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  • Episode: Suicide Squad (Season 2, Episode 16)
  • Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Caity Lotz
  • Written By: Keto Shimizu & Bryan Q. Miller
  • Directed By: Larry Teng
  • Network: The CW
  • Studio: Warner Brothers, DC Comics
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Arrow: Suicide Squad Review

Meet the Suicide Squad

By Tim Janson     March 20, 2014
Source: Mania.com


Arrow: Suicide Squad Review
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My initial thought upon seeing the members of the Suicide Squad for the first time was “Shapnel Sucks.”  Apparently the show’s writers knew that as well and quickly addressed that issue—permanently!  This week’s episode is largely devoted to John Diggle.  We get flashbacks to his days serving in Afghanistan and saving the life of an illegal arms dealer named Gholem Qadir who quickly becomes the source of valuable intel for the U.S. Government.  In present day, Diggle and ex-wife and A.R.G.U.S. Agent Lyla Michaels have been recruited by Amanda Waller to lead her “Task Force X” better known as the Suicide Squad.  Since being freed, Qadir has become a terrorist and developed a deadly nerve gas that is housed below a mansion in Markovia.  Diggle and his team consisting of Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, and Shrapnel are assigned to recover the nerve agent.  When the weapon proves too large to remove, Waller orders an unmanned drone to hit the mansion with a missile.  

Oliver, meanwhile, is trying to track down Slade Wilson and using his Russian contacts to do so.  However he is making this a one man crusade, refusing help from Sara and shutting out everyone else in his life.  Even when Oliver finally thinks he has found Wilson, he instead finds the body of one of his Russian friends with an arrow through his eye.  Recognizing Wilson seems to be a step ahead, Oliver has no choice but to enlist Sara’s aid…and one more person’s…In a surprise development we learn that Oliver knows Amanda Waller and apparently their relationship dates back to the island.  She informs Oliver that A.R.G.U.S. has been tracking a new mercenary who has left a trail of bodies to Starling City whom they have named “Deathstroke”.  They both realize that Deathstroke and Slade Wilson are on in the same.

I have to admit to being a little bit disappointed that the initial lineup of the Suicide Squad only included three members.  If you’re a fan of the comic you know that the team has had a wide and diversified membership over the years and it would have been cool to maybe see some new characters brought in this way.  However, if you were paying close attention you heard a squeaky female voice coming from one of the A.R.G.U.S. cells offering therapy to Diggle and Lyla.  This was no doubt supposed to be Harley Quinn who was a Psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum and is a current member of the Squad in DC’s New 52.  Hopefully down the road we will see new members…perhaps Plastique to replace Shrapnel, Killer Frost, or Cluemaster…relatively minor villains who would fit into a TV show well.

Speaking of poor Shrapnel, his “termination” certainly showed that this Amanda Waller is as tough and no-nonsense as her comic book version.  She sees the members of the Squad as expendable assets and proves it by killing Shrapnel when he tries to escape during the mission.  Although I have to ask the question, didn’t the members know they had an implant inside of them?  You’d think Waller would at least give them the warning not to try and run because, you know…your head will explode!

Credit the writers for juggling the cast for optimum use.  There was no Thea, Det. Lance, or Roy this week, very little Felicity or Moira except for one scene, and only a small dose of Laurel and Sara.  If they’re not integral to the story then why use them?  The introduction of the Suicide Squad wasn’t as grand as you might have wanted but it looks like they and A.R.G.U.S. will be around for the long haul and that’s a good thing.

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Iridan 3/20/2014 12:39:06 PM

I don't know, I was kind of bored during the episode. Maybe I would have liked it more if I read the comics. It just didn't seem to go anywhere for me.

Good catch on Shrapnel. I didn't consider that. They probably all knew about the implant, so I highly doubt he would have run.

It seemed convienent that Laurel was at the bar at such opportune times. Sloppy writing.

