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Arrow Review: Blindsided

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I've finally figured out the overarching theme of Arrow.

In "Betrayal," Detective Lance threw everything on the line, including the life of his daughter, to get to the vigilante known as The Hood. We'll have Green Arrow canon characters swinging in and out of the series, but it appears none will stick while the main offensive is Lance vs. Arrow. Oh, please let me be wrong.

Oliver and Moira

What an incredible waste of the otherwise talented David Anders. They could have used anyone in the role of Cyrus Vanch to kidnap Laurel and get situation with her father thrust to the forefront for her. His appearance really served no other purpose. The entire part consisted of him eating cereal while watching television and generally being an annoying nuisance.

He was never a true threat, not even to Laurel. He had to take her down with a taser for goodness sakes, after his entire team of ruffians was thwarted by her hand-to-hand combat skills.

After all his posturing, when Laurel's life was on the line, good ole Detective Lance realized he couldn't trust a single soul in his coveted police department to help him save her life. Who did he call? The Hood. The person he hated the most was the person he chose to save she who was most precious to him. While it could have been a nice moment if I'd given it a thought, I was more angry at his arrogance at taking the attitude of a vigilante himself when he wanted to hurt the man who had taken Laurel.

Is Det. Lance really so blinded by hatred, as Laurel mentioned to him (and was noted in the Arrow quotes) that he could not see the similarities between what he was feeling in that moment and what he had been chasing in The Hood? If something doesn't turn around in his behavior after what he experienced in this episode, then Det. Lance is being written as a petty, sad little man.

Thankfully, that was not the only story of interest for the week. After it was revealed to Oliver last week in "Vertigo" that Walter had given the exact same book to Felicity to research that Oliver had been using as his guide to right the wrongs of Starling City for his father - and that it belonged to his mother - poor Ollie was a bit conflicted.

Oliver's immediate reaction was to trust Moira. Frankly, his implicit trust of her surprises me. I've never understood what has driven him to have so much faith in her, but after this week, that has certainly been lost. It wasn't that long ago in "Trust but Verify" that Oliver needed to remind Diggle about the perils of trusting someone based on a past relationship with them instead of their merits. It would have done him good to circle around to his own advice, because not doing so left him stunned and hurt.

The first red flag should have been when Moira so quickly tossed the second copy of the book into the fireplace, but Oliver somehow saw some good in her decision to do so. Diggle wisely remembered all that Oliver had taught him and diligently kept up with Mrs. Queen, even taking on light chauffeur duties to get as close to her as possible.

He finally hit pay dirt when she met with Malcolm and he recorded their conversation about the compromised yacht, that she had it hidden in a warehouse and chattered about something called the "Undertaking."

It was enough to spur Arrow into action. Oliver needed to have a chat with his mom, but The Hood showed up to her office instead,. Through the window. "Moira Queen, you have failed this city." Fade to black, we have to wait to see what happens next. Now that's the kind of stuff I want to see.

Some final thoughts:

  • Detective Lance, I'm over your arrogance and ignorance. Catch a real criminal.
  • Did anyone else notice that Malcolm's voice was altered on the recording Diggle made, but Moira's was just....Moira's? What was up with that?
  • Laurel finally showed some of what I expect will earn her the Black Canary costume. If the only thing that can keep her down is a taser? Damn....
  • I totally missed the island tie-in this week. Was it really that boring?
  • Cyrus Vanch - about a 3 on the frightening criminal scale. AND he chewed with his mouth open. Such a disappointment.
  • Did you catch Arrow/The Hood talking like Oliver when he was saying goodbye to Laurel? When she catches on, will she become the Canary?
  • Loved Oliver telling Tommy how wrong it was that he was letting Laurel cavort with The Hood since he's dangerous.

Now it's you're turn. How did this week stack up against the rest of Arrow Season 1 so far? Hit the comments!

Review

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Carissa Pavlica is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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@bree777 OMG, u totally spoke my mind! Me too totally think Helena rocks....i dunno why people were raving about Katie Cassidy but i think her acting sucks big time. Most of time, she just walks around TRYING to look like a smart ass lawyer but i think she's only concerned if her well-mascaraed lashes are looking good for tv. Ollie and Helena definitely have more sparks than her. I'm keeping all my fingers and toes crossed that the writers WILL NOT follow the comic book story arc on her and ollie. In fact if Helena is not the main love interest, then let it be Felicity!

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Laurel was kicking ass in this, Ok cool. Except I dont enjoy any of this. Gosh why couldnt they find a better actress to carry this role. Is Katie Cassidy sleeping with all the dudes behind Arrow and CW or something, to get jobs. She is atrocious at acting.

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Glad to see all the discussions about the last episode. This is a good sign.

Deann

I am with GeneralRapunzel (you and Mrs Alex O have the best screen names!) in that I adore Paul Blackthorne as an actor (does anyone remember him as Harry Dresden on the late, lamented Dresden Files TV show?) but this role has him as a frothing freakin' nutball when it comes to the Hood. I mean seriously, there is no reason for him to risk his daughter's life so easily and without hardly a qualm! And I, too, caught that part where the voices were not distorted when they should have been. Wierd. Seems like a continuity error, but then, I gather the CW is famous for those. I find myself liking Diggle more and more, especially at times when Oliver seems so clueless about his own mother.

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Also, Aussie intelligence?!

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very disappointing episode. Major inconsistencies with the voices and some seriously BAD dialog. We know you can do better, we have seen some awsome episodes. Come on guys, get your game on!

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1st there is no way Oliver would hurt his mother, just remember he stopped Helena the Huntress from killing her father. I actually Love Helena and find Laurel boring. Helena and Oliver are much more sexy and mesmerizing together. Now since this is a TV series not the comic book; feel free to do a better job and not follow the comic book. Different writer, with a different plot. So if you want the comic book, then maybe you should stick to that. Please Less Laurel, more thea. Bring back Helena at least she’s a lot more interesting.

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1st there is no way Oliver would hurt his mother, just remember he stopped Helena the Huntress from killing her father. I actually Love Helena and find Laurel boring. Helena and Oliver are much more sexy and mesmerizing together. Now since this is a TV series not the comic book; feel free to do a better job and not follow the comic book. Different writer, with a different plot. So if you want the comic book, then maybe you should stick to that. Please Less Laurel, more thea. Bring back Helena (she's at least interting

Fatin

This is getting so boring. C'mon, up Felicity to a show regular as one of the sidekicks!

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Does anyone else think it's weird that Oliver will shoot all the henchmen but leave the villian untouched?

Arrow Season 1 Episode 13 Quotes

The experience of helping others it its own reward.

Laurel

I've been researching some of those people online and....they're not good people.

Oliver
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