Thursday, November 21, 2019

Arrow - Prochnost

Oliver Queen's (Stephen Amell) this is your life tour takes him back to Russia with Mia (Katherine McNamara) and William (Ben Lewis) in search of a scientist and weapon capable of turning the tide in the upcoming Crisis. "Prochnost" offers the opportunity for another appearance by Anatoly (David Nykl), this time as a friend, some father-daughter bonding in a Russian fight club, and a difficult choice for Laurel (Katie Cassidy) considering the offer dangled in front of her by Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson) and the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett). I could have done without Oliver's conflicted overprotective father moments, but other than that the main plot works well enough (though the best moment between father and daughter to this point takes place in the bunker at the beginning of the episode involving the Queen family's vendetta against tennis balls).

The episode's B-story focuses on Diggle (David Ramsey) enlisting the help of Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) to procure plutonium to power the weapon the rest of the team hopes to acquire in Russia. Like many of the episodes this season, the return of previous characters is really more about fan service and the show allowing them to take a final bow, although apparently Roy will stay around (at least through the Crisis). Despite some momentary hiccups, both missions are successful. However, Lyla's got some explaining to do (which should help fill in valuable information both about her past and the Monitor's plans heading into the ever-closer crossover).

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