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Arrow 4X09 Discussion: Not feeling the tension anymore

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Arrow season 4 episode 9 marked the mid-season finale of the show, and whilst there was a lot of drama and action I can’t say I felt any of the excitement. There comes a time when the same technique for tension used over and over again starts losing it’s impact. So let’s discuss Arrow season 4 episode 9!

Spoilers follow.

This episode continued to look at Darhk’s war against Star City, and Oliver and his need to stay out of the darkness. Overall I have to say I’ve enjoyed this season a lot more than the last, but for some reason this episode didn’t do anything for me.

I don’t know, maybe it’s because the same thing seems to happen all the time. There’s an event happening in Star City then all of a sudden bullets are flying! I expect it to happen now. In fact I’m more surprised when there’s an event and no gun fights. There’s no dramatic tension to it anymore.

It’s just another day in Star City, people die and get hurt then they move on. It’s the accepted norm of every episode now, and it’s getting a little boring.

Then you have the main dramatic part of this episode, Felicity getting shot at the end. Did Felicity just die? Well since the beginning of the season they have been teasing that someone major is going to die. This episode implied that it will be Felicity, but no one actually believes this right? (Also kind of a spoiler alert: there have already been pictures released of Emily on set for future episodes sooo).

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If Felicity did die we would have seen her name on the tombstone for the next episode’s preview, but instead it’s still a mystery. Look if they end up killing her, I will take back everything I said and talk about how gutsy this episode was, but I don’t believe she will. So this whole episode just feels like a build up towards nothingness. 

Another one of Oliver’s many loves got hurt. Yes some of them die, like Shado, but then some of them come back as well, like Sara. So here’s the other problem, is death dramatic anymore when death isn’t really a permanent thing in the Arrow universe? Yes people have stayed dead, but death is starting to lose its impact.

I guess it’s only because I’m skeptical that Felicity is actually dead, that this whole episode just felt flat to me. I love seeing Oliver running for Mayor, and I actually love seeing more from Laurel who has really grown on me as a character, but there was just no tension to me in this episode. 

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Of course there can be a huge follow-up to this episode in the second half of season 4. We know that Darhk is initiating Project Genesis, which involves destroying the world and rebuilding it with the help of cornfields apparently. And no matter who dies I’m sure we’ll see some John Wick level revenge in action. Because I think we know this happy domestic Oliver Queen can’t last forever. The more and more they bring up Oliver’s need to stay out of the darkness and in the light, makes me believe that we will see him fall back into that darkness soon. 

Overall Arrow season 4 episode 9 wasn’t as exciting as I had hoped it would be, but it did set up for some great things to happen down the line. I remember in season 2 of Arrow, being so shocked with what the showrunners came up with, now everything is starting to seem a little predictable. I hope they prove me wrong though, and give us something really shocking and great!
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  1. That is a Christmas tree in the picture. Unless they’re having Christmas a second time this season, that’s a dream sequence. Why do they have Felicity featured in a dream sequence if she’s all right after the shooting?

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  2. Even that copout breakup before Flash time-traveled was stupid. She breaks up with him because he only just found out he had a kid and didn’t tell her about it RIGHT AWAY? I mean, wtf? Did she think that maybe he needed to double-check and be sure it was HIS kid and that he probably had to think about it before doing something else, like, oh idk, TRYING TO STOP VANDAL SAVAGE FROM DESTROYING THE WORLD?!!!!

    Ok, I’m just gonna ask this, but compared to this, which is probably the worst romance in fiction? My other suggestions are Twilight’s Edward and Bella, 50 Shades Christian and Anastasia, and Star Wars prequels Anakin and Padme. There’s probably more though, but that’s what I got so far…

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    • Hahaha I’m sensing that you’re not a fan of their relationship. But yeah her character just revolves around him now, and she’s acting so entitled and it’s annoying.

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      • Sorry for being the “overly hateful of Olicity” guy that constantly riffs on it. It just annoys me a lot. And since I already saw the new Star Wars, I’m thinking Anakin and Padme weren’t as bad as Olicity, and that’s saying something lol.

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