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The Story:

Oliver and Felicity finish her therapy session (after having the bio stimulant implanted in her) with Curtis's husband and are met by Damien. He tells Oliver he took William and that he will give him a few days to drop out of the race. Felicity asks who William is and gets upset at Oliver for not telling her he had a son. Oliver tells Diggle and Laurel about William, while Thea reveals that she already knew. Oliver goes to Detroit and recruits Mari McCabe aka Vixen in hopes that she will help him take down Darhk. Samantha comes to see Oliver and tells him that William is missing. He is forced to tell her he is the Green Arrow and introduces her to the team. Mari asks for something belonging to William so that she can track him. She gets his scent from his Flash action figure and they move out to find him. While Vixen flies around Star City, Oliver and Diggle talk about being able to protect their kids. Mari tracks William and they confront Darhk at a hotel. Laurel and Thea take out his men patrolling the hallway, Diggle provides support fire, while Oliver and Mari fight Damien. He is still able to overpower them and reveals he had moved William. Oliver drops out of the race and grants Damien's wish to endorse Ruve. The team realize that Damien must have a totem and with Lance's help they go to retrieve it to take out Damien's powers. They go to his house and Mari is able to steal it, but Damien remains with his powers in fact and nearly kills Oliver, Laurel, and Thea. Felicity tells Diggle and Mari to go to plan B which is to destroy it. She destroys the totem and allows Oliver to defeat a now powerless Damien. He saves William who is then returned to his mother. With the advice of Vixen to let William go and keep him from danger, he says his goodbyes and tells her to stay in touch. Thea confronts Malcolm for taking William and handing him over to Damien. She then tells him to stay away from her. Oliver records a message for his son and tells Samantha not to give it to him until his 18th birthday. Felicity appears and breaks her engagement off with Oliver. Just as she leaves she regains the feeling in her legs and walks out on him. In flashbacks Reiter feel like he is getting closer to what he is looking for which is primordial energy. Conklin appears and seems to be inhabited by an entity. Reiter locks Oliver, Taiana and the rest of the prisoners with the entity to prove that Oliver would survive. The charm Constantine put on Oliver works and the entity tells him he can pass.

The Action:

Having Vixen join Team Arrow in their fight against Damien showed us a new exciting direction the show has taken with the inclusion of methumans and mystical beings. Check out these notable scenes.

Baby steps
Baby steps
Takes time
Takes time
It's okay you tried
It's okay you tried
Oh boy look who it us
Oh boy look who it us
You guys make me feel all tingly inside
You guys make me feel all tingly inside
Drop out of the race. I have William
Drop out of the race. I have William
See
See
Thanks for telling me you have a son
Thanks for telling me you have a son
Everyone's reaction to Oliver having a kid
Everyone's reaction to Oliver having a kid
WIlliam is missing and it is your fault
WIlliam is missing and it is your fault
I'm the Green Arrow
I'm the Green Arrow
This is awkward
This is awkward
We need help.I'm calling in Vixen
We need help.I'm calling in Vixen
Let's look for Vixen
Let's look for Vixen
Run little piggies
Run little piggies
Face us like a man
Face us like a man
That's a rhino
That's a rhino
How about I kick your ass like a woman
How about I kick your ass like a woman
Here she comes
Here she comes
Now you
Now you
Not enough action in Star City
Not enough action in Star City
I need your help
I need your help
Don't you dare tell Barry about this
Don't you dare tell Barry about this
I just want to find my kid. Do what ya gotta do
I just want to find my kid. Do what ya gotta do
I found him
I found him
You took William
You took William
You can't prove it
You can't prove it
She;s a flying eagle!
She;s a flying eagle!
Strange world we live in, metas, magic
Strange world we live in, metas, magic
Little Olivers
Little Olivers
Hoe do you do it John
Hoe do you do it John
I look at her.She looks at me.I look at her.
I look at her.She looks at me.I look at her.
I told Oliver to not say anything. Chill out on him
I told Oliver to not say anything. Chill out on him
Oliver cheated on me 10 years ago
Oliver cheated on me 10 years ago
Finally got something
Finally got something
Yeah
Yeah
Hello
Hello
Here it goes
Here it goes
Speedy and Black Canary: Dynamic duo
Speedy and Black Canary: Dynamic duo
I brought a friend bitch
I brought a friend bitch
Where's the boy
Where's the boy
Yeah I got powers too
Yeah I got powers too
Stay put Mr. Arrow
Stay put Mr. Arrow
Oh you're about to get it now
Oh you're about to get it now
You wanna tussle
You wanna tussle
How did we get here
How did we get here
What happened
What happened
Got our asses kicked and we lost William
Got our asses kicked and we lost William
Told you not to mess with me
Told you not to mess with me
You bitch
You bitch
He's got to have a power source like me
He's got to have a power source like me
He does I walked in on him one time
He does I walked in on him one time
Ruve Adams for Mayor. Queen out
Ruve Adams for Mayor. Queen out
Dude WTF
Dude WTF
Ley line, it like Wi-Fi for magic.
Ley line, it like Wi-Fi for magic.
Bringing the party to Damien
Bringing the party to Damien
You're up Mari
You're up Mari
I don't like people breaking in
I don't like people breaking in
I'm calling Mufasa for some help
I'm calling Mufasa for some help
Got it
Got it
Speedy and Black Canary adventures Part 2
Speedy and Black Canary adventures Part 2
Oh word
Oh word
That just happened
That just happened
Like a walk in the park
Like a walk in the park
We're here Oliie
We're here Oliie
We got his freaking little idle, did it work
We got his freaking little idle, did it work
Nope
Nope
Break it
Break it
Gorilla Grodd I choose you
Gorilla Grodd I choose you
Diggle has seen it all
Diggle has seen it all
One last one
One last one
Go get him
Go get him
I got you now
I got you now
Stay down
Stay down
I've got you son
I've got you son
What
What
Aww
Aww
We kicked ass,hope you take my advice
We kicked ass,hope you take my advice
I should chop off your other hand
I should chop off your other hand
Ouch
Ouch
Hi William, I have failed fatherhood
Hi William, I have failed fatherhood
I'm no Diggle
I'm no Diggle
I'm no Quentin
I'm no Quentin
I'm the Green Arrow & my life's dangerous
I'm the Green Arrow & my life's dangerous
Goodbye for now son
Goodbye for now son
Hey this might be a bad time but
Hey this might be a bad time but
Let's not do this anymore
Let's not do this anymore
Really, I just lost my son and now you
Really, I just lost my son and now you
The timing is just too perfect
The timing is just too perfect
FML
FML
What the hell
What the hell
Conklin
Conklin
Um..
Um..
You may pass
You may pass
Huh
Huh
Wonder what's in here
Wonder what's in here

