In Review: Arrow – Purgatory

Oliver's mission takes him to Lian Yu where he tries to ignore the repercussions of the looming Crisis until he receives help from an old friend.

Synopsis: Oliver’s mission takes him to Lian Yu where he tries to ignore the repercussions of the looming Crisis until he receives help from an old friend. Meanwhile, a united Team Arrow faces a recognizable villain.

Review: The series continues to revisit classic characters from its past, but this episode takes things back to the very beginning.

The Story

With Crisis looming. Oliver and his team are sent to Lian Yu where they learn that they have to build a weapon, which taps into the island’s energy but also makes use of the various components that Ollie has collected throughout this series.

Things get a little tricky when various enemies and friends return from the dead, who have their own plans for Oliver. Also to make matters worse. Diggle is finding it hard to trust The Monitor and is resistant to the fact that he may well lose his best friend.

The Acting

A lot of solid performances in this episode and Stephen Amell really shows us why he was chosen for this role as we see a great many sides to Oliver Queen and his masked alter ego. David Ramsey also puts in a great performance as Diggle has quite a few things to deal with beyond his own doubts about the mission and the potential sacrifice that his closest friend will likely have to make in order to try and save everyone.

It was really nice to see Byron Mann make a return as Yao Fei Gulong. The guy that taught Oliver how to shoot his arrow, and pretty much mentored him on the island before Slade Wilson took over.


A pretty satisfying episode, which ties up a few loose ends and sets the ball rolling for next week’s Crisis storyline, which will see Green Arrow reconnect with Flash, Batwoman and a few other old friends as they help The Monitor push back against the pending Crisis.

We got some nice scenes between Oliver and his family as he prepares himself to say goodbye should he not survive.

Arrow - Purgatory
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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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