Present Tense
Arrow Season 8



Critic Ratings: 11
Critics Consensus

The future is brought into the "Present Tense" in an emotional Arrow installment that provides Stephen Amell with some of his most resonant material yet.

Episode Info

Oliver and the team decides to take on the new Deathstroke that appeared in Star City; The team tries to find a way to stop JJ.


Stephen Amell
as Oliver Queen
Katie Cassidy
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance/Black Siren
David Ramsey
as John Diggle
Paul Blackthorne
as Quentin Lance
Willa Holland
as Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards
as Felicity Smoak
Charlie Barnett
as John Diggle Jr.
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Critic Reviews for Present Tense

Smart, complicated, lively, often funny, with a number of solid performances and one of the single best scenes in the show's history. What a gem.

Nov 6, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

There aren't any flash-forwards or B-plots. The hour is 100 percent focused on this strange, surprising, and heavy family reunion.

Nov 6, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

"Present Tense" picked up where that cliffhanger left off, successfully bringing the past and present together in what was yet another strong offering from what is shaping up to be one heck of a final season.

Nov 6, 2019 | Full Review…

The Deathstroke plotline was pedestrian: the real, pure emotions of these never should-be reunions were not.

Nov 6, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

"Present Tense" does an excellent job of taking a breath and diving in a bit more into the feelings and frame of mind of Mia, William, Connor, Oliver, and Diggle, seeing what 20 years have done to their respective families.

Nov 6, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Was "Present Tense" a perfect episode of Arrow? Certainly not. In fact, certain elements of it may make it rank as my least favorite of Season 8 so far... Still, I enjoyed how Arrow continued to handle time travel and parallel universes.

Nov 6, 2019 | Full Review…

There was actually a ton to like about this week's Arrow, which took the main players from the show's Star City 2040 flashforwards and thrust them into the present timeline.

Nov 6, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a touching moment, and interesting to see from the perspective of the confident 30-something, proudly bonding with his father in this moment.

Nov 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Given how badly this episode misses the mark when it comes to Deathstroke, it's a small miracle it still manages to be the second best chapter of Season 8 so far.

Nov 6, 2019 | Rating: 7.1/10 | Full Review…

Stephen Amell has been straight-up fantastic the past three episodes, and he truly shined during this hour. He better get some kind of acknowledgment for his performance because it was awe-inspiring.

Nov 6, 2019 | Rating: 4.8/5 | Full Review…

Stephen Amell has done some of his best work so far this season, and this episode tops it all.

Nov 6, 2019 | Full Review…