This week’s Arrow is one of the strongest instalments of the season so far, though still yet failing to live up to the quality of some of those from the first two seasons. However, the episode does feel a lot more like some of season 2’s latter episodes, which is something, and improvements definitely seem to be being made.
There is no villain of the week, though Oliver does attempt to find Maseo and stop him from harming anyone else while pretending to be the Arrow. However, things aren’t made easy for Oliver as Ra’s repeatedly attempts to push him to taking up the mantle of Ra’s al Ghul. Oliver continues to refuse, but Ra’s won’t give up and resorts to a strong measure in order to force him out of Starling City.
We learn in the opening moments of the episode that Ray has been hit with an arrow in the attack on the Mayor’s office, and as a result is critically injured. While Felicity is at the hospital with Ray, her mother shows up to see how she and Ray are doing. As with her first appearance, Donna provides some great comic relief. However, she also gives Felicity some good advice in regards to Ray. All round, Charlotte Ross’ reappearance is nothing but a good thing.
Paul Blackthorne is given some great material to work with in this episode, and he delivers it magnificently. Though I wasn’t entirely fond of Lance’s actions this week, Blackthorne definitely made it work and enjoyable to watch. He has long been the best actor on the show and continues to shine here.
The flashbacks this week pick up right where we left off in ‘The Offer’ with Oliver running into Shado, and it’s quickly explained exactly what is happening there. From the options that they were left with, I feel that they go in the best possible direction. They’re nothing spectacular, but the flashbacks are some of the more enjoyable of the season.
Some teaser quotes:
1. “I invented the tech, it’s possible.”
2. “You shouldn’t be here.”
3. “And it’s funny how things come full circle, right?”
4. “I don’t even have a regular plan.”
5. “I love your family.”
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