Arrow – Schism

by Alan Rapp on May 26, 2016

in Television Reviews 

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Arrow - Schism

Just once I would like Arrow to end a season without Star City in flames. Is that too much to ask? “Schism” wraps up the season-long arc of Oliver Queen‘s (Stephen Amell) battle with Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) for control of Star City. Despite his bunker being destroyed, Darkh reacquires A.R.G.U.S.‘ missle technology with plans to start a nuclear holocaust to wipe out all civilization on the planet. Without a plan, Oliver makes a plea to the city to prevent it from tearing itself apart its final hours. It’s that small kernel of hope which Green Arrow uses to turn the entire city against Darkh.

Although better than The Flash finale, “Schism” feels far too much like been there, done that (three times before). How Oliver defeats Darkh also feels too much like dumb luck and his choice to murder the super-villain feels like a definite step backwards on his journey to becoming a true hero. Events set-up some changes with several members of the team possibly moving on (likely only for the summer hiatus) and Oliver Queen accepting a very public position which may curtail his nighttime activities.

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