Tensions rise in Team Arrow as Damien Darhk gains further control over the city as he tries to control Oliver. Diggle discovers his brother is still alive, but he’s working with Darhk. Meanwhile, Thea is dealing with her bloodlust and needs to kill again as her father, Malcolm Merlyn, comes back to town to help her.
This isn’t just slow, it’s a standstill for much of the episode. There’s a difference between lamenting a tough decision you have to make and repeating things for a decision you’ve already made just to eat up screen time. It feels like this chapter’s only purpose is to set up a later, much better, episode. In which case this particular installment is almost completely pointless. It gets better and finds a point about ten minutes from the end though.
Once the action gets going though, it’s pretty top notch. There’s one of the best fights in the whole series in this episode as Thea fights Diggle’s brother through a hallway and up an elevator to finish the fight on a different floor. Good fights and action, but not a whole lot of plot, ultimately.
+4: Too much meandering on absolutely nothing, but decent fun by the end
+1.5: Great action involving multiple heroes