Arrow Review: Screw The List
For the past few weeks on of Arrow, we've had Oliver tell us how he came home from the island to right the wrongs committed by his father and others in Starling City. Everything was based off this list Oliver got from a book of his dad's.
In "Legacies," Diggle finally convinced Oliver that there was more than one way to save their beloved city. And it was awesome to watch.
Not every bad guy is going to be found on Robert Queen's hit list. By the way, it was very cool how we finally found out how the names showed up in the book. I've never heard of writing that shows up only when paper is held to smoke/fire. Does that mean Oliver might've thrown away part of it?
Despite a poetic plea by Oliver, Diggle ultimately convinced him that other people needed saving.
I don't fight the street crime. That's a symptom of what's wrong with this city. I'm trying to cure the disease. | permalink
While that was very well-spoken of Oliver, it really isn't true. Yes, there are larger fish to fry, but lest he forget that his father "wasn't that man he thought he was." Robert Queen wrecked havoc on more than his fair share of Starling City citizens. That's what made this episode so interesting. Oliver really was doing justice for wrongs done by his parent. His father cost those people their jobs, denied them severance and became the reason a lot of them turned to crime.
The Royal Flush Gang was a product of desperation. The father wanted to maintain some dignity by refusing to take a job from the son of the guy who screwed him over. Perhaps he should've chosen to do someone other than be a criminal? Not exactly any pride in that, buddy. Still, I felt bad when he got shot in the end. They never set out to use the guns or kill people and his son went rogue when he shot that cop. That should've been the biggest sign to get out of the game.
I think Diggle is a good influence on Oliver, but my God do they need to come up with some better excuses for bailing on things when they need to go rescue people.
"Something's come up," just isn't going to cut it. And I hate to say this about my ab-licious sexy vigilante, but sometimes Stephen Amell's dialogue is a little cheesy and forced, particularly the voiceovers. I'd feel worse about saying this if I didn't read that most of you already wrote this in the comments. Glad we are on the same page!
I loved the family bonding that happened this week. Oliver, Thea and Moira need to interact more. The ending scene in the burger joint was especially sweet, even if I'm not sure about Moira's moral compass quite yet. There were lots of "Speedy" mentions. Might we see action from Thea's character sooner than we thought?
Was this the first time you all picked up on Thea's crush on Tommy? It was for me, although I do recall him noting how hot she'd gotten in the pilot. It's too bad for her that Tommy is making a full play for Laurel. Besides, you can't fool around with your best friend's ex and your best friend's sister all at once. That's just awkward. We all know how romantic entanglements have fared for this group in the past...
What did you all think of this week's episode of Arrow? Did you like seeing Oliver break away from the list? Are you into Laurel and Tommy together? Hit the comments!
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