Thwip! Watch – Arrow S01E17 – “Kapiushon”

Thwip! Watch is all about what goes on our screens, namely TV. Whether CW or Fox or NBC or what-have-you, you can be sure that we here at Thwip! have been watching it. Today we are going to talk about Arrow.

So we are spending more time in the Russian flashbacks, which are great, ’cause dumbass Oliver is the funnest Oliver to spend time with (also Dolph Lundgren is back! Has a pretty decent fight scene too). All the actors try so hard to maintain their Russian accent, it’s kind of amusing.

Anyways, as for the story itself, kind of similar to the Hong Kong story, though Oliver doesn’t have the same supporting cast (I miss Katana and her hubby, they were adorable and crazy). I like how they are trying to show the darkness of Oliver (and it’s so ironic that he is getting advice from the one and only KGBeast), they should have worked this angle a little earlier in the season, but hey, I will take what I can get.

The present day story of Prometheus trying to torture the “secret” out of Oliver is over-the-top, batshit and unhinged, making for sufficiently delicious drama (though no clear endgame to the overall story).

Small shout out Stephen Amell for his acting, sure it’s not Oscar grade, but he does his job with aplomb, total workhorse of a guy who is selling the crap out of his character.

An interesting build up for the end of season, I hope they manage to stick the landing, am really rooting for them (’cause this season is still heaps better than season 4).

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