After a week off, the flashforwards are back in “Level Two” with several surprises!
We pick up with Roy and William arriving in Star City. Both men vowed never to return for reasons, and yet here they are thanks to Felicity. The Hozen reactivates and leads them to Smoak Technologies, which was one of several changes to Star City that was teased in the Legends of Tomorrow episode “Star City 2046.” At the beginning of the season, showrunner Beth Schwartz said that these flash-forwards weren’t connected to that episode (“This is our own future”), but clearly, that doesn’t mean the show won’t draw from it.
The moody dynamic duo discovers some wall computer programmed by Felicity that leads them to a safe containing a black bag. But before they have a chance to open it, cops show up. Alas, the boys don’t have much to defend themselves with, but that’s okay because a masked hero shows up to save them. And not just any masked hero; it’s a slightly greying Dinah Drake, who has gotten back to her Black Canary roots. The revelation that Dinah eventually embraced the vigilante life again feels very in line with the fact that this is a superhero show after all, but more importantly what we saw in the present day storyline: Dinah softened her anti-vigilante stance and accepted the Green Arrow’s help in stopping a series of arsons (but not before arresting Rene).
Roy is surprised to see her back in black since she was, after all, a police captain, but Dinah said that all changed when Star City fell and the Glades rose. The Glades built a wall and closed their borders, which are now guarded by Star City. This is a pretty saddening development since it means that the condition of the Glades didn’t improve over the next 20 years. In the present-day storyline, Dinah attended a town hall in the Glades where residents expressed their dissatisfaction with law enforcement, which they had already lost faith in due to Diaz’ actions last season.
However, Dinah isn’t the only familiar face the boys run into. Dinah takes them to a hideout to get away from the police, and that’s where they meet a grown-up Zoey, who has also become a vigilante. Zoey explains that her father wouldn’t be caught dead in Star City for reasons, but beyond that, we don’t get too much more information about what’s going in the Ramirez family. Anyway, William opens the bag they found at Smoak Technologies and discovers a Rubik’s cube, which reveals a holographic map showing secret tunnels in and out of the glades. It’s right then that Dinah breaks some news: Felicity couldn’t be the one who sent them there because she’s dead.
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