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TV Review – Arrow Season 3

Episode 17 – Suicidal Tendencies

After this week’s episode of Suicidal Tendencies, I’m really feeling Deadshot’s motto: Love is a bullet in the brain. Why? Because after the final scene, I felt like I’d been shot.

Bullets, arrows and electricity fly at an alarming rate in Arrow’s most current episode. Beginning with the wedding of Lyla and John Diggle, all the characters seem to finally have space to breathe. Everyone’s smiling, dancing, and (somewhat) accepting of Felicity’s new partner, Ray Palmer. That is until Team Arrow is alerted to the alarming news that Ollie has a copycat and he isn’t wearing kiddie gloves.suicidal-tendencies-airs-march-25-on-the

Crooks are being killed everywhere and the team are so focused on finding these bow slinging bandits that Felicity doesn’t even look up from her computer to watch Ollie train. To make matters worse, Ray Palmer has pledged his assistance to the police to catch The Arrow, convinced the vigilante has become a killer once again (season 1, before Tommie’s crushing departure). Which would be fine if he wasn’t clad in a super flying, facial recognising, electricity shooting ‘super suit’.

We get a good look at the Atom’s suit this week which has left me feeling underwhelmed. There are moments of brilliance within it, for example the colour division across the torso and atom symbol on his helmet hinting to the suits comic counterpart. I have come to terms with the suit’s heavy look and, at closer look, love the updated belt. I wonder, as said in the comics, if the belt contains a dwarf star? Or will that be the update that lets Palmer shrink in the future? Definitely something I look forward to seeing, perhaps over on CW’s The Flash with their incredible effects budget. Unfortunately, The Atom’s battle with The Arrow while hovering left much to be desired and I can’t bring myself to like the bubble visor. It doesn’t seem to fit with the rest of the suit.f4c793683f9b48a8c89ddd0628c10603

This aside, the episode shone with John and Lyla’s not-so honeymoon adventure. Once dismissed from the current disaster to enjoy their honeymoon, who else would the Diggle’s find in their limousine but the greatly missed: Deadshot.

The Suicide Squad rides again!

But the marksman isn’t alone! Along for the ride is our scarlet shooter, Cupid, with new fantasies of her own wedding. No doubt her dress would be green.

The mission for these four soldiers of, as Waller boringly calls is, ‘Task Force X’ isn’t the main focus for us viewers. Here, replacing the usual memories of Ollie (and teasing the audience to wait another week for a Shado explanation) is a background on Deadshot.

We know he has a daughter, but the heartbreaking disconnection he had with her was delivered to perfection. Deadshot truly is a fantastic anti-villain and, although he leaves with a bang, will hopefully continue to appear in CW’s Suicide Squad missions. I don’t want to believe it’s the last we see of him.

Wrapping up the episode with two casual NOOO!!! moments (bullet in the brain, kids), the CW network has once again delivered a memorable episode. But it left me wondering: did Ollie just leave Roy knocked out at the power plant?

C After this week’s episode of Suicidal Tendencies, I’m really feeling Deadshot’s motto: Love is a bullet in the brain. Why? Because after the final scene, I felt like I’d been shot.arrow3172-726x400

Bullets, arrows and electricity fly at an alarming rate in Arrow’s most current episode. Beginning with the wedding of Lyla and John Diggle, all the characters seem to finally have space to breathe. Everyone’s smiling, dancing, and (somewhat) accepting of Felicity’s new partner, Ray Palmer. That is until Team Arrow is alerted to the alarming news that Ollie has a copycat and he isn’t wearing kiddie gloves.

Crooks are being killed everywhere and the team are so focused on finding these bow slinging bandits that Felicity doesn’t even look up from her computer to watch Ollie train. To make matters worse, Ray Palmer has pledged his assistance to the police to catch The Arrow, convinced the vigilante has become a killer once again (season 1, before Tommie’s crushing departure). Which would be fine if he wasn’t clad in a super flying, facial recognising, electricity shooting ‘super suit’.

We get a good look at the Atom’s suit this week which has left me feeling underwhelmed. There are moments of brilliance within it, for example the colour division across the torso and atom symbol on his helmet hinting to the suits comic counterpart. I have come to terms with the suit’s heavy look and, at closer look, love the updated belt. I wonder, as said in the comics, if the belt contains a dwarf star? Or will that be the update that lets Palmer shrink in the future? Definitely something I look forward to seeing, perhaps over on CW’s The Flash with their incredible effects budget. Unfortunately, The Atom’s battle with The Arrow while hovering left much to be desired and I can’t bring myself to like the bubble visor. It doesn’t seem to fit with the rest of the suit.

This aside, the episode shone with John and Lyla’s not-so honeymoon adventure. Once dismissed from the current disaster to enjoy their honeymoon, who else would the Diggle’s find in their limousine but the greatly missed: Deadshot.

The Suicide Squad rides again!

But the marksman isn’t alone! Along for the ride is our scarlet shooter, Cupid, with new fantasies of her own wedding. No doubt her dress would be green.

The mission for these four soldiers of, as Waller boringly calls is, ‘Task Force X’ isn’t the main focus for us viewers. Here, replacing the usual memories of Ollie (and teasing the audience to wait another week for a Shado explanation) is a background on Deadshot.

We know he has a daughter, but the heartbreaking disconnection he had with her was delivered to perfection. Deadshot truly is a fantastic anti-villain and, although he leaves with a bang, will hopefully continue to appear in CW’s Suicide Squad missions. I don’t want to believe it’s the last we see of him.

Wrapping up the episode with two casual NOOO!!! moments (bullet in the brain, kids), the CW network has once again delivered a memorable episode. But it left me wondering: did Ollie just leave Roy knocked out at the power plant?

Review by Brittany Howarth

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