Arrow Episode 401: "Green Arrow"

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Ollie and Felicity seem to be living in suburbia. They’re leading a normal and calm life. Felicity is the CEO of Palmer Technologies. They even host a brunch for neighbors. Ollie is planning on proposing to Felicity.

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Laurel and Thea are fighting evil on the streets as Black Canary and Speedy, although she insists on being called “Red Arrow.” Diggle joins the fun in a new outfit with a helmet. They try to prevent a heist of a Kord Industries shipment but don’t do too well.

The city is under attack by a group of skilled villains that the public is calling the Ghosts. They’re organized and whenever one gets captured, they kill themselves with cyanide capsules. A man in a suit makes his presence known to the district attorney, Captain Lance, and others. The district attorney later gets poisoned, the police department gets attacked by shooters. Lance barely survives and is saved by Black Canary.

Ollie prepares a special meal for Felicity and is about to surprise her with his mother’s ring when Laurel and Thea arrive. They explain the situation to Ollie. Diggle thinks they can handle it on their own but they feel they need the Arrow. Ollie insists the Arrow is dead but Felicity sees their friends need their help. When they arrive at their base, Diggle isn’t too happy to see Ollie. He’s still mad at Ollie for the betrayal and getting his wife and child placed in a dangerous situation. As they move out to work on different angles, Ollie finds out Felicity has been secretly helping them without him knowing. She was getting bored and missed the thrill of saving the city.

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The shipment the Ghosts took includes some heavy duty bombs. They’re able to track them down after Felicity hacks into the GPS in them. They observe a meeting with the leader where he expresses his disappointment with the lack of eliminating the threat against them. He appears to have a power to drain the life-force of others. They attack the Ghosts. Thea seems to get a little out of control while attacking one of them. They do discover the Ghosts’ plan—to attack the new train station. When they bring up that they might be dealing with a metahuman, Ollie says it was something mystical. He knows this since he’s seen things before.

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Ollie tries helping despite the tension between him and Diggle. Captain Lance also gives his grief and blames him for bringing the darkness and madness to the city. They finally figure out how the train station will be targeted—the bomb will be coming in on the first train into the station. It’s time for them to suit up and Felicity shows Ollie a new Arrow outfit. Ollie needs to jump onto the speeding train to stop the bomb. When Arrow confronts the Ghosts’ leader, he reveals his name—Damien Darhk. Ollie shoots an arrow at him and he makes it stop in the air by just holding his hand up. The fight doesn’t go well and Damien starts using his death touch on him. Damien is then shot in the back by Diggle. Damien still manages to disappear before they can get him. They need to figure out how to stop the train since Damien disabled the breaks. They jump off and Ollie shoots the train with an explosive arrow.

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When they regroup, Thea jokes Ollie will need a code name. Diggles says he won’t need one since he’ll be going back home. Ollie looks at Felicity and tells them they’ve missed all this. Also, the city needs them and the threat is Damien Darhk. Ra’s al Ghul told Ollie before that Damien had a hive of operatives at his disposal. Because those were his exact words, Diggle recalls when Deadshot mentioned H.I.V.E. but doesn’t say anything to the others.

They hack into the emergency broadcast system and Ollie delivers a message. He says the Arrow died six months ago but his legacy lives on. He’s joining the others that have continued to fight since the Arrow died. He vows to be a symbol of hope, something the Arrow never was. “I am the Green Arrow.”

Damien does a ritual which requires him to cut his arm and drip out some blood. He’s interrupted by having a visitor. It’s Captain Lance. He apologizes about him getting shot in the arm but didn’t want anyone to know about his involvement with HIVE. Damien isn’t happy the train station didn’t blow up. Lance says that sort of destruction and the killing of innocents isn’t what he signed up for. Damien mentions he signed up to follow his instructions. He wants to know everything about Green Arrow and have him taken off the board before his associates arrive. He emphasizes that Lance doesn’t have a choice.

Cut to six months later. Ollie is at someone’s grave. Barry Allen shows up and apologizes for missing the funeral. Ollie asks if it was because of Zoom and he says yeah. Ollie says he has to end it. He’s going to kill “him” and asks to be left alone. Barry zips away and Ollie sheds a tear.

