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Hot Shots! Part Deux
Just like the title of the crossover's first part (well, mostly the 'Vs.), "The Brave and the Bold" also has a long history in DC Comics. The episode opens with Team Arrow already back to work in Starling City, and that means Arsenal gets to go on the adventures. I guess he doesn't travel. The lead doesn't pan out as our heroes hoped, as they encounter a bunch of A.R.G.U.S. agents instead of the bad guy. Time to turn to Lyla for help. And to Hong Kong for a life-lesson.

I was a little surprised that the crossover event included flashbacks, since conventional wisdom suggests putting the two heroes on-screen together as much as possible. For better or worse, the decision to have "The Brave and the Bold" cut to the past did make it feel more like a typical episode of Arrow and I won't complain about getting scenes with Cynthia Addai-Robinson 's Amanda Waller. She's an exemplary Mockingbird and leaves big shoes for the big-screen version to fill. It's okay, DC is thinking big. Waller manages to work in a nod to the Amazo before returning Oliver's (and our) attention back to China White, the flashback's central (but so far absent) villain.

Captain Boomerang is this week's (very much present) villain, and he was much more formidable than his silly name suggests. He was even a member of Waller's Task Force X or "Suicide Squad." And since Lyla tried to kill him, he's back and looking for vengeance. Good thing Caitlin and Cisco were already visiting the Arrow Cave (not to mention inquiring about the Arrow Mobile) and could call Barry to come help the Arrow. Forget The Flash, they should call him Justin Time. Sorry.

Cisco is able to lead the supergroup to a guy named Klaus Markos and, after a quick detour through Captain Lance and Laurel (where the former calls Barry Bart), he leads them into a trap. I told you, this Digger Harkness guy is good. And, if you didn't catch it, one of his misdirections was a stop at Infantino and Adams. A nice nod to two giants in a giant episode. Finally, Barry tosses out a reference to Multiplex when he's trying to figure out how to diffuse five bombs at once. His solution is pretty rad. I can't wait for the next time the two teams get together. Oh well, back to their separate super-shows.

Arrow continues with Episode 9, “The Climb,” next Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. ET on The CW. Created by Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti, the DC Comics inspired series stars Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Colton Haynes, Paul Blackthorne and John Barrowman.

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