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: The Ties That Bind
May 13, 2018 8:49 PM - Season 6, Episode 22 -
Diaz targets Team Arrow and their loved ones. Oliver struggles with Felicity putting herself in danger when she gets the chance to stop Diaz for good.
Den of Geek - This fast-paced, action-heavy episode is a reminder of everything that makes Arrow great
AV Club - Attention, Arrow villains: Find a new angle, you're embarrassing yourselves
EW recap - Diaz declares war in the solid penultimate hour
(7 comments total)
Of course Oliver had to let yet another person in on his secret identity.
The thing that struck me in this episode was that the women (okay, mainly Felicity and Lyla, but also Dinah to a lesser degree) came across as emotionally mature grown-ups. Hurrah! It's about time somebody on this show started acting their age (and I don't mean William). Oliver, in particular, was still being an immature idiot.
I must confess, that after that discussion with Felicity in the car, I was pretty sure Lyla wasn't going to make it out of the raid alive. I figured that was her big send-off dialogue. I'm glad I was wrong about that.
As much as a love Anatoly, I really just wanted him to turn around, pull a gun and shoot Diaz in the head. Come on, he's Bratva. I'm sure he has faced much scarier opposition.
on May 14, 2018
I agree with the AV Club. This is the same old shit.
on May 15, 2018
Absolutely. This season has generally been a rehashed mistake from the start. And while Cayden James may have had some potential, Ricardo Diaz has been the show's biggest miss (and that's saying something). I really hope the producers and writers are able to give us a fresh approach next season.
on May 15, 2018
This season largely felt like a rehash of last season: Oliver's the mayor but also still Arrowing and is trying to keep people from learning his secret while someone from his past who has major complaints with how he Arrows wants to make him pay. While it was an interesting idea for the real Big Bad of the year to end up being someone who started out as a henchman, it just didn't work.
on May 15, 2018
It is true that Diaz is not very interesting and the season is pretty much a rehash of last year, but I thought this was a strong episode. For the most part people didn't act like idiots and, as a couple of the reviews pointed out, the direction was noticeably better than most episodes.
Someone in the AV Club comments asserted without attribution that Diaz was the accidental big bad. They claimed that Cayden James was supposed to be the villain throughout but Michael Emerson had to leave for unspecified reasons. It didn't make sense for Anatoly or Black Siren to be the true bad guy so that left Diaz. Not sure I buy that, and a half-hearted search for why Emerson left didn't turn up anything.
I wonder if the blowing up of both bunkers was planned all along or if that was a last minute addition to acknowledge that the show is starting with a fresh showrunner next season?
on May 15, 2018 [
Well, Ollie learned to accept the Felicity has agency, and their relationship has evolved.
But man, the whole "I duped the drive, but didn't make a working master and keep the original as a safety, but rather worked on the only copy" really disappointed.
on May 17, 2018 [
yeah, i feel like technologically Felicity should've figured out like 5 different ways to solve the problem of decrypting on the fly, like she's definitely done that with a tablet.
also, i think they were due for a bunker upgrade.
on May 18, 2018 [
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