Season 5 Episode 6 of Arrow, titled So It Begins, has Prometheus ramping up his harassment of Oliver, and civilians are being sacrificed for the cause. Check out Josh’s recap, followed by our thoughts on the episode.
On this week’s episode of Arrow, we have Prometheus ramping up his attacks on Arrow, however these attacks aren’t directly on him, they are on Star City. The episode opens with Oliver and Diggle chasing down a mystery cell phone, and Felicity asks why Oliver doesn’t have the rest of his team with him, and Oliver remarks that he is concerned this is a trap, and he doesn’t want to endanger them. Eventually the cell phone is found, and it rings but no one is on the other end. However, the warehouse building Oliver and Diggle are in immediately has some fires start up, and a message is shown burning on the ground, “So it begins”.
Back at the Arrow Cave, Felicity, Diggle and Oliver try to decipher the message, given that Prometheus has already been attacking Oliver.
As for mayoral duties, Oliver is meeting with Susan Williams, the report who he has a temporary truce with. She begins flirting with him, and both Lance and Thea see this as a bad thing considering how determined Susan has been to ruin him before. But Thea then goes over a festival idea she wants to throw for the city, and plans to call in a few favors from her nightclub group to help put the festival on. Seems like a good idea, or at least Oliver thinks so.
Meanwhile, Prometheus seems to be causing more trouble. We see him kill two people this episode, a man and a woman, and there doesn’t seem to be a clear reason as to why. Oliver investigates these and can’t find any link between them at first.
Meanwhile, Diggle has Felicity ask her new boyfriend at SCPD, Billy, to let her “borrow” one of the throwing stars used in the murders.
After an incident at an outdoor market, the new recruits for Team Arrow are wondering why they have been kept out of the loop. The new recruits get even more irritated when Felicity is able to determine who these people are that Prometheus had killed—their names are anagrams for people on Oliver’s kill list. The team is disgusted to hear about Oliver’s list now that he has to explain it to everyone.
The new recruits wind up meeting on their own as Oliver seeks guidance from Diggle. They are not happy to hear about this kill list of Oliver’s. Evelyn is particularly irritated.
Meanwhile, Thea has figured out that Lance is still drinking, and had never stopped as he said he had. Thea tries to talk sense into him, but Lance insists he doesn’t want any help.
Team Arrow comes together to do some searching for Prometheus, and the team splits up to cover more ground. Artemis turns off her radio after Felicity gets too emotional, and of course, she is the one jumped by Prometheus.
Oliver shows up, and Prometheus flees, leaving a bomb behind. Oliver is able to get himself and Artemis to safety. Artemis seems willing to let the whole “Oliver is a murderer” thing go now that he saved her life.
Felicity then heads back to SCPD and Billy is on to her about her involvement with the Green Arrow. He then prods her with questions about him, which she tries to keep quiet.
At the music festival Thea put on, Felicity talks about what they found out about the throwing stars. It looks like Oliver’s arrows were melted down into the throwing stars.
Things get worse though. Thea had covered for Lance not showing up at the music festival, and we move to Lance’s house, where we see he has a nasty cut and a throwing star on his table. It could be that he is Prometheus?
As for flashbacks this episode, Oliver works to be trained on making a bomb, and nearly blows himself up. Then Oliver and Bratva wind up under attack, and Anatoly tells Oliver that Kovar has declared war.
Later in the episode, we see Oliver portraying a buyer for a casino, it seems. They knock out the guy that is walking them through the building, and begin to plant the bomb. Oliver is then knocked out and captured. When he awakens, Kovar tells Oliver they know all about him.
His Thoughts on Arrow, Season 5 Episode 6: So It Begins
I was a little bored this episode, and struggled to stay awake. I am interested in seeing more about Prometheus, but it feels like this storyline is being dragged out. This whole framing of Lance is not making sense either. There is no way Lance is playing nicey-nice with Oliver, then by night is messing with him. It really would be a terrible storyline if that actually turns out to be true. The only way this would even remotely work is if Lance is somehow being mind controlled, but even that would be pushing it.
As far as the team’s division with Oliver, it would have been interesting seeing that go to a big division between Oliver and the rest of the new recruits. Having them go against Oliver hardcore could be very entertaining to see, especially since they know his identity now, and it would test his ability to trust people yet again.
But I hope we learn who Prometheus is. I would guess right now it could be Tommy or Malcolm Merlyn. Otherwise, I really have no clue who it could be.
Her Thoughts on Arrow, Season 5 Episode 6: So It Begins
To be honest, I wasn’t all that excited about this episode. Although it hearkens back to Season 1 and the list, which was what got me interested in watching Arrow in the first place, when I first saw the pilot at San Diego Comic-Con in 2012, it seems a bit odd to bring it up again, and in such a random way. Plus, the new recruits, who weren’t around back then and didn’t know Oliver’s mindset at all, nor his changes over the past 5 years, highly disapprove. But that didn’t seem like an issue by the end, really.
I feel like the show is just trying to make it look like Lance is Prometheus, but that he actually isn’t. It just doesn’t make any sense. Sure, he used to have a beef with Oliver, but he’s gotten over that, and he’s become a part of the Arrow Team. I don’t think he would go around hurting innocent people, even if he is drinking again. Hopefully this season picks up and becomes more interesting soon.