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TV Review: Arrow 4.23 “Schism” (Finale)
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Arrow 423-02

Arrow
Season 4 Episode 23: “Schism”
Directed by John Behring
Written by Wendy Mericle and Marc Guggenheim
Created by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg
Starring Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Paul Blackthorne
The CW
Air Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week on Arrow, Felicity and her long lost dad (Emily Bett Rickards and guest Tom Amandes) fought to keep Rubicon offline, and got some help from Curtis (Echo Kellum), while upset Donna (Charlotte Ross) stood by. Merlyn (John Barrowman) drugged Thea (Willa Holland) into fighting Oliver (Stephen Amell), as he and Diggle (David Ramsey) tried to rescue her. She shook it off pretty quickly though. Anarky was running around the H.I.V.E. ark ready to get revenge on Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), and started by killing Ruvé Darhk (Janet Kidder). The heroes saved the little girl, and the geeks saved the world by shutting Darhk down.

Spoilers below.

Arrow 4.23 “Schism” (Finale) review: Damien Darhk shows up at the loft and easily makes Curtis fly across the room. That’s a gimme. There’s a battle and Darhk almost kills Donna, then Oliver, until Thea walks in with an arrow to his daughters head. He gives in but not before he stole the laptop. Curtis looks really hurt. They track the laptop but it’s too late. The 15,434 missiles are launched. 2 hours left until the end of the world.

Argus goes to confront Darhk. The heroes hear them all die. Felicity gets through the computer block. Then H.I.V.E shows up. Then Merlyn shows up (to help). Curtis woke up and gave Oliver the speech, which causes him to jump on top of a cab in the midst of Star City riots, and bands the citizens together with an inspirational speech.

The missile heads straight for them so Felicity and Curtis do a crazy computer program to veer it off course.

Diggle confesses to Lyla. She completely understands about Andy.

Oliver goes to City Hall. “15 minutes til the end of the world and you wanna spend them with me. I am touched,” quips Darhk. Star City stands up with the Green Arrow. That hope causes Darhk’s magic to go on the fritz, so they fought like men. That part was cool.

Cooper is stuck. Felicity tries to talk to him. He stops and Darhk can tell. He kills him magically.

The battle: Citizens, Arrow, Diggle, and Lyla vs H.I.V.E. and Darhk. He and Oliver are taking turns punching each other in the face, until Oliver gets the best of him. Darhk goads him, and Oliver kills him.

What will they all do now?

Lance is leaving for a while. He and Donna drive away. Thea is going to get some help, and you see her lost in thought. Diggle is going away too because of Andy, to the military. Oliver is talking to Laurel at the cemetery. Felicity walks up, “You’re at war with 2 sides of your soul.” Oliver is appointed interim mayor and sworn in.

He stands in front of the costumes at the lair, and Felicity stands beside him.

There was the same flashback thread that we had been sorta following. Ryder and her fight magically and she wins. Then begs Oliver to kill her. Then Amanda Waller comes and picks everyone up. I guess the tie is to show that sometimes you have to kill for good. But I’m not sure they needed the whole season for that message.

As endings go, it was not bad, but they have had way better. The group being set adrift makes sense after the season they had just survived. The thing is… they have many of the same messages as The Flash, but it works less because they all take themselves way too seriously. I know it is a darker show, but it says something when the most enjoyable parts are when Darhk makes a joke, or Curtis acts like old Felicity, or Anarky acts crazy and funny, or Donna is Donna. I love Arrow and I really want them to find the balance between action and comedy and the comics, like they used to.

It ended fine. I just know what they are capable of, so expected more.

The CW’s synopsis:

Arrow
Schism (Ep# 423)
OLIVER TEAMS UP WITH A SURPRISING FORCE TO STOP DAMIEN DARHK — Oliver (Stephen Amell) teams up with a surprising force in an attempt to stop Damien Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough) and his magic once and for all. John Behring directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti and teleplay by Wendy Mericle and Marc Guggenheim (#423). Original airdate 5/25/2016.

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Videos

Arrow | Schism Scene | The CW


The fate of the world is in Oliver’s hands on the season finale of ?Arrow?, TONIGHT at 8/7c.

Arrow | Inside: Schism | The CW


Oliver struggles to stand tall as the world crumbles around him on Wednesday’s season finale of Arrow at 8/7c!

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