Arrow: Vigilante
November 17, 2016 7:42 PM - Season 5, Episode 7 - Subscribe

When the bodies of two criminals are dropped at SCPD, Oliver realizes there is a new vigilante in Star City and the team becomes divided over whether they should stop someone who is helping keep the city safe. Meanwhile, Diggle gets frustrated with his new situation, and Thea fights for Lance who confesses a shocking secret. In flashbacks, Oliver finally sits down with Konstantin Kovar.
posted by oh yeah! (5 comments total)
Prediction: Oliver and his team end up capturing Prometheus and Vigilante at the same time. Both villains are strung up. Oliver unmasks Prometheus... and it's Vigilante underneath! Confused, Oliver unmasks Vigilante to reveal Prometheus. And then it turns out they are both Slade Wilson. "We always keep our promises, kid!" they say in unison.

I joke, but I actually am enjoying this season more than last. It's just fun to watch the characters interact. I hope that Artemis is really a mole for Oliver and not a traitor to the cause. It would just destroy the team if she betrayed them.
posted by Servo5678 at 9:28 AM on November 18, 2016

I'm really hating how the actor portraying Adrian Chase is performing. And it's not that I don't like the actor. I just don't think this is the right role for him. Or that he's tainting his performance with remanents of past performances. (Sorry those aren't the best Billy clips, but they're the best I can find quickly.) Also (assuming they're sticking with comic book secret identities) what have we been told about his back story that makes it plausible he can stand up to Oliver in hand-to-hand combat?

The Russian flashbacks are the highlight of the show.

How stupid is Oliver (dumb question I know) to get involved with that reporter? There is no way that's not going to make matters worse for him.

Good on Thea for getting Quentin into treatment. At last the show is finally handling something maturely.
posted by sardonyx at 10:03 AM on November 18, 2016

I thought the whole arc with Quentin and his alcoholism was really well done for a show like this. Between that and Supergirl's Alex's coming out these shows have been hitting it out of the park with character development lately.

I think it's to the actor's credit that although I recognized him, his performance didn't remind me of Billy at all.
posted by numaner at 6:20 PM on November 18, 2016

It's funny watching this show as it broadcasts. I started watching Arrow a year or two late, so I'd binge-watch old episodes. Settle in my chair for some middlebrow superhero soap opera schlock, remarkably well produced, and it delivers. But week by week it's much more difficult going. Because now I'm watching when the episode is new, not just when I'm in the mood for middlebrow schlock. And the schlock is strong in its schlockiness.

All those shots of Nu Team Arrow posing together like they're doing a publicity shot for their band. Oy. And the silliest of silly plot devices, the New Masked Enemy. And Arrow goes to pull off the mask and reveal the bad guy and poof! bam! explosions! and he's gone. So what, Vigilante has booby trapped his mask? So it explodes in his face when touched? How many times has that gone badly, do you suppose? Perhaps they will recognize Vigilante in the unmasked world by all the hideous burn marks on his face.

Shout out for the humor of Oliver asking Jewish Hero "was that a quote form the Torah?" and him being all "no man, Moby Dick". I also liked the Making of a Murderer reference, which seemed surprisingly high-brow for Arrow.

I agree the Russian flashback story is the best part of this season so far. Only I keep hoping Dolph Lundgren will step it up a bit. He's a perfect actor for a villain in this show, but so far he's just playing Generic Russian Heavy, albeit with some aging movie star good looks.
posted by Nelson at 6:18 AM on November 19, 2016 [2 favorites]

I must have missed a couple of sentences of exposition, because I have no idea what's going on in the Bratva storyline. Double crosses and secret alliances, yeah, but the specifics elude me. Given how poor the logic is on this show I'm not sure it makes any difference as long as people are beating each other up, but I'm lost.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 12:44 PM on December 10, 2016

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