Arrow s4e14: Code of Silence

Arrow — “Code of Silence” — Image AR414A_0012b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Stephen Amell as The Arrow, David Ramsey as John Diggle/Spartan, and Willa Holland as Thea Queen / Speedy — Photo: Katie Yu/ The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rating: 5/10

As Oliver is running for mayor against Damien Darhk’s wife, Arrow and Darhk’s conflict seems to have escalated into full on war. Especially now that Darhk has set his sights on Oliver’s son.

This episode has some very intense battle sequences, first off. It’s some of the best I’ve seen in the series as all of Team Arrow has to fight against Darhk’s personal army of gun toting minions. Arrow seems to have met his match for once, and things are only getting worse. I would say that the other storyline in Queen’s past is also a very intense on as tensions mount between Oliver and the terrorists who’ve kidnapped him.

But, despite all this awesome action, the show is lacking in every other part. The drama just feels like it’s eating away at time as we get past the “2nd act” of this season. I think it’s also being plagued with the we-need-every-character-to-have-something-to-do disease as a lot of parts, especially the ones with Felicity, her mother, and Quentin. What I really want to see is one of these scenes, which are boring and unnecessary, get interrupted by King Shark or the like busting through a wall or something instead of having to go through the exact same motions of this over-dramatic, unnecessary filler.

SCORING:

+5: The half of this episode that’s good is really good, but the other half? Not so much

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