The Brave and the Bold
Arrow Season 3



Critic Ratings: 18
Critics Consensus

This Arrowverse crossover episode manages to entertain while posing thoughtful questions about morality -- and all without getting bogged down in meta references.

Episode Info

A crossover event that began on "The Flash" concludes with Oliver teaming with the Flash to stop a boomerang-wielding killer who plants five bombs in the city that are set to explode at the same time.


Stephen Amell
as Oliver Queen
Katie Cassidy
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance
Colin Salmon
as Walter Steele
David Ramsey
as John Diggle
Jamey Sheridan
as Robert Queen
Paul Blackthorne
as Quentin Lance
Willa Holland
as Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards
as Felicity Smoak
Colton Haynes
as Roy Harper
John Barrowman
as Malcolm Merlyn
Grant Gustin
as Barry/The Flash
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Critic Reviews for The Brave and the Bold

The first part of this "Arrow" season has really meandered, so this episode gave some much needed momentum that will hopefully carry through to the mid-season finale next week.

Aug 9, 2018 | Full Review…

This is without a doubt one of the best episodes of the series, and I think it's because the Flash team blended in so seamlessly with the Arrow team.

Aug 8, 2018 | Full Review…

While this first big Flash/Arrow crossover wasted some of its potential by delivering two mostly standalone episodes, this second half proved to be more consistently entertaining and satisfying than the first.

Aug 7, 2018 | Rating: 9.2/10 | Full Review…

"The Brave and the Bold" was bad. It was bad in almost every way that it could be bad.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Credibility is crucial here - mixing up two shows so tonally disparate as Arrow and The Flash could easily have undermined both, but 'Flash vs Arrow' expertly blended the two by poking a little fun at the po-faced nature of Oliver Queen's world.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The presence of Barry, Caitlin and, especially, Cisco brought a level of lightness that's a rare occurrence on Arrow, and a welcome one here.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

For a famously stunt-heavy show, you had to be impressed by how this episode took time here and there to not just breathe but delve into what I'll call "superhero theory.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Brave and the Bold" tries to service Oliver's identity issues and character development, but it ends up doing a lot more for the away team.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Brave and The Bold" is handily the best installment of Arrow season three so far.

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Arrow Season 3 Episode 8 didn't live up to the first hour, but it did pretty much as expected -- showed The Flash team dealing with criminals can be a mean business and allowed Barry to give Oliver a much needed pep talk about his humanity.

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: 4.3/5 | Full Review…

The CW, DC, and WB really know how to handle mid-season finales!

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Unfortunately, the episode was a mixed bag, filled with great fight scenes... but it also delved into some ponderously preachy territory regarding the morality of violence and the use torture in pursuit of justice.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…