Arrow Season 4, Episode 14 “Code of Silence” (spoilers)
Bechdel-Wallace Score: 3/3 – Well the episode had one scene with Thea and Laurel that barely scored a three. I’m wondering if I should also award points based on fight scenes, since this is an action show, because the Canary/Speedy vs. Nailgun Lady fight was pretty cool.
Shukla Score: 1/3 – Three African-American characters with names in this episode, but they never spoke to each other.
Russo Score: 3/3 – Curtis Holt was on hand (with his husband) to provide some important dialogue for the episode and a significant plot development for the season. 👍 Arrow is improving it’s Russo scores quite a bit in the back half of the season.
Kittehs: 😺😺😺/5 – Three out of five kittehs is a strong rating, if not stellar, because it was a good episode, if not stellar. Great action sequences, good dialogue between the characters, and some important developments in the plot kept it interesting. Also seeing Malcolm Merlyn go from Ra’s al Ghul to handless-guy-uncomfortable-in-his-chair at a conference table was pretty delicious.
Low points: No real complaints this episode, other than when Diggle got taken down by that militant lumbersexual guy. Dig would totally have taken him on the first try, but whatever not a big deal. Oh, yes, one complaint is that I continue to object to being made to fear for William’s safety.
Highlights: Donna, Felicity’s mother, and Captain Lance were probably my two least favorite characters on the show… …until they got together. Now I just think they’re really sweet and having one of the better relationships on the show (better as in for watching, not as in better for the characters). I was also most pleased when Oliver killed Conklin. We always know Oliver is in no real danger in the flashbacks, but there is never a guarantee that the bad guys will get what is coming to them, so I’m glad when they do. The big highlight of the episode was the dialogue between Oliver and Thea. It was good brother/sister time and it was at least the second time in the whole series that Thea has discovered a big secret of Oliver’s and then reacted like a really awesome person. Yay for great sisters.
Dad edits: Well, we don’t watch this show together, although this episode might have been okay. Not a lot of gun-violence scenes (the bad guys of the week were using demolition equipment) and none of the action sequences were over the top. And nobody got tortured for information. If we did watch it, we would skip the fight with Conklin and probably the moment when Captain Lance shoots the demo squad guy. I’m not sure how I would come down on watching vs. skipping the brief moment when we see Darhk with William.
Arrow airs on The CW on Wednesdays at 8/7c