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Arrow plays with a time loop while bidding Paul Blackthorne fond farewell in an installment that feels like a diversion from the season's endgame -- albeit a satisfying one.
What I particularly liked about this lesson, though, is how it works on a meta-level, too. In the same way that Oliver must make peace with his fate, the same goes for Arrow fans. Arrow is ending, and we just have to accept that.
Arrow may be revisiting old haunts-in this case, literally revisiting the same few scenes over and over again-but the results are anything but tired.
Reset was a fitting title for this episode as it got Arrow's final season back on focus with Oliver squarely in the spotlight as he prepares for his final curtain call.
Using a final, farewell tour from Paul Blackthorne's Quentin Lance to sell this story is yet another home run move for the show's last season.
I'm confused about why this is the way Arrow is spending the final episodes of its final season
On an hour that was akin to Groundhog Day -- or Edge of Tomorrow if you think like Laurel -- Arrow was yet again fantastic and full of throwbacks and tears.
Groundhog Day, Edge of Tomorrow, whatever timeloop fan favorite film you want to bring up, Arrow succeeds in an inventive and introspective way in episode 6 of its final season.
A thoroughly compelling character-driven narrative that brought closure to some of the show's most important storylines and steered this season in another unexpected direction.
David Ramsey does a beautiful job directing his second hour, with a solid cinematographer to convey the helplessness and absolute resignation Oliver faces throughout.
"Reset" makes great use of the familiar but still enjoyable Groundhog Day formula. It gives Quentin Lance the final sendoff he deserves, and it pushes Ollie's final journey forward in a meaningful way.
The overall effect is that it feels like the writers doing a poor job of resolving a problem they only just now invented.