In Review: Arrow – Next Of Kin

A rogue black ops team led by Onyx breaks into Kord Industries and steals something lethal.

Synopsis: A rogue black ops team led by Onyx breaks into Kord Industries and steals something lethal. Oliver struggles to connect with William so he reaches out to a surprising source for help.

Review: Diggle has taken over the mantle of Green Arrow to allow Oliver to spend more time with his son William, but Diggles first few missions do not go as smoothly as they could and Rene begins to doubt that Diggle can cut it. And when the team goes up against a Rogue Black Ops unit led by Onyx. It seems they Diggle may have bitten off more than he can chew.

The drama in this episode has several arcs to it. First off there is Diggle’s fitness to lead combined with the nerve damage in his hand. Secondly, we have Oliver trying to prevent new city policies regarding the police and vigilantism and then we have him trying to connect with his son.

It was a nice change to see Diggle wearing the Green Arrow costume and having to grow into that, but what made it more dramatic was the fact that Rene aka Mad Dog has strong doubts and Dinah the new Black Canary is doing her best to back Diggle despite her own doubts about the nerve damage in his hand. Added to this is the fact that FBI Agent Watson is suspicious because Diggle did not use any Arrows on his mission.

Added to all this are Diggle’s own doubts about his ability to lead the team having frozen on one of their missions. This leads to a role reversal in which Oliver steps in to give Diggle some encouragement and a pep talk.

By close of the episode, they pretty much put a stop to Onyx and her Black Ops team and the team begins to work better under Diggle, but we will still likely question how long this is likely to last given that Diggle is revealed to be secretly using some sort of street-level drug to steady his hand.

The stuff with Oliver bonding with his son is your typical soap opera fair that most the CW shows slip in and it also creates a way to bring Oliver and Felicity closer together. Hopefully, this is not going to be a repeat of what we have seen in the past where the relationship just winds up undermining the show.

Overall. This was a strong outing and having Diggle take over as Arrow is a good move. But I’m becoming a little impatient about learning who the main villain is likely to be for this year. It’s been a little too villain of the week thus far.

Arrow - Next Of Kin
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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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