Only a number of episodes left and issues are progressively heating up…
I used to be stunned to see Rene again. I had thought his character was written off and would keep “hospitalized” for the the rest of the season. As a lot as I’ve criticized Dinah, Curtis and Rene, it was refreshing to have Wild Dog again in the fold. I feel he brings a special power when his character is used the proper means. I assumed the (short-lived) PTSD angle made a bit extra sense for Rene then it did for John and his hand—who was actually extra simply in his personal head and couldn’t execute in the subject due to it. Rene truly sustained fairly a bit of injury which may make somebody assume twice the subsequent time they needed to put themselves in an analogous place. It simply sort of made sense, I feel.
Even although all of us sort of knew it, we acquired our reply as to who the Quadrant is—they’re principally an evil syndicate that runs all the things. I truly actually appreciated the drone scene the place Curtis, Dinah, Rene, John and A.R.G.U.S. all joined forces to take out the cargo of weapons from the Quadrant. I nonetheless want Curtis’ T-Spheres would float on their very own (like in the comics) quite than him having to all the time throw them—however it labored properly for tonight.
Obviously, Diaz wants the Quadrant as a lot as they want him. I didn’t give it some thought that method at first, however they completely want a man who has everybody in his pocket with a view to run a near-flawless and clean operation. I feel the greatest strategy to fight an operation like that’s to do what they began to do tonight once they attacked Diaz’s pockets. You in all probability gained’t have the ability to get him head on, however should you assault and dismantle his money move, you definitely have an opportunity of destroying him from the inside.
Though I wasn’t down with Anatoly making an look (but once more), I assume I get it: he and Ollie are eternally sure to at least one one other. It’s all the time so ironic to me when dangerous guys speak about “honor”—there’s even irony when Ollie talks about it. Don’t get me incorrect…I get the concept of those dangerous dudes nonetheless having “honor” when it comes to not selecting to take part in sure legal actions, and so forth. But Ollie being stunned that Diaz stabbed him in that battle was a bit foolish. Diaz is 100% ruthless and can do no matter it takes to be the prime canine. To quote the almighty Ric Flair, Diaz is “the dirtiest player in the game.” Why would you ever assume he was able to enjoying good or truthful? Get your head out of your hood, Oliver. You’re in Diaz’s world now, grandma.
Speaking of which…
I assumed that was a really fascinating ending. I do know we’ve seen Ollie in conditions like this earlier than, nevertheless, this time it feels a bit totally different. Diaz has a lot energy and management—much more now that he’s backed by the Quadrant—I’m unsure how Ollie makes it out of this one. The solely factor I can consider is that Diaz does one thing to actually tick off the Quadrant they usually activate or embarrass him and spoil his plans to imprison Ollie as their method of placing him in his place and letting him know that even he isn’t greater than them.
Even although I’m not the largest fan of the Quentin and Laurel storyline, I do like that Quentin’s the mayor proper now. I’m curious to see how he’ll do in the position if he finally ends up spending vital time there. What has me is that he signed that paper for Diaz. Obviously, a part of the reasoning was for Laurel, however I feel Quentin is probably a bit extra savvy when it comes to figuring out the way to cope with crime lords like Diaz. All that point on the drive might have taught him a factor or two about the way to play the recreation and cope with these sorts of men. He may know the right way to get these guys right into a place the place he can finally take them down. Who actually is aware of, although?
Looking ahead to what’s to return subsequent week!
Matt Ross covers Arrow as part of the #DCTV Couch Club. Catch new episodes of Arrow Thursdays at 9 p.m. (eight p.m. CST) on The CW.