Monday, May 21, 2018

Arrow - Life Sentence

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).

On the plus side, it seems Oliver has finally learned his lesson about alienating the people around him (you know, until the writers choose to have him start doing it again). In terms of larger arcing storylines, the show does say farewell to one of its original supporting characters with the death of Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne), whose hospitalization allows for a cameo of a Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) and her first meeting with her sister from another Earth. Laurel's (Katie Cassidy) move against Diaz, followed by Quentin's death, leaves several possibilities for the character should she choose to stay in Star City (or perhaps join her sister and the Legends?).

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