Review: [Spoiler] Makes a Surprise Return in This Week’s Episode of Arrow

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 - 9:47PM
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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 - 9:47PM
Review: [Spoiler] Makes a Surprise Return in This Week’s Episode of Arrow
In last week's episode of Arrow, the show finally returned to form with "Recruits" being one of the best episodes of Arrow since the end of season two. This week, Arrow kept up the pace with another great episode, delivering on the character development, action, and stakes that the first two seasons of the show have come to be known for. Just as well, a classic character from Arrow's glory days made a return after two years away from the show.

In "A Matter of Trust," Ollie and his new team of recruits begin their work together by chasing down dealers of the new designer drug called stardust. When he and Wild Dog have a fight over how to handle the situation, Wild Dog and Evelyn take matters into their own hands. And though they succeed in finding the drug ring's HQ, the fight that ensues there results in a drug dealer falling into a vat of chemicals. These chemicals transform him into a nearly unstoppable meta incapable of feeling pain.

As Wild Dog acted outside Ollie's authority, Oliver lectures him about the importance of trust. In fact, both of Green Arrow's personalities are hit with trust issues, as the media rips into Mayor Queen for a decision he didn't even make, as Thea went behind Ollie's back to hire the recovering alcoholic, Quentin Lance, as Deputy Mayor. Meanwhile, Diggle finds out his new cellmate is none other than Floyd Lawton, marking the first time since season three that Deadshot has appeared on the show.

In the end, Ollie realizes that if he would have trusted both Wild Dog and Thea's intuitions in the first place, he wouldn't have ever had to deal with such extensive consequences. After a talk with Felicity, he takes responsibility as both the leader of Team Arrow and as Mayor of Star City for the mistakes that were made, though he does end up keeping Lance as his Deputy Mayor. Green Arrow and his recruits take down Stardust, and Wild Dog and Ollie finally start to see eye to eye.

However, not all is perfect in Star City. Felicity finally worked up the guts to tell Rag Man that his hometown was destroyed on Genesis Day because she was forced into redirecting the nukes there to minimize casualties. He didn't take the news so well. Likewise, it was revealed that Deadshot was only a guilt hallucination, and Diggle decides that prison is where he belongs for having killed his brother. But Lyla's not about to let that happen, as the episode ends with her showing up in Star City to ask Ollie to set Diggle free.

This week's episode may not be the best episode since season two, but it's definitely the second best. The character development that Arrow thrives on was present, with Ollie learning how to trust his team and take responsibility as leader. Likewise, the flashbacks connected perfectly to the theme of trust, and the action and choreography were extremely fun to watch. And having Deadshot reappear wasn't just a great way to get fans excited about this week's episode, but it was also the perfect way to show just how far Diggle's guilt went, even if it was a tad unrealistic.

Overall, this is the second week in a row that Arrow has delivered an exceptionally strong episode, and that's extremely pleasing to see for longtime fans who were worried about the direction it was heading after two seasons of mediocrity. This is the Arrow that fans fell in love with, and it's great to have it back.

Arrow will return next Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.
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