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[S4E1] Green Arrow Fix

Back at home, Oliver and company have multiple issues brewing thanks to the plots of Damien Darhk, including this episode's plot to blow up a high speed train from Central City. The team unites, including Oliver in his new uniform designed by Cisco, to foil the plot but not before showcasing Darhk stopping arrows midair and draining the life from people with a simple touch. Darhk's powers seem to be more than even R'as Al Ghul had up his sleeve and that will most definitely come back to affect the Lazarus Pit-resurrected Thea who shows some issues with anger and violence this episode. Diggle still has not fully come to embrace the returned Oliver and last season's reference to H.I.V.E. comes back in connection with Darhk.

[S4E1] Green Arrow

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Oliver and Felicity are living happily in the suburbs in a perfect life. They have friends in the new neighbourhood, Oliver goes jogging, in a green hoodie (without anyone shooting at him) and they have brunch!

Oliver is very upset about it so your mind immediately jumps to Felicity, but this could be too obvious. In actual fact it could be any member of team arrow. Arrow loves them all in different ways but we have no idea who it is in that grave!!

When Arrow started off on The CW, the showrunners, writers, and cast were fully committed to bringing about a show that was grounded in reality but just happened to have masked vigilantes defending the otherwise realistic city. After the success The Flash had in introducing bigger-than-life superpowers, Team Arrow has now inextricably become part of that world. So what's a former billionaire and his buddies to do with a little bit of leather and a lot of arrows against metahumans and other superbeings? Time for a little magic!

Now, back in the main storyline, it seems like Oliver is up to his old tricks as he runs through the woods in a green hoodie. But wait! He's actually just out for a morning jog in the quiet suburb of Ivy Town. I really enjoyed the opening few moments of "Green Arrow" since it shows Ollie and Felicity enjoying each other's company in domestic bliss. This is really the only time we get a bit of humor and some light-hearted moments in the episode because things get really dark and violent from here on out.

Now that Team Arrow is reunited in earnest - along with Ollie's new Cisco-designed suit and message to Starling City that he's their symbol of hope, the Green Arrow - they can take the fight to the Ghosts. The action sequences are surprisingly brief but brutal in this episode. After the Ghosts, on the orders of Darhk, assassinate the city leaders and mow down the police department, Team Arrow tracks them to their hideout. It's here that Darhk calls out one of his underperforming soldiers and basically kills him simply by touch - and through the guy's body armor, no less. Darhk reveals more of his powers when Green Arrow attempts to stop him from driving a train full of high explosives into the city's new station during its opening ceremony. With a flick of his wrist, Darhk repels the point-blank arrows back toward the Emerald Archer, and then soundly defeats him in hand-to-hand combat. Darhk is a beast, and I have only the faintest idea of how Green Arrow and Company are going to defeat him.

So while Darhk didn't exactly win this round since the train station wasn't destroyed (thanks to a well-aimed explosive arrow), he hasn't lost the war. It seems that the source of his power is due to some sort of blood ritual he performs at a spooky-looking altar, but the source of his connections in the city comes through a partnership with Quentin Lance himself. Yes, the remaining leader in the city and the man who's bent on destroying it are working together! Clearly Quentin is in over his head here, but as a man of high moral standing who has failed to keep Oliver Queen from causing trouble, perhaps he has reached out to a man he does not completely understand. (This episode was chock full of Batman references, what with Quentin acting as a Jim Gordon surrogate and blaming Oliver Queen for his mask, which merely brought more masked menaces into the city. Arrow: Batman Jr.)

Her death was actually rather difficult to watch. The rest of Team Arrow were held helpless thanks to Damien Darhk's magic and machinations as he stabbed Laurel in the abdomen with an arrow of Oliver's, and it was both insulting as well as vicious...which is how it needed to be. Darhk killing a member of Team Arrow had to be awful and ugly and abhorrent, and Arrow did a good job with a bad thing by making it truly despicable.

Cast: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, Neal McDonough, John Barrowman, Paul Blackthorne, Katrina Law, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Jimmy Akingbola, Alexander Calvert, Matt Hamilton, Echo Kellum, Michael Patric

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Arrow is an American television series developed by writer/producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg. It is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, a costumed crime-fighter created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp. It premiered in North America on The CW on October 10, 2012, with international broadcasting taking place in late 2012. Primarily filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the series follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, portrayed by Stephen Amell, who, five years after being stranded on a hostile island, returns home to fight crime and corruption as a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrow. Unlike in the comic books, Queen does not go by the alias "Green Arrow". The series takes a realistic look at the Green Arrow character, as well as other characters from the DC Comics universe. Although Oliver Queen/Green Arrow had been featured in the television series Smallville from 2006 to 2011, the producers decided to start clean and find a new actor (Amell) to portray the character. Arrow focuses on the humanity of Oliver Queen, and how he was changed by time spent shipwrecked on an island. Most episodes have flashback scenes to the five years in which Oliver was missing. (source: 041b061a72


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