"A hero in Detroit they call Vixen."
"Mari and I had an animated encounter last year and we've stayed in touch."
Laurel Lance and Oliver Queen seek reinforcements
"Taken" is the fifteenth episode of the fourth season of Arrow, and the eighty-fourth episode overall. It aired on February 24, 2016.


Oliver realizes he needs help battling Damien so he calls in an old friend – Vixen. Using her magical ability to summon animal powers, Vixen gets a lock on Damien's location and the team goes to war. Meanwhile, Thea has a heart-to-heart talk with Malcolm.[src]


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Preparation ran from December 17, 2015 until January 8, 2016. Shooting ran from January 11 until January 20, 2016.[1]


  • John Constantine is mentioned to be (literally) in Hell. However, the circumstances behind this mention are unknown.
  • This episode marks the first live action appearance of Mari McCabe since her animated appearance on Vixen. Megalyn Echikunwoke voiced the character and reprises the role.
    • Oliver notes that his last encounter with Mari was "animated", a punny reference to the duality of their previously heated encounter and the fact that the web series Vixen was literally an animated series.
    • Laurel and Mari are shown to know each other well, later explained by Laurel's appearance in the second season of Vixen.
    • Damien Darhk mentions that he has not seen the Anansi Totem in a “dog's age". It is possible he is referring to his encounter with it in the 1960s in "No Country for Old Dads".
  • Megalyn Echikunwoke was billed as "Megalyn E.K." in this episode.
  • The argument that Oliver and Felicity have about William is similar to the one they had in "Legends of Yesterday". However, that timeline was erased by Barry Allen as a result of time travel.
  • This episode takes place two months after "Legends of Yesterday" and around two days after the previous episode, "Code of Silence".
  • Due to the Legends' intervention in 1992, Zambesi was never destroyed, and thus Mari never became a vigilante in Detroit. Therefore, the events (particularly including Vixen) of this episode were erased from the timeline.


  1. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter

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