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Arrow Review: Farewell to The Hood

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There has been so much discussion about the topics that happened in the Arrow Season 1 finale that I almost forgot we hadn't checked back in with Starling City since then.

In "City of Heroes" we learned that instead of sticking around for the fallout from the disaster of Malcolm Merlyn's Undertaking, Oliver skipped town and let Starling City fend for itself.

That didn't seem like the reaction of a hero, did it?

Meeting Interrupted

As the city started to rebuild, Oliver had retreated to his island and only when Diggle and Felicity tracked him down did he return - not to act as the vigilante, but to attempt to save Queen Consolidated from a hostile takeover by Isabel Rochev (Arrow Season 2 guest star Summer Glau). 

Needless to say, there have been a lot of changes in Oliver's absence, not only in real life, but in relation to his recollection of his previous life on the island as well. It appears the time for moving on is upon us.

As a quick run-down, Thea is running Verdant, Laurel is working for the DA's office and is on a mission to take down the only remaining archer in town, Queen Consolidated was on the verge of destruction, Quentin Lance is a beat cop and a group emulating the vigilante calling themselves The Hoods has run roughshod over Starling City while Roy Harper has tried to clean up its mean streets while simultaneously loving Thea and encouraging her to reconnect with Moira in prison. Whew!

In his personal island flashback timeline, Oliver is remembering how personally he reacted to attacks on those he loved, including Shado, which whom he had moved on to a romantic involvement.

This first episode back was essentially a way to re-engage Oliver with the mission to serve and protect his city. He no longer believed in his father's list and didn't want to be known as a killer. What happened to Tommy and the way people remembered The Hood, especially that harmful vigilante groups without restraint were springing up in his name, left a sour taste in his mouth. Things needed to change for him to move forward. 

Out of the ashes will be born The Green Arrow. For now, we had this Arrow quote to serve as a placeholder: 

Oliver: If we're gonna do this, it has to be about Tommy. I need to be the man he hoped I could be. Now you two have helped me take the first step.
Felicity: So what's step two? I'm game for anything as long as it doesn't involve skydiving, and I'm pretty down on landmines now, too.
Oliver: The city still needs saving, but not by The Hood. Not by some vigilante who's just crossing names off a list. It needs something more.
Diggle: It needs a hero, Oliver.
Felicity: It's too bad The Hoods kind of ruined your nickname.
Oliver: No, it's good. I don't want to be called The Hood anymore.
Diggle: Okay. So what do you want to be called? | permalink

As a standalone episode, the premiere served merely to remind us of where Oliver has been and where he needs to go, while sprinkling us with moments that will mean more as the series progresses than they did apart from the whole. You can get a step by step rundown of the hour in the Arrow recap.

Stray observations:

  • Did you notice that when The Hoods attacked the gala, the only person left standing in the room who put up a fight was Laurel Lance? Not one single man rose to the occasion. Say what you will about her, but the self defense classes have come in handy.
  • It was ironic that the vigilante group called themselves The Hoods after the very man who they wanted to destroy. If they only knew.
  • Oliver had to swing Felicity to safety twice in this episode alone. Much more and it's going to be a great drinking game!
  • Roy's concern for Thea's relationship with Moira shows how much he has grown as a character. He could be blaming her, but instead he wants the woman he loves to understand the importance of having a connection with her mother. Impressive.
  • The Hoods couldn't shoot people with machine guns across the length of a conference room table. How much of a threat were they? 
  • The entire wrath of the Whedonverse is about to rain down upon me, but I don't buy Summer Glau as a high powered corporate executive. A terminator? Sure. A wealthy woman running a corporate takeover? Sorry.
  • Kudos to keeping Walter Steele in the family. I knew he loved those kids.
  • Given the title of the episode and the large-breasted blonde who flew into action when Roy was fighting off the thugs in the street - I take it that was Arrow's version of The Black Canary? Well, she didn't exactly announce herself and she wasn't wearing the same outfit as my Barbie! Gimme a break!
  • Since Laurel wants to take down the town archer, she'll not be ready to don the Canary suit until she sees the error of her ways, so it makes good story to bring in (who I suppose will be) her sister, Sarah.
It's great to have Arrow back and they've set things up to quite well for things to come. It's exactly where I would expect it to be for the premiere, as the writers are masters at pacing things out, as we learned when Arrow Season 1 ended with a perfect crescendo.


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Can anyone tell me who is the Black Canary? As I recall from last season and I watched the whole season I never heard anythingor anyone mentioning the character Black Canary or where did u heard that

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So happy this show is back!
What a great episode.
I am so happy that Walter came to Oliver's aid.
Laurel sure can kick some butt!
We also got our first glimpse of the Black Canary.
I love Thea, she has really grown up in the last 5 months. She is the perfect person to run the bar.
I also like that at the end Oliver said he does not want to be called the hood anymore and so now he will go by the name of Green Arrow! For some reason I loved that scene.
I also love the scene with Thea and Moira. It took her almost dying to realize that her mom was not the one to blame for what happened to Starling City.
I also like the direction Oliver wants to take his alter ego, he will try and kill less but still get justice!


What!? No mention of Paul from Orphan Black as Laurels new boss!?


I really like this show. Digs and Felicity are great. Love felicity and Ollie together too. He is fine girl I don't blame you for getting upset when he is around. It is funny how Digs and Ollie laugh at her in a sweet way. I was wondering where Walter was, glad he showed up as family in the end. I saw the clip with Michael Jai White for next week---love him. This show has really great fight scenes. I was wondering when did that sunkin ship show up in the harbor when Digs and Felicity dropped into the island. Now we know why. I don't know about showing island flashback on every show. Also if island girl is such a badass how did the guys grab her so easily? Just asking. Will miss Tommy and his dad. Did i miss Tommy's dad being killed?


Last year I stopped watching Arrow. The past few days I watched the rest of the season so I could be on time for the season 2 premiere . The finale...WOW, it was brilliant. I loved the premiere as I could understand things better . I cannot wait to see Roy put on his red suit maybe ? I love his character and his relationship with Thea. Now as for Laurel, she's not ready to be Black Canary (though how would she get her superpower?) but wanting to take down Olly/Green Arrow... I'm interested to see where it all goes.
The city is scarred, so I can only imagine who the antagonists will be for this season. However, who was that new vigilante woman ?
Summer Glau... she's not here to play nice, I can tell.
Anyways, nice season premiere. Cannot wait for the rest. The mystery of the island... who else is there? Now that will be interesting !


The Second Season promo also had a really nice tidbit of what's to come. The news feed early in the episode talking about Star Labs and their work on particle acceleration. For those that don't read the comics it's a safe guess to say that Star Labs and particle acceleration will be important in the Barry Allen story arc leading to the Flash backdoor pilot in episode 20.


lol'd at the big breasted blood. That was just to cheesy.


Oliver had any cuts from all that shattered glass ? Please....


It was an ok Start.... But please... All that rolling around on glass and neither Felicity or Olive


absolutely loved the premiere! i missed this show so badly!!
i also think that woman at the end was Sarah.
I wish we could see Summer Glau in action too