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Arrow continues to surprise me, I was really not expecting much coming into this episode, the Ladycop episode last season wasn’t a very good episode to be honest and the Cupid episodes that we’ve had so far have been some of my least favorite episodes, this episode however quickly changed my opinion. Spoilers for Arrow from this point on.

So in this episode China White, Cupid and Ladycop all escape from a prison bus, their main goal is to find the money that Tobias Church hid before he died. That arc is only a small part of this episode though, I would even go as far as calling the villains plot as the side story of the episode, the main part of the episode revolves around Oliver being hunted by the ACU for the murder of detective Billy Malone and while all this is going on, Susan Williams starts to question Ollie about being the Green Arrow.

I’m very surprised that Susan decided to bring up the whole Green Arrow-Russia thing to Oliver so fast, I was really expecting that to be an arc that would be in the last five episodes and something that would play in to Prometheus’ plans, I guess that kind of puts the rumors to bed of her working with Prometheus. Thea proved how ruthless she was this week as she put some incriminating evidence (via Felicity’s help) that ended up costing Susan her job and possibly ruining the reporter’s life. Oliver’s reaction is to tell Thea that she reminds him of Moira and that he is worried for his little sister, and this gives us a small idea of where her story is heading for the rest of the season.

During all of this the ACU discover about the Green Arrow killing Malone, this leads to them coming after Oliver while he’s out on the field and trying to apprehend the three escapees, Oliver successfully gets Captain Pike off his tail though as he tells him about what really went down between Malone and the Green Arrow that night. Lance and Oliver also got some nice moments this week as the two went out in the field together more than once and it was nice to see him give Dinah his approval of her becoming the next Black Canary.

At first I was a bit skeptical about this new Black Canary but she has grown on me over the last few episodes, all I’m hoping for is that we get an upgrade to the Black Canary suit and she doesn’t just go around wearing the exact same one as Laurel. I’m also liking how Dinah is using being an SCPD officer as a cover for being the Canary.

The flashbacks this week involved Oliver and Anatoly on the run from Kovar’s men and not a lot happened really besides Anatoly telling Oliver that he is what the Russians call a ‘Sin-Eater’. There was a pretty cool scene though that showed more of Oliver’s badassery. This seasons’ flashbacks are still leagues ahead of 3 and 4’s.

The end fight of the episode was pretty good in my opinion. Team Arrow came out to stop the three villains and we saw some more of Curtis get beat up and not do anything, honestly I don’t know why this guy is on the team, he should stay behind a computer and within the last fourteen episodes he’s barely made any kind of progress fighting or skill wise. It was also really nice to say Oliver and China White to fight again, we haven’t seen her in present day since the second episode of season two, I’m not sure if she’s dead or not though, it kind of looked like she got shot in the head but after being away for so long, I doubt they would have killed her off.

THE VERDICT

Arrow was great this week once again and gave us some great character development.

9/10

 

Connor Cunningham covers ENTERTAINMENT for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @Connoriscoolio

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