Flashback Scenes - Five Years Ago

Ollie is chasing a drug dealer as the Hood. He doesn’t do too well. Amanda Waller finds him after he gets knocked off a rooftop. Amanda tells him to embrace his inner darkness instead of running from it. She drugs him and he’s kidnapped. He’s forced to go on a mission. He has to go back to the island. He’s forced to HALO jump out of a plane. As soon as he lands, he’s met by an armed guard.

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Thoughts

The fourth season is definitely off to a great start. Things got a little bogged down last season and felt like it started drifting too far off. It was great seeing Black Canary, Speedy and Diggle trying to work the streets without Oliver. At the same time, it makes the show feel like they can't accomplish as much without him.

Starling City rebranded as Star City is what many wanted. The city is trying to clean up their image after all the horrible things that have been going on. We even see a sign stating that it was named in honor of Ray Palmer who seems to have died in that explosion last season. We know he's going to be in Legends of Tomorrow so perhaps he shrank down to avoid the explosion and got stuck in a micro-world or maybe even Rip Hunter will save him before he died. We'll have to wait on that.

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The flashback with Ollie trying to be a vigilante was fun. I'm not crazy about the constant flashbacks throughout the episodes but it's nice to see that Ollie wasn't always the perfect vigilante he's made out to be. Let's hope the season doesn't continue to be too heavy on the flashbacks.

Neal McDonough as Damian Darhk is great. He makes a great enemy and seeing his story unfold will be good. Thankfully he wasn't immediately killed as many villains tend to not last too long.

The fight with the Ghosts in their lair seemed pretty easy for them. The Ghosts have shown how formidable they were but maybe it was the element of surprise that caught them off guard. Thea going out of control was very interesting and hopefully will be a plot point explored in upcoming episodes. Although, when she yells at the people in the train station to evacuate, her voice could use a voice changer like Ollie uses.

The funeral scene was crazy. Obviously we're meant to believe it's Felicity. It could be Thea. Then again, maybe it's John...or Laurel. It has to be someone close to Ollie. Felicity seems like the obvious choice that would have a big impact since all Ollie wanted was to escape the darkness and lead a normal life. He agreed to get back into the game and it could come back to haunt him. But surely they can't kill off Felicity.

We're definitely intrigued with what's going on between Lance and Damien. It's safe to say we'll be watching the next episode to see what happens next.

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#1  Edited By The_Kidd

They had a better premier than The Flash.

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Did anyone else noticed this? You think we are having Green Lantern on this season?

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it's Felicity

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I really wanted Oilla to tell Lance off.

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it's Felicity

If that's true, then I smell a future romance with Ollie and Laurel next season.

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How did the Flash premiere get 5 stars but this only got 4?

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#8  Edited By Dernman

@nightfang said:

I really wanted Oilla to tell Lance off.

Unless it's a red herring.

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It SHOULD be Felicity(for the sake of the show). But it will probably be John. "Always kill off the black main character first" kinda deal. Oliver wasn't crying like a dude crying over a girl. He shed a manly tear for a fellow dude. Not only that, Barry wouldn't miss Felicity's funeral...

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What's interesting to me is Barry doesn't disagree with Oliver when he says he's going to kill him. It makes me feel like Barry is going to go through some dark times of his own. Out of the main cast I'd honestly want it to be Felicity but I feel like that would be too obvious.

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Someone who was so close to Ollie that he breaks his vow of not killing people?

Probably Felicity, or Thea.. I REALLY don't think they would kill off Diggle. I really don't think it'd be a good idea.

Thea would also make sense.

But all Ollie needs to do is call Constantine again, isn't it? :P

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Did anyone else noticed this? You think we are having Green Lantern on this season?

I got so pumped when I saw this

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Merlyn did it I'm guessing, not dark

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#14  Edited By The Impersonator

I wasn't happy with the premiere. I don't think this episode deserved a four. The lighter tone of this season seems out of reach. Maybe, I'm not used to it. I might get hooked once I watch more episodes.

Speaking of lighter tone, does anyone think that Oliver sounds gay? No, really. He does.

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@semaj said:

How did the Flash premiere get 5 stars but this only got 4?

I also wondered about this, I thought the Flash premiere was actually pretty weak and I thought Arrow deserved 5 stars more than Flash did. But I can see why it got 4 with the slow beginning and flashbacks, I mostly just thought Flash didn't deserve 5 at all. I'd have given it 3 to be honest.

