Arrow - S305 - The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak

Brian G Turner

Fantasist & Futurist
Staff member
Nov 23, 2002

A cyber terrorist attacks Starling City, threatening to shut down all banks and set everyone on an even socioeconomic status. While Oliver and Roy attempt to keep the peace on the streets, Felicity works to locate the virus that is attacking the city's infrastructure. Felicity quickly realizes that she designed the virus five years earlier, and that it is unstoppable. Felicity's mother Donna shows up unannounced, and the two have a falling out over how different they are from each other. Felicity soon realizes that her mother was unknowingly sent by the cyber terrorist—revealed to be Felicity's ex-boyfriend Cooper—who kidnaps them both. Using Donna as leverage, the terrorist forces Felicity to divert a set of armored vehicles, carrying newly minted money, to their location. Felicity uses the system to also contact Oliver, who arrives with Roy and Diggle to stop the terrorist and his team. Laurel continues to train with Ted Grant, and reveals to him the real reason that she is learning to fight. Meanwhile, Roy begins having nightmares that he was the one who killed Sara.

A goth getting positive screen time on mainstream TV - astonishing! Shame she ditched the look, though, implying that she either considered herself to have grown out of it, else that it was a negative image.

Pity the hackers still don't look real, though. :)

Good general episode, though - Felicity has deserved some focus for a long time, as she's one of the more entertaining characters. Also interesting to see Diggle having to face the realities of fatherhood, but surprising that neither Oliver nor Felicity allow him to bring the baby into the command centre.

The armed confrontation with the bank vehicles was a bit daft - but I guess when facing an enemy that Arrow couldn't really confront then something was needed.

And the ending - are we to believe that Roy killed Sara?? Certainly it's been conveniently forgotten that he had his mind warped by the Mirakuru last season...