Friday, April 17, 2015

Arrow - Broken Arrow

Against his wishes Oliver (Stephen Amell) is forced to watch as his Team Arrow teammates work together to help Roy (Colton Haynes) take the fall as the city's vigilante. With Green Arrow in prison and Oliver still being targeted in random searches and sweeps by an obsessed Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and the Starling City Police Department our hero is forced to sit on the bench and allow Ray (Brandon Routh) to step-up when Starling City gets its first metahuman visitor in Deathbolt (Doug Jones).

The Atom gets a little hero training 101 during the episode and (despite getting his butt kicked the first go-around) steps up in a big way to take down Deathbolt on his own. Things don't go so well for Oliver in the episode as Roy is killed in prison (but not really) and Thea (Willa Holland) is murdered by Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) in a far less fake manner. The former means we're likely to see little of Arsenal for the foreseeable future as Roy leaves town. The later means next week's full introduction of the Lazarus Pit as Ra's seems to have finally found the right motivation to force Mr. Queen's hand.

Although most of the episode is centered around Roy and how his choices effect everyone around him, it's in its final moments where "Broken Arrow" finds its season-turning moment. Thea's death is the catalyst for the remaining episodes of the season and in what shape she returns from the beyond may tell us a great deal about what is in store for her in the future. My only real disappointment was Arrow's decision to have Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) continue crushing on Ollie after finding a more compatible partner who actually returns her affection. By the look on Ray's face at the end of the episode its obvious their days together are numbered.

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