Critic Consensus: "The Candidate" efficiently sets the table for what is to come while delivering acrobatic thrills and a surprising new direction for Oliver Queen.
as Oliver Queen
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance
as Walter Steele
as John Diggle
as Robert Queen
as Quentin Lance
as Thea Queen
as Felicity Smoak
as Roy Harper
as Malcolm Merlyn
as Damien Darhk
as Jessica Danforth
as Curtis Holt
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Critic reviews for The Candidate
"The Candidate" tells us where everyone is going. I think a lot of what ruined Arrow last season was that it was jumping into plots too fast, leaving themselves with nowhere to go. This season seems to be pacing itself better.
"The Candidate" has some standout action scenes - though when it comes to this season's narrative, the show is still finding its feet.
Not nearly as big or mysterious as the season premiere, but I'm glad we get to see Oliver begin his campaign for mayor and past-Oliver get a haircut.
Here is more table setting here than anything else, but from Neal McDonough's engaging presence as the big bad to Oliver's attempt to become an actual beacon of hope... the season is off to a positive start.
That first scene, when Ollie shot the rope arrow, then Canary hopped on it, and kept it moving like it was nothin? Flawless.
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