Arrow: Spartan
April 22, 2019 8:01 PM - Season 7, Episode 19 - Subscribe

The Ninth Circle delivers a major setback for Team Arrow, so Diggle reluctantly reaches out to a four-star general of the Defense Intelligence Agency for help, despite unresolved tension from their past. Meanwhile, Oliver discovers a piece of information that he believes will turn Emiko against the Ninth Circle.
posted by oh yeah! (4 comments total)
 
I watched the first half of this on the bus ride home this evening and the second half once I got home. As I walked from the bus to my apartment I couldn't help but think that Felicity is too smart to not understand that Archer could be used for nefarious purposes. So, I was glad that she realized that in the second half of the episode. Though, really, she and others should have known the dangers much sooner.

Ernie Hudson was perfect as General Stewart! I hope they get a chance to bring him back.
posted by plastic_animals at 6:13 PM on April 23


That's been bugging me about Felicity for a while. Of course it was obvious that Archer is an overreaching, very dubious piece of tech that could be purposed for evil. It seems like a lot of the stuff she comes up with falls into that category, and yet she thinks nothing of it. Especially after killing how many thousand people with that bomb a couple of seasons back, you'd expect her to be especially aware of how technology can be used and misused, but nope, just go ahead and create a big brother surveillance network that tracks DNA and don't give it a second thought.

It seems her little hacker friend is still not on the side of angels, stealing the tech from Felicity (because that was the implication, right?). The question is, is she going to sell it to creator of the Metal Men or somebody more super-villainy?

So now that we know John is a step-Stewart, then that further makes the case from the last crossover that on Jay (Flash) Garrick's earth, Jon Stewart is the ring-bearer of Section 2814, which ties up any confusion about why Spartan would be working for the little blue men.

I like the fact that despite the heat of the chase and the close-quarters, Connor and Mia avoided the cliched kiss. If they're going to have a relationship, I'd rather see them come into it like mature adults and not stereotypical action-movie characters.

John Jr. following Deathstroke's footsteps is unexpected, and I'm not sure how much sense that makes (Will Slade even be around far enough into the future to train Junior? Or will he end up working with one/taking over from one of Slade's sons?). Honestly, I'm trying not to think too much about it because I'm mostly not interested in the flash-forward timeline.

Killing Dante seemed like not only the waste of a good actor who never really got a chance to do anything on the show thanks to a poorly written and realized character, but also a waste in terms of what the character (who was proclaimed to be such a terrible threat) could become. It seems Dante was all hype and no payoff (although I guess we should count our blessing that he wasn't turned into the next Diaz).
posted by sardonyx at 7:36 PM on April 23


I think not having another Diaz is precisely why they killed Dante off. And also it goes in line with who Emiko is. She wouldn't spare anyone that confessed to killing her mom, even if it's Dante. Especially after asking him to find the killer, so he straight up lied and led her on.

I'm also glad Connor and Mia didn't kiss, avoiding the cliche. I wonder how they'll end the future stuff, or if it runs into the next season as a true finale of everything.

Ernie Hudson was great! I wouldn't mind if he sticks around.
posted by numaner at 10:54 AM on April 25


Of course it was obvious that Archer is an overreaching, very dubious piece of tech that could be purposed for evil.

In fairness, this also describes Facebook and Twitter and their creators didn't seem to realize the potential for evil, either.
posted by mstokes650 at 7:54 PM on April 25 [1 favorite]


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