I was wondering what Arrow’s writers were thinking at the end of last season when they broke up the entire team. I thought it was temporary and everyone would return to the team this season, but I was wrong. Instead, the writers gave Oliver a new team and Arrow a new life. Some might argue Arrow has jumped the shark. But I think the writers were smart. A new team means new storylines to explore.
As we know from watching Arrow, Oliver doesn’t trust easily. Last week’s episode was about Oliver learning to trust his new team and Rene, aka Wild Dog, nearly blew it with Oliver.
After Oliver tells everyone to sit tight while he tracks down who is making a new drug called Stardust, Rene goes out with Evelyn, the new Black Canary, and finds Derek Sampson’s operation. A fight breaks out and Sampson falls into a vat and supposedly to his death. Oliver finds out what happened from the new district attorney who had hoped to track down the Stardust supplier through Sampson. Oliver tells Rene that he blew everything and ends up having a conversation with Felicity, which makes him realize that Rene wasn’t the only one who was wrong. Oliver should have trusted Rene’s instincts because they were correct.
Sampson didn’t die from the fall and whatever was in the vat gave him super strength and the inability to feel pain. Oliver takes his team with him to take on Sampson. After they defeat Sampson together, Oliver welcomes them to his lair. The new team had a look of awe on their faces as they looked at the costume cases.
Overall, it was good episode. I enjoyed watching the new team come together. I’m also glad Diggle is still part of the show. I’m hoping this means that he’ll be back on the team. I guess we’ll know more after this week’s episode when the team tries to break Diggle out of prison. So far, season 5 is shaping up to be a great season.
Do you like the new team?