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…

Arrow – Season 6 Episode 17

“Brothers in Arms” Arrow explores Diggle’s desire to take on the mantle of Green Arrow causing a major rift to develop between the the only two members of the team who go out in the field. Broadly speaking this season has been about loss, it could be argued that it has been about change but…

Arrow – Season 6 Episode 16

“The Thanatos Guild” Arrow returns to the well of League of Assassins storytelling while saying goodbye to a character present on the show since day one. This episode is a difficult one to review as there is a lot happening. Thea’s departure is one of many things going on in this single episode creating an…

Arrow – Season 6 Episode 15

“Doppelgänger” Arrow brings back an old friend as Evil-Laurel tries to assume the identity of Earth-1 Laurel in an effort to save herself. Evil-Laurel’s role in this episode plays out pretty much as I expected it to. She angles for sympathy from the press and the authorities while forcing Team Arrow to play along with…

Arrow – Season 6 Episode 14

“Collision Course” Arrow turns up the tensions between the two teams when they come to blows over their differing views on what to do with Evil Laurel. The binary team dynamic has been a mixed bag since it was introduced but it has a lot of potential as it has built in dramatic possibilities. In…

Arrow – Season 6 Episode 13

“The Devil’s Greatest Trick” Arrow ups the tension as Cayden James threatens to reduce the city to rubble with the bomb he has been holding onto for some time. This season has spent a lot of time focusing on parental relationships. Oliver learning how to be a father to William has been a running narrative,…