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@the_impersonator: as a gay dude, yeah I do think he "sounds gay". People might try to deny that being a thing but it really is lol. It was bothering me throughout the episode but I couldn't place it. That and his voice changer seems too deep, but it might just be me. I thought before he was more bale/batman voiced instead of that

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@dernman said:

@nightfang said:

I really wanted Oilla to tell Lance off.

Unless it's a red herring.

No. I want Oilla to have enough of Lance blaming him for his family and the city problems.

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@darkrider said:

it's Felicity

If that's true, then I smell a future romance with Ollie and Laurel next season.

Pleasepleasepleaseplease yes.

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Think it's Diggle who died at the hands (or as a result of) Lance.

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its ray palmer's funeral its a flashback six months ago, and six months ago palmer industries had an explosion and there's a sign star city rename in memory of dr. ray palmer

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its ray palmer's funeral its a flashback six months ago, and six months ago palmer industries had an explosion and there's a sign star city rename in memory of dr. ray palmer

It said 6 months in the future, not the past.

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Decent episode. I enjoyed it more than the Flash premiere, but it wasn't without its problems.

While Olicity wasn't a hindrance to the show in the way that it was last season, they still took up too much screen time. It is possible to realistically show a long-lasting couple on TV without having them constantly oodling over one another.

Some of the dialogue was kinda bizarre ("You can return to your domestic life of tranquility and souffles" / "That was magic. I've seen things that can't be explained by science" "Don't suppose you'll tell us what those things are" "There's no time for that now").

Diggle's beef with Oliver, though justified, came off a bit childish in execution. Lyla's input was great though.

Laurel and Thea made for a fun team. I'm hoping we get to see more of their interactions outside of just kicking ass. I mean, Thea did kill Sara. The two of them never really talked much about that on screen. Maybe it's something we'll see through flashback to the past five months?

Speaking of flashbacks, this season's FBs start a bit more on-point than last seasons. Still, I wasn't a big fan. I just hate the "every episode needs flashbacks" formula. If we got Oliver flashbacks maybe once every three of four episodes, I'd be on board with them. But I already get the feeling things are going to drag.

Damian Dahrk was an excellent villain. Maybe it's just that the actor really makes the character his own, but I believe him as a threat more than I did Ra's, and he's a lot more fun to watch on screen.

STOP BATMAN REFERENCES!!! "The world is too small for a man like Oliver Queen to disappear" "You inspired madness"

As for the ending... It's Thea. I'm convinced of it, much as I DON'T WANT TO BE. Felicity is obviously a red herring. I doubt they'd kill off their Black Canary. And Dig just doesn't seem likely to be more some reason. I'm really hoping I'm wrong. Hell, maybe it's Roy? Bring him back for a few episodes only to kill him off? I'd prefer that to killing Thea...

6.5/10. Overall, it was a decent episode. Pacing was generally solid, but there wasn't much "wow factor" just yet.

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@dernman said:

@nightfang said:

I really wanted Oilla to tell Lance off.

Unless it's a red herring.

No. I want Oilla to have enough of Lance blaming him for his family and the city problems.

oops I said that to the wrong person.

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It's probably Diggle or Thea. Love the actor for Damien Darhk, he feels very menacing

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@supbatz: I also liked it more than the Flash premier. I really enjoyed seeing the teams growth since Ollie's been gone. Canary and Speedy look awesome together and I also like their take on Damien Darhk so far. I give it a strong 8/10 and can't wait for more!

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I think its Diggle who dies

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#28  Edited By MICKEY-MOUSE

Outside of the last 5 mins(The two big reveals) & Damien Dark this episode was very corny.

3/5 Stars

Felecity is the one that is dead, not Diggle. I mean how long can any romance last? Outside of ones that are basically written in stone: Clark & Lois, Iris & Flash, etc.

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@semaj: Because Flash is a good show

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Maybe it's Lance who dies since he is working with the villain. Ollie is shedding a tear for Laurel since she lost her dad.

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Didn't catch the episode, who did Diggle's helmet look in action? The picture in the article looks fine.

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#32  Edited By MICKEY-MOUSE

@truemarvel said:

It SHOULD be Felicity(for the sake of the show). But it will probably be John. "Always kill off the black main character first" kinda deal. Oliver wasn't crying like a dude crying over a girl. He shed a manly tear for a fellow dude. Not only that, Barry wouldn't miss Felicity's funeral...

