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TV Review: Arrow - Season 3 Episode 19 "Broken Arrow"

04.16.2015

Join us each week as we review the latest episode of ARROW. Warning: the following review contains major spoilers for the newest episode of the show.

Episode 19: "Broken Arrow"

Synopsis: Lance continues his mission to take down the Arrow so Felicity orders Oliver to keep a low profile. However, when a meta-human named Jake Simmons, who kills people with blasts of energy and plasma, starts terrorizing Starling City, Oliver is forced to ask Ray for help. The unlikely duo is forced to team up to save the city.

In Starling City: You would think that an episode that features the first metahuman in Starling City would be the central focus of the episode, but this week's chapter of the Oliver Queen saga is actually the final appearance for a major character. After almost two seasons, Roy Harper bids farewell to Team Arrow and leaves a gaping would for the heroes to recover from.

On the most recent episode of The Flash, Barry teamed up with Ray Palmer to battle a villain without powers, but tonight he teamed with Oliver to battle one with super abilities. Jake Simmons, played by the great Doug Jones, arrives from Central City during Captain Lance's crusade against Oliver Queen that resulted in Roy Harper turning himself in as the Arrow. Since Oliver cannot fight crime while under investigation, Felicity convinces him to enlist Ray's help. Ray is all too eager to team up despite over-estimating his suit's abilities.

Both Arrow and The Flash have been featuring a lot of Ray Palmer and his A.T.O.M. suit as The CW prepares to spin-off the character into his own series. While The Flash helped him formulate a power source for his suit, Oliver's training as Arrow helps teach Ray how to not rely on his intellect but trust his instincts. But, this comes at the worst time as Captain Lance tears apart every aspect of Oliver's life. He discovers the Arrow Cave, searches Thea's apartment, and threatens Oliver even though his superiors question whether it is a personal vendetta or not.

Roy is prepared for his fate, still never having recovered from the guilt he felt over killing a police officer while under the influence of Mirakuru. He is finally at peace even though Oliver, Thea, and even Captain Lance can see he is afraid. He fends off attacks from inmates at Iron Heights Prison who assume he is the Arrow. Oliver wants badly to break out his protege and friend, but everyone tells him they need him on the street and to let Roy do what he feels he needs to. It takes yet another heartfelt conversation with Felicity for Oliver to trust his friends and let them help him, but you can sense the weight of R'as Al Ghul's offer is pressing down on him.

While Felicity goes to a power station to help Ray, the Jake Simmons takes her prisoner which forces Oliver and Ray to team up. Using a neural link, Oliver controls Ray in the suit to fight Simmons but the connection is severed. Oliver coaches Ray into fighting for himself and, for the first time, we see the true potential within Ray Palmer to be a superhero.

All seems to be in order when the worst happens. During a hallway transfer at the prison, a guard stabs Roy, killing him. Lance tells Oliver it was his fault and Thea is crushed, but Oliver still blames himself. At the destroyed Arrow Cave, Oliver laments that he could have done more when Felicity and Diggle reveal their big secret plan: Roy isn't dead! Roy planned it from the beginning and used an A.R.G.U.S. contact to fake his death to clear Oliver and "kill" the Arrow. When Oliver asks what this means for Roy Harper, he bids farewell to his friends and Starling City. Before he goes, Roy thanks Oliver and he in return thanks his friend and sidekick before Roy drives off into the night.

Ray Takes Simmons to S.T.A.R. Labs to be locked when they realize he was in Opal City the night of the particle accelerator explosion which raises the question: how can he exist? Back in Starling, Thea is confronted by R'as Al Ghul in her apartment. The two fight and R'as stabs Thea through the chest with his sword, seemingly killing her.

Flashbacks: In Hong Kong, Oliver hides out with Maseo and Tatsu and formulates a plan to break into A.R.G.U.S. to find out Amanda Waller's plan. Maseo provides Oliver with stolen keycards but when he enters the base, he is surprised to find Waller injured and claiming to be a prisoner of General Shreve. Waller says he plans to release the Omega to frame China as a military and economic threat. Oliver and Maseo discuss plans to try and escape Hong Kong, but decide instead to steal the Omega vaccine that Shreve had developed. Oliver gives the antidote to Maseo and his family and says he will go to stop Shreve. They of course refuse and say they will help him.

