Team Arrow as we know it is over. Rene, Dinah, and Curtis have quit, leaving Oliver on his own to take on his own personal Injustice League. Things only get worse when Felicity finds out that the bunker has been bugged for months. This week on Arrow!
The episode kicks off with Cayden James confronting Jerry Bertinelli, the cousin of Helena Bertinelli aka Huntress. James wants the Star City dock which Bertinelli controls. Back at the bunker, Felicity and Curtis are putting a chip in Diggle’s arm to attempt to cure the tremors that he’s had since the Island but hear a weird echo coming from inside the room. Felicity figures out its bugged and they must tell Oliver.
Then the Green Arrow is contacted by Bertinelli who wants his help stopping James from taking the docks and Oliver agrees. Rene tells Curtis that he wants him to find a way to erase all of the evidence that the FBI has against him in Oliver’s case and Curtis agrees. Dinah is getting even friendly with Vince aka Vigilante since the last time we saw her which will lead to issues later in the episode.
Using information Bertinelli gave Oliver, Felicity is able to track James’ location and Oliver is in hot pursuit. It leads to a fight in a warehouse where it seems Oliver has the upper hand until James reveals his full team including Anatoly, Ricardo Diaz, Vigilante and Black Siren. Oliver is able to escape but the task seems more daunting than ever.
The team decides to tell Rene, Dinah, and Curtis about what’s been going on with James and his crew. Dinah is upset by the news that Vince is working with James and storms off to confront him. Oliver finds that Bertinelli is planning to run because James will kill his daughter if he doesn’t comply but Oliver gets him to agree to help defeat James.
Dinah finally confronts Vince and attempts to arrest him but is overpowered and knocked out. Rene and Curtis find out it won’t be easy to erase any incriminating evidence against Rene as Dinah walks in. They decide that to stop James they may need to devise their own plan separate from Oliver’s.
Bertinelli hires a mercenary group to help take on James’ army as a fight breaks out. Oliver is waiting for the right moment and attempts to take out Ricardo Diaz. That’s when the rest of Team James shows up and once again gets the jump on Oliver. He’s only able to escape because of bombs he has set up with John earlier. Diaz then kills Bertinelli at James request and the bad guys get the docks.
Oliver tries to make amends with his former team but they are still having issues trusting him. That leads to the announcement that they’re starting their own team which upsets Felicity. Oliver wishes them good fortune as they leave. Curtis reveals a new lair he built for B-Team Arrow which is located at the former Helix headquarters. Finally, back at the bunker, John tries out the newest chip upgrade courtesy of Curtis, you like that one? and finds that it works and he’s ready for the fields.
Arrow’s midseason return “Divided” had a pretty tall task. We all had high hopes following the reveal of Cayden James’ team at the midseason finale. I think it lived up to that task, Oliver is struggling without his team which has happened in the past and has always led to that team immediately coming back together. Not this time. It’s refreshing to see the show take familiar beats in new directions and I’m excited to see where the idea of two teams takes the show.
In terms of quality, the action sequences were phenomenal in this episode. The tracking shot in the second warehouse fight was superb and really made you a part of the action. The acting was good as always but Juliana Harkavy as Dinah really stood out. There were a couple side plots that didn’t entirely work for me, the Lance and Thea stuff seemed a bit out of place. All in all, it was a solid episode and left me wanting more. 8/10 –Jackson Hayes
Arrow airs Thursday nights at 9/8c on the CW
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the North China Sea. He returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs done by his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, he protects his city with the help of Team Arrow with former soldier John Diggle, computer-science expert Felicity Smoak, his vigilante-trained sister Thea Queen, Deputy Mayor Quentin Lance, brilliant inventor Curtis Holt, and his new recruits, street-savvy Rene Ramirez and meta-human Dinah Drake. Oliver has finally solidified and strengthened his crime-fighting team only to have it threatened when unexpected enemies from his past return to Star City, forcing Oliver to rethink his relationship with each member of his “family”.