Arrow, Season 5 Episode 2
Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, Echo Kellum, Paul Blackthorne, Rick Gonzalez, Madison McLaughlin, Tyler Ritter, Joe Dinicol, Chad L. Coleman, Suki Kaiser
Oliver recruits Curtis, Wild Dog and Evelyn Sharp for his team, but his training methods prove to be too much for some to handle. In flashbacks, Oliver continues his initiation into the Bratva.
Two weeks in a row Arrow has produced quality Television. In this episode Oliver is trying to set up a free clinic for Star City, during the opening we are introduce to this weeks bad guy who ultimalty turns into the good guy Ragman. This turn happens when a show down with Tobias Church. Before the end of the episode we once again are treated to the Dark Archer. Also throughout the episode we see the training of the new recruits, obviously since this is Arrow, the training doesn’t go as well and lead to Oliver needing to apologies and reveal his true identity to gain the teams trust.
A few thoughts i had on the episode, the recruits came off as whiny and quitters. I think there has to be more trust built in just by training with a man who has been doing the vigilantey thing for many years. If this keeps going this way with no quick resolution the fans will loose interest in these characters. Another thought came to mind when watching this episode, the daytime scenes really change the feeling of the show. I have to say I really enjoyed them as it brought a more up beat feeling to a normally doom and gloom show.
With the inclusion of the Dark Archer AKA Prometheus, there is a new man out to get the Green Arrow. From casting reveals this past summer, we know there is some sort of personal connection between the two. Does anyone else think Tommy Merlin? It actually makes sense especially with the death of the woman he loved Laurel and before anyone says a thing about Tommy dying, really its not the first time someone has been brought back to life.
Once again it was a great episode and in many ways it was especially nice to see a less drama filled Felicity, she even got back to make some of her more silly jokes which the was the reason fans of the show fell in love with her. As for the show itself it was nice to see the fighting sequences become much smother since last year and the writing in general was much tighter.
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