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Paste Pot Pete 
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Reverend Meteor

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Subj: Re: Arrow March 29th Disbanded
Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 at 03:05:45 pm EDT (Viewed 312 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Arrow March 29th Disbanded
Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 at 08:40:04 am EDT (Viewed 421 times)

    I thought this episode was much better than last week's episode and was IMO the best use of Anatoly to date. I liked the whole theme of brotherhood that went through this episode...Anatoly is sort of Oliver's ghost of Christmas Future...that's what Oliver becomes without Diggle keeping him on his path. Oliver was Anatoly's Diggle and he was adrift without that friendship to keep him grounded. I'm a sap...I love any episode that revolves around Diggle giving a motivating speech to Oliver as their dynamic is one of my favorite things about this show.

    I am kind of glad Oliver's friendship with Anatoly seems to be over. We know Anatoly murders people but we don't know that they're all evil. Oliver seems to look the other way about all the horrible things Anatoly does back in Russia so he can exploit that friendship when he needs to. I thought it was a little hypocritical for Oliver to come down on Anatoly at the end of the episode...and not just because Oliver made a deal with him earlier in the episode. Oliver's always looked the other way with Anatoly and it's a little late making value judgments about him now. I know Anatoly was wrong to steal drugs and threaten to murder a bunch of people but I don't think he's wrong really with his complaint about Oliver only being a friend when it suits Oliver. Oliver is a total fairweather friend to Anatoly.

I like your analogy. that explains the episode better than the episode itself. \:\)

The problem with Oliver being the voice of reason for Anatoly is that I don't feel like that's what I saw on the screen. I saw Oliver getting darker and darker and taking on the Hood persona.

Oliver not really being a gangster and having a moral compass should have been trying to get Anatoly to make the Bratva more of a legitimate business.

And I think that's what Oliver was saying to him in that last scene. But I don't know, I must have missed those scenes.

To me this episode was just more dumbness. Oliver is supposed to be an accomplished torturer himself. But Prometheus manages to convince him that he (Oliver) is the bad guy when Prometheus has been killing cops and innocents like crazy. Oliver used to kill criminals, but he stopped.


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