Arrow – Season 7 Episode 3

“Crossing Lines” Arrow continues to have Oliver Queen compromise himself in prison as Felicity’s obsession with bringing Diaz to justice grows. I mentioned last week that many TV shows achieve long term success by making minor changes to the formula while keeping things feeling familiar. The previous episode had a fairly standard Team Arrow sequence…

Arrow – Season 7 Episode 2

“The Longbow Hunters” Arrow introduces the Longbow Hunters and plays around with changing team dynamics during Oliver’s absence. One of the best things about a long running TV series is that years of character development allow for a rich assortment of supporting characters capable of carrying their own stories. Most of the characters in this…

Arrow – Season 7 Episode 1

“Inmate 4587” Arrow returns for a seventh season with Oliver Queen in prison, Felicity and William in witness protection as well as the rest of Team Arrow finding a place for themselves now that they can’t resume their vigilante careers. Season 6 was definitely an uneven season though it did have a strong finale that…

Arrow – Season 6 Episode 23

“Life Sentence” Arrow closes out its sixth season with an F.B.I. team-up, a last stand for Ricardo Diaz, a possible status quo change and oh so many handshakes. The previous episode ended with a cliffhanger in the form of Oliver making a deal with Samanda Watson to have the F.B.I. step in to help him…

Arrow – Season 6 Episode 22

“The Ties that Bind” Arrow prepares for the season finale by escalating the conflict with Ricardo Diaz and throwing seemingly insurmountable odds at the characters. The villains in Arrow have always been somewhat repetitive in their approach to taking on Oliver Queen and the people he surrounds himself with. This observation isn’t entirely a criticism…

Arrow – Season 6 Episode 21

“Docket No. 11-19-41-73” Arrow puts Oliver Queen on trial and makes many of the other characters make difficult choices when they are made to testify. The trial story has been left on the back burner for so much of this season. It had gotten to the point where I was sure that the writers had…

Arrow – Season 6 Episode 20

“Shifting Allegiances” Arrow brings Rene back from his extended stay in the hospital as Oliver tries to get himself an audience with Ricardo Diaz using some very risky tactics. Rene’s presence has definitely been missed on the show. The alternative Team Arrow just aren’t as interesting without him for some reason I have trouble putting…

Arrow – Season 6 Episode 19

“The Dragon” Arrow shifts its focus from the main characters to deliver some insight into Ricardo Diaz as he works to gain a seat at the top table of an influential criminal organisation. Ricardo Diaz is one of those strange sorts of villains. The reveal that he was the mastermind behind everything that this season…

Arrow – Season 6 Episode 18

“Fundamentals” Arrow tightly focuses on Oliver Queen as he processes Diggle’s decision to leave him and consider what his next move should be. This season has been rough on Oliver Queen. Half of the team left then Thea decided to go her own way and Diggle decided that working for Oliver is no longer for…