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Last week on Arrow, the one known as Prometheus made his presence officially known to Ollie and the gang. He caused some trouble in the city and started killing random people. Or not so random, as it turned out, since each person was linked to Oliver’s original kill list in a roundabout way. There was a bit of internal trouble with the team, but in the end everything worked out. Except that the identity of Prometheus may be someone close to Team Arrow, which could cause some significant problems in the near future. This time around, it’s a mostly filler episode with ‘Vigilante’, and the filler really shows.

We begin with what appears to be yet another Arrow vs. introductionary bad guy fight, as per the usual Arrow format. A human trafficking ring is being busted up, but it turns out the one doing the busting isn’t The Green Arrow at all, but a new street hero who goes by the name of Vigilante.

Back at the Arrow Cave, the team is getting in some training while Ollie tries to figure out what Prometheus might be doing next. But the main bad guy will have to wait for a while, because Vigilante is their new target. When a group of bank robbers try to do bank robbing stuff, the new guy shows up and KOs one of them. So now it’s up to Team Arrow to scour the streets looking for clues on where they can find their new friend.

Arrow -- "Vigilante" -- Image AR507b_353b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/The Green Arrow and Vigilante, -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Luckily for them, the bank robbers are a little thick-headed and go after yet another target, attracting Vigilante to come and get them. This gives Oliver a chance to have a face-to-face with his rival, though, in typical stubborn fashion, no headway is made. The next step involves finding the chief bank robber and protecting him, which partially works. And, finally, Oliver decides to fake a bank robbery of his own. Their boy shows up and they have another chat, another brawl and, yes, another escape.

In the meanwhile, we have a return of the “Oliver’s Conscience” subplot echoing through the story. He gets a few encouraging words from his new lady-friend and his heart-to-heart with Vigilante helps as well. So Oliver is back to being Oliver. Again. At least for now. Until the writers decide they want to bring this back…

We also see Lance dealing with the aftermath of his strange revelation. He lets Thea in on the joke and the conclusion is that Lance is being targeted by Prometheus because the big baddie knows that The Green Arrow is actually Oliver Queen. So what’s the best solution in dealing with a potentially volatile situation? Ship Lance off to rehab.

And, in the past, Oliver discovers that the Bratva and Konstantin Kovar have made a deal and are now working together. It seems that our hero can’t trust anyone when it comes to getting his kill list started.

Arrow -- "Vigilante" -- Image AR507a_0377b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen and Dolph Lundgren as Konstantin Kovar -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

While it was nice to see Vigilante show up, if for no other reason than the fact that I grew up with his obscure comic line, this episode was definitely 90 percent filler. What’s more, the interactions with Vigilante were repetitive and barely scratched the surface of who the character actually is. They may be able to bring him back and delve deeper into the character, but his arrival was little more than an excuse to have the team get into another brawl and to have Oliver struggle with another crisis of conscience. Not exactly the most skilled writing, IMO.

And, unfortunately, the list of bad/annoying things this episode far outweigh the good things. Oliver’s crisis of conscience moments are a replay of previous seasons, so there was nothing new there. Many of the actors felt like they were phoning it in, making some of the scenes nearly unwatchable. And the little twist at the end was yet another in a long line of little twists designed to keep viewers coming back but, at this point in Arrow’s five-year lifespan, have become a cliché.

Basically, the episode was a series of short, unexciting fights interrupted by subplots that felt mostly useless to the overall development of the show. It could just be an unfortunate road bump along the way to greatness, or it could signal the decline of the interesting stuff going on in Arrow season 5. For fans’ sake, let us hope it is the former.

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