Kinda the point in a way. Absolute role reversal compared to how the first season opened up, right? There, Alicia was unsure, unproven, adrift. But now, it seems everyone else needs some help. Of the primary characters that is.
So they've learned something and decided not to retread old stories in fighting Darhk. That's good. At least Ray wasn't left on the sidelines. The lengths they continue to go to keep island Oliver human to match present day Oliver.
I can't fathom why Parkman had to have his face or if the shot initially. I assumed he'd been disfigured or something after he failed a year earlier. Whatever. Where he is was, the entire set up with the El vengador, it makes no sense unless that where Micah is. And that's a very out of left field plot point if one hasn't bothered with the Web series.