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"The Candidate" efficiently sets the table for what is to come while delivering acrobatic thrills and a surprising new direction for Oliver Queen.
"The Candidate" has some standout action scenes - though when it comes to this season's narrative, the show is still finding its feet.
Not nearly as big or mysterious as the season premiere, but I'm glad we get to see Oliver begin his campaign for mayor and past-Oliver get a haircut.
Here is more table setting here than anything else, but from Neal McDonough's engaging presence as the big bad to Oliver's attempt to become an actual beacon of hope... the season is off to a positive start.
That first scene, when Ollie shot the rope arrow, then Canary hopped on it, and kept it moving like it was nothin? Flawless.
That sound you hear? Fans everywhere are swooning.
Neal McDonough has done nothing but impress me as Darhk, with every monologue more revealing of his sense of character and intent, but despite being evil has a likable sense of pragmatism in him that I find the actor really pulls off.
I thought the CEO Felicity scenes were a bit of a snooze... I like the idea of seeing Felicity run PT, but this first drama they foisted upon her was flimsy, nor did it give any hint of what will make Curtis Holt so... Terrific.
This was a pretty great hour in terms of plot development. If only those pesky flashbacks could catch the hell up and be nearly as interesting as the present day, all would be well in the Arrowverse.
We in no way needed to see the decaying corpse of Sara Lance... That's not even the worst decision made throughout "The Candidate," of which there are multiple contenders vying for implausible ends to legitimate problems.
The episode is a terse encapsulation of the kind of things Arrow does best - seamlessly choreographed action, a more dramatic character-centric storyline balanced by a healthy dose of comedy and surprising last-minute twist.