Arrow: (S05E011) “Second chances”

Review: The episode starts with a throwback when the particle accelerator blew up. The one thing I never thought I had to criticize on this show were the special effects … Now I sadly have to say they looked poorly done. I know that picturing a mass explotion is a hard thing to do, but you either do this right, or not at all.

It’s not all bad … Talia Al Ghul (Lexa Doig) DOES look badass! Also badass? The potential new Black Canary AKA Tina Boland (Juliana Harkavy). The one thing I fear is that the writers will ruin both of these cool characters, but let’s give it time.

The team is focused on getting Dig (David Ramsey) out of the prison and also on bringing Tina into the team. Which actually made this episode a little less boring from the rest of the season. The Bratva throwbacks are still the best part of the season and they’ve finally started moving somewhere. It looks like we’re finally going to get more informations about Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) training and the process on him becoming the Green Arrow. The entire storyline is STILL slow, but it’s better than nothing.

When we meet Sonus (Steve Bacic), the person that Tina is after, we find out he is a meta human, too … Personally, I feel like I’ve had enough of meta humans on Arrow. The Flash? Sure, bring as many meta humans as you want … But Arrow? No, thank you. I want the characters to be badass because they can fight, not because they’ve been struck by a lightning and they have some boring magic powers. That’s just me, though.

Then Felicity meets with the dark-web-hacker, who turns out to be the biggest sweetheart ever, which is truly funny, because you wouldn’t think people on Dark Web are even close to being friendly. At least it was good for Felicity’s ego, right? And apparently she had the information to help Dig, too, which is fine.

The fighting scenes are still, probably, the best part of Arrow. Can’t lie here!

And Dig finally gets to go home, yay!

The end of the episode makes me think – are Tina (AKA Dinah) and Oliver going to be the next power couple? I could see it. I just want the writers to stop her comparing to Laurel so badly, though.

All in all, it wasn’t a bad episode. It was probably one of the strongest ones of this season. It won’t ever compare to the episodes of first or second season of Arrow, though.