Last Night on “Arrow”: Sometimes Bad Guys Make the Best Good Guys

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Digg finds himself in charge of the Suicide Squad. Oliver hunts for Slade Wilson, all the while being hunted himself.

You have to admire an ensemble show that lets other characters shine. That’s what Arrow did with last night’s episode. John Diggle took the lead, both in present day as well as in flashbacks. Lucky for Arrow, David Ramsey is a fantastic actor and he was ready to shoulder the weight of the show. Then again, he does have arms like bowling balls….

Oliver’s part in the story is him trying to find Slade Wilson. To that end, he goes and bullies the local Russian mafia guy, whom I still can’t take seriously. He just seems too affable to be a ranking member of one of the world’s nastiest crime organizations. In any case, Oliver gives him his marching orders and sends him on his way.

Diggle has set himself up in front of Felicity Smoak’s house to guard her against crazy killer Australians. Felicity thinks that’s super sweet and all but she rightly points out that if Slade wants to kill her there is bugger all anyone can do about it. I am glad we got to see Diggle putting in the effort, though.

He gets a booty call from Lyla, his ex-wife turned girlfriend and member of the mysterious A.R.G.U.S.. And though he insists he doesn’t have time for it because he’s really busy with Oliver, she persists and Digg relents.

Afterwards, their happy-couples moment is shattered by the arrival of Amanda Waller. Talk about a mood-killer. Yikes. One icy stare from her would be enough to make anyone swear off sex forever. Though it must be said, her frosty expression doesn’t hold a candle to C.C.H. Pounder’s epic glares.

Waller doesn’t care about their afternoon delight. In fact, it’s convenient for her as she needs them both for a mission and it saves her the trouble of having to hunt them down. As a rule, I recommend against doing anything to inconvenience Amanda Waller. She is one serious H.B.I.C.

She needs Diggle to track down Gholem Qadir, who happens to be that amoral jackass that Diggle saved back in the ‘Stan. It seems that, surprising no one, the little slime ball has gotten into the chemical weapons business. Given that Diggle killed a kid to save the guy’s life, you can guess how John feels about the way things have turned out.

Waller introduces him to the team she has assembled. Given the title of the episode and the fact that they’ve been hyping this for weeks, it’s not a big shock to see The Suicide Squad. But hey, it’s pretty cool. I love the fact that the show got to bring in a pretty prime DC property. Certain other studios don’t let their TV shows have any of the good toys. I’m just saying….

Speaking of good toys, there was a wee cameo of someone who just has to be Harley Quinn. If they actually let her loose in the Arrow universe, I will be completely overjoyed. Though it will be hard to make her work without the Joker, and I don’t think Berlanti will ever get his hands on that famed lunatic.

Diggle’s day is just getting better as he is being told he has to work with Frank Lawton. He makes it really clear that he wants nothing to do with any of Amanda’s little psychopaths, but he is overruled.

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