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Arrow Review: Legally Resurrected

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It's safe to say that with the relief and shock of Oliver's return after five years, nobody on Arrow was expecting much from him.

However, once he was legally resurrected in "Honor Thy Father," it seemed like everyone was waiting to see who the new Oliver was and what his mark on the world would be. (Applied Sciences division? Where was Lucius Fox?)

Overall? We were treated to a cross between people who buy what Oliver is selling and those who see through the facade.

A Kiss for Laurel

With all the praise I've given Stephen Amell for his physique, I'd be remiss to ignore his acting skill. Amell pulls off the role of the obnoxious playboy very well. I truly do believe that he has a lot of people fooled. His Arrow voice just bothers me, though. It's deeper, cliched and honestly a little cheesy.

Don't get me wrong, I am still completely engrossed in the show, I just think it is a hard task for characters who play vigilantes or heroes to mask their voices during fight scenes. They are trying to throw people off and intimidate them, but I just wasn't completely sold. His fighting skills, on the other hand, are tremendous. Anyone who follows Amell on Twitter knows he is training his ass off for this show. I have to give the boy props!

Unfortunately, very few people are catching onto the fact that Oliver is Arrow. Obviously Diggle realizes it's a possibility, right? I loved the exchange between them after the fight scene at Laurel's apartment. Diggle is not a fool, but it's not his job to get Oliver to open up to him, so what's he going to say? It's almost like an unspoken agreement is forming. The only other person who I think has an inkling that Oliver and the vigilante could be related is Detective Lance. 

We've had two episodes now where the man in the green hoodie has saved people and gotten a confession from the bad guy. Obviously Lance realizes this isn't a clear cut villain situation. He also seems to have a lot of hate towards the Arrow, and we all know he has a lot of hate towards Oliver. Call it intuition, but I think Lance is getting a vibe.

Tommy and Laurel both know that Oliver is playing the part of moronic brat, but they just aren't sure why. He was very close to both of them so it makes sense that they realize they are witnessing an act. As for Thea, I'm glad she stood up to Oliver and told him she suffered too and he needed to let someone in. Clearly his mother is a bad choice, but I hope to see him bond with Thea more.

If every week we are going to see Oliver and Laurel take down a villain from different sides, it's going to get a little boring and formulaic. From what I understand, in this latest episode we met a huge character in the comic books, China White. Martin Sommers only referred to her as part of the Chinese Triad, but she's definitely here to stay.

As for the man in the limo with the same symbol on his notebook as Robert Queen? People are saying it's related to the character of Dark Archer.

Even though the flashbacks sort of freak me out, (who else is kinda terrified of being shipwrecked on a desert island?) I do think it's important for us to understand what went down on the island. Most importantly, I want to know who shot Oliver when he was burying his dad.

Hopefully next week we will pick up where we left off, but in the meantime I leave you with my favorite Arrow quote of the week.

Oliver: This guy gets more airtime on the Kardashians.
Thea: Five years on an island and you still know who they are. | permalink

Yes Thea. Even people on remote islands in the Pacific know that famous ass. Until next time, hit the comments! 

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Strawberry fields

Yeah, this is still good :) Laurel grew on me a bit, I might like her one day. Thea trying to get closer to her brother was nice, but comparing her hell with Oliver's hell was a little ridiculous. In one thing she's right though - he needs someone he can open up to. He followed that advice by opening up to Laurel a little and it was actually nice to watch. Diggle is awesome, he's definitely figuring out what's going on. I think Laurel and possibly Tommy too are sensing something weird as well. Ollie is acting like two different people, there's no way they don't see he's putting on a show. Detective Lance is pissing me off a bit. Focus, man! Favourite quote of the week - Ollie: "Shouldn't take you very long. I'm shallow". I'm totally in love with Stephen.

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it was a good episode. Felt very weird at times but other than that YAY ! AAAANNNNDDD my main question, "HOW THE HECK DID HE GET THAT BOW ON A DESERTED ISLAND" is finally getting an answer ! Man, that detective blew me away ! This actor is good ! I could believe that he's a dad who lost one daughter and doesn't wanna lose another ! But Oliver, honey, is your bodyguard AMAZING or what ! Can't wait for the guy to know about his secret !!! But that mom, if he doesn't kill her, the sister will, that's all I'm sayin !

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This is a really good, fun show. Yes it is a comic book brought to TV but the villians are very believable. Oliver is playing the part well, still a big brother watching out for his little sister. The whole rich playboy with unlimited funding is classic, reminds me of the Green Hornet and Batman. When will he find out about his Mom's and her hand in this? How will he handle that?

Aries93

Once again, another great episode. It ended with something to look forward to next week. I can't wait to see who taught Oliver his skills.

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Actually I like this show immensley. Agree that hopefully all the plots are not going after the same person Laurel is taking to court, but if they are on his father's list of who needs to be taken out, it kind of kills two birds with one *arrow*! Never read the comic, don't know who the other characters mentioned are, but from the mansion to the plots, it's a lot like Batman!! Like Diggle a lot, don't trust Tommy though, and not buying Thea's "poor ignored, suffered for 5 years too" act either. I wouldn't be surprised if she's bad and working with her mother to get into Ollies head (love the Declan comment)! And feel Det Lance will become a Commissioner Gordon clone before long, even though he hates Ollie! Great fight scenes and review, Leigh!

Sarah silva

Stephen Ammell said there will be episodes where he crosses mulitple names off the list and times he will not cross any names off the list!
I want to know who shot him too,it looks like there was an Arrow and Oliver may have killed him and become the new arrow....

Sarah silva

I think that Diggle will be the one to find out about Arrow first, as of last week that is what I thought!

Sarah silva

I love this show! I was hooked from the very first scene of the premiere. For me it is rapidly becoming one of my favorite shows.
This show is exciting from start to finish! I do find his Arrow voice a little cheesy too but for me it works!
Spending 1 hour with Stephen Ammell, Colin Donnell and Paul Blackthorne is a nice way to spend time! LOL
I am not familiar with the comic books so this is all new to me so maybe that is one of the reason why I love this show!
I think it is great that Oliver is going to play the party, no care in the world guy so that no one is on to him. Every time I he insults Arrow when he is in the news I laugh!
I want to know who their mom was talking too!
I want it to be Wednesday already!

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I think the person who hit him with the arrow was Deathstroke, maybe ? He might of been the one to show Oliver how to fight & shot an arrow so perfectly, bc those arnt skills that you learn without proper training, & plus Ollie had a lot of scars on his body, the kind that you get from a sword or knife, so maybe Deathsroke was on the island with Oliver that's why he mask was there in the first episode. & I so hope the episodes don't follow the pattern of Ollie threatens mob boss, they don't do what he asks, Luaral tries to take them down in court, her dad suspects Arrow when the mobsters call the cops, Arrow takes down mob boss in the last 10 minutes bc that will get very boring very quickly.

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I also hope we're not seeing a pattern beginning to develope in terms of episode plots. I do hope Diggle becomes Ollie's Alfred, but as he technically works for Mrs Queen, that would present some problems. Dectective Lance looks too stupid to figure out the Ollie-Arrow connection. Tommy, on the other hand, might have an inkling. I think he might have been faking being passed out in the warehouse in the pilot.

Arrow Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

Home is a battlefield.

John Diggle

Before the island I was a jerk, but now I'm just a damaged jerk.

Oliver