Barrowman delivers an amazing performance. His grief over his wife Rebecca’s death is palpable and makes Merlyn somewhat sympathetic. However, he’s also clearly, though subtly disturbed as he outlines that the only solution for The Glades is to completely level it. Queen and Chen are both already afraid of Malcolm and collaborate to thwart his plan by buying up land in the Glade. Chen double crosses Queen and is the one to plant the bomb on the Queen’s Gambit. Moira clearly knows nothing about the bomb on the boat. While she might have sanctioned Robert dying, she certainly wouldn’t have happily let her son get on the boat and sail away. So I’m curious about the conversation in which Malcolm chillingly tells Moira that he’s sorry he had to take Robert away from her and Moira tells him she’s to blame. Obviously, there is more to the story to come.
We also learn that Robert’s motivation for trying to clean up Starling City is that he accidentally killed a councilman who was trying to extort money from him. Moira is less appalled by the old murder than the fact that Robert is not going to stop Malcolm from destroying the Glades and she has him promise to stop it. Now this task, like the list, has fallen to Oliver (Stephen Amell). Interestingly, Malcolm tells Robert that “One man alone can’t save this city.” That’s why Malcolm has banded together with the others. It’s also why Oliver needs Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) – and I suspect he will need more on his team as time goes on. In another nice throw back to a thread we’ve seen throughout the season, we learn that Malcolm’s plan involves making the leveling of the Glades look like a natural disaster. A company called Unidac is providing the ‘markoff’ device. Malcolm references the Science Division and his dealings with the Science Division have come up before.
In the final scene, Oliver is finally honest with Diggle and goes to him to apologize and tell him he was wrong about Moira. He’s also honest with himself in admitting that he needs Diggle’s help to take down Malcolm and the others involved with the Undertaking.
Are you excited for the final two episodes? I’m anticipating a return of the Dark Archer to defend his Undertaking and to have a re-match with the Hood. I also can’t wait to have our team of Diggle, Oliver, and Felicity back together. I’m still holding out hope that Moira will somehow be able to explain her involvement. I’m looking forward to finding out what’s happening on the Island – and how that is going to inform what’s happening in the present. Let me know what you thought of this week’s episode and what you most want to see before the end of the season in the comments below.