Arrow “Beyond Redemption” Review

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Team Arrow is back and working like a well oiled machine.

A recurring theme for Arrow this season is the immediate focus on the Damine Darhk, the big bad of this season. Surprisingly though, the show took a break from that and instead focused on some bent SCPD officers and the on-going story lines, and Arrow wisely made it work.

Being the villains of the week, this group of corrupt SCPD officers held their own against our heroes and was even successful in foiling the first advance of the team. It was a joy to watch how in-sync our heroes were in fighting the villains, especially in the climatic scene. Seeing the four fight together was just a sight for sore eyes, especially after the ho-hum Season 3.

The action though was not the highlight of the episode, but instead it was the drama part of the show. Paul Blackthorne’s character Quentin was the one who got the most material to chew on, and my did he deliver. That part where Laurel revealed to Lance that Sara was alive was heartbreaking, Quentin had a mixed bag of emotions to work with, having to wrestle between the joy and struggle to accept that Sara is back. The better part however, was when Quentin returned and tried to heed Darhk’s advice to kill Sara. Lance was really struggling with this and you can actually not only see it but likewise feel it.

But there’s more, that scene between Oliver and Lance, back at his apartment was even better! A top-notch acting performance both from Blackthorne and Amell, filled with tension and all. Personally, I think this is one of the best acted scenes in the series, correct me if I’m wrong.

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Having Oliver also know that Lance is in bed with Darhk was a welcome turn. It sent Oliver into a tailspin having known that the one man that he knew was straight, was in fact not, and all this crusade of his and his vision to run for mayor was a farce. Oliver’s acceptance though at the end of the episode was well deserved, having Lance deliver that speech towards the bent SCPD cop put things back into perspective for Oliver.

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Quick points:

  • Laurel didn’t do herself any favors in this episode as she came as a heartless character by shackling Sara in her basement, and having Quentin go through those emotions.
  • Mayor Queen here we come! Didn’t expect the show to go down this route so fast, but hey, its a welcome change.
  • Green Arrow uttering the words “You have failed this city!” was music to my ears. How long has it been since he said that.
  • Felicity’s own story arc is gaining traction and pointing towards the build-up of Legends of Tomorrow.

The Score: 4.5/5

The overarching story line was benched this week, but in lieu of that we got some really great character drama and a chance to see Team Arrow on the same page. Lance was easily the stand-out in this episode, but not without any challengers as Amell stood toe-to-toe with him in this installment’s best scene.

Gino is the Gladiators’ resident TV and comic book reviewer. He is a lawyer in the making at day and full-on geek by night. He believes that the lightsaber is the best weapon during a zombie apocalypse. #AgeOfTheGeek


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