In Review: Arrow – Irreconcilable Differences

Black Siren and Cayden James kidnap Quentin to get their hands on a weapon of mass destruction.

Synopsis: Black Siren and Cayden James kidnap Quentin to get their hands on a weapon of mass destruction.

Review: This episode starts on a high but ends on a note of uncertainty for Oliver, Diggle, and Felicity. It has become apparent to the team that FBI Agent Watson has managed to get one member of Team Arrow to betray Oliver, but who and why.

Making matters worse is the fact that Cayden James and Black Siren have kidnapped Quentin Lance and have given Oliver and his team an ultimatum. Get him a piece of tech or Lance dies. With the team fragmented after the discovery of the traitor. Oliver has to bring them together for the mission.

This episode is set up perfectly with the celebration of Ollie and Felicity’s wedding. It gives the team a chance to shine in a moment where they are sharing in good times. It also sets up things so that when the betrayer is revealed it stings that much more.

There are some great scenes in this episode. Especially concerning Rene, Dinah Drake and Curtis as they realize they are not as trusted as they believed themselves to be. Both Rene and Drake have things going on in their private lives that can be used as leverage by anyone wanting to turn them against Team Arrow. The biggest scene though is between Quentin Lance and Black Siren. It seems that the Siren isn’t as tough as she makes out.

What makes it that much more interesting is the fact that the whole thing is part of Cayden Jame’s plan. It’s the classic divide and conquers strategy. Which has me wondering if Agent Watson is a part of the whole plan and in the know or is she just an unwitting pawn who is blind to the bigger picture due to her obsession on career advancement?

Either way, the reveal at the end that Ollie is up against a team of villains is going to make for fun viewing in the months to come. And the fact that Anatoly Knyazev is among them is going to make a good friend of mine very, very happy.

Overall. This was a solid episode that has set up the board for what will be an unpredictable second half of the season.

Arrow - Irreconcilable Differences
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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