The Bug-Eyed Bandit came to Star City as Team Arrow gained a new ally.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
Arrow’s fourth season has been an improvement over the third in several ways, but the biggest reason is the added emphasis on humor. Just because Star City is a hellhole doesn’t mean these characters can’t crack a smile now and then. However, the humor has slowly drained out of the picture in recent episodes as Ollie’s life has gone down the tubes yet again. “Beacon of Hope” was a welcome reminder that, even in the midst of Ollie and Felicity’s awkward split, the show knows how to have fun. Maybe a little too much fun at times.
It felt like this episode was taking a few extra cues from The Flash, including borrowing the Season 1 villain Brie Larvin (Masters of Sex’s Emily Kinney), better known as The Bug-Eyed Bandit. Larvin offered a much bigger-scale threat than Ollie and friends are used to dealing with, surrounding the Palmer Tech building with an army of robo-bees and summoning an invulnerable sentinel to trade blows with the Green Arrow. Good thing Ollie had two tech genius assistants to fall back on this week.
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