Arrow – S5 Ep13 – Spectre of the Gun Review

It’s all gone political at City Hall!

Well this episode addresses a serious issue. Gun crime is a huge deal in America, and one that us Brits can’t quite comprehend, the simple answer to us is ban guns completely. Arrow deals with this really sensitively actually and provides both sides of the argument. They don’t force an opinion on the viewers, but instead do a pretty great job in raising awareness of the reality of it.
The episode begins with a guy packing up loads of guns in a bag. Thea is finally back in Star City and is catching up on what’s been happening since she left. She’s not keen on Oliver’s relationship with Susan. She’s really happy to have Quentin back, but not so keen on the newly appointed Assistant to the Deputy Mayor, Rene.

The guy with the guns finds his way into City Hall and starts shooting at anything and everything in the building.
Rene is caught in the crossfire and we are given some flashbacks to his life before being a vigilante. He’s at home with his wife, getting ready to take his daughter to a hockey match. She isn’t keen on him taking a gun with him, but he feels it’s much needed protection when he’s in the glades. His wife is a junkie, and when Rene arrives home it’s been trashed by a drug dealer is looking for money owed to him by his wife. The dealer starts shooting and kills Rene’s wife. We see that Rene’s life goes from bad to worse and his daughter is eventually taken into care.

Back to present day, Curtis and Felicity are busy trying to gather information about the shooters identity. There are lots of conversations between Curtis and Rene who have opposing views on guns. These are quite interesting with Curtis reinforcing how dangerous guns are, and Rene trying to convince him how they save lives and are needed for protection. Felicity manages to find the shooters identity (obviously) and it’s revealed that his family were killed 16 months ago in a shooting, and this is revenge. Curtis and Rene are sent to a victim support group the shooter has attended and are successful in getting his address. At his home, they uncover his plan to hit the hospital next.

Oliver is waiting for him at the hospital and tries to talk him down. As we know, Oliver can be quite persuasive and stops him from shooting himself. The shooter is arrested and Star City is safe once again.

Oliver spends much of the episode being pushed for his opinion on guns, which he struggles to answer. At the end of the episode he announces his Fire Arms Freedom Act.
Arrow truly portrayed an open debate about gun crime throughout the episode. There were very minimal scenes involving The Green Arrow and the others, which kind of reminds you that it’s everyday normal people who are using/ dealing with the effects of guns. Superbly done, and let’s hope people take notice!

Arrow – S5 Ep12 – Bratva Review

This week Quentin arrives back at work and he’s ready to move forward. He decides to give Susan an interview about his struggles. And if anyone else has been wondering what the hell has happened to Thea, well she’s ‘out of town’ apparently. Maybe she will come back ready to to accept her Speedy duties (here’s hoping!)

Team Arrow are on a mission which takes them to Russia on Oliver’s private jet. They are trying to stop General Walker from selling a nuclear bomb. Rene is left at home to help Quentin prep for his interview due to his great public speaking skills …………. erm …………
On their arrival in Russia, Oliver is met by his old Bratva bro, Anatoly. There’s no flowers and hugs though, just a punch in the face as Anatoly tells Oliver he should never have returned to Russia after betraying Bratva.

Felicity uses the intel she has been given from her new hacker friends and  takes Rory and Curtis to meet someone she tells them is an old contact. Felicity finds her guy and blackmails him into giving her the information she needs. We’ve read about Felicity changing throughout the rest of the season and we are seeing the start of that this week. I’d like her to be a bit more gutsy but I hope she doesn’t change too much. We love the clumsy, cute Felicity! Rory confronts her later and isn’t impressed with her behaviour so much so that he grasses her up to Oliver. Oliver starts to worry that Felicity and Diggle are changing and are acting completely out of character.

Oliver makes a deal with the devil and Anatoly finally agrees to help him. He has found Walker’s location and brings a mini Russian army to help the team stop him in his tracks. They find Walker, and after Felicity messes up when trying to defuse the bomb, Rory uses his rags to contain the explosion. It works, but with the consequence of his rags loosing their ability. General Walker is arrested and the world is safe once again (for now).

Safely back in Star City, Oliver finds a gap in his schedule to have some quality time with Susan. Yes people … they finally do the deed! But let’s not forget there’s more to Susan than meets the eye, she’s still digging up dirt on Oliver and at the end of the episode finds a connection between him and The Green Arrow.

