Dean Buscher/The CW
January 25, 2018 at 11:19 PM EST


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

Arrow was firing on all cylinders tonight. “We Fall” might have been the best episode of the season. After remaining in the planning stages of his big plan for weeks and weeks, Cayden James finally made his move against Oliver and the entire city, and it was bloody thrilling. Furthermore, having the two teams made the episode a lot more dynamic.

“We Fall” begins with Cayden James taking control of Star City’s electrical infrastructure and causing all kinds of mayhem. Unfortunately, police chief Frank Pike and a nameless councilman die from this initial attack. Once word spreads of the attacks, Team Arrow and The Outsiders (a.k.a. Rene, Curtis, and Dinah, who shot down that name for New Team Arrow, but I’m sticking with it) share intel and spring into action.

While Oliver heads to city hall, the Outsiders — who are very much enjoying being on a team they can trust — head out into the field because one of Curtis’ T-spheres surprisingly starts tracking Vigilante’s visor. This wasn’t an accident. Vigilante activated the T-sphere so he could stage a meeting with Curtis and warn him about Cayden’s plan to attack the subway system. It turns out Vigilante has been working as a double agent and wants to take Cayden down, too. Curtis decides not tell his new teammates about this little clandestine meeting, which is such an Oliver move, but he double checks the intel with Felicity and discover that it’s good. So, Curtis leads his new team out to stop two subway trains from colliding. Unfortunately, the system doesn’t respond, so it’s up to Dinah to use her sonic scream to hold one of the trains back — which is the latest clever application of the sonic scream. (Sith Laurel blowing a sonic kiss last week was also great.)

Speaking of which: Even though this episode is rather intense and the stakes are quite high, Arrow never gets bogged down by that, and it finds time to have fun. In addition to Dinah’s awesome save with her powers, there were other moments of levity in tonight’s episode. For example: Curtis, Rene, and Dinah bantering about whether or not to say “Suit up” before, you know, suiting up; Curtis suggesting they call themselves The Outsiders, a reference to a DC Comics group formed by Batman; and Cayden James showing up at city hall under the guise of Ben Gale, which is reference to the character Michael Emerson played on Lost (Ben, who first appeared under the alias Henry Gale). The writers are clearly having fun throwing in these little details, and that makes it fun for us. This kind of self-indulgence used to be rare for Arrow, but now it does it all the time, which is great. Even though season 6 has been somewhat uneven, it’s nice to see more evidence of Arrow‘s continued growth so late in the game.

Cayden’s meeting with Oliver goes exactly as you would expect. Cayden demands that Oliver deposit $10 million into his account at every night or else the attacks will continue. As we learned several episodes ago, Cayden blames Oliver for the death of his son, and tonight we receive more details on that. Apparently, Cayden’s son died from one of Green Arrow’s stray arrows exactly a year ago this day, and now Cayden wants to destroy the city because Oliver loves it so much. While I find vengeance stories rather simplistic, I’m invested in this one because of Emerson’s sad performance. You can feel his pain and anger in his conversation with Oliver.

However, there’s a little twist: Oliver couldn’t have killed Cayden’s son because he wasn’t even in Star City a year ago. He was in Hub City recruiting Dinah. Felicity reaches out to a contact about figuring out what evidence convinced Cayden James that Oliver killed his son. Apparently, he received some kind of package from Corto Maltese, so Felicity gets to work on trying to figure out what that was. (Next: The fall)

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