A masked murderer is going around killing gang members with the calling card “GUILTY” written on the ground in their victims’ blood. Oliver has to team up with a retired vigilante while Laurel trains to be a vigilante herself. Meanwhile, Roy tries to deal with what he thinks are memories of him killing Sara. In the past, Oliver hunts China White.
Okay, I like this episode. But I felt it was off again. I think part of it is that Flash enters the Arrowverse and everything is different now. Before Arrow was dealing with semi-realistic enemies and now anything can happen. He’s still facing mostly realistic villains though, so that’s obviously not it. I think it’s that Flash is a hero, through and through, and Oliver, well, in the comics I would say for sure he’s a hero. Also always ready with a quip, or at least something mildly witty. Here, Oliver is a very serious, often-depressed anti-hero, who used to have no problem with dropping a few bodies in order to save his city, and still kills here and there. But I think the writers’ felt that Arrow should be more like a hero now that Flash is here, and, well, I like this version of Arrow a lot, but even Oliver knows he’s no hero. It doesn’t really hurt the show, at least not in this episode, but it’s not the same either.
Anyway, I mostly liked this show, despite it being a bit off. Roy had a good part, I like the overarching theme of trust and inner guidance when things seem unclear. So the themes are back. The stuff in the past was a bit “meh,” but it had some really good parts between Maseo, Tatsu, and Oliver. Fun fact, that I didn’t know when I watched through before, but Tatsu is Katana in the comics (and the film Suicide Squad), and part of her origin is that the soul of her lover, Maseo, is trapped in the sword she wields, and that’s why she’s called Katana. Maseo has actually never been shown before this, only just mentioned. So this is kind of a backstory for these characters, never seen before. Being a huge fan of the comics and movies alike, I’m a sucker for that sort of thing.
Oh, I also really liked Wildcat, the ex-vigilante, and how his story relates to the villain in this one, and how that relates to what’s happening between Roy and Oliver and how that relates to the past. Well thought out episode overall, just a bit off from what I’ve come to expect from how the series is presented.
+9: Just a bit off, but a great episode anyway