****SPOILERS FOR ARROW AND SUPERNATURAL AHEAD****
Am I the only one who thinks Stephen Amell is not the best of actors?
This episode showcased another bump in the “Ollicity” road, and while Felicity was her usual great, believable self, Oliver was as flat as ever. But it didn’t take away from the episode as a whole, which was pretty good. Ray’s return was handled well, although I would have loved to know exactly how he fell into the hands of Damien Dahrk, who continues to be a true SUPERvillian. I’m very much looking forward to how Team Arrow deals with his supernatural nature (more Constantine, please). Elsewhere, Sara was dealing with the aftermath of resurrection, and like Thea, she has the bloodlust that comes with it. I can’t say I enjoyd this; I feel like we saw the same thing with Thea already, and it wasn’t handled very well at all. Her leaving (again) is probably the best the writers could do for her character on Arrow.
Felicity had to deal with her mom being back, but surprisingly she brought some heartfelt relationship wisdom. I don’t know what the point of her starting something with Lance, but I guess we’ll find out.
The flashbacks did little for the story, expect to further expand the mysticism that’s entering the world of Arrow.
On Supernatural, the Brothers Winchester finally came face to face with Amara. I’ve been enjoying this season a lot, as its been moving at a frantic pace with Amara having a hand in nearly every episode since the premiere. And man, did this episode continue the trend! The revelation of Amara being the casualty of God’s creation of the world was excellent and unique. Speaking of which, could this finally be setting the stage for God’s appearance, or is that still too big for the show?
Finally Castiel got back in the game as well. I was growing tired of him being a trauma victim; he used to be one of the most formidable characters on the show, and it was good to see him flex his muscles once again. This time, he did what Dean couldn’t, breaking down Metatron to reveal crucial details about Amara. Metatron had a great appearance, too, with a Nightcrawler-type job that was hilarious. That being said, I couldn’t help but sympathize with him begging for death in the face of continuing on as a human. Imagine being the Scribe of God and then going on to film dead victims for cash?
My only issue with his episode is that it seemed to deny the season’s earlier premise of Sam and Dean no longer lying to each other. Once again, Dean withholds important information. But, it seems Sam is getting inside information himself, so we’ll see where this goes.