The flashbacks this week show Oliver becoming quite swifty with his arrows. Along with Talia they begin targeting drug dealers to get some practice in. Talia is still trying to convince him to go home though to meet his father’s dying request of getting revenge.

Arrow – S5 Ep11 – Second Chances Review

He’s legit The Green Arrow!

Brace yourselves guys, episode 11 is one hell of a ride. We have some jokes, a newbie and the beginning of the flashbacks joining up to season 1!!!!!!

So the main focus this week is Team Arrow recruiting a new black canary. The episode starts off with a throwback to 3 years ago. Tina (the girl we saw at the end of last week’s episode) is being held captive by some not very nice men and their final threat to get what they want is to kill her lover. That pesky particle excelorator  explodes and Tina is blasted into metahuman-ness just as she sees her boyfriend shot dead infront of her. She screams and we hear the legendary Black Canary cry once again.

Back to the present day and Oliver has got the gang all in a tizz trying to find a new recruit. He’s got some very high standards though and after dismissing all suggestions, Curtis finds someone worth a second glance. Tina! Oliver brings Curtis and Rene along for a road trip to Hub City where they manage to find her. She couldn’t be less interested when they approach her and ask her to be part of their team though. They have their work cut out this time.

Killing time, they find a burger joint where they can do some more digging on Tina. I love it when Arrow gives us some light hearted moments. Throwing in some dry humour adds a nice dimension to Oliver Queen. Rene decides to take on some sort of all you can eat challenge and Curtis discovers that Tina was once a cop. Oliver phones Hub City’s police station for more info. When the guy on the other end won’t believe he’s The Green Arrow, Oliver sends everyone’s favourite speedster a text and we sae a red flash go through the cop’s office and a note is left saying ‘He’s legit’. I really enjoyed this scene, and it’s always exciting to have a crossover even if it is for a second.
The cop confirms Tina’s identity and that she is trying to avenge her former partner. After some cat and mouse games Tina allows the guys to help her get her revenge. She’s not very grateful though and just leaves them on a roof top after she kills the man she has been looking for. Oliver admits defeat and they return home.

In the meantime Felicity is very busy trying to hack her way into finding dirt on the General so Diggle can be freed. It looks like there’s no hope until her system is hacked by someone who knows her identity. Felicity agrees to meet them, and the mystery hacker turns out to be a huge fan (who isn’t, let’s face it!!!). She gives Felicity all the information she needs to help Diggle whilst inspiring her to think about going back to her old hobby.
Diggle is given the good news that he is granted bail.

Tina makes a visit to Star City’s mayors office. She’s thought about Oliver’s offer and after revealing her real name, DINAH (!!!!!!!!!!!!) Drake, she agrees to join the team. Laurel … I still love you and everything but Dinah is flipping awesome! She’s gutsy, raw, she’s got a black jacket AND she screams like a badass bitch. I’m so excited to have her join Team Arrow.

So I’m not the biggest fan of the flashbacks but they take a very exciting turn this week. Talia has taken Oliver to a safe place and she knows all about where he’s been and what he’s been doing since the boat capsized. She offers to help him get revenge on Kovar as long as he will hear her out afterwards. Talia keeps her word and helps Oliver find one of Kovar’s allies, and he kills him. Back home Talia points out his real fight is back home with his father’s book. Those are the people he should be making pay for their sins. She questions why he won’t go home and when he responds it’s because he’s a monster, she tells him to give the monster inside him an identity and hands him some clothes. Here we have it … Oliver dons his green hood and arrows for the first time and it’s absolutely amazing!

Arrow – S5 Ep10 – Who Are You? Review

Hello? It’s me … or maybe not!

Laurel Lance is back people, and Oliver is speechless. But how? Yes of course we all miss the presence of Katie Cassidy terribly, but we all saw the Lazarus Pit being destroyed and more to the point we saw Laurel die in one of Arrow’s most emotional scenes. She claims that she was saved by a bright white light which turned out to be Sara who had her teleported and treated by the Legends. Oliver and Felicity aren’t completely convinced. Felicity arranges a ‘welcome home’ party as a rouse to take some DNA which ends up confirming Laurel’s identity.

It’s all too good to be true and just as Rory jokes about Laurel perhaps having an evil twin, she pops up at Arrow HQ screaming like a banshee and wreaks the place. She’s not Laurel at all! Earth 2’s Black Siren has been broken free from Star Labs by Prometheus as part of his mission to take Oliver down.

