Oliver And Emiko Meet In A Preview Of Next Week’s Arrow

by Erik Amaya

Now that Oliver (Stephen Amell) is aware of his half-sister Emiko (Sea Shimooka), its time for the two to confront their father’s actions. But will it be a joyful meeting or an excuse for them to fight? Considering this is Arrow — and the characters’ similar dispositions — we fully expect some fighting to occur.

Meanwhile, last night’s episode proved once again that the show should pivot over to the flash-forward story. Rene’s (Rick Gonzalez) terrible hair and fall to villainy are more interesting than his return to the old Wild Dog ways going on in the present. Also, the rising disconnect with his daughter is more compelling than her current-day hero worship.
What fails to be interesting, though, is Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo). Sure, he created an opportunity to reform the Suicide Squad (after a fashion), but his posturing is just so dull at this point. In fact, pretty much everything in the present day proved to be dull or a retread this week with Emiko’s goal turning out to be a wild goose chase, Oliver grousing about his father’s actions the whole time and the New Green Arrow learning the value of teamwork. Granted, that last bit gave us the best moment of Curtis (Echo Kellum) in ages. You almost have to wonder where he is in the future.
Arrow airs Mondays on The CW.

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