Saturday, May 12, 2018

Arrow - The Ties That Bind

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.

There are certainly some plotholes worth discussing here. After one member of The Quadrant was killed by Diaz in a previous episode, why would another (or eventually all three) show up in his mob-controlled city to be threatened and/or killed by the crime boss? There's also the question how a Federal Agency like A.R.G.U.S. can allow a hit on its director (and her family), in a hospital, and not have the full backing needed to take out the criminal responsible. As for the team, Oliver isn't forgiven by the others, but the pressing need and danger to their families does show that there is still enough trust built-up by the heroes to work together once more.

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