New Characters/Cameos:

Mari McCabe/Vixen: Originally from Africa and orphaned at a young age, Mari inherits her family's Tantu Totem, allowing her to access the powers of animals. She is an ally of Oliver and Barry after learning about her from Cisco Ramon. It was pretty awesome to see her transition from the animated series to live action.

Character Interactions:

Team Arrow- Knowing that they couldn't take on Damien by conventional means, they had to call in the big guns. Seeing the team finally be able to put a dent on Damien with the help of the powerhouse Mari is was awesome. Vixen fit in right with them and actually had Damien pooping in his pants. Hopefully she come back again soon.

Oliver and Felicity- Everything was going fine up until she found out Oliver had a son. We have to side with Oliver on this one though. We thought it was for better or for worse. She said she understood him, but then breaks off their engagement. Oliver stayed with her up until she walked out on him. What perfect timing. He lost his son and his fiance.

Oliver and Samantha- That was probably the quickest Oliver has revealed his secret to someone. Even she was more understanding of Oliver keeping secrets. She snapped at him a few times but supported his decisions in saving William.

Oliver and Mari- Oliver should have went to her from the start. She sort of just went cool, let's do this. Her advice to keep William away from his life as the Green Arrow was hard to accept, but she was right. She was speaking from experience and she turned out alright.

Oliver and Diggle- Diggle hit Barry with some words of wisdom in his time at Central City and did the same for Oliver regarding his son. Diggle is definitely some on to look up to. He does the whole vigilante thing and still goes home to his wife and child at night. It must have tore Oliver up that he couldn't do the same.

Oliver and William- It's sad that won't find out anytime soon that his father is the Green Arrow and along with his badass team they saved him. The blur in the picture is fitting for their relationship as of now. So close and yet so far. Hopefully it's not too late when William finds out the truth about everything. It was heartbreaking to see Oliver to say goodbye to his son via video. It's almost ironic, since his father did the same thing, which started this all.

Oliver and Damien- It's a mystery as to why Damien hasn't figured out that the Green Arrow and Oliver are one person. With all the connections and Malcolm at his side, you would have thought by now he would know. You don't take Oliver's son and get away with it though. Damien learned the hard way.

Samantha and Laurel- Awkward. Not really though. It was a long time ago and they out it behind them. I mean you could tell it hurt Laurel hearing it, but she out it aside to help find William.

Samantha and Felicity- Now this was awkward. The mother on Oliver's son and Oliver's current fiance working together. Samantha even defended z Oliver by telling Felicity that it was her who put Oliver in a hard position. It obviously wasn't enough though.

Thea and Malcolm- We love how he keeps using the excuse of him doing what he doing for Thea. It was finally clear that he everything he did up until this point was for himself. Good for Thea for standing up to him. He was literally like a child. The League was his you Oliver took away so he went and took away Oliver's most prize possession to get back at him. What a dick.

Laurel and Quentin- She said she was okay after learning that Oliver cheated with Samantha while she was with her, but it turns out that she's not. She cries to Father Lance that she was still hurting over it.

Easter Eggs:

Constantine mention- He's literally in Hell. It would be awesome to have him come back and help the team fight the final battle.

Vixen Animated Series- Oliver tells everyone how he met Mari and says that they had an "animated" encounter.

What's To Come/Theories:

Now that Damien is in prison, it looks like Malcolm is taking the opportunity to move on with Genesis without him. Our feeling is that Damien will get out and come back with a vengeance. I the next episode 'Heartbroken' marks the return of Cupid who for sure is going to make the team's lives miserable. Damien is shown to be in jail and getting beaten up by the inmates. Oliver tries to fix things with Felicity and turns to Laurel with his problems. Then we've got Curtis who seems to be in some sort of trouble. Too bad we will have to wait until March 23rd to see what happens next.

Final Thoughts:

Last night's 'Taken' was a great change of pace for the show. With Vixen making her first live action appearance, she changed the dynamic of the show, for the better. Megalyn Echikunwoke owned the role here, just as she did in the animated series. We hope that she drops by again or makes her way onto other DC shows and maybe even her own. This episode gets 9.6 broken arrows out of 10. What did you think about the episode? Leave it in the comments below, we'd love to read them!

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