"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.[1]




Preparation ran from December 17, 2015 until January 8, 2016. Shooting ran from January 11 until January 20, 2016.[2]


  • 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 tongue-in-cheek 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 of this episode were erased from the timeline.


  1. 'Vixen', Old 'Oliver' & 'King Shark' Feature In Descriptions For ARROW, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, & THE FLASH - Comic Book Movie
  2. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter