By Christopher Ross (@boss_ross92)
Arrow 5x15 “Fighting Fire With Fire” starts off where last week left off. Oliver (Stephen Amell) is dealing with the fallout of his cover-up with Adrian (John Segarra) over Billy Malone’s death. The city council has brought forward an impeachment hearing to determine the future of Mayor Queen but Vigilante has other plans to deal with the Mayor. After the first round of the impeachment hearing, Oliver, along with Quentin (Paul Blackthorne), Thea (Willa Holland) and Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) are traveling via limo when they are attacked by Vigilante. The masked man has it out for Oliver for his corruption but fails to take Oliver down before the police make it there in time to scare him off.
At this point in the episode, every audience member believes Adrian is Vigilante and he is trying to cover his tracks when Dinah finds a piece of Vigilante’s visor at the scene of the attack. Fast-forward a scene and we see Vigilante on a rooftop being attacked by Prometheus, who says Oliver Queen is "his to deal with." The two fight and eventually Prometheus gets the upper hand and knocks Vigilante off the roof. Prometheus finally takes his mask off and turns to the audience to be….Adrian Chase! What…the…heck?!
The third act begins when Oliver calls for a press conference to explain that the Green Arrow murdered Billy and the Mayor was merely trying to preserve the Arrow’s legacy and his effect on Star City. During the press conference, the remaining members of Team Arrow are trying to stop Vigilante from assassinating Oliver. Vigilante makes quick work of Wild Dog (Rich Gonzalez) and Spartan (David Ramsey) but is eventually stopped by Mr. Terrific and his T-Spheres. You read that correctly! Curtis made the T-Spheres! Vigilante escapes but the team is luckily intact. The hearings end by the end of the episode and Oliver is not to be impeached after all. Our hero gets to continue to be mayor but at the cost of the Green Arrow’s reputation. It seems Prometheus or Adrian as we now know, has orchestrated a masterful performance in screwing up Oliver’s life as the Arrow and has now set his sights for Mayor Queen’s girlfriend.
This week’s episode was full twist and turns and the writers finally introduced the identity of the big baddie of the season in Adrian Chase as Prometheus. Arrow has had its growing pains since the end of season two as far as creating villains that really affect Oliver and company (get it?) deep down to their core. Don’t get me wrong. The introduction of Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) was awesome and Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) has perhaps been the stand out villain so far, but for some reason, the effect Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (Manu Bennett) had on Oliver really hit the Emerald Archer at his core. We really got a sense that Deathstroke was taking everything from Oliver, one episode at a time. With the conclusion of this week’s episode, this writer can honestly say that Prometheus is hitting the same notes that Slade did three seasons ago. Prometheus has taken away Oliver’s most prized possession: his Green Arrow persona. This whole season, Oliver has tried to find himself as the Arrow and what his true meaning is. Is he a killer or will he bring villains to justice without resorting to killing? When Prometheus set Oliver up to kill Billy and eventually left him no choice but to throw the Green Arrow under the bus in order to preserve his job as Mayor, everything Oliver worked towards this season as the Arrow was destroyed in one fell swoop.
This leads to the "performance of the week." Stephen Amell continues to impress week after week this season and it’s hard to find a weak point in his performance as of late. We have seen Oliver as the Green Arrow for four and a half seasons and although we do love to see the Green Arrow in action, all the good he does seems trivial when a new baddie pops up every season. Season Five has finally brought a new angle for Amell to sink his teeth into and that is through Mayor Queen. As Mayor, Oliver can help Star City in ways that he never could as the Arrow and by last night’s episode he had to sacrifice the Green Arrow’s image in order to continue his work as Mayor. Of course the show wouldn’t be anything without Amell as the Green Arrow, but to see him in the role of Mayor shows how talented Amell is at portraying two sides of the same coin.
-- T-Spheres!!!! Finally, Curtis has the infamous weapons/tools that Mr. Terrific uses in the comics. Of course these “balls” are still in their early stages, but it was so cool to see Curtis use them to find and stop Vigilante from assassinating Oliver.
-- Speaking of Curtis, he finally has found a figurative place on Team Arrow, when he gets divorce papers from his husband.
-- The flashbacks this week work very quick and didn’t offer up as much as we wanted as far as the whole Kovar situation, but Oliver was able to reveal Gregor’s (Daid Meunier) true intentions to the rest of the Bratva. The last flashback scene ended with a gunfight between Gregor’s men and those who sided with Anatoly (David Nykl) and Oliver.
-- Did anyone catch the diss towards the NFL’s concussion protocol?
-- So if Adrian is Prometheus, who is under the Vigilante mask?
-- Felicity is going down a dark road by joining Helix. Obviously this isn’t going to end well for Felicity or the rest of Team Arrow.
-- What is Adrian planning to do with Susan (Carly Pope)??
-- Curtis interrupting Oliver’s big speech at the end of the episode was hilarious.
Rating: Arrow 5X15 “Fighting Fire with Fire”: Excellent!
Everything in the episode hit on all cylinders. The Prometheus reveal, the T-Spheres, and Oliver’s battle to save his job as Mayor created a fantastic episode.
Until next time heroes!
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