Arrow Review: Revenge vs. Justice

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Let's kick things off by acknowledging that Oliver finally got laid for the first time in five years! Mazel! Well, that is, unless he had some secret gal on the island we don't know about.

"Vendetta" focused on this budding romance, as well as the differences between Oliver and Helena, aka The Huntress.

Arrow and the Huntress

I'm not sure we've ever touched on this before, but Diggle is so very wise. Of course we know that he's intelligent and perceptive, as he was the first one to figure Oliver's secret out, but he also gives some pretty sound advice. Oliver's world is lonely. Not being able to tell the people close to him that he has an alter ego can be very isolating. To this degree, he probably saw a kindred spirit in Helena. Or maybe he was just trying to cure her.

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An interesting theory by Diggle. Do you agree? I think there is a small part of concern that Diggle has about Oliver sharing his secret with anyone because that opens them both up to exposure. Mainly, however, he just plain knows that Oliver and Helena are different. And whether their paths are similar to a degree, they're also not. It was almost more dangerous for Oliver to promise Helena anything emotionally when they are both so damaged. I don't think these two can really heal each other.

Ollie tried to show Helena that you could still get justice without killing people. He was especially smart when he stopped her from killing her father, telling her that in the end she wasn't going to feel any better about it. If anything she would eventually feel regret. It's too bad that Helena is so stuck on her own version of justice since she just incited a huge mob war. I get why she dragged The Triad into it, but it was like kicking a hornet's nest.

I found the scene with Oliver and Helena at Sara's grave to be very touching. Oliver really has opened up a lot since we first met him at the beginning of Arrow Season 1. He even showed some vulnerability when he told Diggle: I'm giving up a lot so I thought maybe the universe owed me one.

It's a sweet thought but it's a lost hope. Oliver isn't just trying to repay his father's sins, he's trying to repay his own. He will spend the rest of his life trying to make things right for hurting the people he loves. That includes Laurel. I'm glad he isn't getting in the way of Tommy and Laurel's budding romance since he just wants Laurel to be happy.

Someone who perhaps should be more aware of the people they love is Moira. While I do believe Moira Queen has turned a corner, she has to give Walter more credit for what he found out. He's not just going to take her word for things anymore. I only hope that Walter and Felicity from tech are spared from any harm.

What did you think of this week's episode? How awkward was that double date? What will Walter do with the book now that he's seen the names?


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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (126 Votes)

I love Felicity, she needs to be in it more :) she reminds me a bit of birkoff from Nikita.even though I like tommy, I really hope laurel and Oliver get together soon. I'm not liking the huntress/Helena character at all.cant wait for next weeks mid season finale. It looks intense


loved this episode, love Felicity


I enjoyed the episode and liked the chemistry between Ollie and his "broken" short lived girlfriend. However, I think its pretty obvious that in virtually every TV show with a backstory of the main character that has a big time chemistry love relationship with another character that is blocked for one reason or another before the writers get the two together they need to have a failed relationship or two so the one holding back finally knows this is the one which also buys the writers more time and more episodes before they tackle the relationship everybody wants to happen. IMO poor Tommy is looking at some heartache in the future. My one complaint about this episode is there just were not enough people killed in it. I think they only hit double digits. Just kidding, as I think the body count is a bit too high for my tastes. This is a good show I just hope that like other CW shows once they play out the better story lines they dont go for a heavy dose of soap opera type story lines.


Am i the ONLY one who LOVE LOVE LOVE Oliver/Helena? I love the actress more than Laurel. I dunno, Laurel was VERY annoying to me, maybe it's her eyes or something. She's always trying to act tough BUT still look pretty. Urgh. Helena's eyes were very mesmerizing and i tot she has more chem with Oliver. I'm hoping the network don't follow the comic where Laurel be Black Canary and that Oliver/Laurel HAD to be end game epic romance. TEAM OLIVER/HELENA!!!!


Oh Im sure he got laid on the island.
China white was also on the island LOL. Not to mention that shado girl thats coming later in the series probably was. In any case the island wasnt deserted. The less Thea the better, sorry dont see much use of the character beyond the bratty teenager who sometimes stalk her brother. Loved the Arrow/Huntress team up glad the romance is over, think Laurel and Tommy are cute but less is more. Like someone said if they are building laurel/Oliver as main epic romance they need to show connection and allow them to built chemistry, in just about every episode. Right now Tommy/laurel, Helena/Oliver are even more developed at this stage.


I think that Oliattever and Laruel should try to become friends because in Vendetta the double just showed they still have unfinished bussines. It would be cool if in one episode olive arrow goes atack a place and Laurel was there or Laurel get kidnapped and aroow comes saves her TEAM OLIVER AND LAUREL


"One thing has me scratching my head about this show, though, and that is why does the guy who plays Arrow walk like Yosimite Sam whenever he's in a suit? He's so stiff its like he's got bombs strapped to his neck and torso, and he walks bow-legged. He moves completely differently when he's in his costume. Weird" Thank god........I thought I was the only one who noticed how awkward Stephen is when he's not in the hoodt. Although to be fair, we never really see him "walking" or doing normal every day stuff as Arrow. I think it has to do more with his fitness and musculature. I've known a lot of buff guys who moved awkwardly. I do love the show though!! Not a Helena fan! She is a self righteous biatch as far as I'm concerned. I hope she doesn't stay around too long. All though now she makes a great foil!!


I agree with the reviewer that it was about time Oliver got laid, and I am glad it was with someone who could possibly understand his need to be a hooded superhero and go after the bad guys. However, I do think that Helena needing to actually kill people in her fathers organization, not to mention her need to kill her father set her apart from Oliver as a psychopath.
That said, I enjoyed watching the two of them do some 'wire-fu' martial arts moves as they decimated her fathers business associates, also known as scumbags. One thing has me scratching my head about this show, though, and that is why does the guy who plays Arrow walk like Yosimite Sam whenever he's in a suit? He's so stiff its like he's got bombs strapped to his neck and torso, and he walks bow-legged. He moves completely differently when he's in his costume. Wierd.


Eu ainda não vi este episódio, pois ainda não foi legendado e o meu inglês é para inglês ver ou seja nulo, então vou comentar genericamente. Eu não estou gostando desta série, estou pensando seriamente em deixar de vê-la, o que ainda não aconteceu por mera curiosidade de ver a onde vai dar. Não gosto de vários personagens, inclusive dos principais, os que me chamam mais atenção é do faz tudo do Oliver, o Diggle que apesar de ser mais inteligente, sozinho nada faz, precisa de mais independência, eu gostava muito quando o Oliver conseguia enganá-lo e sair pela esquerda, era engraçado, agora nem isso tem ou seja a série esta carente de alguns personagens mais marcantes, mais ativos e quem sabe mais vilões que se preze, nada como uma boa sacudida de um bom vilão.


★★★☆☆TV @Neejan Agree. Although the show is not missing by much. Which makes it difficult to give up on. What it does miss is obvious to the viewers. Needs better structure and real story conflicts. More Thea less Laurel. Helena was just freakin awesome. I love that she wasn't fixed and I'm now calling PunisHer. Okay Huntress works too, whatever hopefully she returns to a better arc. Felicity I don't ship. So I'll just say that she's gorgeous, funny and crazy smart. �TeamFelicity - Who am I kidding. -

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Arrow Season 1 Episode 8 Quotes

She's lost Diggle and whether she knows it or not, I can save her.


I don't kill people unless it's absolutely necessary. It's not my opening move.