In Review: Arrow – Brothers In Arms

Oliver and Diggle face their biggest challenge yet

Synopsis: Oliver and Diggle face their biggest challenge yet; Curtis is disappointed to find out his new boyfriend has a firm anti-vigilante stance.

Review: This episode for my money is long overdue. Oliver has been stringing Diggle along with the whole Green Arrow thing for weeks and in that time his decision-making process has alienated Dinah, Curtis, Rene and now it looks like Diggle has decided to jump ship too. Can’t say I blame him.

The episode also reveals something that we have known for weeks. That Arrow has already lost. And now he’s lost his team. Diggle was the last and cruelest blow. Ricardo Diaz has done a damn fine job of manipulating events so it comes to this, but I can’t help but think that he’d never have gotten this far had he not had Cayden James in his pocket.

The fight between Ollie and Diggle in this episode has been building for weeks and it is somewhat of a relief that it has finally happened. The one thing Diggle is right about is that Ollie is far more effective as Green Arrow when he is not spread so thin. It seems that since he got the position of Mayor that people have found it easier to take advantage of it. We had Prometheus in last years story arc who was hiding in plain sight the whole time. Now we have a crook in the form of Diaz who has been able to organize to such a point where he has been able to buy most of the police force and several officials at City Hall. In a nutshell, it is the kind of corruption that a vigilante cannot fight on his own.

From a plot perspective, I think we may see Ollie come to realize this by the close of the season and stand down as Mayor and his replacement will most likely be Quentin Lance. The only question is. How will Ollie win the trust back of Dinah, Curtis, Rene, and Diggle? Is Diggle going to continue working with ARGUS long term? Hopefully, we will get some answers to these questions before the show ends its sixth season.

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