Review: “Vigilante” Introduces Oliver Queen's New Rival on Arrow

Thursday, 17 November 2016 - 12:04AM
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Thursday, 17 November 2016 - 12:04AM
Review: “Vigilante” Introduces Oliver Queen's New Rival on Arrow
Season five of Arrow has been exceptional so far, and the show has underwent a true return to form after two seasons of mediocrity. Oliver has a new team, a new outlook, and a new costume, but thankfully, the new episodes also feature the same defining characteristics as the show's phenomenal first and second seasons. Last week, Arrow got nostalgic, tying scenes and plot elements from the very first episodes of the show into the season five plot. This week, however, Arrow starts down a new path by introducing a new vigilante rival for Oliver Queen.  

In "Vigilante," Oliver and his team deal with a new vigilante who violently executes criminals and has little regard for the innocents that get in the way. Though it remains unknown to Oliver, the identity of the new killer is actually the new D.A., Adrian Chase. Ultimately, Ollie and the team form a plan to stage a bank robbery and lure the new vigilante (aptly named Vigilante) out into the open. Though they succeed in besting the newcomer, Chase is able to slip away at the last moment, meaning viewers can expect to see more of the new character in the weeks to come.  

Meanwhile, Thea deals with Deputy Mayor Lance and the revelation that he seems to be being targeted by Prometheus. Lance also reveals that he's made little progress in his battle with alcoholism, and hands Thea his letter of resignation. But Queens don't give up easily, and she finally convinces Lance to go to rehab, promising his job will be waiting for him when he returns. Likewise, a huge bomb is dropped in the last scene of the episode, as it's shown that Evelyn has apparently been in cahoots with Prometheus all along.   

There are quite a few things that make "Vigilante" a memorable episode. Though the connection could be a bit more direct, the flashbacks succeed in tying into one of the major themes of the episode ("truth is a matter of perspective"), and also happen to be thoroughly entertaining to watch - the fight between Ollie and Konstantin Kovar is undoubtedly one of the most exciting moments from "Vigilante." Likewise, Josh Segarra plays a phenomenal Vigilante, and his theatrical demeanor makes him immensely interesting every time he steps onscreen. Just as well, real, substantial character development takes place for Ollie, Quentin, and Diggle this week, and all the while the plot moves along at a steady pace.

Still, there are some things that detract from "Vigilante." Sloppy special effects take away from a few moments, with Ollie zip-lining in at an angle almost perpendicular to his trajectory during his first confrontation with Vigilante. He also wings a dart in the motel scene that flies across the room at a speed totally unproportionate to that of his throw. There are a few other examples of this throughout the episode, and there are also a few times when the dialogue borders on cheesy. While these may be rather small issues, they do affect believability, and can take viewers out of the moment. Which is unfortunate, as Arrow has proven time and again that it can undoubtedly do better. 

However, Arrow seems to have finally found its place again, and that's great news for DC TV fans. Being seven episodes into the season, the show has proven that it can deliver consistently high-quality episodes once again, just as it did in the show's first two seasons. With the revelation of a mole being on Team Arrow, the suspense is definitely at a peak, and fans don't want to miss what's coming after the monumental crossover at the end of the month.  

Arrow returns on Wednesday, November 30th at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.
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