Last night's Arrow was very… odd. I expected a bit of a letdown after last week's Constantine episode, but they flew right into the save Ray Palmer story and that seemed like a good idea. But at the same time that's where the wheels seem to be coming off. Damien Darhk is an extremely patient person it seems. His army of soldiers that were so bad that Thea and Laurel had to go convince Oliver to return suddenly slowed down to allow Oliver to run for Mayor, a trip to the spa that is Nanda Parbat for Thea, Laurel and Sara's corpse, Felicity to track down Ray's message and put together a rescue mission while Oliver is texting with Donna Smoak. In all that time, Darhk sent one assassin after Oliver, Doubledown… who failed.
The Flash had a similar hiccup when the Zoom storyline got interrupted to help Captain Cold and his family and then to create a new Firestorm… except it wasn't as noticeable over there as the Zoom story is only now really picking up urgency.
That is most likely caused by serving two masters this season, the overall story and setting up DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Looks like next week it's back to dealing with HIVE and the return of another believed dead person… that's the third in three weeks… before both shows go into the 8th episode crossover featuring Vandal Savage. Hopefully that will end the speed bumps and the series can move forward on their main stories.
Below is a video of showrunner Wendy Mericle talking about last nights episode and then the extended trailer for the next.
Arrow airs Wednesday at 8 PM on the CW.