Critic Consensus: Arrow takes a dramatic breather with a extra-quippy entry that makes great use of its daffy villain of the week.
as Oliver Queen
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance
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 Brie Larvan
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Critic reviews for Beacon of Hope
Raise your hand if you got tired of all the bee puns 10 minutes in to the episode. Everyone's hand should be raised.
The directors and writers of this episode decided to go all the way in making "Beacon of Hope" significantly lighter in tone, and it actually numbs the presence of the ridiculous villain as well as achieving some decent character growth.
That was the best hour of Arrow in ages! It's because ["Beacon of Hope"] was generally more focused on the female perspective, and the women were written to their strengths across the board.
"Beacon of Hope" is less concerned with relationship dynamics, and, thanks to a fun villain-of-the-week and prime Curtis screen time, the episode zaps a little needed energy into the series as it gears up towards its season finale.
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