Arrow Review: The Mission Comes First

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This week's Arrow earned a cold hard five stars! Everyone was involved in "Damaged," as there was a balance between love, family, business... and vigilante ass kicking.

After his arrest, Oliver backed Laurel against a wall when he proclaimed he wouldn't have an attorney represent him unless it was her. Was anyone really surprised that Laurel caved? Things have certainly thawed between this former couple over the past few weeks. 

Oliver Arrested

Hands down, my favorite scene was Laurel and Oliver in his bedroom at the party. You know, the "Burning Man meets Shawshank Redemption" soiree that was in poor taste but simultaneously brilliant and amusing. Laurel hated Oliver even when she found out he was alive. Do you really blame her? Oliver was cheating on her with her sister when the yacht went down. Not only did she lose her love, but she lost part of her family. It took her awhile to realize that she wasn't the only one who suffered.

It may have taken a few weeks and a polygraph test to shift the relationship between these two, but they are definitely in a different place now. Sometimes the chemistry between people just cannot be ignored. Laurel hadn't ever thought what Oliver might've gone through on that island. When he was being targeted by others, her mama bear instinct to protect him came out, even if it put her at odds with her own father. 

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Well, for starters, there was a lot of torture. We finally met Deathstroke, though I felt it wasn't super clear that the masked man on the island who tortured Oliver was this infamous character. Maybe this is something that was easier for the comic book fans to pick up on, but either way he will definitely be a major force over the coming weeks. It's interesting that Oliver's loyalty and instincts kicked in right away on the island. 

Oliver technically didn't know the original Arrow at all, but that guy did save him and keep him alive. He sensed that the other dude who captured him was shady and not to be trusted. Trust seems to be a huge theme on this show. Oliver wants to tell his family the truth but knows he can't. Walter finally knows that Moira has been lying and betraying his trust by keeping the salvaged yacht in a warehouse.

I have to say, I've been surprised with the turn Moira has taken. In the pilot, I thought she was just awful. Yes, she may be working with the men on "the list" but I get the feeling it's not necessarily at her own free will. She did not put out the order for that security guard to be killed, she seemed genuinely upset that Walter was taking an indefinite leave of absence, and she issued quite the threat: 

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Wow! Remind me to keep that one in my arsenal for future use! I'm interested to see more of Moira's interactions with the people who know about the list. 

As predicted by many of you readers, Diggle took Oliver's place as the hooded man while Oliver was under house arrest. Throwing an obnoxious party was the perfect way to show people he was still just a playboy who couldn't possibly be out taking down criminals. After all, you can't be in two places at once.

Laurel and Detective Lance aren't dumb, but Oliver is keeping a pretty good cover for now. What did you think of this week's episode? How would you rank the kiss between Oliver and Laurel? What would you have worn to the prison party? What did you think of Deathstroke's introduction? Hit the comments! 


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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (203 Votes)

The most amazing thing about this show that it really gives you the 'expected the unexpected' and the show really does manage to do it. I'm hoping for more Tommy to be honest, as it seems like his screen time as diminished the past few episodes.


It would be double jeopardy for the vigilante accusation, but he still has to be careful, because he could be charged for another murder he commits in the future. Different victim, different charges... But I think the whole purpose was to calm the suspicions of detective Lance.


This was a good episode. I love that the writers are very intelligent and are dealing with this story line so early in the game. It was beautifully done. There is definitely more to Moira than meets the eye. They seem to have taken some of her character from Victoria from Revenge. Which is not a bad thing. I like that they are also steering away from the sci fi aspects of the show and for now its only dealing with criminal like cases. Its refreshing. Stephen Amell is doing a good job. I wonder if they will head towards Dinah putting on the black canary costume and helping Oliver at some point.


Oliver needs to plot/fight more and speak less especially voice-overs. Detective Lance and Laurel both have conflicts of interest.


Btw, did anyone notice Deathstrokes mask on a stick in ep 1 when he was rescued???


@Melissa You can be arrested for the same crime just cannot be tried in a court of law for it. It's considered Double Jeoporday. Great episode. I wish they talked more about Deathstroke the character but I'm sure that's still coming. I wish they'd devote one full episode to the Island but I like the mix between them. Arrow reminds me of Nolan's Batman and I'm sure there was some inspiration there. One of the better shows on Tv


BTW Costume -- would have been funnier if he wore the officers uniform from the prison. You know without the mask this time.


★★★☆☆TV Predictable entertainment. Speedy and Moira are coming along. Oliver Queen and Arrow need some serious work. Stephen Amell, portrayal's are completely confusing to me.


This was a good episode. Now I thinking Moira might not be as bad as i thought. she seems to care for her children.
loved the scenes between OliRel (?)
The scenes with Oli and Thea were pretty touching too.


Oliver allowing himself to be cleared of charges as the vigilante serves obvious purpose- can he be accused of the same crime more than once? I feel like his scene with sister about his 'island souvenir' was my favorite. Nothing was forced - and Willa is amazing. Oliver knows he needs r hgs.

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Arrow Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

I'm thinking prison, Burning Man meets Shawshank Redemption. The invite says "come before Oliver Queen gets off."


I am having a sizeable get together for tomorrow evening and there is a better than likely chance it spills into the outdoor pool.