Arrow — “Taken” — Image AR415b_0291.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Megalyn E.K. as Vixen, Willa Holland as Thea Queen / Speedy, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Anna Hopkins as Samantha and Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance/Black Canary — Photo: Bettina Strauss/ The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

I would like to point out that our suspicions about the William baby momma drama purpose was absolutely on the nose: this only existed to break up Olicity. We never got to see Oliver with his son. Him suddenly putting his child as the most important person to him seemed hollow because it was such a brief storyline. And considering William is now out of the show only a few episodes later, cutting off any plot of value, it’s clear they had one goal in mind. Break up the ship to cause drama, because people believe happy couples cannot be interesting in media. Since I loathe that idea, it’s no surprise I loathed this as well. Previously on Arrow, Oliver kept his son from everyone because the writers told him to. Merlyn ratted him out to Darhk. Oliver’s running for mayor against Darhk’s wife. Apparently he met a superhero in the past called Vixen, who is the absolute best, and has magical abilities.

This episode introduced Vixen who I guess knows Oliver and Barry and their secret identities. I don’t mind that much because she is fabulous and I want so much more from her. I know there were rumors she’d get her own show or join another one, and I 100% support that. The actress Megalyn E.K. does the voice for the animated series Vixen, and she’s great as her here. It’s too bad she’s introduced in a kind of weak episode, but since she shined, it will look good for her either way. Vixen shows up this episode to be a magical counterpart to Darhk. She has the ability to take aspects of all the animals in the world and use their power and strength for herself. She grew up without her parents and has some advice for Oliver about sending his son away for William’s only good. I eye rolled at that, because it’s so contrived, but she’s also not wrong, and Oliver gets that. She struggles against Darhk at first, but she realizes all they have to do is destroy his totem to take his magic away.


Arrow — “Taken” — Image AR415b_0218.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen / The Green Arrow and Megalyn E.K. as Vixen — Photo: Bettina Strauss/ The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

I was hoping that Oliver’s desperation would take him down a dark path again. Not because I want him to go backward as a character, but because it would lend him some edge and intensity. Instead he seemed mostly helpless this week, which is also interesting in its own way. He may have saved his son in the end and beaten Darhk, but at a cost, which was his relationship with Felicity. She decides that she can’t handle him still keeping secrets from her. It wasn’t as vicious or intense a fight as the Flash scene. I think if Oliver had just talked to her about what to do with William, it might have gone a long way to making her feel like a partner. She might have been able to get to a more middle ground feeling toward the situation. But since yet again he makes all the decisions for himself without considering other people, it makes sense that she needs a break. Oliver’s always leaned more toward lying and secrecy, and while he’s gotten better at it, he still makes big mistakes for it. I am irritated that such a contrived storyline lead to this, but I don’t dislike the reasons for their split. This is a serious problem with Oliver, an Achilles heel of his that’s been from season one. I’d like to see him grow out of it, but he doesn’t just cure himself of that paranoia overnight. I’m sure the two of them will find a way to reconcile later on.

One seriously irritating thing though: Felicity walking so soon. And walking right out of there. Um, no, for one. Why introduce the storyline of her paralysis only to immediately cure/fix it? I liked the idea of her having an Oracle-esque storyline. Also if she’d been injured that badly, she would not have the leg strength to simply stomp out of there with no wobble. It feels like it was just a “hey what if Felicity can walk just in time to walk out of his life!” moment. The visual is like a giant anvil to the head. It was eye roll worth, and I’m sad that major storyline of hers is so quickly wrapped up. I get Emily probably doesn’t want to sit in a wheelchair for the rest of her time, but it was important to see a disabled character as a lead. Representation on that front matters too, but it’s all “fixed” now. Sigh. Overall I wasn’t impressed by this episode. I felt too annoyed by the forced storyline and angst instigation that didn’t feel natural. William’s existence seemed pretty pointless. Acting was good all around, but not enough to save the episode for me.

That being said, more Vixen. Give Vixen her own show! She was wonderful.


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