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When they learn of an upcoming attack on the city, Team Arrow calls Roy Harper to help them stop the Ninth Circle; things do go awry and there is massive collateral damage; Dinah investigates what happened.


Tara Miele


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Marc Guggenheim (developed by) | 6 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Stephen Amell ... Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
David Ramsey ... John Diggle / Spartan
Emily Bett Rickards ... Felicity Smoak
Rick Gonzalez ... Rene Ramirez / Wild Dog
Juliana Harkavy ... Dinah Drake / Black Canary
Colton Haynes ... Roy Harper / Arsenal
Sea Shimooka ... Emiko Queen
Katie Cassidy ... Laurel Lance (as Katie Cassidy Rodgers) (credit only)
Danny Wattley ... Sergeant Bingsley
Christopher Gerard ... Virgil
Brian Ho ... Transit Guard
Christopher Logan ... Jason Toth
Toni Nielsen ... Reporter (as Toni Marie Nielsen)


When they learn of an upcoming attack on the city, Team Arrow calls Roy Harper to help them stop the Ninth Circle. However, things go awry and there is massive collateral damage. As Captain of the SCPD, Dinah investigates what happened in an episode that takes on a true crime narrative and tone. Written by sarah_l91

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29 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Felicity Smoak: Let's get real. Emiko and the Ninth Circle know our faces. Roy was our ace in the hole.
Dinah Drake: So you risked your new relationship with the SCPD by teaming up with a criminal.
Felicity Smoak: Former criminal. Roy left the city four years ago, and he's been on the straight and narrow ever since.
Dinah Drake: Are you sure about that?
Felicity Smoak: Yes, I'm sure about that.
Dinah Drake: Because we traced Harper's whereabouts after he faked his death in prison to get Oliver Queen off the hook, and his trail went cold in March of last year.
Felicity Smoak: Oh. You mean when ...
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30 April 2019 | by highmarksreviewsSee all my reviews

Arrow always finds ways to surprise, especially this season. Now that all the players are gathered and the plots are converging, I thought it unlikely that the show would take a storytelling risk this late into the game, let alone the final 3-episode stretch. "Confessions" does right by a familiar formula for crime stories, while effectively pushing forth the Ninth Circle conflict.

Bringing Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) into the fold was a success, unlike last year. Fully suited up as Arsenal, Roy wasn't just able to fuel the plot with his presence, but harboured a dark secret that only came out once the tension was through the roof. The writing was probably the strongest of any episode this season, tightly closing in on the truth behind a brutal murder in the subways with well-told alibis all-around from Team Arrow. Stephen Amell in particular was in fine-form as he dealt with Roy's return and the escalating threat of his sister, Emiko (Sea Shimooka).

As the finale looms, Shimooka has finally found her flow as Emiko. The anger and drama was finally channelled to full-effect, highlighting why she hates Oliver and why she wants him discredited for all he has done.

I usually include a note for the directors, and I feel inclined to do so yet again. Tara Miele proved she could do a pretty decent James Bamford copy last year in "The Ties That Bind", season six's penultimate chapter which I actually quite enjoyed. It seemed as if she had eased into her own style this year (maybe a little too many lens flares, but the colour grading on the scenes helped to follow the story). This episode was packed with impressive, smooth fights. Roy Harper's acrobatic falls and flips merged perfectly with Oliver's brutal, pin-point accurate fight moves. The camera followed steadily and I appreciated the stylistic choices all-around.

"Confessions" is a tense episode, that, aside from delivering on its premise, further heats things up for the final battle ahead. Couple that with the return of Roy Harper and director Tare Miele's style and you have an Arrow episode that hit the bullseye.

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