After Oliver is most likely killed by Ra’s al Ghul, Diggle, Roy, and Felicity struggle to keep the city safe without him as a criminal called Brick commits acts of violence and theft across the city. Meanwhile, Felicity tries to talk her boss, Ray, out of being a vigilante for his own safety. Also, Thea convinces Malcolm to look into Oliver’s disappearance. In the past, Amanda Waller has Oliver do some more dirty work for her.
Parts of this episode feel like after Oliver’s mom was killed last season. A lot of people standing around being emotional. It happens in the wake of a tragedy, I know, but it still feels like it’s doing more to just eat up time before something real happens in the next episode or two. I mean, no spoilers, but do you really think the main character of a superhero show was killed off halfway through a season? I mean, if he was, I would be very impressed as someone else, possibly Roy, took up the Arrow position. I guess we’ll see in the next episode. Anyway, they can show people doing other things than staring at objects depressingly, or talking about loss and whatnot, like when Laurel takes out her aggression at the very end of the episode. That was interesting, but only there to tease at something coming up. People standing around being sad isn’t the most entertaining way of telling this part of Arrow’s story.
Also, it felt like they kind of blew off what could have been a really interesting villain, some good moments here and there with Guy Ritchie veteran Vinnie Jones. But it spends too much time on how sad everyone is and, outside of some cool gangster moments and action scenes, ends up just being a side plot of a side plot and doesn’t really go anywhere. Maybe he’ll have a bigger part in a later episode as well?
+6: A decent episode, despite all my complaints, but could have told it without all the moping
-1: Vinnie Jones should have had a bigger part