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Oliver's sudden reliance on Ray brings out an interesting dynamic between the two characters while forcing him to reflect on his leadership qualities -- which is definitely for the best.
A somewhat frustrating episode is redeemed in the last fifteen minutes when Roy makes the ultimate sacrifice and Ra's al Ghul escalates his war against Oliver.
It would've been nice to see more of these teaching moments between Oliver and Roy, but that's a small quibble.
Well, we're heading towards the final arc, which is usually good. In fact, this episode was better than the last few have been, including great lines, character moments, and twists.
It wasn't that anybody did a bad job or that it wasn't competently made, it's just that an episode that made me consistently roll my eyes, and I wish it didn't.
While there were plenty of great moments both comedic and dramatic, "Broken Arrow" lost some steam by the end.
What follows is a tea-party-on-the-ceiling of an episode, with Ray as a little ball of sunshine and Ollie as a little black rain cloud and Felicity as the woman who can't decide which type of weather she prefers. (Psst. Felicity. It's rain.)
The scenes following his 'demise' are powerful - after those mortifying 'coaching' scenes, it's great to see our man Amell redeem himself as Oliver reacts to news of Roy's death in stunned, heartbroken silence.
[It] managed to take what was a wobbly "twist"... and find in the aftermath some meaty material that both resolved the cliffhanger, exited a major character and lit a fire under the Ra's storyline.
I'm unsure how I feel about what's happening. It's apparent the series is changing and we're either along for the ride or jumping off at the end of Arrow Season 3. We don't have that much longer to find out.
While this one often felt more like a backdoor pilot for Brandon Routh's upcoming star turn in a still-untitled Atom-centric superhero team show, it handled all its moving pieces considerably better than last night's counterpart on The Flash.
"Broken Arrow" serves to remind fans that this series it as its best when it is focused, tautly paced, and dares to kill its darlings.
Speaking of Roy, "Broken Arrow" probably serves as the greatest spotlight yet on the character.