Solo is neither charismatic nor charming. Sometimes it is hard to see how this show had such popular renown. Thrush invents the self-driving car. Illya is in peril and sadistic and tawdry things happen. A drilling rig looks like its been covered in silver glitter. A Thrush moleman plots. Narcissus acts like the part was originally meant for Angelique. Solo growls sexily and wants his “travelling companion” back.
“He and his companion ducked into a hotel.”
“I can’t get it up for you right now.”
“A new top-secret project we don’t know anything about.”
“I like you.”
“I thought you might like to see our air pollution.”
“You really did have a homing device sewn into his suit.”
“I know what Mr King’s friends are.”
“I don’t care what you do or how you do it.”
“All the s’s are f’s!”
“There’s an Interpol cop behind every tree.”
“What do I do now? Throw it back at him?”
“The happy populace.”
Terrible damage has been done to Star City. Mick takes over a gang and stands around glowering at this underlings. There is a mention of the Uprising and how Slade’s son, Grant Wilson, showed up to mess up Star City. It is not said that Slade wasn’t always insane. Nobody thought to check out Slade’s son before this and tell him how his father was once a good man? No.
The gang can not but give into provocation. Lance has unwavering monologues. An older Oliver (Stephen Amell - as wooden as ever) doesn’t tell Sara how Laurel was murdered as a way to make their father sad. That was a disgusting act by TPTB. Grant Wilson outed Oliver as the Green Arrow and cut one of his arms off. Now Oliver has bad old age makeup and a beard. Lance and Diggle are dead, Felicity left town apparently and John Diggle Jr is the new Arrow. John Diggle Jnr has no admiration for his predecessor. What happened to Diggle’s daughter?
Oliver and his manpain has more manpain. No one cares about Thea. The Jax/Kendra/Ray love triangle crap is jarring and un-dramatic. Grant Wilson is not au courant with sanity. Where is Oliver’s son? Rip Hunter and his bag lady fashion sense annoys. I’ll stick with this for now. Ray is the least cool guy ever. Oliver whines about how he’s literally half the man he used to be. Oliver can’t do math. No-one has peripheral vision. Mick is a nut and Grant Wilson gives off serious Kylo Ren vibes. This was good.
“The events that you dread.”
“You think too much.”
“I got a chalice!”
“Go to hell!”
“You’re just a punk in a Halloween costume.”
“That is not a nice family.”
The word alien is never used and no one Will knows seems to have seen one. People are downbeat reflecting on their new status as the conquered. Will goes looking for his lost son but is caught up in a resistance bomb. This brings him to the attention of the proxy governor and his enforcers the Redhats.
This has a nice title card, a wall of missing people and it is obvious how much things have changed. Will (Josh Holloway of ‘Lost’ and ‘Intelligence’) is given an offer he can’t refuse. Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies of ‘Prison Break’, ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Tarzan’) tries to find insulin, waves a gun, has a dog and is obviously a resistance member. Having a weapon means trouble, being out after curfew means trouble and it seems the aliens are wif-fi deniers.
There are weird logos and the aliens motives are unknown. Will sees that collaborators live the high life. This reminds me of the original ‘V’ not the cack-handed remake.
Snyder the proxy governor is slimy and reveals Will’s real name and hidden past as an Army Ranger/FBI fugitive finder. After the Arrival the military/law enforcement vanished. Will is told to infiltrate the resistance and bring Snyder the leader who is known as Geronimo. The aliens put on a weird light show. Who is the bimbo hanging around Snyder?
There is blathering about occupation law. Katie and Will’s kids Bram and Gracie stand around looking worried. Will is returned home and Katie is affectionate and then gets angry. Charlie is their missing son’s name. The kid who needs insulin is Hudson and may be Katie’s nephew. Snyder claims the aliens plan to leave after their needs are satisfied. What are their needs? Snyder says Katie can reopen her bar. The aliens undervalue recreation apparently. Charlie’s return is conditional on Will’s cooperation. Katie reveals all to a resistance bigwig (Paul Guilfoyle of ‘CSI’). I enjoyed this and want to see more. So many mysteries to be answered.
“Tell me what I’ve done!”
“He’s with those people now.”
“No-one ever sees them.”
“Our hosts are tired of the insurgency.”
“The most important day in human history is coming.”
“What do you want to hear?”
“Do they even know who their enemy is?”
“Collaborate and you die!”
“Good things come to the loyal.”
“I came hungry.”
Lucy and James bore. Maxwell Lord bores. Winn has no intellectual heft. Lord’s ambiguous motives bore. This was a muddled and misconceived ep that was a misbegotten project. Alex waffles. This ep served no grander narrative. Nobody shakes the brain bush. Winn has manpain and whines about peanut noodles. Winn goes on a nice guy tantrum because Kara won’t love him. Alex is stupid and Maxwell Lord and his bumfluff is onto Kara.
“Is this a job interview?”
“Wearing a glorified pair of yoga pants.”
“Staring into an existential abyss.”
“Do you think he can cry on cue?”
“Narcissism and ill-kempt facial hair.”
“No-one you’ll remember.”
“Capturing light in its permanent form.”
“Fabricating the future.”