Arrow Review: Screw The List

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For the past few weeks on of Arrow, we've had Oliver tell us how he came home from the island to right the wrongs committed by his father and others in Starling City. Everything was based off this list Oliver got from a book of his dad's.

In "Legacies," Diggle finally convinced Oliver that there was more than one way to save their beloved city. And it was awesome to watch.

Diggle vs. Arrow

Not every bad guy is going to be found on Robert Queen's hit list. By the way, it was very cool how we finally found out how the names showed up in the book. I've never heard of writing that shows up only when paper is held to smoke/fire. Does that mean Oliver might've thrown away part of it?

Despite a poetic plea by Oliver, Diggle ultimately convinced him that other people needed saving. 

I don't fight the street crime. That's a symptom of what's wrong with this city. I'm trying to cure the disease. | permalink

While that was very well-spoken of Oliver, it really isn't true. Yes, there are larger fish to fry, but lest he forget that his father "wasn't that man he thought he was." Robert Queen wrecked havoc on more than his fair share of Starling City citizens. That's what made this episode so interesting. Oliver really was doing justice for wrongs done by his parent. His father cost those people their jobs, denied them severance and became the reason a lot of them turned to crime.

The Royal Flush Gang was a product of desperation. The father wanted to maintain some dignity by refusing to take a job from the son of the guy who screwed him over. Perhaps he should've chosen to do someone other than be a criminal? Not exactly any pride in that, buddy. Still, I felt bad when he got shot in the end. They never set out to use the guns or kill people and his son went rogue when he shot that cop. That should've been the biggest sign to get out of the game.

I think Diggle is a good influence on Oliver, but my God do they need to come up with some better excuses for bailing on things when they need to go rescue people.

"Something's come up," just isn't going to cut it. And I hate to say this about my ab-licious sexy vigilante, but sometimes Stephen Amell's dialogue is a little cheesy and forced, particularly the voiceovers. I'd feel worse about saying this if I didn't read that most of you already wrote this in the comments. Glad we are on the same page!

I loved the family bonding that happened this week. Oliver, Thea and Moira need to interact more. The ending scene in the burger joint was especially sweet, even if I'm not sure about Moira's moral compass quite yet. There were lots of "Speedy" mentions. Might we see action from Thea's character sooner than we thought? 

Was this the first time you all picked up on Thea's crush on Tommy? It was for me, although I do recall him noting how hot she'd gotten in the pilot. It's too bad for her that Tommy is making a full play for Laurel. Besides, you can't fool around with your best friend's ex and your best friend's sister all at once. That's just awkward. We all know how romantic entanglements have fared for this group in the past... 

What did you all think of this week's episode of Arrow? Did you like seeing Oliver break away from the list? Are you into Laurel and Tommy together? Hit the comments!


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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (131 Votes)

I really enjoyed this episode, starting to like Tommy and Laurel together. Though, not sure if Tommy will keep being a good guy and not go back to being obnoxious.


i loved this episode, and i was pleased to see some trick arrows being used 9to tie the bags of money to the ground). We need to see more trick arrows like in the comics.


@ fenn, seriously, you are not that it girl, jajaja


I agree with the reviewer on this one - I really like Amell and I think his portrayal of the character is spot on. He's SUPPOSED to be wooden, he's emotionally hardened. Besides, he does a great job of ramping up the superficiality when appearances matter. That being said, I also agree with the cheesy line delivery - the flashback scene was killing me. And can they stop the voiceovers? I'm not sure I like what they did with the Royal Flush Gang. They're way more badass than that. But any chance to see Graham Currie on screen is a good thing. Goodness, I really like Tommy. REALLY like him. He deserves better than Laurel.


Is it just me? I totally like the techie girl (forgot her name though) and i think she fits Oliver more than Laurel (altho we ALL know Dinah WILL end up with Oliver) but i hope they change the series a bit. I dont like Laurel (the actress i mean) altho a LOT of people think she's talented etc but i tot her acting is a little stiff and too "oh, i'm so gorgeous and i'm so busy" airhead. I like the techie girl more. She's lovely. And not afraid to be sarcastic in front of Oliver. Give Amell a chance


There we go. Amell can act, but if given the opportunity only by getting good lines. He is not wooden, and no, I do not think Hartley's portrayal is better. In fact, Amell's conspicuous flaws make his character so much fun to watch.
I'm kinda hoping they will include a Superman/Arrow episode (with Tom). That'd be awesome.


I love this show but this was the weakest episode so far. I think Diggle is a good influence on Oliver, but when do we get to see him digging into the bad guys too? Last week we saw him in the green and more than holding his own, I thought they were a team?
Moira and Oliver were so sweet together, it was hard to remember that she knew the "Queens gambit" was sabotaged when she allowed her beloved son to board it...
Oliver is a bit wooden but I thought Amell was great in the island scenes - the man can act, if given a chance


@K, 1) Don't insult me for having a difference of opinion 2) Criticism is not whining.

Leigh r

1. I never knew about the lemon and the paper!! I remember those highlighters that were clear until it was dark.
2. On another note, I do like Amell. I think he's great. Just some of his delivery can be cheesy depending on the lines.
3. Thea is 17 I think. She goes to clubs and gets in prob with a fake ID like most teens. She's also Thea so I imagine she cuts the lines and knows all the bouncers!


Love Arrow.But how does he keep his hood on When jumping around.Surely you can tell who he is by his voice.But look forward to seeing it most enjoyable series

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Arrow Season 1 Episode 6 Quotes

I don't fight the street crime. That's a symptom of what's wrong with this city, I'm trying to cure the disease.


It sounds like you have a narrow definition about being a hero.