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Arrow: Season 3 Episode 8 Reviews

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Constance Gibbs
The Nerds of Color
April 7, 2020

Phew! We did it! We survived the crossover and it was as awesome and epic (if not more so) than we could have dreamed or anticipated!

Lauren Morgan
New York Daily News
Top Critic
August 9, 2018

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.

Kyle Anderson
Nerdist
August 8, 2018

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.

Jesse Schedeen
IGN Movies
August 7, 2018

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 9.2/10
Esther Inglis-Arkell
io9.com
August 7, 2018

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

Chancellor Agard
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
August 7, 2018

"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.

Morgan Jeffery
Digital Spy
August 7, 2018

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.

Alan Sepinwall
Uproxx
Top Critic
August 6, 2018

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.

Matt Webb Mitovich
TV Line
August 6, 2018

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.

Mike Cecchini
Den of Geek
August 6, 2018

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Carissa Pavlica
TV Fanatic
August 6, 2018

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.3/5
Dave Trumbore
Collider
August 3, 2018

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

Full Review | Original Score: A
Marc Buxton
CBR
August 3, 2018

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.

Nick Setchfield
SFX Magazine
August 3, 2018

If anything this episode succeeds as a shameless sampler for The Flash, bringing a taste of Barry Allen's lighter, more charming take on superheroics to Starling.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Omar Holmon
Black Nerd Problems
August 3, 2018

This guy Barry is hilarious man, he can't even sit still for five minutes.

Kevin Fitzpatrick
ScreenCrush
August 2, 2018

Honestly, there was a tremendous amount to enjoy here, and I could go on for pages, but it was also an especially nice touch to include all of 'Arrow''s supporting cast wherever possible.

Mark Rozeman
Paste Magazine
August 2, 2018

"The Brave and Bold" stands as the strongest installment of Arrow this season, and serves as a great conclusion to the very successful Arrow/The Flash crossover.

Full Review | Original Score: 9.3/10
Alasdair Wilkins
AV Club
Top Critic
August 2, 2018

This side of the crossover wouldn't work if Arrow itself weren't prepared to loosen up; Oliver isn't an ideal candidate to do that, so Roy steps in nicely.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
James Garcia
We Got This Covered
January 17, 2015

"The Brave and the Bold" ended up being not only another fun-filled adventure starring two beloved costumed heroes, but the best Arrow episode we've seen all season.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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