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February 09, 2018 at 08:21 AM EST


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

Obviously, Oliver’s tenuous agreement with Cayden James puts him and the rest of the team on a collision course with Dinah, who is on the hunt for Black Siren. Dinah tracks Black Siren down with the intention of killing her, but Quentin and Team Arrow arrive in time to stop her. They need her in order to save the city. From there, Oliver captures Anatoly while Rene and Curtis handle Ricardo Diaz.

With the cabal rounded up, Team Arrow meets up with Cayden, whose hand is glued to a thermobaric bomb detonator as he monologues about finally getting justice for his son. Again, I found Cayden’s quest for revenge rather cliché, but I found Emerson’s heartbreaking speech about what it’s like to lose a child particularly moving — because of Emerson’s super-committed delivery, and not because it was well-written.

Anyway, the quasi-trial of the cabal goes sideways, as expected, when Laurel’s power-dampening collar deactivates and she tries to escape. As the rest of the team tries to round up the other bad guys and Dinah shoots Black Siren, Oliver has one last confrontation with Cayden while William watches on. Afraid that Cayden’s going to blow up the city, Oliver turns and reassures William that everything’s going to be alright. Observing that fatherly moment moves Cayden to back down. Is that turn even remotely convincing? Definitely not. Seeing Oliver in father-mode earlier in the season didn’t seem to faze Cayden, so why should it now?

Saving the city isn’t as joyous as it should be because, well, everything still kind of sucks. Team Arrow is still in shambles as Rene, Curtis, and Dinah continue to refuse to rejoin the ranks and Dinah remains intent on getting revenge for Sobel’s death. Meanwhile, we discover that Ricardo Diaz was responsible for this entire plot to pit Cayden James against the Green Arrow, including killing his son. Diaz pays Cayden a visit in prison and reveals that he did it in order to take over the city and that he has several city officials in his pocket right before he kills him. This revelation makes very little sense. How was Diaz planning on stopping Cayden from detonating the bomb? Was he just banking on Green Arrow being able to stop him? That seems like too much of a risk. Did Diaz intend to rule a city of ash? Either way, Diaz has been a pretty minor player this season, so this twist kind of lands with a thud. However, I’m open to seeing how this shakes out, and I’m definitely excited about a villain who isn’t driven by revenge.

Wall of Weird:

  • Tonight’s episode ended on a creepy note: Unsurprisingly, Quentin scoops up a wounded Black Siren and handcuffs her in the back of his car because he fully believes there’s still a piece of his dead daughter inside of her. Then, he drives off as she bleeds in the backseat of his car. That’s majorly twisted and may have soured this entire storyline for me.
  • “Why do you say justice like it’s cold-blooded murder?” —Curtis to Dinah
  • “I need to know this surrender of yours isn’t a ploy. I’ve had bad luck with that tactic.” —Oliver to Cayden
  • Note about last week’s grade: In hindsight, I wish I had given last week’s episode a C, because I disliked “All For Nothing” more than tonight’s episode. B- seems a bit too generous.
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