In Review: Arrow, Episode 72 “Restoration”

Someone dies, someone returns, someone forgives, and someone is going to have major family issues in their future.

Arrow, Episode 72 “Restoration” Broadcast October 21, 2015

Written by Wendy Mericle & Speed Weed

Directed by Wendy Stanzler

“Previously on Arrow,” Damien Darhk has returned, Diggle reveals an organization called H.I.V.E. killed his brother, John tells Oliver he’s lost his respect for the hero, Thea has major anger issues, and Laurel literally digs up someone from her past. In the present, John is chasing two of H.I.V.E.’s ghosts at a lumber yard. He falls to ground having been beaten down by one of the men and the villain is prepared to kill him at point blank range; instead he runs off. The chase resumes and support for Diggle arrives on a motorcycle: Green Arrow. Felicity gift wraps one of the thugs from afar, and John catches the other. John rips out the man’s cyanide tooth so he can question the man, but the captive unleashes an electrical charge that causes Dig to fly backwards. The villain escapes. Meanwhile, at Nanda Parbat, Malcolm spars with Nyssa. When done, Thea and Laurel enter, with the latter asking for her sister to be brought back to life via the Lazarus Pit. Malcolm says he won’t allow it because bringing the dead back to life hasn’t been done for years and whatever came out of the Pit wouldn’t be Sara. Back in Star City, Felicity is jazzed that the original three of Team Arrow did a job and thinks they should go out to get a drink to celebrate. Dig shoots them down. In the past on the island, Oliver tries to take down a worker without killing him. The problem is another guard sees differently. When Dig gets home he finds his door open and a man inside. He’s from ARGUS and has information about Mina Faya, who’s just arrived at Darhk’s headquarters with an unannounced partner who proves his skills to the H.I.V.E. leader. “That one’s free,” says Double Down. “Taking out Green Arrow and his friends, that’ll cost.” Damien smiles, “Deal.” Cue opening title sequence and first commercial break.

This was an enjoyable episode that balanced the action that this super hero series is known for with some iconic comic book lore. Going to Nanda Parbat and seeing the Lazarus Pit is always good, and the series took a step up with John Barrowman back as Malcolm Merlyn. Willa Holland was good as a woman on the edge who will never be satisfied by simply fighting evil, and it was really good to see that thrown in her face. It was understandable why Laurel wanted what she wanted, but Katie Cassidy just did not sell it; her drive was not believable. Back in Star City, Emily Bett Rickards continued to get the funny lines, while Stephen Amell and David Ramsey had their characters butting heads. J.R. Bourne was great as the metahuman villain: it looked like his character was going to be cheesy, but he was very enjoyable. I’d love to see him return. Echo Kellum’s character of Curtis Holt got some growth and it was a big comic book high to see his character reveal a familiar looking floating orb. More please, soon! The action was well done and was more enjoyable than previous episodes simply because their were few fighters to keep track off, so it seemed as if the fighting was a little more realistic.

The good: Fun story by Wendy Mericle and Speed Weed, everything at Nanda Parbat was cool, Double Down was a cool villain, and Damien Darhk had some excellent moments discussing disappointments.

Fun lines: “The OGs. The Original Gangsters,” “You shouldn’t have,” “I’m not giving up. I’m never giving up,” “Do we have an understanding?!”, “What are you?”, “How do you feel?”, “Sorry, but he is,” “Since always!”, and “I don’t know…”

The bad: The island stuff is nowhere as interesting as what’s occurring in the present. It’s like a beating a dead horse, or a reluctant worker.

The final line: Someone dies, someone returns, someone forgives, and someone is going to have major family issues in their future. Very enjoyable! Overall grade: A- 

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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