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Arrow‘s sixth season has been interestingly uneven and messy to this level, however the one continuously right thing about it has been Michael Emerson’s efficiency as Cayden James. Initially, it became as soon as easy to ravishing to deliver Emerson became as soon as doing the identical thing he continuously does — enjoying a chilly, reserved brainiac. However because the season has worn on, it’s been obvious that wasn’t the case. As Cayden, Emerson became as soon as bloody gross and has brought a gargantuan quantity of emotion to Cayden’s quite unoriginal quest for revenge. Unfortunately, all right things must come to an cease. In tonight’s episode, we had to sigh this vastly talented actor goodbye.
In an strive to originate to Emerson’s curtain call, “The Satan’s Honorable Trick” aspects flashbacks to the time earlier than Cayden went paunchy supervillain. While the flashbacks aren’t the strongest (fragment of me desires the sigh would ravishing abandon the gimmick fully since now not one amongst those this season had been in particular efficient), it does give Emerson a possibility to play a queer, softer side of Cayden. Eighteen months within the past, Cayden became as soon as simply a hacktivist who sucked at being a father. Unfortunately, upright as he became as soon as making an are trying to salvage his act collectively for his son, he became as soon as arrested, and it fell on his captors to sigh him of his son’s assassinate. Emerson played Cayden’s heartbreak completely, and these flashbacks on the least recast Cayden’s total campaign in a weird gentle. Going after Oliver and the city is his strive at making up for his screw ups when Owen became as soon as alive.
Evidently, the flashbacks made it obvious that Cayden wasn’t prolonged for this world, however it took a while getting to that level. When the episode begins, Cayden vows to detonate the thermobaric bomb above Celebrity City on the nighttimes on epic of Oliver broke their deal when teamed-up with Sobel. This means Crew Arrow has to urge against the clock to find proof that Oliver didn’t assassinate Cayden’s son. On the opposite hand, there’s by no design any accurate sense of urgency; Arrow more or less moseys to the episode’s inevitable conclusion.
Fortunately, Felicity and Alena space as a lot as find proof of Oliver’s innocence; it became as soon as some knockoff assassin who became as soon as hired to make exercise of a bow and arrow to assassinate Cayden’s son in sigh to body Oliver. With some hasty assist from the Flash, Oliver catches Cayden earlier than he leaves the city and gifts him with the proof. Cayden examines the accurate video and realizes someone in his cabal became as soon as to blame for his son’s demise. Cue one amongst the episode’s most contrived story strikes: In must diving head first into discovering the accurate culprit, Cayden orders Oliver and Diggle to spherical up Black Siren, Diaz, and Anatoly and suppose them to him, or else he’ll fight by with his idea to rupture Celebrity City. (Next: A Big Corrupt rises)