Arrow Review: The Guardian Angel

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Oliver spends a lot of time taking down the bad guys on The List while trying to protect the ones he loves.

On "An Innocent Man," though, he took his job as the Starling City vigilante one step further when he went out of his way to exonerate, Peter Declan, an innocent man on death row.

Of course there was the convenience that Declan was framed by one of the guys on Oliver's list, but he still got the job done; largely thanks to Laurel.

Confronting Arrow

This wasn't the first time that Oliver has teamed up with Laurel on the case, but usually it's indirectly, with both of them set on taking down the same person. Here, Oliver went directly to Laurel for help. He realized Declan must've been set up by Jason Brodeur and he needed a lawyer to help him get the case stalled. So why does Oliver choose Laurel when he knows it will possibly put her in danger? 

He told her that he wears the hood to protect the ones he loves. He knew that involving Laurel posed a risk and there would certainly be other attorneys who have heard of Arrow and would be willing to take a chance. Maybe it's because on some level he knows that Laurel believes in him. Personally, I see a very strong connection between Oliver and Laurel. So much so that at some point I'd like to know what the Hell was going through Oliver's head when he was screwing her sister.

Chalk it up to immaturity or whatever you want, but I still want to know how that all came to fruition.

It was Lance vs. Lance on tonight's episode. On one hand we had Laurel referring to Arrow as the "Guardian Angel" and on the other, her father referred to him as a criminal. This was even after last Wednesday when Detective Lance trusted Arrow's tip about Deadshot. Does it seem to anyone else like a lot of people on this show suspect Oliver and Arrow to be the same? Did you see how Laurel looked at him when he flipped out during the inmate riot? 

That attack on the guard who hurt Laurel wasn't just standard protection, that was personal. She said she saw the killer instinct in his eyes, but didn't she also recognize the same eyes of her boyfriend of however many years? It looks like we will definitely get some answers with that next week, or at the very least we will get a kiss!

One person who obviously knows Arrow's identity is his new partner in crime, Diggle. My favorite scene this week was when Oliver and Diggle spoke at the diner. There was a lot of raw honesty right there as well as some great lines.

You were born with a platinum spoon in your mouth, Queen. What'd you spend five years on an island without room service and suddenly you found religion? | permalink

All the readers who noticed Diggle's brother's name on Deadshot's chest last week were totally right. That was definitely the point that got Diggle onto Arrow's team. 

So how will Oliver get out of jail next week? Will Walter confront Moira about what he found? After all, she has a terrible poker face. What's she doing with the yacht in the warehouse?

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Arrow Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

I made peace with your selfishness a long time ago.


Diggle: You really did lose your mind on that island.
Oliver: Found a couple of things along the way.
Diggle: Like what archery lessons?
Oliver: Clarity.