Arrow Season 4 Episode 21 Review: Monument Point

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A family that works together stays together...at least long enough to save the world.

Daddy/daughter teams ruled the day on Arrow Season 4 Episode 21, though Oliver and Diggle (and Lyla too) did their fair share of butt-kicking to keep the bad guys down.

As perfect as Felicity is (and everyone knows it), it was refreshing to see her admit that hacking into rubicon was above her pay grade. She was willing to set aside her perfectness for the good of the whole and hunted down her dad to help her save the day. 

Darhk had the same idea Felicity did. Noah was the end all be all. He could destroy all of Darhk's plans, so he sent Brick and Murmur and friends after him. Brick didn't seem too thrilled taking orders from Darhk, but what did he expect? Darhk is the man.

Considering how dire the situation was, though, it sure seemed that there was a lot of time-wasting going on this hour. Why did Felicity have to meet her mom face to face to ask about Raven Spur? Couldn't she just have asked her on the phone?

Maybe, if she would have done that, we wouldn't have been tortured with Donna's eww-inducing reminiscing about what she and Noah used to do up at the cabin all those years ago.

Still, there was a sense of urgency to finding Noah before the bad guys got him. While I thought the fight scene at the cabin was pretty awesome, it seemed rather sloppy for Oliver and Diggle to let Brick go. I get the goal was to take Noah and get out, but if you have the opportunity to grab some members of Darhk's team, wouldn't you do it?

They obviously know where Darhk is, and taking down Darhk is the point, right?

Noah was more than willing to help out, not necessarily because he cared about the world as a whole; more because he cared about his daughter in the world. It was sort of touching, really.

I liked that he jumped right into it, and I loved the banter between them when they broke into Palmer Tech to get the processor; something they had no choice in doing since Felicity got fired and Curtis wasn't around to help them. (It would have made everything so much easier, no? But what would the fun be in that?)

Felicity wasn't too interested in the father-daughter bonding Noah was attempting, and considering the circumstances, she was right in pushing it off. But some of it has to be sticking in the back of her mind for later. Maybe her dad isn't so horrible after all? 

They certainly made a good team. And I liked that Noah was more interested in getting the job done than worrying about his bullet wound when Murmur breached the center. The fight scene outside was pretty intense, and I loved the looks Lyla and Diggle gave each other when it was almost all over.

But as hard as Felicity worked to stop the world's destruction, in the end she failed. Sure, it was only tens of thousands rather than millions, but people died. And no, it really wasn't her fault, but there's no way she's not going to take her failure to stop one missile to heart.

Now, she really does have something to feel guilty about. 

While Felicity and her dad were dealing with saving the world topside, Thea was on the underside trying to do her own kind of saving with her dad.

Not that she wanted to be anywhere near her dad, either, but considering she had nowhere else to go, it's nice she set aside her distaste for dad to save the thousands living in the bubble. Somehow Lonnie Machin landed in the bubble and decided he was going to destroy it, but Merlyn and Thea stopped him in time.

The one she was most concerned about saving was Alex, but he was lost in a torrent of Darhk's voodoo vitamins. Machin did him a favor sending him off to la-la land. 

Thea was devastated by Alex's death. Like Felicity, she's going to blame herself. And, yes, there's a big difference between a whole city being destroyed and one man being killed, but the guilt is the same. It's going to be interesting to see how each one handles their own individual guilt.

It was disappointing that there wasn't more Darhk this hour. Considering there are only two more episodes left this season, you'd think we get a little bit more of the big bad to sink our teeth into.

I'm a little curious as to how Darhk knew one of the missiles was going to hit. Did he just happen to be down in his secret lair admiring his statue when all the death mojo starting emanating from it? Or was he just waiting because he thought his thugs were going to stop Felicity and friends? 

Which begs the question as to why he would be there and not in the bubble if he thought the world was going to be destroyed. I think he might've known all along that the rubicon plan was going to fail. There's something else up this guy's sleeve.

Other Thoughts:

  • The world is on the brink of nuclear annihilation, and Oliver feels the need to call out Diggle for lying to Lyla? I realize you have to talk about something to take the edge off, but it didn't really seem like the right time.
  • So, Lance is like a magic man himself being available to pick up Noah and Felicity at the right door at the right time? Nice.
  • The Donna/Lance scenes were pointless. Twenty one hours left to save the world and there aren't more important things to focus on? Besides, didn't it just yank you right out of the story?
  • Interesting that all the families in Darhk's ark are in grey prison-like uniforms.
  • Obviously Felicity got her brains from dad, because her mom is an idiot.

What did you think about "Monument Point"? How do you think Team Arrow will stop Darhk now that's he's even more powerful than before? What do you think Darhk's true endgame is? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Remember, you can watch Arrow online any time right here via TV Fanatic!

Check out the promo for Arrow Season 4 Episode 22, "Lost in the Flood," below.

Monument Point Review

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Arrow Season 4 Episode 21 Quotes

Donna: I may not be in Mansa, but I know how to read, sweetie.
Lance: I think it's Mensa, actually.

Predictability is your flaw too. Every time my life starts to suck, you show up.

Thea