Synopsis: In order to track down Diaz from inside prison, Oliver realizes that will require aligning with an old enemy. Meanwhile, in Star City, Felicity’s attempts to root out Diaz are thwarted by Diggle, whose allegiance to ARGUS now requires him to keep civilians like her on the outs.
Review: After a solid start in last week’s episode. Arrow starts to kick things into higher gear as Oliver realizes that he is going to have to play by prison rules, which makes for what could well be a new and interesting dynamic.
There’s a lot of great stuff happening with this weeks episode as the team continues to struggle to adapt to playing by the rules.
In prison, Oliver has to make an alliance with Danny Briackwell, and must do something in order to earn the cons trust and friendship. This is going to make for a really interesting dynamic moving forward and I’m really hoping we’ll get to see Vinnie Jones stick around for a bit longer this season, given that I felt he was underused a couple of years ago when his character was first introduced.
Back in Star City, we have a few things going on. Felicity has joined Diggle and Curtis at ARGUS and is hoping that they will help her track down Diaz, but there are a few difficulties. When she enlists Rene and Curtis to do a bit of off the books recon on old warehouse things do not go according to plan and Diggle pretty much puts her and Curtis on notice. This whole scene does provide one of the best lines of the episode, which is uttered by Rene.
When Felicity heads into the warehouse. Rene says, “Grab your balls, Curtis, we’re going in.”
The main villains of the story this week other than Diaz are the Longbow Hunters who have some really cool scenes and look like they might well give Diggle and ARGUS a run for their money. The scene, which introduces them is awesome. We basically get o see them operate and steal some highly sought after ARGUS technology, which in the wrong hands could level the entirety of Star City.
Another highlight of the episode is the scenes set in the future with Roy Harper and Oliver’s son William on Lian Yu. Quite how this is going to tie into the story as a whole is somewhat of a mystery, but the scuttlebutt on the internet is that William is the new Green Arrow that has been taking down crooks in Star City, which would obviously involve an element of time travel.
Once again, Vinnie Jones wins villain of the week because he can pull off the bad guy with a certain degree of charm. We got to see a little bit of Kirk Acevedo as Diaz, but he didn’t really get too much to do beyond look menacing and have a bit of a punch-up with Diggle.
But the standout this week for me is Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance. She gets a really strong scene with Dinah Drake in which she genuinely expresses remorse to Dinah for killing her boyfriend. It looks like Laurel is beginning on her path to redemption and I look forward to seeing Black Canary and Black Siren team up some more as the season progresses.
A really strong second episode, which is setting some interesting plot threads up and asking some interesting questions. I love the Longbow Hunters and can’t wait to see more of them. The various fight scenes involving them, ARGUS and Laurel and Dinah were fantastic and made for some wonderful martial arts and stunt sequences. I loved the robbery of the ARGUS facility near the beginning of the episode.
I’m also looking forward to seeing what sort of team Felicity and FBI Agent Watson make. If indeed Watson takes Felicity up on her offer.
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