The show celebrated a milestone with a documentary-style episode narrated by Kelsey Grammer.
Every week, we pick a new episode of the week. It could be good. It could be bad. It will always be interesting. You can read the archives here. The episode of the week for February 3 through February 9 is “Emerald Archer,” the 12th episode of Arrow’s seventh season — and the 150th episode of the series overall.
If a person were to take a shot every time the word “vigilante” was uttered during “Emerald Archer,” the latest episode of the CW series Arrow, that person would die in the first eight or so minutes.
“Emerald Archer” is the series’ 150th episode, and in honor of reaching that milestone, it’s structured a bit differently than the show’s regular installments. Half of the episode is shot documentary-style — the official title of the documentary is Emerald Archer: The Hood and the Rise of Vigilantism — and narrated by Kelsey Grammer, giving characters from Arrow’s past and present the chance speak directly to the camera and voice their philosophical thoughts about vigilantism. And of course, everyone gets to air their thoughts about the show’s hero, the vigilante known as Green Arrow a.k.a. Oliver Queen.
The other half of the episode is more typical, featuring a villain of the week whose signature crime is … hunting vigilantes!
The gimmick is a little silly and half-hearted at times, since it turns the documentarians into a joke (there’s a twist later in the episode that sort of explains the existence of the tape, but it doesn’t logically explain why the documentary was made other than to set up