“Trust is the keyword in this week’s #Arrow and it is key to building succesfull relationships. In this case, it is an important component when it comes to re-building Team Arrow 2.0. How is it that trust is so difficult to obtain, yet often so easily lost. The characters on Arrow experience this exact notion on this week’s episode. With Diggle jailed in Chechnya and Team Arrow 2.0 going out as a team for the very first time, here is what stood out on “A Matter of Trust”.”
It’s Always Been A Matter Of Trust
Last week we saw Oliver succesfully win the game of “Ring my bell” with the help of fellow Bratva recruits, only to get brutally shot in cold blood right after. Oliver is still dealing with the murder and decides that the Bratva is not for him. He believes he is better off taking on Kovar all by himself. Anatoly steps in and reveals that one of his teammates was actually a murderer and he paid for his crime when he got shot. Anatoly explains that while the murderer was apprehended, he was released because he was friends with the Kovar. The Bratva stepped in to get justice. Anatoly tells Oliver to trust the Bratva and it will be alright.
So does this mean that The Bratva in reality are justice warriors who fight against corruption and get justice for those who can’t while posing as the maffia? If so, then the whole portrayal of the Bratva has been seriously screwed. Instead of telling us they are the Maffia, why not tell us that they are justice warriors who stick up for those who can’t. In my opinion, that would have been a great way to tell us where Oliver got his hero aspirations from. It would have been a total game changer.
We Are Stardust, We Are Golden
At least that is what it looked like last week when Oliver revealed his secret identity to the team as a sign of trust. When a new drug called Stardust hits the street Oliver calls for patience. Wild Dog however knows the neighborhood and has a strong hunch as to where the drugs is made. When he suggests to go all in, Oliver shoots down the idea saying that Team Arrow doesn’t do guesswork or deal in maybe’s. But newbie Wild Dog disobeys and goes in anyway and seemingly kills head honcho Derek Sampson, blows up the drugsfactory and creates the new Freak of The Week (FOTW), who turns out to be Sampson. Yes, the man survived, true Batman 1989 style, except Sampson turns out to have become incredibly strong and impervious to pain.
What does Oliver expect after a few weeks of training? Does he think that people will trust him immediately because he takes off his mask? Building trust takes time, he of all people should know that! It took him months to gain and maintain the trust of Felicity, Diggle, Roy Harper and last but not least Laurel. So taking off the mask and have people ring a bell isn’t going to cut it. But on the other hand, when you take a look at the current training, the purpose so every strategy and every tactic and even every move the team members make is to prevent what happened to Laurel Lance a.k.a. The Black Canary. So I can see why Oliver is so bent on being able to trust the team to follow his lead, although he does go a little bit overboard. Which is what we see when Wild Dog doesn’t care about the orders and goes off on his own. A little scared that he might die, are we Oliver?
Honesty Is Such A Lonely Word
Felicity being eaten alive by the guilt that she feels for dropping the atomic bomb on Havenrock that killed tens of thousands of people. And having Ragman, who hails from Havenrock and lost his entire family making him the sole survivor, on the team doesn’t make it easier for her. When Curtis finds out where Ragman is from, he confronts Felicity and encourages her to confess to Ragman. Ragman looks at her but doesn’t know what to say.
So does this mean that Ragman is going to throw a fit? Will he still be able to trust Felicity or Oliver after hearing the news. Or anyone from Team Arrow? I think that Ragman won’t stay with Team Arrow 2.0. His trust is totaled by Felicity’s confession and I think he will take his leave and may even plot vengeance against Felicity and possibly Team Arrow. While Ragman is inherently good, he may have lost his trust in humanity and that could prove the crucial blow to him becoming an evil man.
A Beautiful Mind
Diggle is jailed for the events that happened last week in Chechnya. While Layla is working hard to get him out, Diggle is taking his time to contemplate over the events from last season and him killing brother Andy in particular.
He meets none other than Floyd Lawton a.k.a. Deadshot in the prison he is in. Deadshot confronts Diggle about his hate for him killing Andy and guilt trips him into being wrong for doing so.
But at the end of the episode, it turns out Deadshot was never really there and he was just a figment of his imagination. Or was it a manifestation of his subconsciousness trying tell Diggle that he should feel guilty for what he has done instead of pinning it all on Deadshot?
At the end of the episode Layla approaches Oliver to ask if he can break Diggle out of prison because he will never ever get a fair trial. How far is Oliver willing to go for an old friend? The level of trust between the two is so high, it feels like it is unbreakable.
And when will they finally address the disappearance of baby Sara and the arrival of baby John? I would love to see The Flash struggle with that one! The first time we saw Diggle meet #TheFlash, he told us the only thing he saw lightening do was develop a stutter. This time, he is going to have to deal with alternate timelines and genderswapping. Speaking of genderswapping, the bleak future that was visited last season by #DCLegendsOfTomorrow, featured a Connor Hawke a.k.a. John Diggle jr. I think that the genderswap was meant to ensure that we get to see that future. But ofcourse, we don’t know how that future was altered after the timetravels of The Legends, The Flash and The Reverse Flash. This new future may not be a dysotopian one.
A Little Trust And Your Time
Meanwhile the Mayoral office has its’ issues as well this week. Oliver trust Thea to not offer the position of Deputy Mayor to Quentin Lance because of his recent alcohol abus and relapse but after Oliver not returning her phonecalls, she goes ahead anyway. Oliver finds out and demands she fixes it. She goes to Susan Williams, a reporter who has been slandering the mayoral officer for offering Quentin Lance the position, but Williams plays Thea as if she was Mozart and makes the Mayoral office even more incompetent in her next newsreport.
Oliver repairs the situation by offering and trusting Quentin Lance the position during a press conference and taking full responsibility for what goes on because he backs every decision made by his team.
I doubt this is the last time we have seen Susan Williams. While her comicbook counterpart is a groupie of The Green Lantern, the #Arrowverse version is feisty to say the least. Very willing to go far to get higher ratings but also easily riled up. Speaking of that Green Lantern connection, isn’t it time that we get to see Hal Jordan on the show? We have been teased a few times about Coast City in Arrow’s third season and also on The Flash, when Barry runs all the way to Coast City for pizza.
Mr. Almost Terrific
So many cool stuff happened in this episode that I haven’t mentioned but I am going to try anyway.
How cool was it to see Cody Rhodes in this episode? His origin story was short and not really fleshed out but hey…Cody Rhodes! I hope he will return at some point or another because y’know…Cody Rhodes. Oh well, if he doesn’t then we at least got it on film!
Team Arrow has gelled well in the few weeks that they have been training. The previous team was further along in terms of their battletraining and tactics. Well, except maybe Laurel Lance. But what to think of Wild Dog, Artemis and Ragman.
I am not mentioning Curtis because, in my view he has to come from very far to even be able to live up to the standard set by Arrow. There are so many things that he still has to learn and I am really really curious about his journey from Mr. Fair Play to Mr. Terrific. But a tech in the field, can’t imagine a situation where that is not useful on Arrow.
Bonus: The headers are mostly taken from songs and movies, whoever guesses them all will receive a golden sticker!
So what do you think of this week’s episode? Did you like the return of Deadshot? Or were you impressed with the new Team Arrow? What about Felicity’s confession about Havenrock to Ragman? And how far is Oliver willing to go Diggle? Who else is excited to see the Adrian Chase becoming the Vigilante? Or could he be Prometheus? Please let us know, by dropping a comment!