This used to be my favorite show, but it's starting to lose some of my interest. I think there are just getting to be too many characters and too many know Oliver's alternate identity. Again, this might be how it is in the comics, I don't know. I still like the show, but I prefer season 1 to season 2.

javaone 3/20/2014 12:48:39 PM

I really liked the episode. First and foremost, that Easter egg of Harley Quinn locked up in the A.R.G.U.S. cell was unexpected and had me grinning from ear to ear. Also, I like the way they played up the love/hate relationship between Diggle and Deadshot. The writers seem to be giving us some better character development that adds to the overall story. There were some minor things that annoyed me, though...

First, Oliver tells Felicity that Slade Wilson is good at keeping a low profile, yet a government agent has a clear as day photo of Deathstroke. Now, shouldn't it be the other way around? Seems a photo of Slade would be more likely than a photo of one of the most ruthless assassins in DC comics. I dunno...

Also, while I understand they have to move the story along really really fast in an hour episode, it was just a little too easy for the SS team to be able to quickly find, remove and dispose of the tracking device in Deadshot's eyepiece just seconds before a Hellfire missile hit them. But I'm probably nitpicking...

Great, solid acting job this episode! Glad to see they got a meatier storyline to use Diggle in, and it was good to see how Oliver is finally admitting that he doesn't know how to beat Slade.

BunyonSnipe 3/20/2014 1:43:13 PM

Is it just me, or does anyone else think they are leading up to a big reveal, regarding Bruce Wayne?

I think they may have a throwaway line about some 'Crazy Gotham Billionaire' jumping out of a window thinking he could fly, or something along those lines...

There is another possibility of course, what if seeing his parents murdered in front of him sent the young Bruce Wayne insane, and HE instead became THE JOKER!?

but with with the resources of a Batman?

How about MICHAEL KEATON playing Bruce Wayne as THE JOKER?

Arrrgh, sorry cannot get this idea out of my head now :P

CaptAmerica04 3/20/2014 1:52:32 PM

A good episode, but I don't think it was an A.  More like a solid B.  There was a lot of squandered potential, and, for the first time since I started watching Arrow, I felt like the production values and script were more akin to something we'd have seen in "Smallville."  Aside from the "cameo" of Harley Quinn, I really didn't see much in this episode to get excited about.

Likewise, the trailer for next week's "Birds of Prey" looks to disappoint, as we have no female character team-up and what looks to be nothing more than a catfight between Huntress and Sara Lance.  I'm not optimistic.  Hopefully they will get back on track and tighten the show back up for the last few episodes of the season.

 

CaptAmerica04 3/20/2014 1:53:22 PM

Oh, as for the implant, Deadshot makes a comment that he knew about it, so why didn't Shrapnel?  This was sloppy writing IMHO.

BunyonSnipe 3/20/2014 2:10:57 PM

Shrapnel might just not have given a shit!

tjanson 3/20/2014 2:14:57 PM

 ACTUALLY THIS ONE SHOULD BE A "B" GRADE.  i WILL UPDATE IT

DrGrammar 3/20/2014 3:20:03 PM

Great REIVEW !!!!

Eldogg42 3/21/2014 6:24:33 AM

I'll admit i'm not as familiar with the DC storylines as I am with Marvel, especially Suicide Squad.  I'm sure its the same as Marvel's Thunderbolts.  Both teams are set up usually with some type of head exploding implant. I'm sure that Shrapnel and the rest of the team (Villians) were aware of the implant.  But Shrapnel was more of the anti-government wants to make a statement type of character.  So he probably didn't care about the implant.

jonniej1017 3/21/2014 9:49:16 AM

NIT PICKING!!  everyone.. and Tim Janson.. tisk tisk for u listening to these guys and changing your original GRADE.. very disapointed in you.. shows that you are weak and easily influenced. Dont do it again!!! The show was good. It was setting us up for weeks to come. No body bitches when we see Darly and Beth for an hour just talking in TWD. Doing absolutely NOTHING the entire show!!  This episode had some cool action.  I thought it was great that diggle ran downstairs to save Deadshot. and that he was the target NOT the house... "umm deadshot stand right next to the toxin.. I want to get a good picture for my FB page" " hold that pose for just 10 more minutes..  thank you.. LMAO. 

And the voice of Harley in the jail cell was very cool.. I cant wait to Bruce Wayne!!  AND  where the hell is FLASH???  is he making an appearance this season or what????

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