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…

Arrow – Season 4 Episode 16

“Broken Hearts” Arrow deals with the fallout of the Oliver and Felicity break-up while Damien Darhk has his day in court following his arrest. I’m sure frequent readers of this site will be able to guess what problems I had with this episode and you would probably be absolutely spot on. I’m not a fan…

Arrow – Season 4 Episode 15

“Taken” Arrow tackles the lingering issues of Oliver’s son William in an attempt to resolve it in a way that lets the show move onto other things. Before I start I will register my disappointment that there is an episode of Arrow called “Taken” that doesn’t feature Oliver Queen going full Liam Neeson on the…

Arrow – Season 4 Episode 14

“Code of Silence” Arrow brings back Damien Darhk as his wife faces off against Oliver in the race to be Star City’s mayor while Oliver’s secret starts to become more of a problem.. Having a handful of episodes where Damien Darhk is completely off the board was a good idea as it allowed the show…

Arrow – Season 4 Episode 13

“Sins of the Father” Arrow picks right up from Nyssa’s ultimatum and has Oliver dealing with his limited options to find a way to save Thea’s life. Nyssa making a play for Malcolm’s position as head of the League of Assassins has been a long time coming as she has always been enraged that Malcolm…

Arrow – Season 4 Episode 12

“Unchained” Arrow brings back a number of  bygone characters and furthers development of Thea’s supernatural ailment as Felicity continues to accept her new reality. The most significant return in this episode was Roy. Naturally he was given the most attention since he was a series regular so deserves to have a bit of a fanfare surrounding…

Arrow – Season 4 Episode 6

“Lost Souls” Arrow finally gets around to bringing back Ray Palmer and forces Team Arrow into a direct confrontation with Damien Darhk to rescue him from his tiny prison. It has been promised since before season 4 started that Arrow would adopt a lighter tone this season with far less emphasis on angst and emotional turmoil to…

Arrow – Season 4 Episode 4

“Beyond Redemption” Arrow carries on with Oliver Queen’s plan to run for Mayor of Star City in an attempt to do more to protect it than he can accomplish as the Green Arrow. It was completely ignored as a plot point last week but the episode hits the ground running by Oliver showing Team Arrow…