Friday, October 14, 2016

Arrow - The Recruits

Both the main story and the flashbacks to Oliver's (Stephen Amell) time in Russia center around training this week. Using the methods he learned from the Bratva, Green Arrow attempts to train Curtis (Echo Kellum), Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez), and Evelyn Sharp (Madison McLaughlin). However, his tough love method doesn't earn him any friends. Meanwhile Ollie's day job isn't without troubles as a full-day free clinic runs trouble first from funding issues and latter by the appearance of Ragman (Joe Dinicol) who shows up to take vengeance.

While Ollie learns to be a better teacher (by admitting that using the methods of a group of murdering Russian psychopaths might not be the best way to train super-heroes), the episode's other subplot takes place thousands of miles away where Diggle (David Ramsey) discovers life in the military isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Running into an ambush, Diggle is betrayed by his superiors and framed for the crime they plan to commit. Does this mean Diggle is on the fast-track back to Star City (by way of Federal Prison)?

All the episodes themes fit well together this week. Ragman is certainly an odd choice to bring into the fold, but his power-set works well with the show's special effects budget. Tobias Church (Chad L. Coleman) comes to a rather inglorious end in the episode's close as the gangster is killed at the hands of the new archer in town who is revealed to be Prometheus (a character whose checkered comic book past should give DC Comics readers pause, but Arrow made Ragman work for an episode so who knows?).

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