PART II...arrogant, entitled personality more removed & superior from everyone around him. OTOH, Oliver's trauma of watching his father & Sarah die right in front of him had the opposite effect. He may seem cold & removed because he has a double life. But, we know that compared to that spoiled, rich kid using a $100 bill to pay for pizza in this episode, Oliver cares now more than he ever did about his family & community, & at least is aware about the emotional consequences of his actions on other people. I like how we're seeing what made Arrow & the Dark Archer at almost the same time. They're mirror images of each other, making ethical choices that you can compare because their emotional crises were similar.
QUESTION: Does anyone think they are using CGI to make Steven Amell look younger in his pre-island days? You can use makeup only so far, and Oliver Queen's skin & facial structure is so youthful in his scenes with Laurel, that it almost felt like I was watching Brad Pitt age backwards in THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON.
Was this episode only one hour long? SO MUCH INFORMATION that this review could only do a recap to underline the important points, of which there are many (and to make sure all of us understood). LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT! Thank you for finally revealing how the List connects to the Plan, how far back Moira's involvement went (or didn't go), and how Mr. Queen got roped into all of it. I was surprised that he wasn't the mastermind. But, instead more of an unwitting accomplice because he had something to hide.
What is fascinating is we know now that Malcolm developed all these plans as a reaction to his wife's murder, and because he couldn't deal with how he let her die alone. He blamed a location for her death, and condemns *everyone* who lives there as being unworthy of existing. Overreact much, Malcolm? Becoming the Dark Archer was an emotional outlet for his trauma. But, it only magnified & distorted his "God complex," as Robert put it, and made an already arrogant, entitled personality more removed from the community...CONT'D ABOVE
@San - I think Snow was referring to Emma not being able to read Graham, Neal or August very well because of her personal relationships with them (not necessarily romantic).
EXCELLENT EPISODE! Lana Parilla & Robert Carlyle have the BEST chemistry together. Whether their characters work together or are at odds, it doesn't matter because they really do great work together. I did notice one thing after watching this episode. To get your Happy Ending in the Enchanted Forest, you either have to be royalty or a character who deals in some way with magic. Average villagers are either routinely slaughtered by kings or ogres on their military campaigns, by queens nursing a vendetta, turned into puppets, or eaten by their girlfriends. David may want to return to the EF. But, IMO he, Snow & most everyone else were pretty safe during their 28 years in Storybrooke compared to the murder & mayhem that were routine in the EF. I don't think this world was more cruel to Emma than their world was to Snow.
Apparently, once a show is informally cancelled/moved to a Saturday time slot, it's no longer worth reviewing, eh?
I love Shado, too! There's a woman who can take care of herself, & not give Oliver a guilt complex about what her life "might have been" without his Vigilante role. She knows the score. And, she could do yoga with Moira!
Finally, I'd like to express some Laurel & J. August Richards love. Laurel hauling out a pump rifle from her bedroom was just AWESOME! And, JAR played the cold assassin perfectly. Will always have a soft spot for him because of ANGEL.
One thing puzzles me - while I understand the character arc being built for Tommy, why didn't Oliver just let him on to the Team? He found ways to include both Felicity & Diggle when they discovered his identity, and he hardly knew them. It would have gone a long way to smoothing over Tommy's shock if Oliver trusted him. They never had heart-to-heart about Oliver's motives, why he developed the alternate identity, etc. Tommy is still mad about being shut out, and acting like it. They need to be locked in a room with a couple of beers, and talk everything out.
ARROW is excellent TV! I've never been a comic book reader. So, whatever is on screen is my accepted mythology. SO glad this has been renewed!
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.
© 2013 TV Fanatic