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"Beyond Redemption" pays as close attention to character fireworks as it does to action beats, with stars Stephen Amell and Paul Blackthorne both turning in some of their best work yet.
It's the fractured quasi-father-son relationship between Oliver Queen and Quentin Lance that provides the most satisfying conflict in this week's episode, expertly directed by Lexi Alexander.
This week's episode of Arrow was really great - it's probably the first time ever that I've enjoyed Arrow more than The Flash.
Canary shows up first and demolishes dude who took out her Canary Cry. It was pretty dope.
What a jam-packed episode, huh?! So much happened this week on Arrow, but the most important thing needs to be shouted from the rooftops: the salmon ladder is baaaaaaack!
Stephen Amell was finally given an opportunity to dig into some emotional material without flashing back to the island, and it paid off. That was one of the best scenes he's had in a very long time.
"Beyond Redemption" was an episode of Arrow that aired on television. That's all anyone will ever have to say about it. Its primary feature was disappointment.
Both Stephen Amell and Paul Blackthorne put on great performances, backed up by some of the better lines we've seen in the show.
The flashbacks are moving at a positively glaaaaaaacial pace - but some needed and well-deserved character work was done, and nicely at that, by series vet Paul Blackthorne.
The weight of both plots in this episode depend on Paul Blackthorne's performance as Captain Lance, and it all weaves together in a symbiotic way.
It had all the witty banter, acrobatic fighting, and heartfelt moments that make this show so great. Oliver's latest attempts to save the city just lacked the kind of drive and forward momentum that take a good episode and makes it spectacular.
A solid character piece for Captain Lance and a showcase for Paul Blackthorne, who often doesn't get the opportunity to have this much to do in a single episode.
This was probably the first time since Season 2 that Arrow truly felt like Arrow, putting the strengths of its characters above all, and angling for hope in an ever-bleak city.