Stephen Amell as The Arrow in Arrow (Season 4, ep. 2
Stephen Amell as The Arrow in Arrow (Season 4, ep. 2 "The Candidate"). Supplied by Foxtel. Photo Contributed Contributed

REVIEW: There is no better bad guy than Neal McDonough

*potential spoilers lie ahead if you haven't seen up to season four episode two*

REVIEW: NEAL McDonough can do no wrong.

He played one of my favourite villains in Justified (Robert Quarles) and again has become my favourite bad guy in Arrow.

On which format do you watch the most content?

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33%

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32%

Stan

0%

Presto

1%

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32%

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Darhk is Arrow's big bad for season four, and after two episodes has already become one of the worst Stephen Amell's Oliver Queen has faced.

Lonnie Machin (Alexander Calvert) took responsibility for that, but it took a little bit of time before Team Arrow could track him down. Machin, also known as Anarky, appears far too unhinged for even a man like Darhk, who clearly expressed his displeasure ("H.I.V.E does not believe in third chances, good night").

The Danforths were a means to an end, as the chase to find their attacker (Anarky) brought Thea Queen's issues into the spotlight.

Thea (Speedy, Willa Holland) is suffering some side effects the Lazarus Pit last season, which she (conveniently) didn't know about until this episode. Oliver used the Lazarus Pit to revive Thea, but he was warned the Pit changed whoever used it.

Speaking of the Pit, the conversations between Thea and Laurel Lance moved us one step closer to another trip to Nanda Parbat. Fans who have followed closely would know Legends of Tomorrow is in production, and that features the original Black Canary Sara Lance.We'll see more of that in next week's "Resurrection".

Prickly Captain Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne), perhaps spurred by Danforth's dauughter Madison's abduction, eased off slightly to work with Green Arrow and the rest of the team.

Meanwhile we still don't know why Captain Lance is working with Darhk, we just know that he tried to leave and was threatened by the big bad.

Perhaps Oliver's decision at the end of the episode to run for mayor can change that.

A few other things:

- Oliver Queen for mayor? It has happened in the comics, but will they do it in Arrow? Perhaps we should ask our local mayors if they have time for vigilante activity...
- Diggle was off to the sideline for the most part, though Laurel did learn he secretly investigated his brother's death for two years. Who knows where that will go.
- A new Oliver. The lighter tone and different, happier voice is the transition from the previous Hood/Arrow to the Green Arrow. There's enough negativity in Speedy...
- Speedy and Laurel are off to Nanda Parbat. It wasn't too flash for Speedy last time so it will be interesting to see what happens this time.
- Last but not least, the debut of Curtis Holt. To most he is just another Palmer Technologies employee, but he is set to eventually become Mr Terrific.

Arrow airs Thursdays at 6.30pm (AEST) on Fox 8 (Channel 108).

PREVIEW: GREEN Arrow is finally here.

The events of last season meant Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) had to abandon the "Arrow" moniker for good.

It was a move Oliver was all too happy to make: he and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) chose to leave Starling City and build a life together far away from the vigilante world.

Or so they thought.

Laurel and Thea's decision to call for Oliver's help was one he and Diggle were not particularly pleased about given their trust issues since Oliver secretly used Lyla (Diggle's wife) as part of his plan to beat Ra's al Ghul.

His return meant a new identity, and DC Comics fans finally got what they wanted when Oliver announced he was the Green Arrow.

It is a considerable shift in the character.

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32%

Stan

0%

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1%

Netflix

32%

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Now renamed Star City, Green Arrow is far more similar to the source material than Arrow was before.

So what brought Oliver Queen back to Star City?

An evil far more dangerous than ever before.

Damien Darhk, portrayed remarkably by Neal McDonough at his most sinister, is the leader of crime organisation H.I.V.E.

Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk in Arrow (Season 4, ep. 2
Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk in Arrow (Season 4, ep. 2 "The Candidate"). Supplied by Foxtel. Photo Contributed Contributed

Adding to that is Darhk's forces, which are referred to as Ghosts.

They were responsible for several murders last week, and proved to be more than handy foes for Team Arrow.

A few more things:

- Who will be the candidate referred to in the title of this episode?

- How will Diggle and Oliver's relationship develop? There are trust issues, but Deadshot told Diggle H.I.V.E were responsible for his brother's death. Will he be a team player?

- What was Quentin Lance doing with Damien Darhk?

- Who's funeral were Oliver and Barry at in the teaser? It was marked "six months later" but no other details were revealed. Who will die this season?

- Ray Palmer "died" in a blast at his offices at the end of last season, but we know he mastered The Atom suit and will return in Legends of Tomorrow. Will he return?

Arrow airs Thursdays at 6.30pm (AEST) on Fox 8 (Channel 108).



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