Arrow Review: Deadshot

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It's all fun and games until somebody swoops in and takes out one of Arrow's targets before his work is done!

In "Lone Gunman" the offending vigilante wasn't in fact a vigilante at all. As Oliver helpfully pointed out, this guy didn't go after people for justice, he just did it for the kill.

One bullet laced with poison was all it took for this assassin. That's why the various organizations searching for him called him Deadshot.

Taking Deadshot

Besides, Deadshot is easier to say than "creepy killer who tattoos his hits' names on his body." This was a new and very highly skilled opponent for Oliver, but luckily he was familiar with the act of getting poisoned. 

With more flashbacks to the island, I feel like we're finally starting to really piece together Oliver's time there. The biggest revelation, however, was not until the end when the original Arrow told a foolish Oliver that "they" would kill him out there alone." Then what looked like a black ops team poked around and realized their trap came up empty. Those were not just random hunters on the island. Dare I say they might've been hired by Moira Queen? 

Moira stated last week that the yacht was sabotaged. But then, did she really leave her son on a deserted island for five years? It's not really making sense to me just yet. Please feel free to add your theories in the comments as I'd love to hear them! Either way, Moira is definitely shady and as previews show, she is aware that there is a list of bad guys.

As far as being aware, Moira and Thea have to notice the conflicting sides of Oliver's personality that keep coming out. Or, as Thea so helpfully dubbed it, his "judgmental hypocrisy." Where else would she have learned such petulant and rebellious behavior? By the way, if I ever saw my protective big brother at a club I wasn't supposed to be at, I'd never tell him I was so wasted I was seeing two of him. C'mon Thea, you are definitely smarter than that.

Detective Lance has also caught on that Arrow has a specific method and realized immediately that it wasn't his handiwork that killed James Holden. Arrow has a method to his madness and after his tipoff to Lance about Deadshot, I think it's safe to say Detective Lance's hatred of the hooded man will no longer be so strong. He sure did teach his daughter well might I add. Laurel kicked some ass this week! 

Laurel isn't fooling anyone about her feelings, though. She refused to believe that Oliver didn't care about her and Tommy and insisted that he must've already known. True or not, it's obvious Laurel isn't ready to give up on him.

My favorite part of the episode was the end when Oliver saved Diggle. It was only a matter of time before Diggle found out Oliver's secret. When they were at the gala, did Oliver slip up about the information he knew on purpose? I'd assume so, but who knows. It was a great way to end the episode with Diggle waking up and Oliver just simply stating "hey."

Where do we go from here? Will Diggle become Oliver's confidante? I think the club is a great cover for Arrow's workshop.

What did everyone else think of this episode? Hit the comments and don't forget to check out our Arrow quotes section!

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Arrow Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

Oliver: She's testing you.
Moira: Yes, and who'd she learn that from?

Cops brought her home. She and some friends broke into a store, tried on some dresses last night, lit up the breathalyzer like a Christmas tree.

Diggle [about Thea]