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January 18, 2018 at 11:06 PM EST


TV Show
Action Adventure, Crime
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Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey
The CW
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In Season
We gave it a B

At this point, Diggle still can’t go out into the field, but that doesn’t mean he can’t help Oliver set up some explosives in Bertinelli’s warehouse. As they plant the charges, Diggle suggests Oliver ask Curtis, Rene, and Dinah to come back, but Oliver refuses because he still can’t trust them and believes that he, Diggle, and Felicity can handle this all on their own. In past seasons, I would’ve found stubborn Oliver rather frustrating, but it’s very easy to understand where he’s coming from in this moment. This isn’t season 3. Oliver doesn’t just have to think about himself now. He also has to worry about William, whom he is still lying to because Oliver hasn’t changed that much. He needs to be able to trust that the people he goes out into the field with won’t put that relationship in even more jeopardy, and that’s not the case at the moment.

After Dinah regains consciousness, she barges into Rene’s apartment right in time to find Curtis hacking through the FBI’s database to figure out what evidence Watson has on Rene. It turns out she found out Rene was Wild Dog because of some recording. While they don’t get a chance to listen to it, they assume Cayden James, who knows all of their secret identities from spying, must’ve have leaked a recording to the FBI. Why did he target Rene and no one else? For Curtis, that doesn’t matter right now.

With the bombs set, Oliver, Felicity, and Diggle use the bug in the lair to lure Cayden and his compatriots to the port by making him think that Jerry has hired a Chechnyan army to defend himself. A stiffly directed shootout breaks out when Jerry’s men come face to face with Dragon’s men; however, it turns out director James Bamford was saving the pizzazz for when Green Arrow finally arrives on the scene and takes Dragon’s men out in a neat shaky-cam, one-take fight scene. Alas, Dragon isn’t alone, and Green Arrow soon finds himself outnumbered up against Vigilante, Anatoly, and Laurel. Cayden gives Jerry an option: Kill Green Arrow, or lose his daughter. Thankfully, the bombs go off, providing Ollie with the cover he needs to escape. In an act of desperation, Jerry agrees to hand over the ports to Cayden, who kills Jerry anyway and tells Laurel to make an example of him.

Oliver’s close encounter with Cayden’s Injustice Gang convinces him that he can’t take them on alone, so he calls another meeting with Dinah, Rene, and Curtis. He apologizes for breaking their trust and asks them to come back. But that’s the last things the new kids on the block want because they hate that they aren’t treated with the same respect as the Felicity and Diggle. This is yet another sign of Arrow‘s growth. In past seasons, the show would’ve copped out and made sure Oliver was in the right, but it doesn’t do that here. Curtis et al.’s concerns are taken seriously. In fact, Oliver wishes them luck with their new endeavor. Before they head to their new lair, however, Curtis hands Diggle a new version of the implant that actually works this time! At least we know Oliver won’t be out there by himself now.

While all of this is going on, Thea and Quentin share a story line that’s at least thematically related to Team Arrow’s feud. Quentin is still shook by Laurel sparing his life in the midseason finale and wants to try to bring the good out of her. Thea warns him against doing this because she thinks it’s a fool’s errand and he’ll just end up getting killed, and she can’t lose another father figure. However, something happens off screen, and by the end of the episode, Thea agrees to help Quentin with Laurel because if Malcolm can change, so can this Laurel. Hopefully, this means Willa Holland will be getting some great material in the next few episodes, because I’ve missed having her around.

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