In Review: Arrow – Reset

Oliver is faced with a life-or-death situation after being double-crossed by Lyla

Synopsis: Oliver is faced with a life-or-death situation after being double-crossed by Lyla; Laurel has an opportunity to make amends.

Review: This episode makes clever use of the ‘Groundhog’ say set up in order to test Oliver’s will.

The Story

Oliver wakes up in his apartment after having been unconscious for some time. Apparently he is running late for a party where he has to deliver a speech alongside Mayor Quentin Lance. Right away Oliver is off balance having met a friend and colleague who has been dead for over two years. Things soon heat up when Ollie and Quentin find themselves in a hostage situation, but when Oliver shoots the villain he triggers a bomb which kills him and Quentin, but suddenly finds that everything has been reset.

Over the course of the episode Oliver, Laurel and Quentin investigate a seemingly never-ending conspiracy and solve a never-ending series of puzzles. The one constant is Lyla telling Oliver that he needs to accept his destiny. This is a test in preparation for the forthcoming crises.

The Acting

This was an episode that I was very much looking forward too because of the return of Paul Blackthorne who stepped back into his role of Quentin Lance without missing a beat. It was almost as if he had never left.

The scenes between Katie Cassidy and Blackthorne were an absolute delight because it paid off a lot of things that never got addressed prior to Quentin’s departure from the show, but also serviced the Crisis storyline.


This was a wonderful way to say a final farewell to Quentin Lance who I felt was killed off from the show rather prematurely. I loved the fact that Quentin pretty much held the answers for Oliver all along and I also really appreciated the fact that it allowed Laurel to say a proper goodbye to the only proper father figure she ever had. A father figure that was responsible for helping her transition from the criminal known as Black Siren into a Canary.

As far as Crisis goes. This was another test for Oliver, which took him a while to pass. We still have little clue as to The Monitor’s role in the coming crises, but we do know that he puts a great deal of value in Oliver’s role in the coming battle and given how the episode ended. We have a lot more puzzles to come.

Arrow - Reset
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  • CGI & Stunts
  • Incidental Music

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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