Though Oliver (Stephen Amell) is ready for a back-to-basics approach, Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) is now the kingmaker in Star City. And as the preview of next week’s show illustrates, he’s ready to turn the place into a proper den of thieves. Y’know, like every other crimelord Ollie has faced.
While I’m still down on this storyline, last night’s episode did provide one interesting idea: that Ollie needs to go it alone. Though the show has consistently stepped back from this idea time and again — indeed, he was only really alone for six episodes at the beginning, if even that — downsizing to Ollie, Roy (Colton Haynes, who returns full time in season 7) and maybe Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) would set the show apart from its brethren on The CW.
And, honestly, if this had been the sense of direction the whole year, it would be a stronger storyline. Then again, casting Acevedo as Diaz has done the show no favors. Just look at how much more compelling Josh Segarra’s return as a hallucination of Prometheus was in comparison.
If we presume that next year is the last for Arrow, Prometheus may have indicated who next year’s villain will be. Ollie as the straight-up bad guy would be compelling, even if it means he cannot participate in the crossover.
Arrow airs Thursdays on The CW.