I am nervous about Diggle's life because more black characters are coming onto the show: Tara from Trueblood with be playing Lady Cop & Mr Terrific will be on the show as well. It's pretty much standard TV procedure to kill off the pre existing black characters once new black characters make an appearance: see the Walking Dead.

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@d9000 said:

Didn't catch the episode, who did Diggle's helmet look in action? The picture in the article looks fine.

Looked a lot better in live action, the pictures we saw before make him look goofy.

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#34  Edited By regie

Great episode, Arrow does not disappoint.

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The island in Arrow has become a running gag...

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@lukehero: I already figure that they are doing a flashback every season for every year he was on the Island. And they will all have repercussions that lead into modern day.

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Well I'm hoping it's felicity even though I doubt it's her. They aren't going to tick off the olicity shippers like that, so my money is on Lance. How else are they going to break the endless cycle of misplaced blame and conflict between him and Ollie? I did love the episode. One of the better ones to date and I loved how Digs wife told him to basically get over it.

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I thought it was great. Diggle with the Guns reminds me of red hood.

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This episode was terrible. I'd rate a 2/5.

The writers have convinced me that Star City is irrepairably violent, and I believe it. However, I do not believe that a group of people fighting with arrows and fists can compete against murderous criminals who shoot on sight. Every time there is an action scene the criminals drop their guns and run in for a fist-fight. Why does that keep happening? It makes for poor choreography in what are already impractical situations.

Another scene that bothered me is when Diggle had a clear shot at Damien Dahrk, but he chose a tranquilizer dart instead of a bullet.

The 'lighthearted' theme that they seem to be approaching this season might clash heavily with the well armed murderous criminals roaming the city. They really need to remove that element from the show if I am going to enjoy this season after season 3 ended so terribly.

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#41  Edited By dan12456

Don't get how Flash could possibly get a better rating then this. I get ratings are subjective but Arrow was better in literally every aspect this week. Arrow had better action, better acting (Oliver>Barry, Damien>>>>Atom Smasher, supporting was closer, maybe slight edge to flash there), a tighter and more relevant plot and solid, logical plot twists. I mean I can see this being a 4 star, but if you're gonna give out 5 stars to stuff as weak as Flash was last night (arguably the worst episode of the series imo) this is a no-brainer 5.

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#43  Edited By Orlandozo

Best episode since Season 2x23

Darhk is the big boss

but I hope than felicity died really

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This episode was alot of fun! Every time I say I had it with Arrow I get pulled back in again. FINALLY we get a lighter Ollie who ids more like Ollie, but WTF was with that ending?????

"6-months later" who the heck died? Am I missing something or was that a HARSH cut and was not explained literally AT ALL??

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Very good episode. It's flipped, I find myself more interested in Arrow than Flash after those premieres.

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Could be Diggle's wife. It pushes him closer to the Dark Side, especially since he's pissed at Ollie for what happened the previous season. Hence the Uncle Ben guilt causing a tear to be shed.

As for the Flash, I was expecting Atom Smasher to handover a briefcase or at least Spear the speedster. Too bad he (apparently) died as its a waste of a good recurring character, especially for a heel-face turn but also he and Flash could've done something "For the benefit of those with Flash photography..."

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@darkrider: Or Hal Jordan, that why they are both sad that Green Lantern wont be part of CWDCU

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#48  Edited By Owie

I'm guessing that the grave site is for Captain Lance. Based on what happened towards the end of the episode, I think his death could be from an honorable attempt to stop Darhk after working with him. It would reclaim his ethical status in the eyes of the others (assuming they eventually find out about his relationship with Darhk) and give Ollie yet another person to fight for. Plus, every character on the show infamously jumps back and forth between various extreme positions, but Lance's stance on the Arrow has really bounced around and getting rid of him would solve a lot. Plus, honestly, how many more times can the police station be invaded? Getting rid of a cop main character would rid them of having to constantly stage attacks on the police.

I was glad about the reveal of their relationship, just because otherwise his actions in the first scene, when Darhk shows up at a city meeting and Lance doesn't try to arrest him, would otherwise have made as little sense as Barry Allen's dad leaving him after getting out of jail.

I enjoyed the episode, I thought it was a little better than the Flash, which was also good.

The suburban stuff was pretty funny.

Thea was by far my favorite character in this episode, a statement I can't imagine making a couple seasons ago!

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@owie: everything you said was spot on I think

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@kiba said:

@owie: everything you said was spot on I think

Thanks!

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