Arrow Review: Invasion! (Season 5 Episode 8)

Arrow Season 5 Episode 8
Arrow delivers its 100th episode with many familiar faces and lots of hallucinations. As it serves as the third installment of the crossover extravaganza, the 100th episode gives us a glimpse of what could have been if Oliver Queen was never the Green Arrow, and so much more.

Arrow Season 5 Episode 8, “Invasion!” was an episode I was looking forward to watching. I’m sure many fans such as myself were a little skeptical of the 100th episode clashing with the crossover this year, but it’s safe to say it worked out pretty well and it had me feeling nostalgic more than ever.

A 100th episode of a show is a big deal. It’s usually filled with so many special moments and guest appearances of past characters, and most of an a gift to all the fans that have been an avid viewer to the show. And Arrow did just that. A love letter to the fans, if you may.

As Oliver and company are stuck in some major hallucination, they enter a life where everything is completely different from the present, what could have been if the present didn’t exist. It was indeed Oliver Queen’s own version of flashpoint. But at least it wasn’t his fault (Ehem, BARRY!).

Loved the appearances of Moira and Robert Queen. I’ve missed Moira, and Susanna Thompson brought such a breath of fresh air to her character again in this life. What are moms for, right? It felt so different being back in the Queen’s mansion, so many Season 1 feels.

Seeing Oliver’s face as both of his parents are standing right in front of him got me all emotional. He needed to see them, even if that life was not real.

Thea and Oliver are happy to have their family as a whole again. It especially resonates more with Thea so much she was willing to stay in that life than face her reality, and I don’t blame her. 

Please tell me I wasn’t the only one that laughed so hard seeing Diggle as the Hood? I just…that was too comical for me. All that seriousness and sternness was so hard to grasp with the Diggle we all know and love to watch. Felicity getting into security mode was funny to watch.

Let’s talk about Laurel Lance’s appearance on this episode. It was nice seeing her on the screen again, much to many other fans dismay. The scene where Sara and Oliver had to say goodbye to Laurel had me teary-eyed. It was a second chance of a permanent goodbye.

Sara: We can’t. Some things you just can’t fix.

Do I wish Laurel was still alive? Yes. She was a great asset to the team, and just because she was Oliver’s former love interest didn’t mean she would be a threat to Oliver and Felicity. The team loved her and she was always so courageous.

Arrow Season 5 Episode 8Oliver’s apology to her was spot on, as it was definitely needed to be said.

As for the crossover part, it wasn’t the center of the episode. As it was an episode that captured the series that is Arrow, but we did get some crossover goodness. Barry and Kara were doing their own thing with Rene and Rory.

Rene is still a pain in the ass, don’t you dare be rude to my Kara! She is precious. 

Barry and Kara together give life, they are the best buds that will totally have each other’s backs in everything.

Arrow Season 5 Episode 8, “Invasion!,” captured so many nostalgic moments. That hologram moment and seeing Tommy and Roy and Oliver’s parents was a nice touch. You can’t forget about past characters and 100th episodes are meant to bring a character back in some type of way.

Would have been nice to see Tommy back in full form, but I guess a hologram of him and a past speech to Oliver will suffice.

Look at all those…villains! It was Malcolm Merlyn, Deathstroke and even Damien Darhk!

That team up with Oliver, Diggle, Thea and Sara against past villains of the show was well crafted. When it comes to teaming up and getting all badass, Arrow showcases that oh so well. That part was a nice touch.

Although I would have wanted Arrow‘s 100th episode to be separate from the crossover, this episode was done well. it was refreshing to watch with all the flashbacks and alien spacecraft shenanigans. Those are some ugly looking aliens.

The four night crossover continues onto Legends of Tomorrow as the team take on this alien invasion.

Overall, thought this episode was great. I think that all of this hallucination of a life that could have been for Oliver helped him grow more and to become more appreciative of what he has going for himself now. Towards the end, it was like they were sending him off to a whole new world (literally) and that played an important role of Oliver Queen’s continued story of being the Green Arrow.

Stray thoughts:

  • Oliver shirtless is never a fail.
  • Curtis is the new Felicity, and I’m not sure how I feel about that.
  • I like how right when Oliver and company came face to face with the aliens there was a gun right there in front of him to use.
  • Smoak Technologies, cool.

Arrow continues Wednesdays at 8/7c on the CW!

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