Arrow Review: Actions and Consequences

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"Home Invasion" began moving the final chess pieces into place as Arrow Season 1 races to its finale.

And it’s certainly shaping up to be a wild ride.

The biggest recurring theme of the installment centered around the value and love Oliver has for Laurel. Through flashbacks, conversations, choices and actions, everything Oliver did always worked its way back to Laurel - and Oliver paid for those decisions with very personal costs.

Take Diggle. Oliver gave Diggle his word that he would make sure Deadshot was killed, but when the time came, Oliver made the choice to save Laurel instead. Most of Oliver’s enemies always ask Oliver what happened on the island, and Oliver’s actions tonight were the answer: The island not only made him an efficient and deadly weapon, but it also completely focused him on Laurel.

Oliver Takes Aim

Island Oliver is always carrying the photo of Laurel and he’s always hiding her around Shado and Slade. Playboy Oliver is even willing to stop his make out session with Shado over the idea of getting back and telling her how he feels.

It’s time for Oliver to emotionally leave the island. There’s more to Starling City than just crime and Laurel and if he’s not careful the choices he makes and the people he (inadvertently) pushes away have the chance of making the space around him his own personal island in Starling City.

Diggle’s exit is also worrying for Diggle himself. He usually leaves the dirtier work in Oliver’s hands and provides backup, but without Oliver Diggle could very well decide to make Deadshot his very own priority, putting him in a situation that could prove fatal.

Tommy continues to follow each step in the Villains 101 textbook as he distances himself from everyone he cares about. He believes that no matter how many reassurances Oliver gives him about not pursuing Laurel that it’s going to happen; and in his eyes as long as he’s the one to do the breakup he can’t be hurt later on

However, the bigger issue here is Tommy himself. At times Tommy can’t stand Oliver and what he does, and at others, like tonight, Oliver is the best asset he can have.

Tommy finds justifications for Oliver and then immediately finds wiggle room around those justifications so he can head back towards his original opinion of him being the vigilante. But even those justifications are still mostly superficial, and this exchange between Tommy and Oliver begins showing his true colors:

Tommy: You still love her, don't you?
Oliver: It doesn't matter how I feel because what I do, I could never be with her. So you don't have anything to be afraid of she's never ever going to know my secret.
Tommy: It doesn't matter if she knows, I know, and I don't know how to be with Laurel knowing the entire time if she found out who you really are she would choose you. | permalink

Boil everything away and the biggest issue here is Tommy not feeling good about himself. Laurel and Oliver have both made something of themselves, while Tommy has not. Oliver and Laurel have similar goals and a (somewhat) similar vision for Starling City.

Two More Thoughts:

  1. Thea and Roy are pretty adorable together. As is Roy’s admiration for the vigilante.
  2. While I love the chemistry Oliver and Felicity, how I wish Oliver would stop directing his anger towards Felicity every time something doesn’t go his way.


Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (90 Votes)
Sarah silva

I thought this was a fantastic episode!
I have and will keep liking Tommy until he goes to the dark side. He made me cry twice, first when he was talking to Taylor and then when he was breaking up with Laurel and making himself out to be a douche so that Laurel would hate him, all while fighting back tears because he still loves her and then when he left and was walking down the hallway and started crying, I was crying too!
I feel bad for Oliver, first he lost Tommy as a friend and not now Diggle, I hope Diggle will come around soon. Diggle would have done the same thing had it been his sister in law/girlfriends life in danger over someone that wronged Oliver. I just hope Diggle realizes that! I have to say Diggle is trying to match Oliver for the best abs and muscles on the show! LOL
I laughed when Felicity said she died her hair and Oliver looked at her hair! It was subtle but super funny.


EXCELLENT episode! There are some places thought where I don't agree with this review. When the series began, Oliver was always going off on his own to become the Arrow & cross names off his list. Diggle was the one who made him see that he needed to become closer & more attached to his family & friends. Now that it's happening, Diggle's obsession is overwhelming him, and he's pulling away from what is left of his tiny family & even shutting Oliver out. Hey, Dig, as strong as Oliver is, he can't bend the laws of physics & be in 2 places at the same time. It's not his fault you & multiple gov't agents couldn't take down Deadshot. Frankly, you should have been able to. Meanwhile, it was just Arrow going after Rasmus. The police weren't even chasing him. This was about more than Laurel. It was about protecting his family, and I don't blame Oliver one bit. He shouldn't have to apologize. Of all people, Diggle should be the one to understand that.


Good episode. On the island when shado was teaching him how to shoot a bow I was just waiting for them to kiss and then they did but Oliver cut it short because of laurel. I kind of think Oliver does have to stop putting laurel first because he does have better things to do like going after dead shot or crossing another name off the list. Felicity hacking in to a federal agency then being afraid she would go to prison and Oliver said they don't take blondes and she said she died it and then quickly said I keep your secret was a funny little moment. I love Roy and Thea together there do good and I'm very interested in there story of hunting the vigilante. Can't wait till the next episode it looks good.

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Arrow Season 1 Episode 20 Quotes

Oliver: Do you want Lauton arrested?
Diggle: No.

Felicity: Which means I just hacked a federal agency. Kinda makes me a cyber terrorist. Which is bad because I really don't see myself fitting well into Guantanamo Bay.
Oliver: Don't worry Felicity they don't send blondes there.