Synopsis: Amanda Waller has created a so-called “suicide squad” consisting of captured criminals including Bronze Tiger, Deadshot and Shrapnel and has enlisted Diggle to be in charge of them for their first mission to extract a nerve gas agent from a terrorist’s home.
Details: The Nearly-All-Diggle episode has Diggle meeting up with CIA-like figure Amanda Waller [Cynthia Addai Robinson], who has created a so-called “suicide squad” composed of captured criminals such as Bronze Tiger, Deadshot and Shrapnel. She would like Diggle and Lila – but mostly Diggle – to lead the squad in a mission to liberate some nerve gas agent from a terrorist’s home. Sounds easy enough but there’s a catch…the criminals all have bombs and GPS units implanted in their heads in case they get funny and try to escape.
Meanwhile, back at the Arrow Lair, Oliver is still strategizing how he is going to either kill or shake Slade from his trail and decides that distancing himself from Sara might be a good place to begin because he figures Slade will target Sara in an attempt to get to him.
With Diggle leading the task force – aka suicide squad – trying to pin down the terrorist, Shrapnel decides he’s had enough and bolts but conveniently forgets that he has a GPS bomb implanted in his head and Amanda merely blows him up real good with the press of a button on her desk. At least we think he gets killed because we only see a black plume of smoke and nobody ever seems to really die on this show.
In flashback mode, Diggle’s Afghanistan days are replayed to give backstory to the terrorist du jour and how he met Lila but nothing more of any real interest.
Arrow/Oliver is still trying to figure out how to deal with a seemingly omnipresent Slade. First, he tries to go to his Russian friends but Slade figures that out and kills the big Russian chief and seems to be “shadowing” every step that Arrow makes.
Diggle makes somewhat of a tenuous bond between himself and Deadshot [despite the fact Deadshot killed Diggle’s brother] and when Diggle finds that Amanda Walelr has called in a drone strike to destroy both the nerve gas agent and Deadshot at the same time, they collude – along with Lila and Bronze Tiger – to save Deadshot’s life [at least temporarily].
Finally at his wit’s end, Arrow turns to Amanda Waller to help him fend off and/or kill Slade Wilson.
The Poop and Skinny: Markovia is – alas – not a fictional neighbor of Genovia in the realm of fake European countries. Markovia was born in the DC Comics universe and is generally located in eastern Europe while Genovia [of “Princess Diaries” fame] is located in western Europe between France and Spain [probably right next door to Andorra].
Felicity claims she was a lacrosse player in college but – alas, again – she attended Vancouver Film School as her alter-ego, Emily Bett Rickards and VFS was not known for its kick-ass lacrosse team.
In flashback mode, Afghanistan looks an awful lot like southern California or a rock quarry near Vancouver or just about anywhere but actual Afghanistan. Maybe they should have tried North Dakota – credibility issue #658.
Slade takes another breather and the long-lost Helena the Huntress returns next week in the “Birds of Prey” episode on March 26.
Burning question for the next episode of “Arrow” – With so many ex-girlfriends of the various male characters roaming around, how long until there is an all-out ex-Girlfriend Death Match?
As always – it is important to remember that, at any juncture where the situation appears to be dire for Arrow/Oliver and his very life may be in danger – there would be no more show [and therefore no more money to be made] if he were to die. You continue to be welcome.