In Review: Arrow – Lian Yu

Oliver assembles a group of unlikely allies - Slade, Nyssa, Merlyn and Digger Harkness....

Synopsis: Oliver assembles a group of unlikely allies – Slade, Nyssa, Merlyn and Digger Harkness – to engage in an epic battle against Chase and his army.

Review: This is the moment that the season has been building to. The final confrontation between Oliver Queen and Adrian Chase. And it doesn’t disappoint.

The only thing that does not really work about this story is the flashback sequences with Kover. In this instance the flash backs seemed to pretty much spoil the flow of what was happening in the present.

It was great to see Oliver reunited with Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke and the reactions of Diggle and Speedy were as you’d expect.

There comes a moment in this episode where the group split off from Oliver in order to make use of Adrian Chase’s plane. While walking to the airstrip Malcolm Merlyn makes the ultimate sacrifice in order to save his daughter. It’s a shocking moment and Thea’s reaction to it felt very genuine, which is a credit to Willa Holland’s acting.

Our troubles are not over there though because once they get to the airstrip. Felicity and Curtis learn that the entire island of Lien Yu has been wired to explode and Chase has the detonator tied to his heart beat. A dead mans switch.

The back and forth between Slade and Oliver as they set about rescuing his friends is really good. I especially enjoyed how Slade pretended to betray Oliver in order to help execute the rescue plan.

The final battle between Oliver and Adrian Chase is rather epic, but not really as exciting as seeing the two Al Ghul sisters square off against each other.

The final battle between Oliver and Chase is a bit anti climatic, but the stakes are up when Chase opts to commit suicide when Ollie pretty much refuses to play his game. The end result. Oliver gets his son back, but is left wondering if his friends got off the island safely before it exploded.

Given that there were two groups of Oliver’s friends separated on different parts of the island. It’s pretty obvious that someone is going to wind up not making it into season six. The question is. Who will it be?

Arrow - Lian Yu
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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