Arrow: Legacies Review (

By:Tim Janson
Review Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012

This week’s Arrow begins with the Royal Flush Gang robbing a bank and nearly killing an off-duty cop who happened to be on the scene.  This version of the criminal gang has little to do with its comic book version and the only similarity is that they wear hockey masks painted with a different playing card symbol. 

Oliver is about to go after his latest rich, evil businessman target, surely setting up another mundane episode when, thankfully, John Diggle steps in to save the day.  Diggle wants Oliver to expand his mission to help anyone who needs his help, and not just solely focus on his list of targets.  When OIiver refuses, Diggle resorts to deception to get Oliver to go after the gang.  But unfortunately nothing is ever simple and Oliver discovers that the leader of a gang was a former employee of Oliver’s father who lost his job along with 1500 others when the work was outsourced overseas.  Oliver finds himself torn between trying to help the man but also stopping the gang before anyone else gets hurt.

Meanwhile in flashbacks to the island, Oliver finds himself depressed and suicidal until he has a hallucination of his dead father, imploring him to right his many wrongs.  Walter Steele is completely out of the picture this week as were told he is in Australia so there is no furthering of the sub-plot involving his wife’s secret recovery of the Queen yacht and dealings with the “well-dressed man”.

Diggle is thankfully thinking what we’re all thinking…Enough with the evil businessmen!  Be a hero!  While I am sure were not done with Oliver’s primary goal, hopefully he will start moving more in the direction that Diggle is trying to push him.

Beyond that, a lot of what happened this week seemed forced.  The entire father hallucination came off as contrived.  Oliver tracking down the Royal Flush Gang by taking the impression left by the high school class ring when one of the thugs punched a teller also came off as far too simplistic.  And the soap opera elements raised their ugly heads again as Tommy Merlyn is desperate to win the affections of Laurel Lance who was relegated to a minor role this week.  A disappointment after the last two strong episodes but I guess you can’t win them all. 

Mania Grade: C+
Episode: Legacies (Season 1, Episode 6)
Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy and Colin Donnell
Written By: Greg Berlanti (developer), Marc Guggenheim (developer)
Directed By: John Behring
Network: The CW