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Arrow – Disbanded

by Alan Rapp on March 30, 2017

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Arrow - Disbanded

Oliver (Stephen Amell) has pushed away family and friends “for their own good” far too often for “Disbanded” to be a stand-out episode of the series. Arrow goes back to that same well again with its latest episode, although their is a twist this time. Rather than forcing others out of his one-man crusade, this time a defeated Green Arrow is attempting to shut down the crusade for everyone. There’s more than a little hubris hear as a shattered Oliver decides if he can’t be Star City’s vigilante none of his team can be either.

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Arrow – Kapiushon

by Alan Rapp on March 25, 2017

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Arrow - Kapiushon television review

“Kapiushon” proves to be on of Arrow‘s most brutal episodes. Captured by Prometheus (Josh Segarra), Oliver (Stephen Amell) spends nearly the entire episode being physically and psychologically tortured by a psychopath with an axe to grind. Spending equal times in flashbacks, the episode also show us some of Oliver’s darkest days in Russia with the Bratva and their war against Konstantin Kovar (Dolph Lundgren). While the logic of Chase’s plan is circumspect (does he really want to bring out Oliver’s murderous side, piss him off, and allow a more murderous Green Arrow come after him?), he does eventually score a win over Oliver by forcing him to admit a hard truth about himself.

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Arrow – Checkmate

by Alan Rapp on March 19, 2017

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Arrow - Checkmate television review

In “Checkmate” Oliver (Stephen Amell) not only discovers the identity of Prometheus but the episode also reveals a far more powerful enemy behind the man who has been torturing the Green Arrow for months. Unable to go head-on against Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra), Oliver’s team searches for the kidnapped Susan Williams (Carly Pope) which will also lead Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) further down the rabbit hole in her dealings with the hacker collective Helix.

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Arrow – Fighting Fire With Fire

by Alan Rapp on March 2, 2017

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Arrow - Fighting Fire With Fire television review

Since they were introduced it was obvious that either Billy Malone or Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) was going to eventually be revealed as Prometheus. Billy’s death made it all too easy to guess the identity of the season’s big bad. As expected, Adrian is revealed to be Prometheus in “Fighting Fire With Fire” although Ollie (Stephen Amell) won’t know this for at least another week. The main focus of the latest episode is Oliver and company (heh) going into damage-control mode after Chase leaks the cover-up in Green Arrow’s involvement in Billy’s murder. Facing impeachment, Oliver decides drastic action is called for, and rather than blackmail those deciding his fate or throw one of his subordinates to the wolves, Mayor Queen decides to turn the city’s hero into the bad guy.

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Arrow – Spectre of the Gun

by Alan Rapp on February 16, 2017

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Arrow - Spectre of the Gun

Arrow gets a bit preachy with “Spectre of the Gun.” After a shooting in city hall that leaves multiple victims injured or dead, the show’s response isn’t for Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) to suit up and track down the killer but instead for Mayor to take a hard look at his position on guns and examine what the Mayor can do that Green Arrow cannot. For most of the episode the arguments in favor and against stricter gun laws are handled by Curtis (Echo Kellum) and Rene (Rick Gonzalez) who go twelve rounds about guns in the hands of private citizens and whether or not they help or hurt the public good. Flashbacks this week aren’t from Ollie’s time in Russia but from Rene’s past where we learn more about events which led him to pick up a hockey mask and crystallized his view on guns. The usually opinionated Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), however, is cast in the role of Switzerland trying to keep the peace on a topic she believes can never be worked out.

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