The Arrow Farewell Tour has checked in with a lot of important places and characters as we say a long, gradual goodbye to the show that’s given us eight seasons of heroics and action. One important player we haven’t seen yet makes their return in this episode for their (probably) final bow.
Arrow’s farewell tour continues, with the current and future teams still working to fit in together. You can’t do a spin through Arrow’s past without including Russia, and that’s where they’re heading this time. We visit an old friend/occasional ally, get another familiar face back, and see loyalties tested in the conflict with the Monitor.
Last episode ended with a major surprise as the future team suddenly appeared in the current era bunker, along with Oliver, transported from Nanda Parbat. Now, two generations of heroes and families are trying to figure out what’s going on and how, or if, they can work together.
It can be argued the modern era of superhero television got its start with Smallville. That show to one side, the more direct start would have to be Arrow, which spawned the CW DC Universe, which is up to five shows now and hundreds of characters.
Arrow is the flagship of the DC/CW Universe, and arguably helped usher in the modern age of hero tv. The finale of season seven has a very busy time, trying to wrap up major plots in the present and future, set up for the big crossover down the road, and almost end the series, since it comes back for a very short run this fall.
The titular hero takes a backseat on his own show once again to give some other characters air time. A recent subplot takes center stage, more of Emiko’s background is investigated, and another character takes their leave.
Arrow takes a break from the annoying heroes fighting heroes story to focus on two characters: Ricardo Diaz, the Dragon (I still don’t buy he’s supposed to be Richard Dragon) and Felicity Smoak. With most of the story on Arrow’s current big bad, the episode is titled, “The Dragon,” and the usual run of symbols…