In Review: Arrow – Penance

Oliver and Layla team up on a secret mission for Diggle, Felicity finds out and disapproves of the plan and opts to stay behind.

Synopsis: Oliver and Layla team up on a secret mission for Diggle, Felicity finds out and disapproves of the plan and opts to stay behind. When Tobias Church launches a deadly assault against the city, Felicity must decide if she wants to send the recruits out sans the Green Arrow.

Review: Oliver and Layla break Diggle out of the Jail against Felicity’s protestations.

Meanwhile Tobias Church launches an attack, which puts Felicity in the hot seat on whether or not she should send in Wild Dog, Artemis and Curtis to protect key officials from the Mayors office.

Meanwhile the Flashbacks see Oliver being planted inside a jail in order to do a hit for the Bratva. Quite how this Bratva stuff connects to the current storyline is still to be revealed.

On there own the Recruits manage to save the lives that they set out to save, but while making their escape Curtis gets an knife in the back, which allows Church to catch up to them. In order to insure that Artemis is able to get away with an injured Curtis. Wild Dogs risks his life and takes on Church and gets captured.

Having successfully broke Diggle out of Jail. Oliver returns to his base and sets about going after Church in order to rescue Wild Dog, which is pretty much where this episode ends.

There’s a lot happening this week, but we’re still know closer to learning what the big plan is or indeed who the big bad is.

While Church has proved to be a fawn in Oliver’s side for the past few weeks. We still have no idea on whether there is a bigger scheme in play or indeed if Church is just a front man for a bigger menace, which if so. It would probably be the Russians given the flashbacks that we’re getting.

Thus far. I’m not a fan of this current season, but am hanging in there in the hope that it gets better. Thankfully we may have Diggle back in play, which will hopefully see team Arrow become a tighter working unit.

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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]
One Comment
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    28 October 2016 at 5:52 pm -

    I’m not a fan either. It’s not simply a magic vs. grounded realism thing. Apart from Olicity, Arrow is still apologizing for being a comic book show, while the other DC ones are embracing that.

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