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 2

“Tribute” Arrow deals with identity as a concept following Oliver being potentially outed as the Green Arrow last week. This episode deals with identity in a very literal sense -with the investigation into Oliver Queen- but also in a broader sense. I’ll cover the literal first because it’s the most simplistic. Arrow has done this…

Arrow – Season 6 Episode 1

“Fallout” Arrow returns for a sixth season and answers the mystery of who survived the destruction of Lian Yu at the end of last season. Opening season 6 was always going to be an uphill struggle for the writers of this show. Season 5 was a creative high and the finale numbers among the best…

Kneel Before Pod – Arrow Season 5

The DC TV Universe -sometimes referred to as the Arrowverse or the Berlantiverse- will soon return for another dose of superhero insanity. Before that happens; Kneel Before Pod just do a series of episodes on the previous seasons. The concluding chapter is Arrow season 5 where Craig and Chris do a quick round-up of their…

Arrow – Season 5 Episode 23

“Lian Yu” Arrow closes off its fifth season by focusing on Oliver’s final battle with Adrian Chase and bringing an end to the flashbacks. Last week set the stage for the conflict by outlining the stakes and setting up Oliver’s temporary team with the enigmatic cliffhanger showing him asking Slade Wilson for help. The opening…

Arrow – Season 5 Episode 22

“Missing” Arrow sets the stage for the season finale when the next phase of Adrian Chase’s plan is set in motion and Oliver struggles to counter it. One of the most frustrating tropes in modern genre storytelling is the villain being caught because it’s part of their plan. It can be clever when executed correctly…

Arrow – Season 4 Episode 17

“Beacon of Hope” Arrow decides to cut loose and have some fun for a change as the Brie Larvin aka the Bug-Eyed Bandit (Emily Kinney) puts Palmer Tech under siege looking for the same device that restored Felicity’s ability to walk. Brie Larvin was a less than memorable villain when she appeared on The Flash…