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Arrow reaps the benefits of a creative detour with a Diggle led episode that displays the writing team's skill with character development.
I thought this was a good episode. We got some meaningful developments in the flashback/island story and Digg's long-stagnant story moved along a bit.
More generally, "Keep Your Enemies Closer" is governed by logic that seems alien to the typical Arrow episode.
I've always appreciated Diggle for being incredibly sensible; he certainly provided a conscience for Oliver at a time when Oliver very desperately needed one.
It's rather impressive that 'Arrow' can deviate from its initial plotlines involving the League of Assassins and Sebastian Blood, keeping Oliver and Diggle's relationship in step with an episode so far removed from Starling City.
["Keep Your Enemies Closer"] bears the distinction of being merely a good episode in a season chock-full of excellent ones.
We're getting to the point in the series where bad guys from the past start re-appearing. Because unlike everyone else, The Hood did not kill them.
'Keep Your Enemies Closer' only has me more excited for where this show is headed.
There were couples doing what couples do best all over last night's Arrow episode. Because this is the CW, those couples were not deficient in the looks department.
Since so much of this episode centered on developing John Diggle...and Isabele Rochev...with the least amount of Oliver-as-vigilante time as we've yet seen, it was fairly daring as far as Arrow episodes go.
A departure episode like "Keep Your Enemies Closer" is worthwhile for character development since the main storyline has been so rewarding.
The plotting could be a little tighter - Deadshot and Dig have an uneasy truce but it feels like we're missing opportunities to see the storytelling screws tighten even further.
"Keep Your Enemies Closer" had its quirks, but it made great use of Diggle in the lead role and offered some more intriguing developments in a show that never lacks for new material.