Some viewers were shocked and some saw it coming, but Diggle’s brother returning from the dead on Arrow wasn’t nearly as exciting as it could have been.
I know everyone’s going to think I hate Andy (Eugene Byrd) or something by saying this, but let me assure you that I don’t. I think Andy is awesome and him coming back from the dead had the makings of a spectacular story line. That’s kind of my point.
1. It’s too much of a good thing
Anything in excess, even something that’s amazing in small quantities, can cause ruin. There are many, many examples (chocolate and liquor come to mind), but now I have to add resurrection to that list. It’s gone from being a gasp-inducing plot twist to a nearly ho-hum, boring one.
2. You can say bye-bye to drama
If no one ever dies, the drama on the show drops by about a million percent. Shocked and saddened by your favorite character’s death on Arrow? Have no worries, they’ll be back.
3. At this rate, we’ll have more resurrected characters than not
While I think there could be something cool about an entirely resurrected team of superheroes, I don’t know if that’s something they should be proud of, either. Wouldn’t it be better if all of them were so good at their jobs that they didn’t die in the first place?
4. It’s too many at once
“Brotherhood” was Episode 7 this season and we’ve already had three people come back from the dead (in various and assorted ways). That’s nearly one resurrection every two episodes. At this rate, the show is going to run out of dead people to bring back. Pretty soon, Oliver’s dad is going to march into town and do something crazy like demand to know why his son didn’t stop him from killing himself.
5. It ruins perfectly good story lines
I’ll be the first to admit that there were some great things in this episode. Those moments with Diggle (David Ramsey) trying to figure out what to do about his brother, and the bromance bits with Dig and Oliver (Stephen Amell) gave me all the feels. But it was hard to see those past the resurrection of yet another used-to-be-dead-but-not-anymore character.
6. There are other people we’d rather see back
Having this many people return from the dead is making me look at all the characters we’ve lost and I can’t help but think that there are other people I’d rather see back. Though I suppose if we have to sit through all this fluff in order to get Tommy (yes, please!) back, then it just might be worth it.
7. There is less interest in those resurrected
Sara (Caity Lotz) wasn’t my favorite character, so her return didn’t exactly have me jumping up and down for joy, but I will admit to getting pretty excited when Ray (Brandon Routh) came back. He may not have technically been dead, but we all thought he was, so that totally counts. He, too, had some good scenes in this episode, but I didn’t find him nearly all that intriguing in the midst of so many other characters who had returned from the dead (or nearly dead).
8. It’s too fast
Having this many characters resurrected in just a few episodes is making the story lines feel rushed. While Sara did get a couple of episodes after she came back, it still seems like it was all over pretty quickly and she was out of Star City super fast. Then Ray came back and, poof, before we had time to get used to that, it was Andy’s turn. We need time to get used to the characters again and explore their individual stories before another one comes back.