Episode 11 Overall70%
Pacing: Episode 1175%
Story: Episode 1165%
Episode 12 Overall90%
Pacing: Episode 1290%
Story: Episode 1270%
Hello and Welcome Reviewers!
Today, I’m reviewing episodes 11 and 12 from season 4 of Arrow.
Episode #11 – “A.W.O.L.”
Episode #12 – “Unchained”
The team faces off against a formidable villain nicknamed The Calculator (guest star Tom Amandes). Meanwhile, Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law) makes her move and Roy Harper (guest star Colton Haynes) returns to Star City.**
This episodes 11 and 12 review from season 4 of Arrow contains possible spoilers. You’ve been warned.
** Warning, Possible Spoilers!!!! **
Episode 11 Overall Thoughts
Andy was a nice surprise this week. He really helped out when given the opportunity to do good deeds. I was thinking he would turn against his brother again but that’s not the case. It’s difficult to figure out Andy because John gave his picture of Andy for the last 3 seasons which seemed off from the truth. The one thing that bothers me is John’s willingness to have this brother free without any chains.
This episode was kind of strange. You have the quick death of Amanda Waller which makes me believe that the name is just passed around just like James Bond. Her death was unimaginable and kind of senseless.
The flashbacks show a different version of Andy than the original accounts from John. It looks like John knew Andy was a troubled guy. This completely makes me rethink John’s decision-making process. You clearly see Andy doing the same thing he did back when he was in the U.S. The one thing that was true was Andy’s good behavior at times. It wasn’t often but it came out from time to time.
Felicity continues to struggle with her disability. She begins to experience hallucinations after a while and it worked as a plot device. Instead of her acting all sad it got her to become stronger. During the episode she received the new codename which was sweet. Oliver even mentions Oracle while joking around with her.
Final Grade -> 70%
Episode 12 Overall Thoughts
The addition of the side characters really increased the value of this episode. You have folks like Roy Harper and Malcolm Merlin that increases the story. Both characters helped to move along the storyline and served a general purpose. This is probably the best episode for Roy Harper since his introduction. It’s hard to get good character development and this week the relationship piece with Speedy wasn’t as bad.
The Calculator coming to Star City was decent. He will provide a much needed foe for Felicity as the season progresses. She needs someone that could test her limits and it looks like her Dad is that person. You could see that she’s back in the game again and stopped worrying about her disability as much.
As always Arrow is a show filled with parkour and different action sequences and this week was a prime example of that notion. The battle scenes just keeps on getting better and shows the skills of the team.
The only thing I didn’t like as much was the flashbacks with Shado. They had to bring her back to give Oliver a moment of clarity which confused me after watching it. You’re not sure how the guards went down because she was supposed to kill them. This was the only messy part about the whole episode.
Final Grade -> 83%
Enough on what I thought about the episodes.
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