‘Arrow’: ‘What We Leave Behind’ Review

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arrow-season-5-reviewArrow was an emotional ride for viewers of the show tonight as in the mid-season finale, Prometheus steps the game up to the next level as he puts Oliver Queen through hell. Since the new evil knows about Oliver’s real identity and the identities of his team members, he goes after Curtis who gets seriously injured.

As the Emerald Archer is hunting for his new antagonist, Evelyn reveals her true color and betrays the team. With the team trying to figure out who Prometheus really is, Oliver begins to remember an event from four years ago when he was still The Hood. The flashback tells the story of how Justin Claybourne, a criminal that Oliver took out back then. Diggle warned him back then that maybe one day, there would be consequences to Oliver’s actions.

Oliver begins to think that Prometheus is actually Justin’s son who Oliver thinks has been studying and following his training for years in order to be able to take on the Green Arrow. Meanwhile, as Billy Malone is doing his investigation, he finds a picture of a baby which he sends to Felicity. Unfortunately, Prometheus snatches him.

Once Oliver figures out where Billy is and gets to the location, a showdown takes place between the two archers. However, Prometheus puts another evil plan into motion which leaves Oliver completely broken. As he returns to his team, with his emotions completely broken, he asks everyone to stay away from him as he thinks Prometheus is right: that he brings death everywhere he goes. The group hugs and shows him that they aren’t going anywhere.

After spending a night with Susan and trying to deal with what had happened, he returns to the Arrow lair only to find a very familiar face just before the episode ends. Given how packed “What We Leave Behind” was, we have a lot to breakdown so hit the next button below and let’s go through some of the highlights and important moments of the Arrow Season 5 episode: “What We Leave Behind”

#5: Flashback To Season 1

#4: Trouble Between Curtis & Paul

#3: The Death Of [SPOILER]

#2: A Broken Team

#1: The Return Of [SPOILER]

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Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.

  • Monty

    Man…. tragedy all around. @Andy, you may be thinking of the mid-season finale between Oliver and Ras when they flash back to various moments in the series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUAPBuOBwag

  • Nightwing

    Man, watching this episode I kept thinking, who cares about Curtis’s marriage or who cares if Billy dies, c’mon, everyone knew he’d eventually die. Prometheus however played Oliver like a fiddle. And the end, I guess we could scrap the whole dream sequence from the crossover and Oliver’s final goodbye, it doesn’t hold any weight anymore.

  • Darthmanwe

    Well, it’s official.

    Arrow is finally back on Season 1 level. Good job turning it around.

    Also, if that Laurel turns out to be an ( alien / shapeshifting meta / mental projection / drug induced hallucination), I’ll really be pissed. You can’t just tease us with her and then take her back right away, that’s just wrong at this point, especially with any of the two Canaries.

    The only thing I’ll accept is that being Black Siren escaped from under Star Labs, aside from Laurel somehow coming back to life via Flashpoint.

    P.S.: That dressing up an innocent as bad guy, then having the hero kill the innocent trick is so very neat, especially in TV landscape where its effects can be explored fully.

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  • Monty

    Man, let the speculation begin. I’m currently entertaining an idea of clones a la Young Justice. Prometheus is a Roy Harper clone. So Season 6 goes into finding the real Roy Harper. The somersault done by Prometheus in this episode could be a call back to Roy. Could be a red herring but still. So the dead Laurel could be the clone and the new Laurel is the real deal. Also, the writers could be going for the SuperMax premise, but using Diggle instead of Oliver…. But I have no idea if any of this is true. Again, I’m speculating. The second half could be really fun.

  • jane hicks

    what did the flash do. she was supposed to be dead