‘Arrow’ Season 6 Premiere Recap: “Fallout” – Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?

Collider | 10/12/2017 | Kayti Burt
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Star City’s worst kept secret is out. Channel 52 news has a picture of Oliver Queen himself in the Green Arrow suit. No doubt Oliver will spend at least a few episodes pretending it was a Halloween costume, but the clock is ticking on Oliver’s dual identity. It couldn’t have come at a worse time, as Oliver struggles to make a stable life for his son in the “Fallout” of the Lian Yu explosion.

The Arrow premiere wastes no time throwing every narrative trick it has at the set-up for Season 6: mini-flashbacks revealing the answer to who died on Lian Yu! So many fight scenes! Oliver and Felicity back together again! But will it be enough?

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There’s a lot to like about this episode, which relies more than ever on the ensemble nature of the cast, picking up five months following the events of “Lian Yu” to check in with Team Arrow.

Where does that leave Thea? Though Arrow spends much of the episode trying to convince us that Ollie’s baby sister didn’t make it off the island (which would have been unacceptable), she’s actually lying comatose in Star City General. I look forward to many an Oliver voiceover monologue dictated from her bedside.

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Of course, Lian Yu had repercussions even for those who made it off. For Oliver, it means being thrown into a life of single parent-dom that he is wildly unprepared for. Considering how bad he has been at relationships for most of the time we’ve known him, though, he’s doing swimmingly. However, he does spend the entire episode talking to everyone besides William about their relationship and seems to think five months is enough time for William to be bouncing back from the death of his mother. But, by Thor, he’s trying.

For John, Lian Yu means the loss of...
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