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Arrow – Top 9 Moments – Brotherhood

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Arrow
Brotherhood

Original Air Date: Nov 18, 2015

Brianna – Associate Editor
brianna@thetwocentscorp.com

The Arrow showrunners have been telling us that one of recurring themes this season would be family and they have been doing a wonderful job exploring aspects of each character’s family life. This week gave us a glimpse at the Diggle family, with the discovery that Andy Diggle maybe wasn’t the man he thought he was and that he may not be entirely dead (another inadvertent theme running through season four…so far).

“Brotherhood” also gave us wonderful moments between Team Arrow to highlight that it’s not just about the family you’re born with but the family you find as well.

While family was no doubt a major part of the hour, there was also the issue of Oliver meeting Damien Darhk as mayoral candidate and the return of Thea’s bloodlust.

Check out my pick for top moments from tonight’s Arrow:


9. Diggle shares the information he got from Lance last week about Andy and in an interesting moment, Oliver asked Digg to think about it and give Andy the benefit of the doubt. I appreciated the fact that despite the odds that Andy was really up to no good, we saw Oliver fighting for Digg to give his brother some leeway.

8. Thea’s bloodlust returned this week and struck at the most inopportune time, while she was out with Alex, who seemed to be completely (and reasonably) shocked as he comes back to their table to find Thea with a completely beaten up man (in Thea’s defense, the man was actually terrible). You can’t help but feel sympathy for Thea as she continues to grapple with the fact that is something she’ll be living with forever, while trying to fend off Malcolm’s horrible suggestions to quench that bloodlust. Unfortunately, she’s left with no choice by the end of the hour.

7. Ray has a maudlin moment as he gives us the beginning of his exit before Legends of Tomorrow. Granted, it was reasonable (slightly similar to Sara’s reasoning) and it felt less abrupt than Sara’s departure.

6. Diggle’s small moment of vulnerability during the gala just makes you feel horrible for the entire Diggle family. David Ramsey did a wonderful job this hour bringing out the emotional side of our favorite bodyguard that we normally don’t get, the grief and conflicted feelings of discovering that his brother’s still alive and dealing with the ramifications of what he’s become.

5. We got quite a few original Team Arrow moments that re-enforced this idea of found family beautifully. While Diggle initially agreed to the trio working the Andy mission together, he in turn helped nudge Oliver in the right direction along, which paired nicely with Felicity amusingly listing all of the reasons why infiltrating and destroying Dahrk’s organization from the inside was a terrible idea (including a lot of season three antics). Both moments from Diggle and Felicity each offered a unique way to help Oliver decide what’s the right path to choose, showing off the heart and the voice of reason of the team.

4. Andy’s return also gave us a wonderful heartfelt Diggle family moment! We got to see Lyla return and offer up some comfort and advice about what to do with the information that Andy’s alive. It was a really small moment that just made me miss seeing that dynamic.

3. Throughout the hour, we also got a glimpse of what a HIVE induction ceremony looks like and it’s absolutely eerie and suitable for a big bad like Damien Darhk. Besides being possibly one of the best big villains the show’s had in a bit, his imposing demeanor makes him just the right amount of interesting and creepy to keep us wondering about the man’s motives and his speech to the new inductees emphasized that.

2. Along with a look at the induction ceremony, we also learned some new and valuable information about Damien Darhk and the limitations on his abilities. While Team Arrow was out on a mission to get Andy back, Thea becomes the next team member to come face to face with the man and the most interesting aspect from their interactions is the fact the she’s seemingly immune to his life-sucking magic. With this information, one can only wonder does this effectively take her off the list of characters in the coffin in the flash forward? Or is something or someone else responsible for that death?

1. While we got that moment where Oliver Queen as himself finally met Damien Darhk, who made a rather ominous offer, that did nothing but leave you with a bad feeling about how it will turn out, the moment Oliver makes his speech by Star City Bay and not so subtly rejects Darhk’s offer really tips the scales as you see the moment Darhk begins plotting against Oliver Queen. Nothing good can come of this obviously. But, how bad is it going to get? And who will he get to first, Oliver or the Green Arrow?

Also of note: The hour also gave us amazing fight choreography (which they always deliver on) and an interesting parallel in that conversation between Oliver and Diggle about Andy’s choice to not tell his family he’s been alive for so many years and the fact that Oliver was presumed to be dead by friends and family for five years.
What did you think of “Brotherhood”? Thoughts on Darhk so far? Who’s ready for the big Flarrow crossover?

Also of note: The hour also gave us amazing fight choreography (which they always deliver on) and an interesting parallel in that conversation between Oliver and Diggle about Andy’s choice to not tell his family he’s been alive for so many years and the fact that Oliver was presumed to be dead by friends and family for five years.

What did you think of “Brotherhood”? Thoughts on Darhk so far? Who’s ready for the big Flarrow crossover?

 

 

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