Those of you who are fans of Green Arrow’s story from the DC comic book universe know that the newest villains The CW’s Arrow will come up against are actually a family. The Royal Flush Gang lives together, robs together, and fights together, and in tonight’s “Legacies” they encounter the Starling City vigilante together. Will they all make it out unscathed together, though?
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“Legacies” looks at the consequences when one family member blindly follows in another’s footsteps. In the case of the Royal Flush Gang, it becomes apparent that not all members of the gang are in on their crime sprees for the same reason. When one gets a little greedier than the others, the family has to decide if loyalty and protecting each other means always backing each other—even when one may be unnecessarily putting the others at risk.
For Oliver (Stephen Amell) himself, though, this episode taps into the intricacies of how he is following his own father’s mission—first by flashing back to his time on the island to learn how he came to find the list’s existence. It is the understanding he takes to heart, even if somewhat silently and stoicly about the cost of putting someone else’s mission ahead of one’s self that sets up the most conflict—both internally and with his family and friends to come. Amell wears it all on his face and proves that the most interesting details of his character are ones not even explicitly expressed.
The fight sequences are always strong in Arrow, but we have to admit this episode had an especially fun one when Oliver was interrupted by a security guard armed with a gun, but he barked at the guy “I’ve got this.” And even though he was taking on more than one person, he really did have the situation under control, and he wanted to take them down on his terms. The remorse he felt from the consequences of the security guard not listening was a nice color. Usually when Oliver slips on the hood, he becomes almost machine-like in his movements. He literally slips into a different mindset and gets lost in the mesmerizing dance that are his fight sequences. But here, he snapped out of it for a very real, very touching, very human moment that may have been the most he has actually shown of his true self with anyone since he’s been back.
And that includes Diggle (David Ramsey). While “Legacies” shows more of Diggle and Oliver training together, Oliver is really only letting his new partner into one specific part of his life. He has yet to really open up and share just why he has become what he has become. The two are men’s men in the purest sense of the term: they work out together, but they don’t talk much. It’s an arrangement that isn’t working as fluidly as it could be, though, so perhaps this will change in the future…
Additionally, we finally get to see a little more of Tommy (Colin Donnell), who is dead set on proving to Laurel (Katie Cassidy) that he’s a good guy. Unfortunately, he’s also a little oblivious (so, you know, he’s a guy) because he asks Thea (Willa Holland) for help with how to do that. He is so vague in his words that Thea gets the wrong impression, but at the end of the day, Tommy choosing to not take advantage of a young girl’s crush may be the best way he can prove his maturity to Laurel after all.
Similarly, this episode also allows us to see a slightly lighter side of Oliver—and his family. Though Moira (Susanna Thompson) is becoming increasingly disappointed in just how often her son shows up late for functions– or misses them altogether (seriously, why doesn’t she press him when he says he has “things” to take care of?)—he takes a moment to spend some sweet quality time with her. Depending on just how involved she is in the corruption he is taking down, in hindsight this break in the ice to allow for closeness may become more tragic, though.
Arrow airs on The CW on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. “Legacies” airs on November 14th 2012.
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