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Arrow – Life Sentence

by Alan Rapp on May 21, 2018

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  • Title: Arrow – Life Sentence
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Arrow - Life Sentence television review

Arrow mixes things up a bit in the Sixth Season finale with Oliver (Stephen Amell) leading Team Arrow into battle with the FBI against Diaz (Kirk Acevedo). Although Diaz’s power is broken at the end of the season, the finale doesn’t wrap up the villain’s arc, allowing the crimelord to return and plague Star City next season. As for Oliver, Arrow writers follow The Flash‘s lead by sending the hero to prison (although Oliver is actually guilty of the crimes he’s imprisoned for). That also seems to mean the return of the rest of Team Arrow (which I have very mixed feelings about) to protect the city in the hero’s absence (although I doubt it will last more than a couple of episodes).

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Arrow – The Ties That Bind

by Alan Rapp on May 12, 2018

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  • Title: Arrow – The Ties That Bind
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Arrow - The Ties That Bind television review

Attacks on the vigilantes and their loved ones in their own homes brings the Team Arrow members back together for a Hail Mary attempt to take down Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo), first on the road and later inside the corrupt Star City police station. While the show spends too much time once again focused on Oliver (Stephen Amell) wanting to protect Felicity, and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) taking risks to help the team, the main storyline offers quite a bit of action as Diaz openly declares war on Oliver Queen and company and makes more brutal inroads with The Quadrant. By the end of the episode, our heroes are battered and bruised and no closer to defeating the villain heading into next week’s season finale.

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  • Title: Arrow – Docket No. 11-19-41-73
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Arrow - Docket No. 11-19-41-73 television review

The day of Oliver Queen‘s (Stephen Amell) trial has arrived. As we saw in The Flash earlier this season, the trial will take only a single episode. Of course what makes this one different is Oliver is actually guilty of the crimes he’s been accused of and the entire Star City judicial system is under the thumb of Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo). While something of a mess, much like the trial itself, “Docket No. 11-19-41-73” works fairly well offering some surprises including the return of Christopher Chance (Wil Traval) resurrecting a First Season Arrow cast member to become the public face of the Green Arrow.

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Arrow – Shifting Allegiances

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2018

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  • Title: Arrow – Shifting Allegiances
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Arrow - Shifting Allegiances television review

While the previous episode of Arrow was focused primarily on Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo), “Shifting Allegiances” splits the focus across multiple stories. We get the crime boss attempting to force Mayor Lance (Paul Blackthorne) into doing him a favor, Diggle (David Ramsey) and A.R.G.U.S. attempting follow Quadrant leads back to Diaz, Rene (Rick Gonzalez) returning to the field and working with Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) and Curtis (Echo Kellum) to attack Diaz’s drug operation, and Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) attempting to convince friend-turned-enemy Anitoly (David Nykl) to turn on Diaz. Anitoly refuses Oliver’s offer, but in delivering him to Diaz he gives the hero perhaps his chance to save the city in a one-on-one fight between the Arrow and the crime lord (who, unfortunately for Oliver, isn’t above cheating to win a fight).

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Arrow – The Dragon

by Alan Rapp on April 22, 2018

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  • Title: Arrow – The Dragon
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Arrow - The Dragon television review

It’s rare to get an episode that doesn’t center on Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), but even rarer for one in which neither he nor his hooded alter-ego make an appearance (I’m not counting his cameo in the episode’s epilogue). Instead “Dragon” centers around Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) and his quest to join a coalition of mafia families known as The Quadrant. Jerked around by the son (Ashton Holmes) of one of the organization’s four leaders, Diaz is forced to prove himself worthy of a meeting with the group. Despite holding up his end of the bargain in locating a Quardrant member in FBI custody, Diaz is betrayed. Diaz doesn’t like to be betrayed. I mean he really, really doesn’t like it.

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