Looking to expand his empire, Diaz meets with The Quadrant, a coalition of mafia families; after Oliver’s recent decision, Felicity and Curtis double their efforts to build Helix Dynamics.
Oliver is almost nowhere to be found in tonight’s episode, “The Dragon.” Instead, the episode’s titular villain takes center stage in an hour that’s supposed to flesh him out a bit and get us to care about his villainy. I’m not entirely sure if the episode succeeds in that regard because, at the end of the day, the main point of it is to also introduce a new evil criminal organization for the final stretch of episodes.
“The Dragon” begins by flashing back to Ricardo Diaz’s time in an orphanage 32 years ago where an older kid bullied him and made him feel like a loser. As you expect, this gave Diaz quite the complex, which still resonates 32 years later. He calls the fear that he lives with the Dragon, and he’s determined to conquer it no matter what because he never wants to feel powerless. So in the present, he’s fighting for respect and power by taking a trip to Blüdhaven with Laurel in order to pitch himself to the Quadrant, a massive criminal enterprise that controls all of the crime in the country. He hopes crippling and seizing control of Star City will fulfill the price of admission. He’s wrong.