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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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Arrow – Bratva

by Alan Rapp on February 9, 2017

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Arrow - Bratva television review

The search for the escaped General Walker (Garry Chalk) and his stolen nuclear weapon take Oliver (Stephen Amell) and company to Russia where he’ll be forced to make some hard choices to prevent Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) from both going down a dangerous road. Getting the information they need from Anatoly (David Nykl) means opening a door to his past and letting the Bratva back into his life which will likely have lasting consequences for everyone connected to Star City’s Mayor.

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Arrow – Second Chances

by Alan Rapp on February 4, 2017

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Arrow - Second Chances television review

The search for a new Black Canary leads Ollie (Stephen Amell) and company to Hub City in search of a former police detective (Juliana Harkavy) who has become something of an urban legend since a failed undercover operation in Hub City left her partner dead and her with meta-human powers not unlike those of Black Siren. Out to kill the criminal responsible for her partner’s death, the potential recruit isn’t all that receptive to Oliver’s first few pitches about becoming part of the team. Meanwhile, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is able to help get Diggle (David Ramsey) released by re-embracing a bit of her hacker past and her run-in with a hacktavist (Kacey Rohl) inspired by the woman she used to be.

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Arrow – Who Are You?

by Alan Rapp on January 26, 2017

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  • Title: Arrow – What We Leave Behind
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Arrow - Who Are You? television review

Arrow wastes no time in explaining the cliffhanger where Ollie (Stephen Amell) ran into Laurel (Katie Cassidy) in the Arrow Cave at the end of the last episode. First explaining she was brought back to life through the time traveling adventures of her sister, Laurel’s true story is revealed to be something far different. Turns out she’s not this Laurel at all. She’s actually Earth-2’s Black Siren recruited by Prometheus (who sounds more and more like Michael Dorn every week) to further frustrate Oliver.

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Arrow – What We Leave Behind

by Alan Rapp on December 8, 2016

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Arrow - What We Leave Behind

Arrow‘s mid-season finale moves beyond the Vigilante and Invasion! story arcs to center its attention back on the season’s looming big bad, Prometheus. Offering flashbacks to Oliver‘s (Stephen Amell) early days as Starling City’s vigilante (his costume has certainly gotten better), “What We Leave Behind” begins to fill in gaps about who Prometheus is and why he has a vendetta against Green Arrow (although I would have been more impressed if they actually tied it to First Season episode rather than filming new scenes). From their encounters it’s obvious the Church didn’t tell the villain anything he didn’t know, as Prometheus would have had to know Oliver’s identity years ago to retrace the man’s steps and train with at least one of the same masters (which doesn’t quite jibe with the villain’s actions since arriving in Star City as he only begin to focus on Oliver after Church’s deathbed confession).

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