‘Arrow’ S7:01 Recap and Review: “Inmate 4587”
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What is it about Oliver Queen having everything to lose that reinvigorate this show? Arrow season 6 was a real disappointment. There were moments of possibility and a low point of horrendously vile violence from Ricardo Diaz, and walking a fine line toward abuse with Black Siren. Overall, it just didn’t have a cohesiveness that made it something to look forward to.
Arrow Season 7: “Inmate 4587” changed that. Having Beth Schwartz take over as showrunner was just the breath of fresh air this show needed. The show has returned to its roots. Oliver in prison was an excellent move. Showing members of former Team Arrow, Felicity and Dig finding their way without Oliver actively in their lives creates a strong sense of dramatic tension and gives the audience a chance to see how each person functions without Oliver’s protection. And with a new masked vigilante in town.
Watching Oliver shift from being Star City’s protector, having to focus on protecting himself and Felicity and William indirectly, the choices Oliver has to make in order to survive in the confines of prison creates a highly dramatic scenario. Using Diaz sparingly makes his presence much more engaging. However, I am still not a fan of the character. I think his arc is one dimensional and has run its course. I much prefer the nuances of Merlin and Dahrk. Even Slade. Having moments of humor in the villains balances the darkness of the show. Diaz’s pure motivation in hatred and revenge has gotten old. I’ll be happy to see that end.
Lest we think Oliver will simply lie down and play dead in order to survive, there’s the shower scene. I won’t spoil it. But it’s pure Oliver from the first two seasons of the show. In addition to seeing him use the jail cell as his personal gym. I enjoyed the focus on Oliver’s past training as he adjusted to his new situation.
How will Oliver maintain his sense of control as things spiral out of control on the outside? There have been hints that he will remain in prison longer than we expect. The end twist may hold some answers to what the future holds. Arrow is back on track.
Arrow airs Mondays at 8 PM EST on CW
Micky Small is a freelance writer and Superhero Scholar. She writes about female and LGBT superheroes and diversity in media. Follow her on Twitter @femmepwrdprod