Arrow s3e17: Suicidal Tendencies

Arrow — “Suicidal Tendencies” — Image AR317B_0238b — Pictured (L-R): Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen / The Arrow and Colton Haynes as Roy Harper / Arsenal — Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rating: 8/10

As Ra’s al Ghul turns the city against the Green Arrow, Oliver is trying to deal with the aftermath in his own way. Also, Diggle and his new wife join the Suicide Squad for a mission on their honeymoon. And Ray Palmer discovers who the Green Arrow really is.

Lots of action in this one, and a pretty good side story involving Deadshot. I’m fine with these one-shots and everything, but it felt a bit off with one story being something unrelated to Ra’s and his war on Oliver while the other one was set completely in the main storyline. It felt like this should have been split into two episodes, one about Diggle and his side quest while the other with Oliver and how they deal with his framing while Diggle is away. Don’t get me wrong, these stories both work on their own, but they don’t compliment each other in the same way the stories with Oliver in the past play into what’s going on in the present.

Seeing Ray Palmer being something of a hardass in this one is a little off putting. I think he works best as a quirky comic relief than as a political antagonist to Oliver’s endless war against the criminals of Star City. I know that sometimes everyone is against Oliver, but Ray is such a good guy it’s hard to see him as an enemy.

SCORING:

+9: Pretty entertaining episode

-1: Maybe could have been better as two episodes instead of splitting storylines

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