In Review: Arrow – The Ties That Bind

Diaz targets Team Arrow and their loved ones. Oliver struggles with Felicity putting herself in danger when she gets the chance to stop Diaz for good.

Synopsis: Diaz targets Team Arrow and their loved ones. Oliver struggles with Felicity putting herself in danger when she gets the chance to stop Diaz for good.

Review: This episode gets off to a somewhat sedate start as the Queen family have a nice home cooked meal, but there is a little tension between Ollie and Felicity bubbling under the surface, which is only likely to intensify as the episode moves forward. When Ollies phone rings Felicity tells him to check and it is not a telesales call. Its good old Anatoly warning Ollie to get his family and duck and cover. Diaz has deployed his abseiling army to try and murder the house of Queen. Much action ensues as Ollie uses whatever there is to hand to take on the six home invaders. While all this is happening Curtis and his boyfriend also get attacked as does Rene and his daughter and pretty much everyone else that means a damn to Oliver.

These attacks do nothing but unify team Arrow and it’s about freaking time. Dinah, Curtis, Rene, Diggle, Felicity, and Oliver are all back together again and watch from the B – Teams base as Diaz’s men lay waste to the old Arrow base of operations. It’s time for the team to try and plan and outthink the man who has the entirety of Star City under his thumb. Ollie contacts Anatoly who agrees to help where he can and formulates a way to draw Diaz out so that Ollie and the team can take a shot at him. One thing leads to another and Diaz gets away, but is careful so as not to lose his military-grade encrypted USB Drive, which Felicity sees as a potential opening if the team can get close enough to clone that drive.

The team manages to get a copy of the drive, but somehow Diaz’s hacker manages to trace the location of the cloning device, which leads to another epic battle in which half of A.R.G.U.S. is wiped out and Ollie and Felicity barely escape with there lives.

To say that Diaz has got more lives than a cat would be an understatement. The team came close to getting him on two occasions in this episode. The second of which almost seen him off, but the guy keeps getting back up.

This episode ended up as a bit of a stalemate between Team Arrow and Diaz and you have to wonder what it is going to take for the team to finally take Diaz down. Will we see one or two of the Arrow team members killed off in next week’s show? Will Black Siren escape captivity and somehow get her mojo back. Last we saw Diaz had ordered his men to take her somewhere. We didn’t see her die.

Will Anatoly get found out by Diaz. He’s managed to cast blame on other people thus far, but how many people are left for him to point the finger at. Diaz may be many things, but stupid is not one of them.

Overall. This episode gave us much in the way of action and set pieces and while it was good to see team Arrow back together again. You can’t help but get the impression that it was somewhat overdue. We wait with baited breath to see how things pan out next week. Who will Ollie call in from his little black book for some added help? Might we see a return for Nyssa Al Ghul and some of her soldiers? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.


Arrow - The Ties That Bind
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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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