Oliver desperately wants to see the good in Laurel 2.0 and Felicity tries everything in her power to prove to him that she’s not the same Laurel. Her point is proven towards the end of the episode when she responds to Oliver’s desperation to appeal to Laurel’s inner good by using her canary scream on them to get back into Prometheus’ good books. After moping around due to feeling useless, Curtis saves the day by using a contraption he has made and takes the Black Siren’s lethal scream away.

Diggle is back in prison. Oliver is on a mission to break him out again but Diggle tells him it’s time to face the charges and accept what is happening. Oliver brings Adrian Chase in to help who manages to save Diggle from being taken into the Army’s custody, for now!

Standing next to a destroyed Black Canary statue, Oliver tells Felicity he wants to find new canary.

In the flashbacks this week we see Oliver being dragged down to a basement just to be pounded on some more. It’s alright though, he ends up being saved by Talia al Ghul.

Line of the week goes to Rene who shouts ‘Don’t move Trinity’ as he tries to stop the Black Siren in her tracks.

I for one am very happy to have Laurel back even if she’s evil and intent on killing Oliver. Let’s hope she pops up again soon!!

Arrow – S5 Ep9 – What We Leave Behind Review

Episode 9 is pretty awesome the whole way through. The flashbacks marry up to the story throughout this episode and see season one Oliver working through his kill list to find Justin Claybourne. They serve a purpose, if they were always like this I would really enjoy them! We see him working with Diggle who acts as Oliver’s conscience, telling him that killing people maybe isn’t the best way to go and that it could have repercussions later on.

The episode begins with Prometheus sharpening his tools. Evelyn has brought him a list of Team Arrow’s addresses along with their mug shots to make it that much easier to find them. She wants to be there when Oliver is taken down, she’s not playing around is she!!!! Prometheus declares that he isn’t going to kill Oliver, he’s going to make him wish he was dead instead. Ahhh, he does have a heart.

Mayor Queen is throwing a Christmas party, organised by Thea. His date for the night is Susan and Felicity brings Billy along to introduce him to her pals. It’s all happy families and then Felicity makes things a tad awks by suggesting a double date. Finally after 5 years something is revealed, which I for one have spent many hours, days, weeks pondering over. Oliver Queen’s favourite Christmas movie is Die Hard!!! There we have it people, we could have all guessed but now we can enjoy our pigs in blankets this year without that dark cloud hanging over our heads. At the end of the night Curtis gets attacked outside the party by Prometheus infront of his husband, and is drugged by him.

Back at Team Arrow HQ Oliver starts to think Prometheus could be someone from his old kill list named Justin Claybourne due to his connection to the same drug Curtis was given. Oliver takes them to the building Claybourne used to have and finds himself trapped in a room with Prometheus. Prometheus has a few tricks up his sleeve and proves he isn’t only good at throwing stars, he somehow splits one of Oliver’s arrows in two in midair. In this scene we hear some words I feel like we’ve been neglected from recently “Justin Claybourne, you have failed this city”. Prometheus tells Oliver he’s been waiting 4 years for this moment only to be interrupted by Rene and Evelyn. Evelyn shocks everyone by breaking her cover and announces that she is working with Prometheus.

Billy goes investigating and finds a box at the Claybourne Manufacturing Plant with a baby photo in. He manages to send it to Felicity before being abducted by Prometheus. The team work out that the baby is Claybourne’s son.

Oliver goes to find him, after one of the flashbacks triggers his memory to where he will be. Prometheus is standing right in the place where Oliver killed Claybourne, and after a bit of a chase Oliver shoots him with his arrows. Something obviously doesn’t feel right though, and Oliver unmasks Prometheus to find that it’s Billy who has been gagged and put in the suit!!!

Oliver goes home and tells the others what he’s done. “I killed Billy” he tells Felicity who is reasonably understanding about it all. This scene is quite special actually. Oliver is very emotional, and it’s extremely rare for him to expose his vulnerable side to anyone. He’s obviously devastated at killing a completely innocent man. He’s devastated at causing Felicity so much pain. And he’s living through the consequences of his decision to kill. He tells them all to get as far away from him as possible.

As the episode ends it’s clear that the team are broken. Felicity is in a state, Diggle has been called home by Lyla to find a bunch of guys pointing lasers at him, and Curtis’ husband has left him after revealing that he is one of the vigilantes helping The Green Arrow.

Oliver returns to the layer after a drink with Susan to find Santa has left him a gift which no one could have called. LAUREL LANCE IS BACK!!!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas everyone! See you in the new year for some more Arrow fun and games!