Arrow, ‘Star City Slayer’: The Status Quo Goes out the Window in a Hurry

Arrow, Season 7, Episode 13, “Star City Slayer”

If episode 150 of Arrow was all about previous season nostalgia, then 151 was dedicated to burning most of that to the ground. There wasn’t a singular series-altering moment in this episode, but there were enough small events to change the face of the show as we know it. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest episode of Arrow:

What’s the scoop:  With all the vigilantes under one roof, Arrow dabbles in a few horror tropes with –- as we eventually discover –- Ollie’s old cellie, Stanley, aka The Star City Slayer, is up to his old tricks again. Of course, there are a lot of ominous notes and blood-soaked crime scenes before we got there. It was very tense, and ultimately paled in comparison to all the plot that was moved in the last five minutes of the episode.

Meanwhile in B-plot land: William still has a case of the teens. Oliver tries his best to get through to his son, but even the growly voice that made henchmen across Star City soil themselves could not penetrate William’s Armor of Angst. So he does what any child would do when in a battle of wills with his parents; he calls his grandparents for backup. They tell Oliver they are going to sue for custody of William, and they have a strong case given his prison stay, scrapes with Diaz, and his current role as a deputized vigilante. Oliver resists at first, but the showdown with the Slayer makes him realize that William should make his own choice. William wants normalcy, which is in Central City with his grandparents; the first piece of the Future Island is set in motion.

Sex and the Olicity: William’s troubles have interrupted the onscreen sexy times, but Olicity had to be getting busy some other time because after getting checked out by the doctor after getting drugged by the Slayer, Felicity finds out she’s preggers. Also, for reasons we find out a little later, Curtis transfers over his ownership of Helix to her, which puts her on her path to the future.

On the island of the future: Hey, speaking of the future … Roy takes a tranq dart to the neck, just like old times. This was without a doubt, my favorite part of the episode. In early seasons of the show, Roy would do some fancy parkour moves only to end up getting tranqed by somebody. It happened All. The. Time. So, its callback this week was glorious. The gang goes back to the old Arrow Lair where they are ambushed by Connor Hawke, son of John Diggle, and Blackstar, whose real name is Mia Smoak -– yes the progeny of Olicity, and half-sister to William. Oh and not for nothing, Felicity is alive, which I believed I totally called months ago.

What about the action: If you thought Team Arrow would escape this episode unscathed, then you are sorely mistaken. Remember the scar on Dinah’s neck in the future? Well, she gets it courtesy of the Slayer after she discovers his careful yarn-walling and Denim Trapper Keeper of Oliver Obsession. Curtis has to use an untested modification from one of his T-Spheres to close the wound and save Dinah. And speaking of Curtis, he decides to take gig-designing tech for a humanitarian think tank in D.C. –- Mr. Terrific Goes to Washington, as it were. This was another talky episode. The future scenes had a good battle with Connor and Mia vs. Roy and Dinah, and the stuff with Slayer was creepy and tense, so high marks there.

What’s next: A break until March! Diggle’s secret about Diaz working for ARGUS gets out and Felicity is not pleased.

Last impressions: I’ll be honest here, after getting my first Roy-tranqed moment in probably four years, the rest of the episode could have been Stephen Amell sitting in a chair making fart sounds with his armpit, and I would have been happy with this episode. Fortunately, a different choice was made. Now if I wanted to pick nits, I could grumble about packing all the revelations into the last act of the episode, after doing a whole lot of nothing since coming back from the midseason break. On the other hand, Arrow has been doing these mini-midseason cliffhangers over the last few years now, so it shouldn’t be completely unexpected. In the end, this episode was tense, well-paced and eventful –- everything you could hope for in a Monday night of TV.

Craig Wack

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