Arrow ‘Docket 11-19-41-73’ Episode Review – The People vs Oliver Jonas Queen

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Arrow Season 6 continued its resurgence with yet another strong episode, ‘Docket 11-19-41-73’.

The recent upturn in quality of Arrow Season 6 continued with ‘Docket 11-19-41-73’. After a string of better episodes, this time we were met with the trial of Oliver Queen. After Ricardo Diaz pulled some strings last week, Oliver’s trial was brought forward. Finally, the people would see their former mayor answer for his crimes.

I should start by congratulating the production team who, for once, didn’t spoil any of the surprise returns in the opening credits. So, if you managed to avoid the trailers, you’ll have actually been surprised by the developments in this episode.

Oliver was standing trial due to his actions as the Green Arrow. The tension was evident throughout the episode as he answered for his crimes. A number of members of Team Arrow took the stand to give evidence, but it was Rene’s testimony that was the most incriminating.

The moment when Ricardo Diaz walked into the courtroom with Rene’s daughter was beautifully done. You could really feel the tension as it dawned on Rene that Zoe could be in danger. Then the silent exchange between Oliver and Rene spoke volumes. It was clear to see, even without words, that Oliver understood that Rene couldn’t win. He simply had to do what was best for his daughter.

As Rene revealed to everyone that Oliver was actually the Green Arrow, it seemed that all was lost. That was until we had our surprise guest appearance from none other than Tommy Merlyn — in the Green Arrow suit no less.

The Real Green Arrow?

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While Oliver is giving his testimony, the trial is suddenly interrupted when the Green Arrow comes crashing through the skylight. When he reveals himself to be Tommy, Oliver is clearly stunned, just as the rest of the courtroom is. It’s here that Tommy tells the court that he faked his own death during the Undertaking.

He went on to explain just how he’d survived and how Roy Harper had lied to protect his identity. Suffice to say, Tommy is escorted away on the spot. The true magic of this scene is the look on Stephen Amell’s face. His performance in this episode was fantastic and he had a lot of heavy material to deal with.

Tommy’s deception would have been absolutely perfect but for one tiny issue. The trailers for this episode had revealed his return. If this hadn’t happened the moment would have had a lot more impact. There’s also the fact that the opening scene gave a lot away.

We’re met with Diggle generally being a badass while on a mission for ARGUS. After shooting his way through a load of men, we discover that he’s rescuing someone. It was when the man he rescued spoke that it became clear that this man was Christopher Chance – the Human Target.

If it wasn’t so obvious that Diggle was rescuing Chance, then the whole episode could have worked even better. Perhaps even if Diggle’s scene wasn’t the very first thing we saw. I clocked straight away that it was Wil Traval and immediately put the pieces together.

Rene’s Redemption

Another key element of this episode was the reconciliation between Oliver and Rene. It was Rene who caused the unceremonious split of Team Arrow when he revealed that he was the witness in the case against Oliver. From them on, it’s safe to say that the two men haven’t got on very well.

All the way through the episode, we see that Rene is keen to help Oliver. He even goes so far as to ask Dinah to help him prepare for the trial so that he doesn’t crack. Rene went through quite an arc in this episode and Rick Gonzalez played it really well.

Based on the handshake at the end of the episode, it seems that Oliver and Rene have made up. Perhaps this is the beginning of a reunion for Team Arrow heading into the final episodes of the season.

As Season 6 draws to a close, we’re finally gaining momentum. Even though ‘Docket 11-19-41-17’ brought an end to some of the more tedious storylines of the season, this was still a strong episode. After things went wrong for Diaz, his goals have changed and he now wants to kill Oliver Queen. There was even the beginning of Black Siren standing up to Diaz.

A lot was packed into this episode and it managed to deliver. Hopefully, the final episodes of the season continue in the same vain. The reveal that Diaz was the real villain was the catalyst for much better episodes — let’s hope that continues.

Check out our review of Arrow episode‘The Dragon’ here.

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