- Arrow - Shifting Allegiances
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Yojimbo
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Posted: 30 Apr 2018 12:00 PM PDT
While the previous episode of Arrow was focused primarily on Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo), "Shifting Allegiances" splits the focus across multiple stories. We get the crime boss attempting to force Mayor Lance (Paul Blackthorne) into doing him a favor, Diggle (David Ramsey) and A.R.G.U.S. attempting follow Quadrant leads back to Diaz, Rene (Rick Gonzalez) returning to the field and working with Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) and Curtis (Echo Kellum) to attack Diaz's drug operation, and Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) attempting to convince friend-turned-enemy Anitoly (David Nykl) to turn on Diaz. Anitoly refuses Oliver's offer, but in delivering him to Diaz he gives the hero perhaps his chance to save the city in a one-on-one fight between the Arrow and the crime lord (who, unfortunately for Oliver, isn't above cheating to win a fight).
The main theme in multiple threads of this week's episode is Diaz's growing power. Oliver goes to some lengths to drive a wedge between Anitoly and Diaz, and even in defeat he may have won back on old friend. While Diggle and the vigilantes are able to put a small crimp in his new allegiance with the Quadrant, Diaz getting Quentin to bow to his wishes, beating Oliver and moving up his trial further solidify him as the season's big bad. The scenes involving Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Quentin not only underline just how dangerous Laurel believes Diaz to be, but also show how conflicted she is with some of the crime lord's recent moves. While I'm not real happy to see The CW set-up yet another trial (is Oliver going to go to jail for two weeks, too?), I am curious to see just where Laurel's actions may lead and what other surprises may arise when Diaz attempts to prove the former mayor is the Green Arrow.
Posted: 30 Apr 2018 09:00 AM PDT
The first of three episodes to guest-star Miyamoto Usagi (Yuki Matsuzaki), and the only one written by rabbit ronin creator Stan Sakai, "Yojimbo" finds the Turtles transported to an anthropomorphic dimension and hypnotized by the evil Jei (Keone Young) to kill the wandering samurai and capture the young child who is under the ronin's protection. How many ninja turtles does it take to defeat one rabbit ronin? More than four. In their confrontation, Usagi is able to knock some sense back into the turtles who agree to travel with Usagi to deliver young Kintaro (Evan Kishiyama) to the Temple of the Sky Buddha.
The best of the three-episode arc, "Yojimbo" not only gives us Usagi squaring off against the Turtles but also the group disguised as samurai fighting off the marauders who destroyed Kintaro's village. We also get Usagi telling his tale to his new friends (featuring Sakai's art during the flashbacks). While pretty much a one-not brat for the arc, Kintaro will learn some valuable lessons on the journey to the temple (the same can be said for Leonardo who butts heads with Usagi over most of the arc). Ending in a literal cliffhanger (Usagi and the group ride horses off a cliff in the closing moments of the episode), there is much more fun to be had in the remaining two episodes.
Posted: 30 Apr 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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