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Arrow Takes A Break

Dolph Lundgren stops by to lighten the mood a little on a dark show.

Well. Hello there. I don't want to talk about the election. Let's just focus on this fun show, where the current plot involves a new villain coming to town, and nobody knows what's going to happen but we're all pretty sure it will be dangerous, and some of us kind of wish we could go back the last guy who didn't kill women. This new guy, he doesn't seem to care about that at all. Okay, that kind of got away from me. Point is, life goes on, and life includes goofy comic-book shows where mayors run around at night and shoot arrows at bad guys.

Tonight, the show openly and explicitly called out Oliver on all that murdering he used to do. His new recruits are calling him a serial killer, and they're not really wrong. He did have that list of people he was hunting down, and it was great to see an argument made that his occasional killing these days is fundamentally different. And it was even greater to see Oliver be the one questioning that. Although it was a little weird that this unusual step toward realism took place in the same episode where Oliver wandered into a crime scene in his Green Arrow costume and the cops were all cool with that.

There was a lot of talk about trust in this episode, and no one's trust seemed entirely earned. Detective Billy Malone says he still trusts Felicity, even though she admitted to stealing evidence off his desk. I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to do that. Oliver's team had that issue with him having a kill list, even though he hasn't brought it up for years. Thea's trust was the most misplaced as she discovered that Quentin never stopped drinking after all.

Then there's everyone's trust that it would be a good idea to have a giant "music and arts festival" in Star City, just because there's one in Seattle. The one in Seattle is called Bumbershoot, and I've been to it several times. It's fun, but it's also in a city that doesn't constantly get threatened by supervillains. However, the festival seems to go off without a hitch. It only existed so people could worry about telling the public about Prometheus because a serial-killer panic could be bad for attendance at the concert. I think Thea should have trusted the citizens of Star City, because they've dealt with worse threats. There are hordes of assassins in town with an alarming frequency, but that doesn't mean the city doesn't deserve a concert. When things are terrible, that's when you need distractions like concerts. And dumb comic-book shows.

Anyway. How Arrow-y was Arrow, anyway?

Arrow-ish Element Present?
Trick Arrow Let's say you're in a runaway subway train. And there's a bomb on the train, because why not, right? And there's a hole in the roof, because a bad guy recently escaped through it. How are you going to save two people? If you're Oliver Queen, the answer is that you pull out your special Paraglider Arrow and fire it through the hole. Then, assuming you remembered to clip something to the belts of the two people you're saving, you'll be yanked through the hole and gracefully parachute to the ground. It's simple!
Oliver Queen: A Jerk Oliver was actually less of a jerk than usual. He even got Evelyn to apologize to him, even though nothing she said was incorrect. But I'm counting this because it really was pretty rude of Oliver not to tell his team about that serial killer who was all over the news. And then he used his innate ability for rudeness at that "outside shopping mall" (or "farmer's market," if you go by what it looked like) to shout at people until they stopped shooting randomly.
Comic book reference If you squint, you could count Prometheus, who's obviously a character from the comic books. Too obviously, if you ask me. And I realize you didn't, but I'm telling you anyway.
Someone walks into the Arrowlair without warning. The Lair was remarkably secure this week.
Flashback scenes mirror the present day. Nope! Oliver almost learned to build a bomb, then he did a bad job of infiltrating Konstantin Kovar's bar, and then he got tied to a chair and beaten up. None of that seemed all that relevant to events in Star City. I was hoping there'd be a scene where modern-day Oliver had to disable a bomb that was coincidentally just like the one he was working on in Russia, but instead he did that paraglider thing. But instead, we got Dolph Lundgren as a gregarious, yet menacing, Russian villain, which is a thing I didn't know I wanted until I got it. This instantly became my favorite flashback storyline.
Things get gory. Prometheus has a pretty cool villain name, but the media is calling him the Throwing Star Killer, because (get this) he kills people with throwing stars. They're somehow made out of melted-down arrows that Oliver's used, which seems unlikely because I don't think Oliver's arrows are metal. Maybe Felicity meant just the arrowheads. Anyway, we got some real close close-ups of shurikens poking out of people's necks.
The Only Hospital Room In Town Nobody is sent to the hospital today. Well, nobody we care about. A lot of those people who got shot at the farmer's market probably needed some stitches.
Someone gets kidnapped Flashback Oliver was in the middle of a complicated scheme to get close to Konstantin Kovar, but he got whopped over the head. And when he woke up, instead of being surrounded by his Bratva brothers, he was tied to a chair and at the mercy of the guy he was trying to kill. That's close enough to being kidnapped, right?
Someone goes shirtless. Oliver did return to his old training regimen, but he was just shooting tennis balls instead of doing the shirtless salmon ladder. He didn't even lose his shirt when he was tied to that chair, which flies in the face of tradition.
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