Review: Wow, a hell of a lot happpened during this episode. The development of Ray Palmer as The A.T.O.M. is in full force, the first meta-human not from Central City is revealed, the Hong Kong flashbacks enter their endgame, and two characters meet their "end". While Thea is teased as being resurrected using a Lazarus Pool in the teaser for next week's episode, this is definitely the end for Colton Haynes as Roy Harper. The actor did not renew his contract, so unless he comes back in later seasons, Arsenal is gone for good. While I am not sold at how Oliver Queen can operate as the Arrow going forward, the stakes are the highest they have been on this show in a loing time. What comes next is anybody's guess, but with a fourth season already coming, the promise that Arrow will be a very different show next season is starting to come together.

Final Verdict:

Next on ARROW: "The Fallen" airs April 22nd: Ra's al Ghul finally makes Oliver an offer he can't refuse. The team joins Oliver on his journey to Nanda Parbat where a heartbroken Felicity decides to take matters into her own hands.

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1:13PM on 04/18/2015
First off, Felicity needs to move to Central City, where she is more Season 1 Felicity and less this season moping and brooding and over-acted sad/angry. She was so much more herself on Flash. To be fair, this episode was 50/50 with her personality. She still felt brooding for parts and incredibly STUPID not recognizing the villain, but had a few chipper moments. There was a time she was one of the best characters and this season she's become one of the worst...except when on Flash.
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First off, Felicity needs to move to Central City, where she is more Season 1 Felicity and less this season moping and brooding and over-acted sad/angry. She was so much more herself on Flash. To be fair, this episode was 50/50 with her personality. She still felt brooding for parts and incredibly STUPID not recognizing the villain, but had a few chipper moments. There was a time she was one of the best characters and this season she's become one of the worst...except when on Flash.
Going back to the episode, 10/10 is imo a bit silly. I enjoyed it but things that take it down are:
1) Felicity's dual personality she seems to have now
2) Lance's vendetta (and his 180 reversal all together)
High points:
1) Arrow to Ray "you and Felicity may be related" (in response to how Ray and Felicity are always talking. A lot of good humour in this episode for what the story was about.
2) Oliver willing to ask Ray for help. Took convincing but not a LOT, which is a surprise.
3) Laurel standing up to her dad to free Oliver was pretty kickass.
4) Leaving Roy leaving to still be open for future cameo's. I thought it was well done.

So yeah, 10/10 I would say no to, but 8/10 I can go with. It was probably the best episode this season, and I have been having a hard time watching this season.
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12:56PM on 04/16/2015
Who here thinks FLASHPOINT is going to change all these events? I do lol
But I also am itching to see Oliver be the leader of the league.
Who here thinks FLASHPOINT is going to change all these events? I do lol
But I also am itching to see Oliver be the leader of the league.
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10:55AM on 04/16/2015
**SPOILER ALERT** ** SPOILER ALERT**
8/10 for me. It's another great episode for Season 3. But now that Roy is gone, to the public he is the Arrow and the Arrow is dead in prison, how can Oliver operate as Arrow without Captain Lance breathing down his neck all the time?
**SPOILER ALERT** ** SPOILER ALERT**
8/10 for me. It's another great episode for Season 3. But now that Roy is gone, to the public he is the Arrow and the Arrow is dead in prison, how can Oliver operate as Arrow without Captain Lance breathing down his neck all the time?
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8:35AM on 04/16/2015
Well, screw those guys below me because I loved it! It was great to see Ray finally show he can be a hero, Roy leaving was sad, Cisco realizing Simmons powers have nothing to do with the particle accelerator explosion and then Thea and Ra's???? That was awesome!!! Now seeing the Lazarus Pit is about to be used on Thea.....I am totally thinking she is going to go nuts like Jason Todd.....the season has come together in the final episodes and is on a tear!
These guys down below just sound like
Well, screw those guys below me because I loved it! It was great to see Ray finally show he can be a hero, Roy leaving was sad, Cisco realizing Simmons powers have nothing to do with the particle accelerator explosion and then Thea and Ra's???? That was awesome!!! Now seeing the Lazarus Pit is about to be used on Thea.....I am totally thinking she is going to go nuts like Jason Todd.....the season has come together in the final episodes and is on a tear!
These guys down below just sound like they WANT to bitch and moan about the show...well definitely Des1, he complains about everything all the time no matter what it is.
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11:54AM on 04/16/2015
*SPOILERS*

That's a little unfair. I certainly don't WANT to bitch and moan about the show. I love this show. I never said this was a bad episode. It just wasn't solid like the ones before the mid season finale. The reviewer is definitely looking at this episode with rose colored glasses.

Cool things happened in the episode. Thea and Ra's fight. Roy's stabbing was very unexpected and had my on the edge of my seat, and actually gave the episode some weight until the ending. The Atom
*SPOILERS*

That's a little unfair. I certainly don't WANT to bitch and moan about the show. I love this show. I never said this was a bad episode. It just wasn't solid like the ones before the mid season finale. The reviewer is definitely looking at this episode with rose colored glasses.

