Arrow- Season 7- Ep. 3 ‘Crossing Lines’: A Review

Posted: 11/05/2018 in Uncategorized

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Not skipping a beat, Ollie’s (Stephen Amell) literal prison descent made for fantastic viewing. The prison arc is nowhere near getting old. I still don’t trust his ‘low jacked Felicity” Stanley (Brendan Fletcher), but the whole jail dynamic remains fairly riveting. The Argus and renegade Felicity (Emily Bett-Rickards) also play well. My review follows.

Amell is fantastically good this season. His conditioning shows and his fighting skill which has always been superior takes it up a notch this season, peppered with the urgency of his striving to get information on Diaz. Brick (Vinnie Jones) is not to be trusted. Jones plays his villain in fairly straightforward fashion. There isn’t a lot to him but there doesn’t need to be as he is more of a gateway than anything. Michael Jai White’s “Bronze Tiger” gets a decent run with this ep. He has more often than not been a straight villain, but he may be poised for an anti hero turn. The notion of GA/Oliver being led to his doom is never really a threat. His effortlessly dismantling enemies even while injured is always good to watch. His “attending to” Derek Sampson (Cody Runnels) is a terrific reminder of GA’s position as foundation of the Berlantiverse. His scaling up to get to Brick was next level action.

The ‘meeting the demon’ plot is very promising. The ascension and descent of GA parallels his current spiritual journey into maintaining the greater good. Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) is a major threat and one that needs eliminating. Oliver plays the game until he is unable to. Stripping away all aspects of civilization, he is at heart a warrior and via this universe, pretty much the ultimate one. His working his way to a meeting with a source that will gain him access to Diaz makes for entertaining and gripping viewing.

The Argus arc involving Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson) and John (David Ramsey) is nothing really new. Diggs has gotten far too ‘judgy’ of late. Lyla is right to call him out for his mistrust particularly noting his past six years of vigilante activity. Curtis’ (Echo Kellum) nervous, prattling behavior grates a bit with this run…including his relationship counsel…though he does acknowledge this latter bit. I suspect this potential ‘corruption within’ arc will yield greater dividends and tie into the greater Diaz/Longbow Hunters plot at some point. At this juncture though, it is simply a distraction.

The “get Diaz at all costs” mantra however gets things done. Felicity’s forced partnership with Samanda Watson (Sydelle Noelle) yields an elimination of one adversary and the obtaining of a potential resource in the quest to get Diaz. The incursion at the CDC presented some solid fight work between Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) and Silencer (Miranda Edwards). Equally good was the fight sequence between Rene (Rick Gonzalez) and Kodiak (Michael Jonnson). The adaption of Rene’s quicker style versus the power of the bigger opponent played very well. The end result was a win, albeit a costly one. The banter between Rene and Felicity was one of the highlights of this sub plot as the two seem most on the same page:

Felicity: I back traced The Silencers hack.
Rene: We’re calling her The Silencer now?
Felicity: Better than the belt lady.
Rene: Noted.

One gets the feeling that the status quo of Team Arrow will eventually be restored but not too quickly.

Diaz’s end game is teased in an end sequence that might very well hearken back to season 2 though it is too early to say for certain. All in all, traction is maintained, plots and sub plots are nicely balanced and Arrow remains on course to remaining simply outstanding and well worth your time.

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