Arrow: “Bratva” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

With Arrow spending so much time flashing back to Ollie’s time in Russia and initiation into the Bratva, it was only a matter of time before the show made an international detour in the present as well. Past and present didn’t collide in any particularly meaningful way this week, and there was certainly no progress on the Prometheus front, but the change in scenery alone helped keep things interesting.

Among other things, the Russian trip served to wrap up Diggle’s ongoing storyline, as the majority of Team Arrow raced against the clock to prevent General Walker from selling a nuclear bomb to Markovian terrorists. I’m not overly thrilled with how Diggle’s struggle resolved itself. He’s gone from wrongly incarcerated felon back to free man a little too cleanly and easily. And not for the first time this season, it feels like David Ramsey is overdoing it a bit when it comes to conveying Diggle’s pent-up frustration. Beating a prisoner nearly to death seemed a bit much. The big question now is where exactly Diggle goes from here. His ordeal seems over at this point, though it’s always possible that Walker will find some way to make good on his threats to Lila and John Jr.

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