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"Welcome to Hong Kong" gives Team Arrow time to grieve over global annihilation, resulting in an hour of heartfelt performances and exciting callbacks.
Arrow's third season is one of its most uneven (albeit interesting) ones, so following up the excellent season 8 premiere with an episode that draws heavily on season 3 is a weird flex. That being said, it works for the most part.
Arrow hasn't had this kind of palpable energy, at least not consistently, since its excellent fifth season. Perhaps not coincidentally, that season ended with Arrow blowing everything up.
As of now, Amell is jumping ably up that acting salmon ladder, and exceeding expectations.
"Welcome to Hong Kong" featured some strong action scenes, but might have featured the best performances throughout any episode of the series.
The action picks up pretty much right after the events of last week... The adventure also heads to Hong Kong for a ton of great throwbacks.
Lyla secretly working with The Monitor could be essential to the good guys making a successful stand against The Anti-Monitor. It's an ugly twist, although arguably a necessary one.
Another strong offering, it accomplished exactly what it set out to do -- once again making us all nostalgic along the way.
It's another solid, emotional hour on Oliver's final journey.
It would be nice to say less tears were shed during ["Welcome to Hong Kong"] than ["Starling City"], but that would be a lie. And, we only have Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy Rodgers to blame.
The pace is necessarily slower and less jaunty after the devastation at the end of the season premiere, but there's still plenty of old timey Arrow memories, dizzyingly good close combat, and a flash forward to the Diggle brothers to boot.
This was a very rote episode of Arrow -- we've seen many like it and while mechanically it's fine, I was expecting more.
Arrow can't quite maintain the momentum of its Season 8 premiere, but there's still a lot to like in this followup.