Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
It’s tough not to be frustrated with the general state of the Arrowverse this fall, with pretty much every series guilty of failing to capitalize on its respective cliffhanger ending from last spring. Arrow was as big an offender as any show with “Fallout,” proving that the impact of Adrian Chase’s final attack was far less dramatic than it could (and should) have been. Season 6 still has a long way to go before it can recover from that botched opening. The good news is that “Tribute” offers reasons for optimism, even as it juggled some fairly underwhelming story threads.
Unsurprisingly, this episode centered around last week’s big twist, the fact that someone has leaked an incriminating photo of the Green Arrow to Channel 52. Like I mentioned in last week’s review, I’m none too thrilled to see the series return to that secret identity well after the lackluster way it was handled in Season 3. It’s pretty much the worst case scenario for character like Ollie, and it needs to be treated as such. Sadly, this episode didn’t handle things much better. Ollie’s leaked identity once again proved to be another bump in the road rather than a massive, status quo-altering development. Once again, Ollie was saved through the power of plausible deniability.