While Team Arrow seemed nearly decimated at the end of season 4, the early episodes of season 5 have been gradually putting the band back together — though not always in the way we’d expect. Former police captain Quentin Lance and former costumed crimefighter Thea Queen have new jobs on Oliver’s mayoral staff, and while busting Diggle out of prison wasn’t an ideal way to reunite, it does bring him a lot closer than his self-exile to the military.
Arrow hasn’t just been circling back to its origins, however; it’s also added some fresh vigilante blood. While it’s still a work in progress, Oliver’s been getting some much-needed help from young recruits Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez), Curtis Holt/Mr. Terrific (Echo Kellum), Evelyn Sharp/Artemis (Madison McLaughlin), and Rory Regan/Ragman (Joe Dinicol).
The new Team Arrow often finds itself in an Oliver-against-everyone-else mode, and judging from this newly-released synopsis from The CW, it looks like upcoming episode “Vigilante” offers up another thorny issue for debate.
DOLPH LUNDGREN “ROCKY” GUEST STARS – When the bodies of two criminals are dropped at SCPD, Oliver (Stephen Amell) realizes there is a new Vigilante in Star City. The team is split about whether they should stop someone who is helping keep the city safe. Diggle (David Ramsey) is frustrated with his new situation and Thea (Willa Holland) fights for Lance (Paul Blackthorne) who confesses a shocking secret. Meanwhile, in the flashbacks, Oliver finally sits down with Konstantin Kovar (guest star Dolph Lundgren).
Fans have been waiting for district attorney Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) to become the comic book character Vigilante, and little clues have been scattered in the season 5 episodes – including Chase stating he was rethinking his hardline views on vigilante justice after he was rescued by the young Team Arrow in “Penance.” As Segarra explained recently, “now I’m getting to tell that backstory and we get to tell the biggest pieces and get to show him becoming who he is before episode 7.”
Arrow has been doing a better job this season at integrating the flashbacks into the episodes, even mirroring some dialogue of Oliver’s in the past with Chase’s in the present. So that connection will be continued with the reveal of Vigilante in the same episode as flashback-Ollie finally capitalizing on his Bratva cred and getting in a room with Kovar, and possibly honoring Taiana’s dying wish.
Sometimes the Arrowverse has fairly cardboard villains who don’t provide much excitement, so it will be a huge step up to see Lundgren work the badass persona he’s honed in a solid career of action films, including roles in the Rocky and Expendables franchises. That and the Vigilante reveal are enough to make this an episode worth tuning in for, and it looks like we’ll get some bonus drama from Diggle and Lance.
Arrow continues next Wednesday with ‘Human Target’ at 8pm on The CW.
Source: CW (via CBM)