Arrow recap: Season 7, Episode 7, “The Slabside Redemption” Aired Nov. 26, 2018
“Mornin’ Inmate 4587.”
Well, friends… we made it. It took a lot for our characters to finally be here. And I don’t just mean to be on the outside of a prison cell.
Wait and Hope
A hero in the light. What does that mean for Oliver Queen?
Oliver’s values and morals have had a gradual shift through out the show, and we as an audience were expecting his stint in prison to be like an Island 2.0. In some ways it was, and in some ways it wasn’t. What we expected to see was once again, a broken man shattering the mirrors of his reflection, and unexpectedly we saw a man whose light cascaded off those mirrors and created a kaleidoscope of colors that inspired many to embark on their own quest for redemption.
After the trauma of Slabside and six plus years of trying to be a hero to Star City, Oliver is embracing the gray in everyone. Criminals are not just bad. Having empathy for even the worst people human kind has to offer will make him a better hero and person.
I think everyone should stop and make sure they are wearing their empathy capes every once in awhile, take a breath, and ask yourself what kind of hero do you want to be?
Ricardo Diaz vs Oliver Queen
Diaz breaks into the prison after being arrested, and I know, we are again asked to dispel disbelief when it comes to his abilities. But he corrupts some already corrupt guards and starts a full scale riot.
It looks like Diaz is still taking that Mira Kuru-esk drug because he succeeds in almost killing Oliver. Alas, Oliver is almost killed all the time so this is nothing new and he is able to incapacitate Diaz and lock him in his old cell.
This is probably not the last we will see of The Dragon. However, maybe we will get a well deserved break. Fingers crossed!
So… Stan’s a serial killer
Besides the Olicity reunion, (which we will talk about) Stan’s psycho-villian monologue was my favorite part of this episode. He is scary. Oliver tries to talk him down by saying, “I understand Stanley, I’m just busy trying to stop Diaz from killing everyone in the prison. You know?” I love a sarcastic and sassy Oliver Queen.
At the end of the episode, Stan escapes and kills Brick. From it looks of it, Stan might be our new big bad of the season. AND I WOULD LOVE THAT!
I volunteer Stan as tribute.
Ben Turner AKA Bronze Tiger
Turner kicked ass along side Oliver, and now he’s my favorite. Can he join Team Arrow, please? He helped save the guards and stop Diaz. But most importantly, he helped Oliver realize that he can’t see people in black and white anymore.
Before Oliver gets out, he gives Turner his copy of The Count of Monte Cristo and I admittedly cheered. I am here for his redemption.
Punch Slap Kick!
Yes, the fight sequences are getting their own section in this recap. Props to the stunt team, James Bamford, and everyone on Arrow involved in making that happen.
The fight scenes were often long continuous shots throughout the prison, and were way more brutal than anything they’ve ever done. From burning a man alive (RIP Sampson), slitting someones throat, and with every stab, slash, and kick, Arrow masterfully tied Oliver’s prison storyline with a bloody bow.
We have been waiting 84 years for this reunion and it finally came! No words were needed when they saw each other again. We could see on their faces everything they were thinking and feeling. I love their love the most. Here’s the clip if you want to watch it another billion times:
Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t congratulate Oliver and Felicity on their one year wedding anniversary. They say the first year is the hardest, and thats especially true for this OTP.
Catch all new episodes of Arrow Mondays at 8 PM on The CW.