TV Review: Arrow S4E15 Taken

arrowOliver calls in his old friend Vixen for help in fighting Darhk, while Thea has a heart-to-heart talk with Malcolm.

Arrow dives in to Ollie’s kid as they go after Darhk to get him back while Malcolm continues to do what Malcolm does. The episode has some good and has some bad as action sequences at times fall rather flat.

But tonight’s big thing is the live action debut of Vixen. The character made her debut in The Flash/Arrow world in an animated webseries, but here she is in the flesh played by the same actress who provided the voice of the animated character Megalyn Echikunwoke.

Echikunwoke is much better than the actress for Hawkgirl, but her acting still is a little dull at points, especially in her final speech with Ollie about his son. She is nice to see on the screen and out of all of the action was the best of the bunch this episode.

The episode also pivots things a lot too. There’s Ollie and Felicity’s relationship where he tells her the truth. We learn who really kidnapped William, which is a bigger picture game that’s a big question mark. And there’s just Ollie figuring out what it is to be a father, which hopefully the series explores more down the road.

The episode has good moments. It has bad moments. But it also has some interesting ramifications going forward that will hopefully be used in the best way. If the ending is any indication, looks like they’ll be using the revelations here for some solid effect.

Overall rating: 7.1