The truth shall set you free. Unless you’re a former playboy turned arrow-wielding vigilante who has the head of the League of AssassinsÂ and a Police CaptainÂ (who also happens to be your ex-girlfriends’ (yes, plural) father) after him. Then, it does exactÂ the opposite. And I’ll be honest, I never saw this coming.
If your DVR schedule looks anything like mine, this has been a bigÂ week for character “outings.” First Emily came clean on Revenge. Then Barry revealed his identityÂ to another major character on The Flash. And now Oliver is being exposed as the Arrow on national television. But I have to admit, of all three,Â this is the one that really threw me for a loop. After all the clues that Detective Lance has been given throughout the years and his lack of desire to know the Arrow’s identity, I was shocked that it was he who exposed Oliver in the end. I mean sure, it was an evil genius move on the part of Ra’s al Ghul to tell him, but still, a total game changer.Â That being said,Â now that Lance is on a personal revenge campaign, knowing the Arrow’s identityÂ only helps in his crusadeÂ to take him down.
Laurel: We need to talk.
Lance: Aren’t you getting tired of this little chats? Because I know I am.
Laurel: Then let’s cut through all the crap. You don’t think the Arrow is behind these murders, you’re just pissed off because he kept Sara’s death a secret from you.
Lance: That is not why! THAT IS NOT WHY! Maybe at first, yea. But then I realized, he is the reason that Sara got killed.
Laurel: Dad, that is ridiculous.
Lance: No. You, Harper, Sara, the freak in Central City, the Huntress, they got a new guy flying around the city. All these masks. They started with him. And Sara died only because she was part of it too.
Laurel: You have no idea why Sara was killed.
Lance: She ended up in the League of Assassins because she was marooned on Lian Yu cause she got on that boat with Queen.
Laurel: So what, now Oliver’s to blame?
Lance: Oliver. The Arrow. Either way, same guy. On some level, I think I always knew, but when I thought he was doing good, it didn’t matter to me. You know when that boat when down and we thought Sara was dead, we blamed Queen. It’s funny how things come full circle, right?
Like I said, personal. Sure, having someone in a hood running around the city thwarting crime could be considered a problem, but it didn’t bother Detective Lance until he needed someone to blame for his daughter’s death. From season 2 on, he has been totally pro-Arrow and grateful for any help Team ArrowÂ provides.Â But now that he needs somewhereÂ to directÂ his grief, he conveniently stops seeing the good that the Arrow is accomplishing and chooses instead toÂ blameÂ Oliver for his daughter’s death. And the fact that Oliver just happens to be the same person he blamed for Sara’sÂ death in the first place, well, that’s a win-win.
So, how do you catchÂ aÂ superhero vigilante who generally only comes out at night and can use his super weapons to fly through the sky andÂ evade both criminals and cops alike? Obviously, you double your odds by revealing his public identity as well.Â Part of having a secret identity is so you can live a pseudo-normal life without anyone knowing, but once you lift that veil, it’s game over. Now everyone is on the lookout and everywhere Oliver goes, he’s exposed. Checkmate.
So in what can either be a dumb move or his only move, depending on how you look at it, Oliver turned himself in. And while I felt like havingÂ everyone on theÂ police force draw their guns on a man who willingly walked in to the precinct was a bit excessive, Detective Lance actually managed to keep his cool while arresting Oliver. However, once they got in the back of the transport truck together, any semblance of composure and professionalism went out the window andÂ all bets were off.
Lance: Lian Yu
Oliver: What about it?
Lance: This Ra’s character, he told me Sara made it to the island with you. You didn’t feel like sharing that with me? Huh? I mean, I’m only her father. Or I was. When did you decide that you knew what was best for my family?
Oliver: I love your family.
Lance: You have the right to remain silent, TAKE IT!
Oliver: Just ask me what you want to know.
Lance: What do I want to know? Well, was it worth it? All the pain and misery you brought back from that island? Merlyn. Slade Wilson. Wouldn’t it be better if you just died there?
Oliver: The reason I came back was to try to save the people of this city.
Lance: I hate to break it to you, but saving people isn’t your specialty. Tommy. Â Your mother. My daughter. And now you set upÂ to kill Laurel too.
Oliver: I didn’t want her to be involved in this. I didn’t want anyone to be involved in this.
Lance: But you involved me. You spent a year making me look like a fool. You spent a year making me your accomplice. You have any idea what you’ve done? What you’ve done to all of the people that you claim to care so much about? You’ve made us criminals. You’ve made us liars and victims. You, Mr. Queen, are not a hero. You’re a villain. But you know that, don’t you.
Yes, I get that he’s upset and that he’s hurt and feels betrayed. But this is just plain mean. Blaming Oliver for all the evil and all deaths that have occurred, calling himÂ a villain and saying they would be better off it he were dead? A bit excessive in my opinion and definitely a low blow. I understand that grief changes people, but his grief is literally blinding him to all the good that Oliver has accomplished and all the criminals he has put away, which far outnumbers the number of people lost. Yes, people have died as a result of what has happened since Oliver’s return, but who’s to say these things wouldn’t have happened anyway? Merlyn was already planning to destroy the city (a plan that Oliver obviously wasn’t able toÂ entirely thwart, but he did drastically lessen). Sara chose to be a part of the League on her own. And Moira was already in deep trouble before Oliver even boarded the Queen’s Gambit. Plus, as a police captainÂ and former cop, LanceÂ should understand more than anyone that just because you set out to do good doesn’t mean that good always comes of it and that nobodyÂ gets hurt in the process.Â Not to mention, he KNOWS that it is the faux-ArrowÂ impostorÂ out there killing people. And he KNOWS that Oliver clearly wants to take down the killer as much as anyone and could be a major asset in helping catch him. But rather than be concerned withÂ the lives of the people of Central City, he’s more concerned with his own vendetta and punishing the person he stubbornlyÂ sees responsible for his daughter’s death.
Plus, let’s not forget thatÂ Oliver is already pretty fragile and questioning his own purpose and identity as the Arrow, so I imagine a verbal assault such as this will only driveÂ him further down his dark hole of self-doubt. That being said, he is off the legal hook now thatÂ Roy has stepped up and claimed to be the Arrow, but I don’t think that will stop either Oliver or Lance from heading down their respective paths of Arrow destruction.
Be sure to catch Arrow Wednesday at 8/7c on The CW.
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