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TV Review: Arrow S5E11 Second Chances

arrowOliver gets help from a surprising source in his quest to take down Kovar; Felicity tries to hack the NSA to help free Diggle; Curtis informs the team about a female vigilante.

Arrow returned last week with a good episode and this episode continues that with another episode that’s entertaining and good, but not great.

Most of the episode is focused on a female vigilante who might be a good new Black Canary, so a chunk of the team heads out to find more about her and introduce themselves. This gets them into a battle with new metahumans, which is a solid expansion of the DC Flash universe by using this television series.

The rest of the episode focuses on Diggle and getting evidence to prove his innocence. That really moves along, and quickly, and with some small details it feels like it’s setting up a collision for later in the season.

Bigger in the episode is the flashback parts of the episode where we see some of the real origin of the Arrow. That’s actually a fascinating bit that fills in some gaps.

The episode is pretty decent, though again doesn’t blow me away. There’s some action, some movement in the plotlines, and some new additions to the series as a whole which is good. What I really like is how this episode adds to other series and uses some of what’s been established there. It’s a great way to create a more cohesive and entertaining universe. It’s the small details that really add up.

The episode is good, but cool in finale which gives some winks and nods and sets up what could be something interesting. It doesn’t give us anything definitive, but continues to lay the ground for the rest of the season.

Overall rating: 7.95

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