on Twitter: @ATLBlerd, so we can live tweet the show together.