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Arrow Review: Playing With Fire

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You know what they say about playing with fire: you're bound to get "Burned." On the winter premiere of Arrow, Laurel got herself involved in a dangerous situation by contacting The Hood for help on the special phone he gave to her father.

Now Quentin will use Laurel and The Hood's connection in order to nab him down. Kind of a cold move to use your own daughter to find the vigilante, especially when everyone is now calling him a hero. I suppose Quentin just has a one track mind when it comes to Arrow.

So what led up to this secret arrangement?

Arrow vs. Firefighter

Laurel's coworker and best friend Joanna found out her firefighter brother was killed on duty in precarious circumstances. Sure, Daniel had a job that caused him to risk his life everyday, but the coroner reports showed that there was a third variable or chemical rather that caused Daniel to die. When Joanna begged Laurel for help, she couldn't find it in herself to refuse.

Laurel is normally the kind of girl who will take any chance in order to to the right thing and help other people. After all, that's why she took a job with legal aid. But Laurel especially knows what it's like to lose a sibling and feel like there is more to the story than you are getting. She knows what it's like to have that hunger for more information in order to get some piece of mind. 

With this mindset, she swiped the special Batphone, if you will, from her father's desk and reached out to the vigilante: a man she once referred to as a killer but secretly trusts more than she will allow herself to admit. 

Whoever this guy is, he's got a habit of putting himself between danger and you. | permalink

There's certainly no argument in Quentin's statement. The Hood has a tendency to protect Laurel and to the audience it's obvious why. With a little research and some coaxing from Diggle, Oliver pulled himself out of a six-week hiatus following his face-off with The Dark Archer. I must note, it was an interesting psychological observation that Diggle made about Oliver losing his spirit after that fight. Oliver was right when he said he had more to lose now, but Diggle was right when he said there was also more to live for and that's why he needed to fight.

This latest cast was solved fairly quickly with some research by Oliver and Laurel and in the end Oliver/The Hood was able to take out the bad guy in one fell swoop. So what if his club got burned up in the meantime? He's got plenty of money for those renovations and Tommy's certainly got the time. The most important part of this whole thing, besides saving a bunch of people of course, was that it gave Oliver the confidence to start paying attention to the list again. It's time for him to get back into the swing of things.

It's hard with Walter missing and there being no proof of life for six weeks, but if Oliver, Moira and Thea keep themselves busy and on track maybe they can make some progress and help get Walter back. After all, Walter is being held by The Dark Archer

What was with the flashbacks this week? I feel like we were teased without much payoff. What would you guys think of an episode dedicated entirely to an island flashback? Some people have been suggesting it.

Also am I the only one who wishes the show would balance out with a few light and humorous moments? Tommy renting out a football stadium to play strip kickball with models? I wouldn't mind seeing that storyline! 

What did you think of the winter premiere of Arrow? Hit the comments! 

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Leigh Raines is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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The wig Oliver wears for the flashbacks is so ridiculous !! Seriously ?! They should have given him sexy dreadlocks or something

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Peace* of mind.
I liked it, the villain was interesting this week and i certainly enjoyed the dynamics between the characters, Laurel not wanting to give Tommy a drawer, Tommy being able to talk to Oliver about it, etc.
And most importantly, the dynamic between Oliver and Diggle. I'm loving the bromance there.

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Considering that I only tuned into Arrow to see Katie Cassidy, I feel horribly disappointed with her character and acting. The rest of the cast is alright, though I wish they kept Oliver's mom as an evil badass. Plot this episode was predictable and weak. I'll give the show one or two more episodes before I decide whether to drop watching it permanently.

Snakethecritic

★★☆☆☆TV Baffling. What was the point of the second firefighter dying? Why didn't he use his Bow and Arrow then? Well I'm giving it 2 more episode. 12 ep's was all I needed; to know Lost wasn't worth my time. This show is headed in that direction. .

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Hope You Put Eps Of The Following With K Bacon On Here-Havent got the channel here in the UK-Love Arrow My Fav Show Thanks

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It was a interesting story, though somewhat weak.
Oliver's sister creeps me out... not as a slutty girl, but as someone who would stick a knife in your side given the oportunity. Something in her eyes looks evil.. but then I think his mother isn't quite innocent either! I love that the added John Barrowman ie. Capt. Jack Heartness, from the Who & Torchwood series across the pond. He has a wealth of good acting under his belt. This series could last several years if they play it right.
Laurel's dad is such a spinless creep.. he loves his daughter? But uses her to get him?

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I like Arrow but was totally disgusted at the commercials happening every 5 minutes :( With fast forwarding thru as many as I could, the show lost 20 minutes!! or 1/3 of it's time. If this keeps up I will quit watching, as it doesn't hold my interest long enough to sit, or fast forward, through ads every 5 minutes

Neejan

Predictable and weak episode. The flashbacks didn't make much sense, really in what way were they related to the present? Emotional / feelings? Not clear enough. The story wasn't bad, but it wasn't like the episodes earlier this season.

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I like Arrow, didnt think I would because I really like Justin Hartley, but Stephen pulls it off quite nicely. I always watch Arrow before SPN, of course if it was on same time/same day as my show Supernatural. SPN would win
out everytime.......my love & prayers go to Jensen & Danneel since they are
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The last show 'Burned' should have been more exciting and told more abour how Oliver was sick. And Walter? What happened to him? What did she do to him/or allow to have done? I have so many questions...I am waiting for Oliver to find out it was his own mother who had him on that island?

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I thought it dragged and was predictable. And Oliver should start moving his arms when he walks or he'll fall over.

Arrow Season 1 Episode 10 Quotes

Who are you? Where's my friend Tommy Merlyn? The guy who once rented out a pro football stadium so he could play strip kickball with models.

Oliver

Looks like everyone's disappearing.

Thea
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