Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Arrow - Brothers & Sisters

"Brothers & Sisters" gets its title from the current storyline of Oliver (Stephen Amell) attempting to help Emiko (Sea Shimooka) and the future arc where William's (Jack Moore) struggles with the knowledge he has a sister (Katherine McNamara, whose conception has been confirmed in the current storyline). Meanwhile, most of the episode's action takes place in A.R.G.U.S.'s attempt use Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) and the Suicide Squad to capture Dante (Adrian Paul). Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is less than pleased with the discovery that Diggle (David Ramsey) has let Diaz out of prison, and even briefly considers blowing the man's head off (although apparently she's far from the only one with murderous thoughts towards Diaz as Arrow finally seems willing to close the book on the character and move on).

Oliver charging in without thinking and then apologizing to his loved ones is a common theme the show has fallen back on over the years and gets recycled here as he learns to let Emiko follow her own path. Diggle stepping up to take responsibility for the Dante disaster means an exit from A.R.G.U.S. and a likley return to Team Arrow. Just as the original Emerald Archer appeared to have brought Emiko into the fold, the episode reveals that Emiko is actually working for Dante. Adrian Paul is an interesting choice for Dante, and a some welcome new blood as the show's writers have finally gotten over their Diaz obsession, who shows off both skill in hand-to-hand combat and an ability to play the long game making him the most formidable opponent for the Green Arrow since Ra's al Ghul. I'll be curious to see the show start to explore just what Dante is after. The flash-forwards continue to be the weakest aspect of the show as little progress is made in the search for Felicity and the sequences lack Arrow's most important characters.

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