Thursday, 16 April 2015

Arrow: S03E17: "Suicidal Tendencies"

Rating: 7

In A Nutshell

Fake-Arrow, Ra Gha Gual and Co, are in Starling City killing criminals for fun so to make sure Arrow gets a bad name. Ray Palmer suits up as Atom Man to catch the Arrow, having figured out it's Oliver. Meanwhile, Diggle chalks up those Air Miles once more, by joining the suicide squad, and his wife, on their honeymoon night to sort out a hostage situation.

What I liked

Thankfully, despite the two main storylines going on, this wasn't the hectic Arrow of Season 3 which has had far too many superheroes and inter-connected plot lines than anyone needed.

Ray Palmer is highly likeable, even if he looks very awkward in that suit; both Atom and traditional shirt and tie.

Nothing beats a frantic last 30 seconds!

What I Didn't Like

Well, I sort of figured that giving us Death-stroke's back story via flashbacks was highly hinting he was going to go out in this episode. That was kind of predictable that aspect.

Atom Man versus Arrow; umm, that was brief. Complete flaw in that suit also if it can be turned off that easily.


The explosions of the building Deathstroke sacrificed himself on were ... a little meh. Sure, it would have killed everyone inside, but I can't help but feel that Deathstroke himself stood a decent chance of surviving that. Hardly suited his sacrifice really. That's if he really is dead. We all know it's hard to kill off people in this show.

Did Arrow just walk off at end of the Atom fight in a different direction to where poor Roy lay? Umm, he was just shot with some electrical discharge and he's not got any mention or attention in rest of episode!

And Finally

All the better for two reasonably simple and concise storylines going on, and less of everyone deciding to don a superhero mask. Easy to follow and enjoyable action.

Rating: 7 out of 10 (Less is More; the action was a little brief but at least it was a darn sight easier to follow than some other episodes).

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