Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Arrow Ep. 106 - Royal Flush goes Aces High

The newest Arrow ep. delivers in many ways and improves on its past 'awkwardness'.
In this ep. we follow Ollie as he thwarts a family of bank robbers, who wear playing card masks ... Hello the Royal Flush Gang from DC Comics.    In this ep. we also see more from Merlyn, which is great, we also see some sparring right off the bat between Ollie and Digg, and some great scenes, and some decent fight scenes.   Here are some highlights:

- No more background Narration from Ollie .. Excellent.   In retrospect I'm thinking that now with Digg being with Ollie, he in a way replaces the Narration .. and that's good.  
- The sparring between Ollie and Digg... awesome.
- The Royal Flush gang was the most 'fleshed' out baddies that we've seen in Arrow.  I love the connection to the actions of Ollie's dad.    Also, the gang is not all gone.   There is always a chance we could see a future storyline with them (some of them) in the future.    Love the 'card masks'.  Also, the use of a shield vs. Ollie's arrow .. nice.  
- Acting is getting better.
- Love, just love the interaction between Laurel Lance (Dinah) and Merlyn .. Merlyn is a great guy, you can't help but like him.   Colin Donnell who plays him is really great in the role and if your a comic geek (even a little), you know that your going to enjoy (with a shed of a tear) the path that this character is going to go down in the future.
- Thea Queen's interaction with Merlyn is great.
- Speaking of interaction, now we finally have a good tender moment (over a tender burger) between mother and son.    This was good for the series.
- music was toned down from last ep., and the general direction was pretty tight.

Not so Good
- There was no cliffhanger at the end to make us watch another ep.   This was a 'one-shot' ep.   Now that Arrow has been picked up for an entire season (probably more) I hope future eps. will include something that will make us NEED to see what happens next.  

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