Arrow Review: Deadshot

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It's all fun and games until somebody swoops in and takes out one of Arrow's targets before his work is done!

In "Lone Gunman" the offending vigilante wasn't in fact a vigilante at all. As Oliver helpfully pointed out, this guy didn't go after people for justice, he just did it for the kill.

One bullet laced with poison was all it took for this assassin. That's why the various organizations searching for him called him Deadshot.

Taking Deadshot

Besides, Deadshot is easier to say than "creepy killer who tattoos his hits' names on his body." This was a new and very highly skilled opponent for Oliver, but luckily he was familiar with the act of getting poisoned. 

With more flashbacks to the island, I feel like we're finally starting to really piece together Oliver's time there. The biggest revelation, however, was not until the end when the original Arrow told a foolish Oliver that "they" would kill him out there alone." Then what looked like a black ops team poked around and realized their trap came up empty. Those were not just random hunters on the island. Dare I say they might've been hired by Moira Queen? 

Moira stated last week that the yacht was sabotaged. But then, did she really leave her son on a deserted island for five years? It's not really making sense to me just yet. Please feel free to add your theories in the comments as I'd love to hear them! Either way, Moira is definitely shady and as previews show, she is aware that there is a list of bad guys.

As far as being aware, Moira and Thea have to notice the conflicting sides of Oliver's personality that keep coming out. Or, as Thea so helpfully dubbed it, his "judgmental hypocrisy." Where else would she have learned such petulant and rebellious behavior? By the way, if I ever saw my protective big brother at a club I wasn't supposed to be at, I'd never tell him I was so wasted I was seeing two of him. C'mon Thea, you are definitely smarter than that.

Detective Lance has also caught on that Arrow has a specific method and realized immediately that it wasn't his handiwork that killed James Holden. Arrow has a method to his madness and after his tipoff to Lance about Deadshot, I think it's safe to say Detective Lance's hatred of the hooded man will no longer be so strong. He sure did teach his daughter well might I add. Laurel kicked some ass this week! 

Laurel isn't fooling anyone about her feelings, though. She refused to believe that Oliver didn't care about her and Tommy and insisted that he must've already known. True or not, it's obvious Laurel isn't ready to give up on him.

My favorite part of the episode was the end when Oliver saved Diggle. It was only a matter of time before Diggle found out Oliver's secret. When they were at the gala, did Oliver slip up about the information he knew on purpose? I'd assume so, but who knows. It was a great way to end the episode with Diggle waking up and Oliver just simply stating "hey."

Where do we go from here? Will Diggle become Oliver's confidante? I think the club is a great cover for Arrow's workshop.

What did everyone else think of this episode? Hit the comments and don't forget to check out our Arrow quotes section!


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (182 Votes)

I've been waiting for the time Diggle would find out. I'm so glad the writers didn't drag it out. I hope Diggle will be on Oliver's side, (Oli's Alfred perhaps?) even though Diggle's "client" is Moira Queen. I don't trust her. I bet we all don't. I'm having a half and half feeling that she knows about the island. Maybe she does. But she might not. I think the only thing she did was sabotaging the yacht. Since episode 1, and I still have strong feelings about this till proven wrong, I think Robert Queen purposely headed towards that Island's direction. In episode 1, he kept on stressing that Oliver should right his wrongs. Oliver knew about Tommy and Laurel since episode 1. I think he heard Tommy and Laurel talking at the alley. Also, Oliver's voice as Oliver and as Arrow isn't fooling anyone. Am I the only one who realises they both sound the same? How is it possible Lance didn't notice that?
@duckie192 I think they purposely include that tattoo in.


It was mostly boring. Deadshot's tattoos were insane/cool. Laurel saved Oliver and Tommy from a worse beatdown and she was such a dork creeping on Oliver online and then being embarrassed at getting caught :) Oliver has a voice-over while sitting next to the cool IT woman LOL. Great last scene.


@duckie192: I went to that scene where he was tattooing himself for the second time in this episode and I saw it. OH shit! that was shocking. That's why they showed bodyguard Diggle's sister-in-law..


I been having a hard time with this show because I keep thinking of smallville green arrow. This show play his character very different. Just getting use to it. I don't know if anyone agree to this but I can. See. Oliver and the compture girl will but more? I do the end when Tommy and Laurel had a moment together. I thing we going to see a love tangled between. Oliver Tommy and Laurel. Also I so glad that Oliver going to have someone to talk to and help with his secret arrow stuff.


I'm not the only one who saw "Andrew Diggle" tattooed on deadshot's body right? while it might be just a shout out to "Green Arrow Year One" scribe Andy Diggle, it seemed too much that this episode went out of the way to slip a mention of Diggle's (bodyguard diggle) brother being killed in the line of duty. double mythology gag? or cool easter egg?


the last scene was great. I thought Oliver was simply going to leave Diggle by himself. He didnt though. I cant wait for next week!

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Arrow Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

Oliver: She's testing you.
Moira: Yes, and who'd she learn that from?

Cops brought her home. She and some friends broke into a store, tried on some dresses last night, lit up the breathalyzer like a Christmas tree.

Diggle [about Thea]