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Arrow Review: Punctured

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We finally had an hour where it felt like we were watching an adaptation of a comic book on "Vertigo," thanks to Seth Gabel's excellent portrayal of The Count.

He was just campy enough to draw out the comic feel and yet still a mean and frightening bad guy threatening Starling City. He was a fun opponent for Oliver and Arrow and 60 minutes just zoomed by.

Seth Gabel on Arrow

Alright, raise your hands: How many of you really thought Oliver would kill a guy to get to The Count? If Diggle could fail the test, then I'm guessing some viewers did, too. I knew there would be some trick involved and was wondering how the deal would go down once the guy woke up. I didn't realize it was a take your kill with you kind of situation. That was odd. It couldn't have ended any other way, but that was the one snag I couldn't explain. Arrow is so full of fun surprises!

I loved how Diggle didn't trust Oliver not to kill some random dude with the Russians, but totally trusted him not to shoot the arrow at the tennis ball when he was still high on Vertigo. Thankfully, their relationship is getting stronger. Each week it gets more enjoyable to listen to their banter and know they're growing closer as a result of it.

Another hand raiser: Number of people thinking, "Hey, Diggle, just suck the venom out of Oliver's chest!" Like I said in last week's review of "Betrayal" about the flashbacks, it's hard to get overly upset when Oliver is in danger, either on or off the island. The Count stabs two vials of Vertigo into his chest and I'm not worried. Oliver is tossed into a fight or die situation with his buddy on the island, and I'm not worried. Oliver Queen is not going anywhere. That's probably my biggest complaint with Arrow.

There is so much to love, but they need to stop with the Oliver-in-peril situations because while everyone else could take a tumble, Oliver is set in stone. He's the Green Arrow. Or,The Hood. Whatevs.

Thea's near miss of heading to trial thanks to a judge who was willing to use the Queen family as an example to show just how bad it is to do drugs (mmmkay), gave Oliver an immediate need to get to The Count. It didn't stop him from pulling out all the available cards, including imploring Laurel to ask her dad to speak to the judge on her behalf. That's what worked, but once Oliver knew what kind of a man The Count was, and was pumped full of Vertigo himself, getting a first hand reference of what The Count was pushing, he wanted to take him down at any cost.

During Oliver's quest, we were finally introduced to a cop who didn't have a bone to pick with Oliver or the Queens, his old high school friend, McKenna Hall. She was really great and had some nifty moves. I hope she sticks around for future episodes. We need someone who won't automatically jump to conclusions regarding Arrow like Det. Lance does. Can someone tell me why he was so upset to see The Hood with syringes to The Count?

According to the judge in Thea's case, Vertigo was the worst thing to hit Starling City in ages and stopping it was imperative. Instead of being even mildly grateful that The Hood (I hate that name) had captured and was going to incapacitate The Count, Lance laid into him about being a murderer. What the hell? That was such a stretch, even for his expected high and mighty routine. So the pusher was being pushed, it hardly made the guy who captured the immense criminal he couldn't a murderer.

Now that Oliver gave The Count a dose of his own medicine, will he make it back to the streets of Starling City? Reading this interview with Seth Gabel, and seeing The Count being wheeled down the hospital flipped out of his mind, it would appear to be a stretch. That would be too bad. The loss of a fantastic actor and a wicked villain continuing to tear up the streets would be a terrible in the long term. What do you think, will he be back?

Finally, while Felicity wasn't the next person to be in on the identity of The Hood, she did take a chance and turn to Oliver with what Walter had entrusted her to research. She thinks it got him killed. Felicity felt she could trust Oliver by his face. Was she also able to read the many emotions that ran across it when he saw the book? I wonder what she'll take away from that conversation and what Oliver with do with the new information.

Let's get Felicity more airtime!

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Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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The Americans PREMIERED last night ...and you highlight this knucklehead horsecrap ? GET WITH THE PROGRAM !!!

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Steve and Bored now. Try to up your vocabulary and wash your mouth out. You both sound like a couple of juveniles.

Snakethecritic

★★★☆☆TV Mediocre TV - Which is fine for the CW but not for me. I don't see anything intriguing going forward. I'm done. Seth Gabel , never ever play a villain again. Yikes, Batman! Thanks for the laughs tho.
@Jarrod Mitchell - more like
Adam West's Batman and Heath Ledger's Joker became - The Count. lmao ...

Modwild

Is there a superhero in Green Arrow lore that Felicity can become? I know Dinah/Laurel is destined to become Black Canary, but Felicity's intelligence, hidden good looks (the glasses, whip me off, shake out that hair!) and her crush on Oliver either mean she's destined to me a sidekick or a bad guy. I can't stand the thought of the latter. Ideas?

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I'm torn. Part of me hopes this show gets canceled cuz it's bad but I'm afraid that'll ruin it for other DC Comics adaptions. I got why certain things get changed in adaptions but that is NOT Oliver Queen. And why the need to ruin Dinah Lance? I hope it gets better but somehow I doubt it. Everybody is VERY easy on the eyes tho LOL

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I did not like the Count - what was that wierd accent? Little over-the-top with the crazy. Maybe if I were acquainted with the comic book stories, I'd get it. I'm also getting kinda tired of Thea's brat-to-sweet routine every week. And why does everyone call Thea "Speedy"? I agree with other commenters: More Felicity please! She's awesome. She should be all in with ollie & Diggle. I'm eager to see how things go now that Ollie knows about his mom's book. I really hope Walter comes back sooner than later.

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I liked the count, much more than the usual characters, all of whom I'm ready to be one and dones. Speaking on one and done, could someone put a bullet through Tommy? He is getting in the way, of the banter, fun and utter nonsense that this type of TV show needs to achieve a true will they won't they story line. A show like this might end up only getting a couple of dozens eps, and can't afford to take too long with any plot device, it's about time, this one steps up to the plate. Maybe the whole thea probabtion thing will get things moving. But a bullet to Tommy's skull would too.

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@Enilamoht, ITA! She's awesome and so are Arnell's abs! I love when he's working out on that bar thing!

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This show is a little bit cheezy but I totally love it. They should have dragged the Vertigo epidemic out for longer. It's like everything is too easy for Oliver.
The scene with Thea turning down community service was just stupid. She's facing jail time and she's going to refuse help to spite her mom? Yeah right!
OT: I wish they would've showed Oliver working out on that bar thing. His chest and abs make me drool!

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Arrow Season 1 Episode 12 Quotes

Diggle: Find what you're looking for?
Oliver: Took down three Vertigo pushers tonight, Diggle. Last one finally knew a name. The Count.
Diggle: The Count. That's worse than The Hood.

Whoever you fear, fear me more!

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