Wednesday night’s episode of Arrow, titled Brotherhood, is a really strong one, arguably the strongest of the season. Interestingly, the main plot of the episode is in fact one I loathe the idea of, but the show manages to deliver it well, mostly through acting – particularly David Ramsey.
While the promo for the episode did spoil the major reveal this episode has, I won’t in an endeavour to keep those of you who want to remain spoiler-free that way. I will, however, say that Diggle learns something new about his brother that he has to deal with, and it propels most of the story. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a Diggle-centric episode, and this instalment definitely feels like a sigh of relief after seeing Diggle stand in the background with his arms crossed for the best part of the last two seasons.
As I mentioned, Ramsey is excellent this week. Diggle often keeps his emotions near the surface, and it shows here. Unlike Oliver when it comes to family, and this week in fact, Diggle thinks more with his head than his heart in Brotherhood, which is extremely refreshing to see. There’s some really good character development this week, which makes for a fascinating episode.
While Diggle deals with his newfound knowledge, Oliver’s mayoral campaign continues to gain momentum. I’m enjoying seeing this side of Oliver, and especially so this week. He encounters Damien Darkh as Mr. Queen, and an exciting encounter ensues. This leads to Oliver having to make some perhaps difficult decisions regarding his ongoing nightly activities in terms of taking down Darkh, including one similar to something we’ve seen before. I don’t think I need to mention it at this point, but Neal McDonough once again delivers.
Ray is still around after his rescue last week, and he gets some enjoyable story. Free of the romance and the love triangles of last season, he’s allowed to grow into something of a character, which, given that he is getting to be part of Legends of Tomorrow pretty soon, this really needed to happen. Struggling with being back to life, as it were, despite remaining dead to the world, Ray’s looking for a purpose. I’m sure you can all put two and two together and guess where things end up, but it’s certainly interesting to see.
John Barrowman is back and is as great as ever. Thea’s bloodlust is wearing off, and father-of-the-year Malcolm suspects this is the case, and offers her another person to kill. As any good father does. Thea’s story is pretty huge this week in terms of both her own development and the potential impact on the main story. Elsewhere, the flashbacks continue to do flashback-y stuff, moving along this week at a slow pace. Still, they’re pretty enjoyable to watch.
Some teaser quotes:
1. “You did threaten me with arrest the last time I popped by.”
2. “I never thought it would actually happen.”
3. “I can’t let you risk your life for someone who does not deserve it.”
4. “You’re lying.”
5. “That’s impossible.”
Make sure to tune in and watch Brotherhood on Wednesday 25th November at 8pm on Sky 1! Then, check back to the site after the episode for Cory’s review!