Arrow s4e15: Taken

Arrow — “Taken” — Image AR415A_0101.jpg — Pictured: Megalyn E.K. as Vixen — Photo: Bettina Strauss/ The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rating: 10/10

Oliver has a particular set of skills, but when his son gets kidnapped, those skills aren’t enough against a psychopathic wizard like Damien Darhk. So Oliver enlists an old friend, Vixen, to help him get his son back.

I was thinking about what makes this show work, like this episode, and what doesn’t work, as in the last episode. I believe that what’s missing from the previous episode is real cohesion. I mean, this show has a lot of characters, maybe more than any of the other shows. And they should all have a part in each episode, but it doesn’t work when every scene doesn’t fit with the one before it and we need things like in this episode where it all feels like it fits into a bigger picture.

Vixen was a great addition to the show and seeing her in live action made me wish we had gotten more out of the character. I know her grandmother comes back in Legends of Tomorrow eventually, but she’s not quite the same person. Still, great addition to the show. Too bad she can’t join Team Arrow as well…

SCORING:

+10: A great improvement over the last episode

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