Arrow #2.22 – Streets of Fire
By Anna – May 7, 2014
We continue where we left off last episode where the Arrow Team goes after Slade’s soldiers. Can the Arrow Team defend Starling City and survive. We also see the return of an old enemy.
Oliver and Laurel are trapped in the rubble from the collapsed ceiling in the tunnel. Laurel is trapped on the other side of the rubble. To enable her to get out she finds Oliver’s bow and quiver. She is going to shoot the explosive arrow to break through the debris. Oliver talks her through it.
Diggle is fighting his own battle topside with Ravager (aka Isabel Rochev) (Summer Glau). She wants to know where Felicity Smoak so she can put a bullet in her. Suddenly a van collides into Ravager knocking her down. It’s Felicity to the rescue of Diggle.
At Starling City Police, the precinct is getting attacked by the Slade’s soldiers. Quentin Lance is trying to fight them off by using grenades.
Sebastian Blood doesn’t want the National Guard to come and says he has everything under control. Blood believes the city will be stronger and better after the devastation of the city.
Flashback to the submarine with Oliver and Anatoli (David Nkyl). Sara has been taken by Slade. Oliver is going back to the Amazo to rescue her.
A desperate Thea is trying to escape at the train station. When one of the soldiers picks her up they are suddenly shot in the back with arrows. Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) is alive and has returned to rescue his daughter.
The Arrow Team meet up. Felicity tells them they may have a way of saving the city as S.T.A.R Labs has found a cure and a courier is on route to them. Laurel tells Oliver that she doesn’t need her and to go save the city. Unfortunately, the courier has an accident and the Arrow Team rush to it.
Back on the submarine Oliver leaves on his rescue mission. Anatoli tells him he has made a friend for life.
Lance takes control of the situation at the precinct. He tells his superior that there is only one person to call not the vigilante but “the Arrow”. It’s the first time Lance has called him the Arrow and not the vigilante any more. The call is made and Lance is made Detective again to lead the police squad.
Laurel is being chased by one of Slade’s soldiers and the Black Canary comes to her rescue. Laurel knows who Black Canary is “Sara” and gives her a hug.
Blood sits relaxed in his office when one of Slade’s soldiers comes in and kills everyone. Blood has lost all control.
Lance calls the Arrow and says the police are behind him whatever he needs.
As the Arrow Team rush to get to the cure, their van is overturned by a group of soldiers. Felicity is knocked unconscious but is still alive. They get out and head towards the cure. The cure is taken. Slade has it.
Thea runs away from Malcolm Merlyn as she believes he is a murderer, terrorist and psychopath. He came back to Starling City after hearing about Moira’s death and to see that his daughter was safe. He tries to convince Thea to go with him to safety.
Slade watches the city burn from Queen Consolidated. Blood confronts Slade about the destruction of the city as it was not part of the plan. Slade is doing this to take revenge on Oliver Queen by taking away everything he loves including the “city”. The city is what Slade is going to take from Oliver by killing everyone in it.
Sara doesn’t know why she came back to Starling City. Laurel tells her that her family is here. Sara tells Laurel that she knows nothing about her, what she has become and where she has been. To Laurel all she knows that she is a hero. Sara believes she is so far gone and irredeemable but Laurel believes she is not or she wouldn’t have been called a beautiful name “The Canary”.
Oliver manages to get on the Amazo and locate Sara to rescue her. She won’t agree to leave to get to the submarine without Oliver so they both go after the cure to try and save Slade.
The Arrow Team go to the Clock Tower. They can’t stop Slade’s men without the cure. The Foundry has been compromised; they need to get Roy out. Diggle goes to deal with that. Oliver blames himself for the destruction of the city. He swore he would never let it happen again after the Undertaking. Oliver says “I have failed this city” and all those that have lost their lives. An upset Felicity tells him “that he honours the dead by fighting and he is not done fighting”. She tells him he will stop Slade as he is not alone and she believes in him. She gives him a big hug. So much tension between these two.
While Sara and Laurel wait for their father under a bridge, they hear a screaming woman. Black Canary recues as child from a burning building. The police are highly praising the efforts of the Canary.
Malcolm Merlyn gets attacked from one of the soldiers and is injured.
Blood phones Oliver to say he was wrong about Slade and should have trusted Oliver from the beginning. He wants to help save the city and that he has the Mirakuru cure. Diggle brings Roy to the Clock Tower where Felicity will stay and watch over him. Oliver and Diggle go to meet Blood. Felicity hopes it is not a trap. She wants them to come back alive or she will be really pissed. Oliver and Diggle meet Blood at the Major’s Office where we learn that Blood made the skull mask to wear to conquer his fears and to help the city. Blood hands over the cure.
Ravager goes to see Blood about the cure. She runs a sword through him for betraying Slade.
Back at the Clock Tower Oliver wants to test the cure on Roy to see if it works.
Flashback to the Amazo they go searching for the safe with the cure in it, but Slade has found it.
A military convoy is entering the city but blocking the city’s exits. This is not normal military tactics. Oliver suspects Amanda Waller at A.R.G.U.S and phones her demanding she tell him what she is up to. She wants to contain the Mirakuru men and not let them be allowed to leave the city. She plans to drop a bomb on the city to end it. Oliver has to dawn and then Starling City is a crater. This forces Oliver to inject the cure into Roy.
At the train station, Thea holds a gun at Malcolm Merlyn. He tells her that he has lost everything in this world like her but he has a daughter and she still has a father. She shoots him.
So is Malcolm Merlyn dead? Will Roy come back cured?
The final battle with Slade and his soldiers will happen in the season finale.
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