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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Arrow Season 7 Episode 14: Brothers and Sisters

March 5th, 2019 by Todd Black Comments

Arrow took some big strides in tonights episode, and “Brothers and Sisters” set up a lot of potential big things in the episodes to come.

First and foremost, I’m glad we finally got to meet Dante. Granted, he may not be the most imposing villain ever right now, but we got a lot of confirmation about his power. Beale, as suspected, was his inside man at Argus, and he’s also pretty handy in a fight. Plus, apparently, he’s backing Emiko for one reason or another. This could explain how she got her training, and how she got all of her equipment. Ironically, in the comics, it was her mother, Shado, who worked for Dante, so that’s a nice little connection to the comics.

The search for Dante led to some fun moments, including the return of Task Force X in some fun fighting sections. Granted, it was apparently a one-time thing, but hey, it worked out for the most part. Dante getting away and Diggle sacrificing himself (job wise) for Layla was good moves. As it allows Diggle to move fully into Vigilante life as part of the SCPD.

Meanwhile, I honestly enjoyed Felicity’s struggle with Diaz being a part of Task Force X. Felicity can be annoying at times, and her coming to terms with what she needs to be as a mother (of two) was nice. Especially when Laurel E2 was the one to convince her to take a new path.

As for Oliver and Emiko, I honestly wish that they had more scenes together, especially since the episode is called “Brothers and Sisters”, but, the scenes they had were good. Oliver got to be the overbearing older brother again, and Emiko got to take Thea’s place in regards to lashing out.

Again, her being with Dante in some way adds a lot of intrigue on the season, and I look forward to seeing where it all plays out, especially with where it leaves Oliver.

The flash forwards had some great progress, as well as getting William and  Mia (who if you remember just found out they were siblings) to bond in their own way. Seeing Mia react to hearing her father really was a hero was cool. As was her being able to find the other clue in the Rubik’s Cube…and it being a cassette tape, was awesome. Also, did anyone notice that Connor Hawke said Diggle was his ADOPTIVE father? Curious.

In the end, “Brothers and Sisters” was a welcome return for Arrow, and it sets up a lot of fun plotlines for the final nine episodes.

4.5 out of 5 nerds

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Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians (guardians-comic.com). He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!