Arrow Review: “Suicidal Tendencies”

I wasn’t always me, either.

Team Arrow battles Ollie’s doppelganger while Diggle and Lyla spend their honeymoon on a Suicide Squad mission.

Title: “Suicidal Tendencies”

Cast and Crew
Director: Jesse Warn
Writer: Keto Shimizu

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
David Ramsay as John Diggle
Audrey Marie Anderson as Lyla Michaels
Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer / Atom
Michael Rowe as Deadshot
Colton Haynes as Roy Harper / Arsenal
Katie Cassidy as Dinah “Laurel” Lance / Black Canary
Amy Gumenick as Carrie Cutter / Cupid
Karl Yune as Maseo Yamashiro
Willa Holland as Thea Queen
Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance
Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Amanda Waller/ White Queen
Stephen Culp as Senator Joseph Cray
Christina Cox as Mayor Castle
Erika Walter as Susan Lawton
Keri Adams as Bethany Snow


Diggle and Lyla have a public ceremony to celebrate their wedding—but get drawn into Suicide Squad business on the honeymoon. Team Arrow tries to track down Ra’s’s faux Arrow, but encounters another opponent: the Atom.

High Point

Deadshot’s backstory proves that flashbacks can still work in this show; they just need to have something to do with the plot.

Low Point

The show really needs to stop calling attention to how easily everyone would learn the masked heroes’ secret identities.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/5

Brandon Routh makes you feel
he’s a cool exec who played man of steel…

In addition to Atom-as-Iron Man, we have a main plot where heroes misunderstand each other and fight—and the enemy is a duplicate of the hero. The subplot fares better, in terms of originality, story, and emotional impact.

Effects: 4/6 The episode features some obvious CGI, both in the fiery exploding building and the flying imitative Atom.

Acting: 4/6 The subplot also features stronger acting, overall.

Story: 4/6

Emotional Response: 4/6

Production: 5/6 The episode accomplishes a fair bit on a budget.

Overall: 4/6

In total, “Suicidal Tendencies” receives 28/42

4 replies on “Arrow Review: “Suicidal Tendencies””

  1. Loved the change-up in flashbacks but I almost think they skipped around too much.

    I still don’t like the atom suit sfx, it was good to see him get taken down a peg though, Ray was way too overconfident in the tech. Something tells me if he was read in on the whole LoA backstory he’d be a little more wary about what he was doing.

    I’m a sucker for unrequited love stories so of course I can’t get enough of Cupid. Her rapid change of target was predictable yet that did not detract from its hilarity.

    And I find it very hard to believe that the death will stick.

  2. TOTALLY agree about the Low Point.
    This show has really been a disappointment this season and some of last season. I hope it gets better soon.

    • I would have preferred more plausible disguises, but I’m okay with accepting the comic-book convention that the masks work, and the vigilantes never get tracked to their lair.
      Until they keep demonstrating to us every two or three episodes that anyone with half a brain would be able to see through the disguises.

      • So much truth. They either need to decide to stick with “comic book physics” or do something a little more “deceptive” than plain old masks…

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