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"Taken" is the fifteenth episode of the fourth season of Arrow, and the eighty-fourth episode overall. It aired on February 24, 2016.

Synopsis

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]

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Production

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

Trivia

  • 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 “dogs age". It is possible he is referring to his encounter with it in the 1960’s in "No Country for Old Dads".
    • Due to the intervention by the Legends, Zambesi was never destroyed, and thus Mari never became a vigilante in Detroit. Therefore the events of this episode were erased from the timeline.
  • Megalyn Echikunwoke was billed as Megalyn E.K. in this episode.
  • Katie Cassidy, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ryan Robbins, Elysia Rotaru and Jack Moore previously appeared on Supernatural.
  • Stephen Amell, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Neal McDonough and Parker Young previously appeared in the CSI franchise.
  • 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.
  • Neal McDonough appeared in the 2002 film Minority Report which was loosey based on Phillip K. Dick's short story "The Minority Report". Jack Moore previously appeared in the short-lived television adaption that starred fellow Arrowverse actor Nick Zano.

References

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