Progressive/Nerd/Parent Review (spoilers)
Arrow Season 4, Episode 16 “Broken Hearts”
Bechdel-Wallace Score: 1/3 – A lot of women doing a lot of stuff in this episode, but always with and/or about men.
Shukla Score: 1/3 – Two named persons of color in this episode, but they did not interact. They aren’t even in the same time frame. Do better! Besides, the court proceedings would’ve made more sense if Diggle’s brother had been there.
Russo Score: 0/3 – There is no LGBTQ representation in this episode. Boo!
Kittehs: 😾😺/5 – While I did enjoy the court scenes, nothing else in this episode really worked for me. Two kittehs would have easily pulled me away from the show. The first kitteh is angry because the episode starts with two innocent people getting murdered for being in love. Second kitteh is the one enjoying the court scenes, but otherwise this week’s Arrow never recovered from its bad start.
Low points: Oliver and Felicity broke up for like the 97th time, then made up ish, then broke up for the 98th time. To make matters worse the bad guy of the week was Cupid, the show’s least interesting and most creepy villain. The fake wedding was full of Olicity blah blah and Cupid yada yada. And of course the beginning, where as I mentioned the writers decided to try to make Cupid seem serious by having her commit cold blooded murder only to fail and leave us with a very unpleasant and unserious opening. But I digress.
Highlights: Well it is nice when the Lances get something to do and they surely did this week in court. I genuinely enjoyed watching Darhk get taken down a couple notches without any punching or shooting involved. The only other highlight of this episode was the preview for next week, because get me out of here.
Dad edits: The cold (blooded) opening is a great example of why I don’t watch this show with my kid. If he was old enough to watch it I would tell him to have real breakups, not long drawn out breakups that are end up being their own kind of relationship like the people on tv.
Arrow airs on The CW on Wednesdays at 8/7c