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Arrow gets a bit preachy with “Spectre of the Gun.” After a shooting in city hall that leaves multiple victims injured or dead, the show’s response isn’t for Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) to suit up and track down the killer but instead for Mayor to take a hard look at his position on guns and examine what the Mayor can do that Green Arrow cannot. For most of the episode the arguments in favor and against stricter gun laws are handled by Curtis (Echo Kellum) and Rene (Rick Gonzalez) who go twelve rounds about guns in the hands of private citizens and whether or not they help or hurt the public good. Flashbacks this week aren’t from Ollie’s time in Russia but from Rene’s past where we learn more about events which led him to pick up a hockey mask and crystallized his view on guns. The usually opinionated Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), however, is cast in the role of Switzerland trying to keep the peace on a topic she believes can never be worked out.

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The search for the escaped General Walker (Garry Chalk) and his stolen nuclear weapon take Oliver (Stephen Amell) and company to Russia where he’ll be forced to make some hard choices to prevent Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) from both going down a dangerous road. Getting the information they need from Anatoly (David Nykl) means opening a door to his past and letting the Bratva back into his life which will likely have lasting consequences for everyone connected to Star City’s Mayor.

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Green Arrow #16 begins with a happy reunion but ends in tragedy. The return of Emiko Queen certainly lightens Oliver’s recent hardships which include being hunted by the Seattle Police, having Oliver Queen thought dead, and living in the forest as a modern day outlaw.

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Here’s what you may have missed on RazorFine Review this weekend. Check out the reviews of Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Hawaii Five-0, and the first issue of Darth Maul.

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Arrow wastes no time in explaining the cliffhanger where Ollie (Stephen Amell) ran into Laurel (Katie Cassidy) in the Arrow Cave at the end of the last episode. First explaining she was brought back to life through the time traveling adventures of her sister, Laurel’s true story is revealed to be something far different. Turns out she’s not this Laurel at all. She’s actually Earth-2’s Black Siren recruited by Prometheus (who sounds more and more like Michael Dorn every week) to further frustrate Oliver.

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In a packed football stadium and framed for the murder of the star quarterback during the middle of the game, Green Arrow #14 reveals the identity of the latest villain to torture Green Arrow to be the Dark Archer Malcolm Merlyn. The pair’s fight around the packed stadium may clear the Emerald Archer’s name for now, but with Merlyn still at large there’s likely to be plenty of more carnage to come.

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Arrow‘s mid-season finale moves beyond the Vigilante and Invasion! story arcs to center its attention back on the season’s looming big bad, Prometheus. Offering flashbacks to Oliver‘s (Stephen Amell) early days as Starling City’s vigilante (his costume has certainly gotten better), “What We Leave Behind” begins to fill in gaps about who Prometheus is and why he has a vendetta against Green Arrow (although I would have been more impressed if they actually tied it to First Season episode rather than filming new scenes). From their encounters it’s obvious the Church didn’t tell the villain anything he didn’t know, as Prometheus would have had to know Oliver’s identity years ago to retrace the man’s steps and train with at least one of the same masters (which doesn’t quite jibe with the villain’s actions since arriving in Star City as he only begin to focus on Oliver after Church’s deathbed confession).

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The Invasion! crossover continues, focusing mainly on current and former Arrow cast members who are abducted by the Dominators and thrown into a virtual-reality world in which Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Thea‘s (Willa Holland) parents are still alive, Diggle (David Ramsey) is the Green Arrow, and Oliver is set to marry Laurel (Katie Cassidy). Haunted by memory flashes of their true lives, Oliver, Thea, Diggle, Ray (Brandon Routh), and Sara (Caity Lotz) come together to fight their way out of the fake reality and back into the real world where they wake up to discover they are aboard a Dominator mother ship in outer space.

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Now this is more like it. The big four-part crossover which was teased (but not actually begun) last night on Supergirl gets started here with the arrival of the Dominators on Earth. For those not familiar with the aliens, the Dominators were first introduced back in the 60s but made their most notable splash in DC Comics in 1989 as part of the Invasion! (good name) mini-series. Realizing he can’t stop the alien threat alone, Barry (Grant Gustin) enlists the help of Team Arrow (including the retired Thea), the Legends, and even hops universes to bring back Supergirl (Melissa Benoist). Although Barry doesn’t take naturally to leading, the team follows him… at least until they discover about Flashpoint whose effects continue to be discovered as one Legend learns he now has a loving daughter he has never met.

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Taking place on the ocean floor, Green Arrow #10 sends Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Diggle aboard the maiden voyage of the Trans-Pacific Railway known as the Empire Express where they find evidence of drug smuggling and murder.

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