Show/Episode: Arrow Season 5, Episode 17, “Kapiushon”
I must warn you all first that I’m out of town, staying at my parents' house. I have watched the episode but I’ve not been able to give it as close attention as might be able to when I’m at home. That’s not to say that I don’t have something to say about this amazing, difficult, dark and game-changing episode of Arrow. Because I do.
The majority of this episode takes place in the flashbacks, which doesn’t mean what happens in the present day isn’t important (it is… perhaps the most important present day action we’ve seen so far this year, in fact). It also doesn’t mean the flashbacks don’t tie into the present day perfectly, in a way they haven’t really since the great battle sequence between Slade and Oliver at the end of season 2.
The flashbacks show us, through the lens of Anatoly’s growing horror, just how far down the path of darkness Oliver has gone. They get enough information from a dying Gregor to realize that Kovar has some Big Bad Plans going on. Oliver dresses as the Hood, whom Anatoly tells Kovar is called “Kapiushion” and together with the remains of the Bratva, intercept a shipment that Kovar is after. A shipment of nerve gas, meant to help him take down and take over the Russian government. He’s being aided by an American businessman: Malcolm Merlyn. Of course he is.