‘Arrow’: ‘Spectre Of The Gun’ Review

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Arrow 513Arrow focused a lot this week on Rene Ramirez a.k.a. Wild Dog, one of the newest members of the team as we learn about his background of how he became the vigilante. But the episode also deals with the subject of gun control and gun violence. The episode opens up with the team trying to locate Prometheus’ mother and Felicity, through her Helix access, is getting closer to finding out, which Oliver observes.

Thea is back in Star City as she is back at the office with Quentin while surprised to find Rene there as the new deputy mayor’s assistant. A mystery shooter shows up in city hall and ends up injuring several staff members, including Adrian Chase. Back in the bunker, the team tries to find out who the shooter was as he left one of his weapons behind. Later on, Felicity finds out the identity of the shooter as a man who lost his family in a tragic mall shooting.

Throughout the episode, we see flashbacks to Rene’s days with his family and we see that there was a conflict between him and his wife. She isn’t fully comfortable with Rene wanting to carry a gun outside of his home. Rene however calls her out on doing drugs again as the two argue before their daughter Zoey shows up. When the two get back from the match, Rene finds the dealer that was hooking his wife up with drugs and demands that they pay up. Rene manages to get his gun out of his safe and kills the intruder, but as the man falls to the ground, the gun fires off a bullet that kills the wife. It is later revealed that child custody had to take Zoey away and we see Rene witnessing the death of Damian Darhk.

While Diggle is out looking for the shooter, he and Dinah bonds a little. He asks her again if he can help Dinah find a better place to stay. Dinah explains why she can’t apply for an apartment due to everything she has been though in the past three years. Later in the episode, Diggle finds out that Dinah managed to get the apartment and has joined the Star City Police Force.

The shooter shows up at Starling General as that is his next target, but Oliver tries to talk him out of it. As Oliver starts to get through to him, the shooter tries to end his own life in order to pay for his sins. Oliver talks him out of it and gets the gun away from him before the SWAT team arrests the shooter.

Oliver has a meeting with a council woman who is against a gun registry, but Oliver is determined to find ways to setup reasonable guidelines for gun registry. Later in the episode, he and Rene put together a proposal that she temporary agrees to as it would make her look bad if she tried to defy the mayor after the recent events. Later that night, Oliver and the city are holding a vigil for the people that died in the shooting. He reveals to the citizens that a new gun control act has been approved.

A lot went down in tonight’s heavy episode so we got a lot to discuss. So hit the next button below and let’s go through some of the highlights and important moments of the Arrow Season 5 episode: “Spectre Of The Gun”

#5: Rene’s Tragic Origin Story

#4: Dinah Drake & Diggle Bonds

#3: Arrow Dealing With Political Topics

#2: Where The Heck Is Prometheus?

#1: Verdict & Other Thoughts

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Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.

  • Monty

    Arrow really needs to move back to a 9 pm time slot. Have 3-4 TV-14 episodes will only help this series. Also…. when the heck is CW going to open up the 10pm time slot?

    • SAMURAI36

      What’s wrong with the 8PM time slot?

      And I doubt that CW will open up 10PM. They only have a certain allotment of programming hours during the week.

      • Monty

        I just think some of what they do could benefit from a 10pm time slot. Shows like Supernatural would benefit from it. But yeah, they make plenty of money off of playing syndicated shows so I doubt it would happen. I’m just selfish enough to want a Constantine show that could be as dark as it really needs to be for my own tastes.

        • SAMURAI36

          I see your point.

          I definitely think Supernatural benefits from the later time slot, and given it’s longstanding history, I could even see that show moving to 10PM and still doing well.

          I could also equally see Constantine doing well at a later time slot, just not 10PM though. I fear that might be too late for it, and the goal for DCTV should always be to bring in the most amount of viewers. 9PM seems perfect for Constantine.

          • Monty

            Yeah, it would have to be a show with a low budget. So that would probably rule out something like Constantine. It would have to be something that would make it tempting for executives to give up the relative cheapness of running a syndicated show vs creating original content. It would be a hard sell.

  • AlphaBlu

    “We’ve made a new law that somehow and in a very non-specific and intentionally vague way deals with gun violence without in any way infringing on any 2nd amendment rights. No seriously. We have. Why are you all laughing?”