Arrow Review: Down for The Count

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Maybe we can chalk it up the seven-weel itch or something, but Arrow Season 2 Episode 7 was seriously lacking.

I'm sure die-hard Arrow fans will toss snowballs at the back of my head, but the entire hour was so predictable as to be borderline boring. Even the big reveal that Malcolm Merlyn escaped a death that his son could not did not make the installment special.

How Will Oliver React?

That doesn't mean it was a complete loss, as what happened here will most assuredly drive story forward.

It also stops the conjecture we've all been doing as Moira languished in prison. Was the big secret that Thea was Malcom's daughter? Yep, but Moira didn't want to give away all of her secrets to save her skin. She didn't have to. The trial was a farce.

Poor Laurel. Yes, I said it. Poor Laurel. After Adam went down in the courtroom with Vertigo poisoning, she was made lead counsel on the case, tasked with grilling Moira on the stand. She was in such pain afterward, she tried to avoid Oliver and could not believe he was concerned about how it made her feel. She'll feel even worse after losing such an easy case. 

Moira was defiant on the stand. There was absolutely no way the jury was going to side with her after her testimony. Even Oliver knew it. Who else would have had the means or desire to help Moira than Malcolm? Oliver and Thea told Moira they would forgive her any of her past indiscretions as long as she told them the truth.

She did not. The family will face a lot more pain.

Seth Gabel made a return appearance as The Count, as he escaped prison during the earthquake (thanks Moira!). It was so unlike Felicity not to pick up that Diggle got Vertigo from the flu shot as soon as he said he got one that I lost track of things from then on. Who didn't think it was in the flu shot? They should have purposefully ensured it was not related to the flu shot just so it would act as a red herring. 

Of all the people who have come within inches of Oliver and The Arrow, it was The Count who sussed out the two were one and the same. Not a detective, not the woman who loved him for 15 years. The Count. Sigh.

So what was good? Oliver will kill if someone he loves is in harm's way. The Count won't be making a return engagement. As much as I love Gabel... thank goodness. His death lead to another sweet moment between Oliver and Felicity. That's always welcome.

The scene between Roy and Thea as he gave her a way to let go of her stress with boxing gloves was adorable. She's going to make good use of those gloves in the future, as I don't think the secret of her birth is going to be one for long. Roy may soon feel like her only salvation.

Although the island scenes were short, Oliver did ask if whatever is on the submarine could save Slade's life. Now we know how Sara got initiated into the group and possibly how Slade gains his ultra strength, speed and agility. Come to Starling City, Slade!

The Count tried to give Oliver hints about who helped him gain his footing again with his operation, but I doubt the clues will lead Oliver to Sebastian Blood. That's too bad, because Brother Blood's minions seem to be coming to life. Whatever that means. Whatever process he subjects them to is making them stronger and... something. He won't be an in and out criminal of the week with all this build up, surely.

Overall, I'm disappointed that what could have been a huge episode sort of failed in its delivery. Nothing really shocked. The two most emotional moments were Laurel facing Oliver and Felicity apologizing to Oliver for putting herself in danger. Maybe those were the intended takeaways. If so - bravo!

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That Thea's father Malcolm things was really a shocker!!!


I actually really liked this episode. The trial scenes were kinda eh but the rest was great. I liked the count and his similarities to the joker and thought that it was interesting that out of everyone he figured out Oliver identity showing that just cause you're insane doesn't mean your crazy. I also liked both of the confrontations between the arrow and the count having plenty of action. And last but not least I absolutely love the chemistry between Felicity and Oliver! And how when she was about to be injected he sort of snapped and put three arrows into the count. Just a great episode minus the court stuff.


I loved the episode. It had everything from secrets,bravery,guilt to tenderness practically a truck-load of emotions. Great to see the chem between Oli and Feli. Thea does not look that bad in this episode as well. All in all a very much enjoyable outing for Arrow.
BTW cant wait for Slade to become Arrows biggest nemesis. That would be cool!!!


Laurel should have recused herself because of a conflict of interest. She's too close to the family. Malcolm reappearance was a surprise.


I know you're a superhero series but put some effort into legal proceedings for the love of Thor. The Count fits now but you kill him!? He's smart and knows Latin. Felicity could have spoken with Quentin/gone with Quentin to the van. Does every tv affair/one night stand have to produce a child!?


If I remember correctly, Slade becomes Death Stroke, one of Arrow's biggest nemesis. I hope this is what happens. I am a big Manu Bennet fan and would like to see more of him and not just in flash backs on the island.


If I remember things correctly, Slade turns against Arrow and becomes Death Stroke, one of his biggest nemesis. Have to wait and see if that happens. Would love it though as I am a big Manu Bennet fan and would love to see more of him and not just in flashbacks.

Sarah silva

It is not that often that I am right with predictions so I am going to share what I was right about as I am proud of myself.
As of last season's finale I did not think Malcolm was dead. I also predicted for weeks that Moira would be set free and that Malcolm was Thea's dad. I loved that I was right.
I really liked this episode.
There are really teasing us with Oliver and Felicity. I like it but I am not sure why they are teasing us as last week Oliver said he can not fall for someone he will really care about because of what he does. So they put a pin in it but will keep giving us sweet moments with them?!?!?
So the count is down for the count for good! Sorry could not help myself.


I love how people come and post that they predicted the Malcolm/Thea thing,let me tell you something I've been patrolling the forums since the show started and maybe once have i heard of the possibility.

@ Ackerlover

I figured it out in the early part of the episode when the one night stand with Malcolm was announced. I can't say I remember anything about the affair before this episode; if there was I forgot it, but when I heard about it in this episode and how it would wreck the family, I said "I'll bet Thea is Malcolm's daughter" - now that's got to suck for her all the way around and the fact the her father is still alive is another problem. I'm not a fan of shows where the bad guys keep reanimating and coming back for seconds, thirds, fourths and fifth go arounds.

Spindae 2o

Considering the Moira storyline was the weakest through out the first eps of season 2, I wasn't surprised by this poor story development. Honestly I didn't need the Vertigo storyline. Moira and the Flashbacks would be enough for a solid episode.
Scene stealler: For me at least it was Laurel. Against all odds she regained complexity as a character and connection to her humanity vulnerability. She walked out of her bland personality, I really can't wait for her to meet SARA:
But I just love the Roy/Thea scenes a really perfect match. Willa proved here some exellance again. I love that little skiny girl, hope she gets more focus. I believe she'll found out about Oli in midseason final.
Moira's resolution was to easy, but meeting Malcom again was a powerful scene. But I have a huge issue with them making Thea, Malcolm's daghter Oliver would've been a better choice. Thea and Moira ha enough issues.
The Island story was nice, I love Shado going after Oli. There will be some odd scenes when she finds out who Sara is.

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Arrow Season 2 Episode 7 Quotes

I made a choice not to put an arrow in this guy, and it was the right choice. There's no more killing.


Mom, secrets are what put you here. Secrets and lies. Now is the time to give the truth its day.