Arrow- Season 7- Ep. 6 “Due Process”: A Review

Posted: 11/22/2018 in Uncategorized

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Another solid ep was offered this week. Alliances form and fracture and both in-prison and out-prison arcs were gold. The flash forward arc faltered a bit but certainly didn’t detract from what was another good run. My review follows below.

Oliver’s return to level one  was not without issues, including prison guards still mistreating inmates. The reference to one of the guards simply getting a slap on the wrist for the Level 2 incident implied corruption was still rampant in Slabside. There is a switch in the dynamic within the prison’s walls. The accusation and summary punishment of Oliver’s side kick Stanley (Brandon Fletcher) for the murder of a guard pushes him to investigate who actually committed the act. Oliver might balk at it, but Stanley’s hero worship and constantly referring to him and his actions as “Green Arrow” and “Green Arrow moves” is on point.

The outside alliance between Laurel/Black Siren (Katie Cassidy) and Felicity (Emily Bett-Rickards) continues and it plays quite well as a plot point as one woman is on the edge of redemption, while the other pushes toward darkness. That Laurel recognizes Felicity’s dark turn is revisited later with a  moment featuring Anatoly (David Nikl). Felicity has moved towards darkness in previous seasons, but it seems like it might take as she quests to find and eliminate Diaz.

On the subject of Anatoly- this was a week for DC character shout outs via various CW programs, namely his acknowledging his former nickname as “KGBeast” in a later segment. Cool touches like this reward fandom. Anatole however is another darker character who also minds Felicity’s current actions, advising her she is a new version of herself. Unlike Laurel, he counsels her more bluntly, striving not to take her off mission.

Anatoly Knyazev: Regret, guilt. These are demons you choose to live with, a trade you make to get what you want. How bad to want to kill Ricardo Diaz?

Felicity Smoak: More than anything.

Anatoly Knyazev: Well, then you embrace demons. No more half measures. When I work with Oliver in Russia, he was not villain, but he did what needed to be done. You remind of him then.

Felicity Smoak: What would that Oliver have done in this situation?

Anatoly Knyazev: He would have ended Diaz, and he wouldn’t care the cost.

Oliver’s former mentor essentially becomes hers though only in the most cursory manner. As always Nikl kills with his performance, injecting a level of humor despite his character having given in to his harsher criminal tendencies.

Laurel’s own journey makes for good tv. That she has even managed Dinah’s (Juliana Harkavy’s) hard won support is impressive. No less so is Oliver’s questioning her true motivations and wanting her to stay away from Felicity, fearing her corrupting influence. In that vein, the present arc ties in with the future arc, firming up the direction Felicity ultimately might take.

The future arc could play in a variety of ways…it isn’t as engaging as the flashbacks by any stretch. This is mitigated by not having any investment in Ben Lewis’ adult William Clayton. Older Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) and Dinah at least flesh the sub plot out. Andrea Sixtos as adult Zoe at least makes an attempt to keep William interesting. Lewis’ portrayal will have to evolve a bit and he has the disadvantage of playing an older version of a character that really isn’t all that engaging to begin with.

The coming together of the team via Felicity’s ruthlessness stands to return the status quo but this is occurring organically and allowing for proper development rather than a forcible, jangled story line. Seeing the group fight together against Diaz’s (Kirk Acevedo) Long Bow Hunters allowed for good action sequences and fight choreography. The end segment played as deeply false however but stands to open up the show to another level via Diaz’ path pointing directly to Oliver. Oliver’s prison time still captivates including his recognizing he might have been played and really isn’t sure who his allies are. Arrow remains exceedingly good, delivering a season thus far well worth watching.

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