The Loop (TV)
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fifth season of , and the one-hundred-third episode overall. It aired on February 1, 2017.
|In his quest to take down Kovar, Oliver gets help from a surprising source – Talia al Ghul. However, when she reveals what she wants from him in exchange, Oliver isn't sure he can accept her help. Felicity attempts to hack the NSA to help free Diggle but when her online efforts are flagged, she faces off against an unknown adversary. Meanwhile, Curtis tells the team about a female vigilante, Tina Boland, he uncovered online who has been wreaking havoc all over the country.|
Preparation ran from October 24 until November 1, 2016. Filming ran from November 2 until November 14, 2016, with a break for Remembrance Day on November 11.
- A notable crossover with occurred in this episode. along with an appearance from Singh and the Central City Police Department.
- When searching for a new candidate as Black Canary, Rene mentions one woman being a flight pilot, which Curtis states reminds him of Top Gun, a 1986 flight film starring Tom Cruise.
- This episode reveals that Oliver received his bow and Hood suit from Talia al Ghul in Russia.
- In the flashbacks when Oliver wonders how Talia could've trained Yao Fei when she looks half his age, Talia chalks it up to "a family secret". This is a nod to the Lazarus Pit before Oliver met Ra's al Ghul.
- At the beginning of the episode, Linda Park can be seen at the TV screen, reporting on the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator. This is the first appearance of Linda since "". However it was the Arrow version of the character.
- This is the first episode of to feature 3 meta-humans: Dinah Drake, Sean Sonus, and The Flash.
- This is the second time the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion is seen on . The first time was in Season 2's "".
- Sonus is the third meta-human to become the main villain of an Arrow episode, after Jake Simmons in "" and Jeremy Tell in "".
- The title comes from the episode's theme of finding second chances with Team Arrow, which is acknowledged by Rene, Curtis, Oliver, and Dinah.
- This is the only episode to feature Clayton Chitty in the role of Vincent Sobel. From the next season, Sobel is played by Johann Urb.
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