Arrow – Season 6 Episodes 19 – 23 Review

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Arrow Season 6 comes to a close with a good batch of episodes. Although the cliffhanger was extremely predictable, there was at least one thing that caught me off guard. So let’s take a look at the final five of Season Six!

Synopsis:

After deciding to go it alone again, Oliver Queen is determined to get his city back from the grasp of crime lord Ricardo Diaz…

*spoilers appear from here on out!*

Cast of Characters:

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Oliver, Rene and the female FBI agent I can’t remember the name of!

Oliver Queen / Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) – After many years of figuring out that it was best to depend on allies for help in a big crisis, Oliver has decided to go it alone against Ricardo Diaz… Idiot.

Felicity Smoak / Overwatch (Emily Rickards) – Felicity is Oliver’s wife and therefore the mother figure for his son… which is handy, because Mr. Queen has been spending a lot less time with them both recently…

John Diggle / Spartan (David Ramsey) – John is working for ARGUS now, under his wife’s command. That being said, can he really resist the pull of vigilantism?

Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) – Quentin hasn’t had a good time of it as Mayor, being that he has had to deal with an egotistical Crime Lord who has the city in his grasp, and a slightly-more-evil-than-he’d-like version of his dead daughter from another Earth to worry about… Classic Mayoral problems!

Curtis Holt / Mister Terrific (Echo Kellum) – Curtis is in love with another man, and all things are good! … Well, apart from pretty much everything else in his life, but that’s Arrow for you!

Rene Ramirez / Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez) – Rene has recovered from his injury at the hands of Oliver a while ago, and now wants to get back out there on the streets! … He thinks.

Dinah Drake / Black Canary (Julia Harkavy) – Dinah has put revenge for her partner’s murder on hold for the sake of defeating Ricardo Diaz… after that though, who knows?

Laurel Lance / Black Siren (Katie Cassidy) – The Laurel Lance from Earth-2, she was far more a villain than a hero, but has started to come to like her Earth-1 father… What an odd sentence…

Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) – Diaz has some rather large insecurities that he likes to use as an excuse to climb to the top of the crime world and dominate everyone who would have the gall to look down on him…

Anatoli Knyazev (David Nykl) – Anatoli is an old friend of Oliver, who is also currently an ally of Diaz… His loyalties are on which ever side doesn’t want to kill him today!

and many more!

The Good:

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This episode featuring Diaz as the lead character was a highlight, which was a surprise given I never really cared for him up to that point!

Standout episode has to be Episode 19, which fleshes out Ricardo Diaz quite a bit, not only by showing his rather insecure childhood days, but his attempts to gain a membership to the super-powerful crime syndicate known as The Quadrant. He gets betrayed and then simply kills a bunch a people and walks in, taking a seat as one of the big four… Then he tracks down his school bully and burns him alive, which was maybe a bit too… on-the-nose, but hey-ho, it at least cements him as a psychopath!

Episode 20 had some good moments, specifically Anatoli and his seeing how Diaz treats people conflicting with his criminal code. Oliver lets himself get beaten up all to push Anatoli’s buttons, and we see later that it works. I like Anatoli as a character, so it was good to see him back on the sort-of-good-side.

The final two episodes are hard to rate, because on one hand they throw away everything we’ve been told about Ricardo Diaz by having him just openly attack everyone with his men, but on the other hand it had some really good fight scenes, the last episode especially. Episode 23 opens with a seemingly single-shot sweeping fight scene between “Team Arrow” and a bunch of Diaz’s men, and the final fight has a few well choreographed fights as well, especially Oliver and Ricardo’s final battle on the roof. It also has the surprising death of Quentin Lance, who has been a key figure in the past six seasons. Now he could easily reappear again via many comic-booky means, but he’s obviously done as a regular, which is a shame, but it made for a dramatic moment.

The Bad:

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“The Green Arrow” appearing at Oliver’s trial was the sole good bit in the episode…

Episode 21 was annoying as hell, as it was 100% Oliver Queen’s trial, complete with characters testifying this and that, and more boring courtroom drama. Haven’t we already done that this year with The Flash? It did have the nice cameo of … rubber face mask guy playing Tommy Merlyn confessing he’s the Green Arrow to get Oliver off, but… didn’t we just see that this year with The Flash? The season actually ends with Oliver going to prison, so… Didn’t we just see that etc, etc. Seriously though, Oliver going to prison to cap the season off was telegraphed long before he went to see head FBI lady at the end of Episode 22.

Speaking of Episode 22, his long-gestated plan of putting Oliver in prison fails, so rather than conduct a new plan Ricardo Diaz just sends a bunch of thugs and killers to Oliver and each of his friend’s houses to kill them. Genius! Then he kills another member of The Quadrant and claims full control, so even that well built up organisation is pointless in the end… I can’t help but feel Diaz is wasted potential, which is weird because throughout a lot of the season I didn’t care about him at all. He is still alive at the end of episode 23 though, so maybe he’ll be back on form down the line…

Oh and I have to think it would have been better to leave Sara Lance back on Legends of Tomorrow, rather than have her get called in, stand in a corridor and then get told her father’s dead and that’s that. She didn’t even get a goodbye scene with him!

Overall Thoughts:

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John Diggle starts to wonder if he looked as stupid when he used to wear his hero get-up.

Arrow Season Six ends with some really well shot fight scenes and a shocking death, but it has some poor writing as well, and a really dull courtroom based episode. Still though, it’s a good end in that most things are tied up, and they have somewhere to go with the opening to Season Seven, even if that feels like it will be very similar to the opening to the second third of The Flash Season Four…

4 Star Watch

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