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Arrow Review: Hiding In Plain Sight

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Another week in Starling City, another shocker. Actually, "Muse of Fire" gave us more than just one new bad guy.

It introduced viewers to a possible love interest; an identity reveal; and the early stages of a full out mob war. Somebody is targeting the associates of the Bertinelli crime family, who ever could it be?

Oliver on a Date

When Moira is shot for standing with someone who owed the Bertinelli crime family, Oliver is determined to take that person down. So determined, in fact, that he leaves his own mother lying and bleeding in the street to try and get a glimpse of the license plate.

I know he was doing it to seek justice for his mother, but as Diggle told him sometimes you need to be a little emotional and stay in the moment, maybe hold your mom's hand until the EMTs get there. 

As Moira told Thea, I think people often forget that Oliver was living on a deserted island for five years. One with the Mandarin name for "purgatory." Oliver's social and emotional skills need adjustment. Then again, he probably won't ever be able to relate to people the way he did before.

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This actually reminds me of Emily Thorne's quest for justice on Revenge. While she may have a childhood love for whom she still harbors feelings, after everything she's gone through, she's going to be compatible with a completely different type of person now. That brings me back to Arrow and the Huntress.

Not to upset the Laurel/Ollie shippers, but I am really feeling Oliver and Helena. They are both vigilantes in their own way. It was evident from the moment they had dinner and she asked if there were parts of the island he missed. Not many people would ever think to ask that, nor would they think there was anything appealing about being on a deserted island. It was obvious she was a little darker from the get go. It looks like everybody's family has their drama.

Truthfully, I watched this episode twice and went back and looked at clips on YouTube after John Barrowman was revealed to be Mr. Merlyn. I'm sure a lot of you predicted it, but I was really wowed for a minute there. So the Queens and the Merlyns are both caught up in things they shouldn't be, which makes sense considering they are both very powerful business families with shady secrets. 

Were you expecting that to be Barrowman's identity? 

The question now is where does this leave Tommy with his father? What exactly was Mr. Merlyn trying to convince Moira when he creepily visited her in bed? Also, do you think a full out war will emerge now that The Chinese Triad is being blamed for the Bertinelli shootings? It sure looks that way.

Last, but certainly not least, what did you think of the introduction of The Huntress? Do you agree she and Oliver have chemistry?

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Marissa

Loved the episode. I've wanted Oliver and laurel to be together since the Begining but now I want him to be with Helena because I think there better together and they actually understand each other. Oliver can say what he is doing isn't the same as what she's doing but I think there pretty much the same just doing things a little differently and he can't blame her for killing people when he's done so much of that himself. I think they have great chemistry and it will be fun seeing them together. Can't wait for the next episode it looks amazing.

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Okay after today...officially a Tommy and Laurel shipper.They are so adorable and have loads of chemistry.I love her with Oliver but its obvious they wont happen for a very long time.So until then Im going to enjoy tommy and laurel and their fantastic cuteness.As for the huntress,not really feeling her.To be honest I don't think she has chemistry with oliver,but I also don't really like her character yet.An wow!!I too was shocked at tommy's father reveal.Crazy stuff.

Arrow Season 1 Episode 7 Quotes

I think it's easy to forget that he lived apart from civilization for five years.

Moira

Maybe you should spend a little less time trying to be a hero, you're obviously not very good at it.

Thea