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TV Review: Arrow S4E11 A.W.O.L.

arrowDiggle mus learn to trust his brother Andy when an enemy of their wartime past, an agent of the criminal organization Shadowspire, visits Star City. However, Diggle learns more than he bargained for about their shared time at war.

Arrow focuses on the Diggle brothers in this episode which dives deeper in to their history together and gives some background on each. The episode also focuses on Felicity who is now confined to a wheelchair after being shot in the spine.

Both stories are decent enough, giving us a break from the Dahrk story that has been the focus of the season. The Diggle history is interesting showing each during their tour of duty together, which is ok in the action, but feels a little empty in some ways. Similar to the secret history we’ve seen about Oliver, this doesn’t quite click like that. That may be due it feeling like it came out of nowhere.

Felicity’s story at first feels like a second rate knock off of Oracle/Barbara Gordon in Batman. In many ways it is, and there’s even a joke about giving her the codename of Oracle. It wraps up a bit quickly, and would be much better to have been dealt with for longer in the season. There’s a great opportunity in this aspect of the character, and her dealing with her being in a wheelchair, and figuring out her role is handled WAY too quickly. Growth doesn’t happen that quickly.

The episode also has issues with the death of an important character. It’s another example of minority characters being offed in television shows adapted from comics. A very strange move, but I can only think this was done due to the character soon being in Suicide Squad, you can easily figure out who it is.

An episode with some good. An episode with a lot of bad.

Overall rating: 6.8