Cool things happened in the episode. Thea and Ra's fight. Roy's stabbing was very unexpected and had my on the edge of my seat, and actually gave the episode some weight until the ending. The Atom fighting the (sort of) meta human with Oliver controlling him.

But JUST cool things don't make a good episode of television. This felt sloppy and rushed so as to tie up the "Arrow is a bad vigilante" storyline. The team cleaned the entire HQ in a few hours. Enough so that forensics wouldn't find ANY evidence that Oliver has been down there? I can't suspend my disbelief enough for that. Ray having to "dig deep" to become a hero felt rushed, with no real weight to it. Him and Felicity's awkwardness over him saying he loved her doesn't work if you watched the episode of the Flash before this. (Which isn't necessarily "Arrows" Fault") But it creates an unevenness in this universe. Digs guy who stabs Roy? That scene would've been wonderful had that figured a way to explain it without awkward exposition by Digs. It came off as rushed, which again is the main problem with this episode. Felicity not realizing the guy in the sunglasses is the villain IMMEDIATELY. These are smart characters. They aren't stupid. You can't just have a character act stupid just so you can have some tension before a commercial break. The flashbacks are pointless. Yes. Right now, the are pointless, and feel like filler.

I do NOT think this is a bad episode. But a full rating of 10 arrows is ridiculous. That should be reserved for an episode of FLAWLESS TV. This episode was FAR from flawless. This weeks episode of Agents of Shield was much more solid than this episode, and THAT's saying something.
1:07PM on 04/16/2015
Funny, I remember saying it was a good episode. I guess that wasn't fanboy enough....
Funny, I remember saying it was a good episode. I guess that wasn't fanboy enough....
3:25AM on 04/16/2015

Gotta agree with Des1

This episodes pacing felt rushed and off to me. This may have to do with coming off of binge watching Daredevil over the weekend. FlashBacks once again being pointless and even distracting. My biggest problem with the episode was the exposition incorporated in the Roy reveal at the end. When Diggle explains about his buddy with the knife. I immediately thought "that's the most ludicrous thing ive ever heard." I do like this show and I feel many of us have been spoiled by Daredevil, but I wish
This episodes pacing felt rushed and off to me. This may have to do with coming off of binge watching Daredevil over the weekend. FlashBacks once again being pointless and even distracting. My biggest problem with the episode was the exposition incorporated in the Roy reveal at the end. When Diggle explains about his buddy with the knife. I immediately thought "that's the most ludicrous thing ive ever heard." I do like this show and I feel many of us have been spoiled by Daredevil, but I wish these episodes were a lot tighter, especially after a crazy awesome mid season finale.
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2:09AM on 04/16/2015

LOL.....

You gave THIS 10 stars? Seriously? WTF??? In an episode overloaded with storylines, they waste 5 minutes of it on pointless flashbacks yet again? Lance is literally playing the stupidest policeman in America, while Oliver is evidently too dumb to understand that after Ra's gets tired of killing criminals and innocents, he's going to turn his attention to Team Arrow or their family.

It was a good episode and I really enjoyed Routh's role again, but you've got to calm down on rating
You gave THIS 10 stars? Seriously? WTF??? In an episode overloaded with storylines, they waste 5 minutes of it on pointless flashbacks yet again? Lance is literally playing the stupidest policeman in America, while Oliver is evidently too dumb to understand that after Ra's gets tired of killing criminals and innocents, he's going to turn his attention to Team Arrow or their family.

It was a good episode and I really enjoyed Routh's role again, but you've got to calm down on rating every episode like it's the second coming of the Godfather.....
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5:39AM on 04/16/2015
this site obviously gets freebies or even pay offs from companies for their reviews. i dint think they have ever gave superhero related show/film an honest review in the last few years. its became a laughing stock of a site.
this site obviously gets freebies or even pay offs from companies for their reviews. i dint think they have ever gave superhero related show/film an honest review in the last few years. its became a laughing stock of a site.
1:06PM on 04/16/2015
The woman who reviews The Flash is pretty good. I was annoyed that she was giving it too low of reviews for a while, but she was proven right when the episodes got even better and she still had somewhere to go.

That's my problem with this. It's not even close to the best Arrow episode I've seen, and 10 stars? Wow.....
The woman who reviews The Flash is pretty good. I was annoyed that she was giving it too low of reviews for a while, but she was proven right when the episodes got even better and she still had somewhere to go.

That's my problem with this. It's not even close to the best Arrow episode I've seen, and 10 stars? Wow.....
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