Arrow Season 8 Review: 6 Ups & 1 Down From 'Prochnost'

Arrow turns in another exceptional offering as its final season goes from strength to strength.

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Contains spoilers from Arrow Season 8, Episode 5.

Arrow's eighth season has, so far, been a nostalgic trip through the show's glory days - with each episode paying tribute to some of its most integral storylines. From a memory-driven hurrah to Earth-2 to some unexpected time travel, it's clear that this season is equally about honouring as the past as much as it is prepping us for the future - so it shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that the latest offering has the same intentions.

'Prochnost's purpose was to bid farewell to Oliver's Bratva days, as the Emerald Archer attempted to run from his past because of his future (his children) - something that was easier said than done. But he wasn't the only one attempting to escape who they used to be, as two more of Arrow's most beloved characters also faced similar dilemmas.

Another standalone, this character-driven piece was successful in its attempts to reflect, while also managing to move the pieces on the chessboard in a somewhat unexpected direction - setting the stage for an even more interesting second half.

First, the negatives...


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