Arrow Watch: Episode 3 - Lone Gunman
"Who stays mad at a castaway?"
After another bout of voice-over, this time completely unnecessary since it's simply rehashes what we just saw, Laurel finally shows her beautiful face only to once again be fed some terrible lines! Someone has to do something about the dialogue between her and her co-workers, especially since they didn't even use 'trolling' in the proper context. Anyway, all work and no play makes Laurel a dull girl and it's time she got physical with someone other than Ollie and Ollie's best friend. The other ladies in his life have their own thread with Moira taking her son's advice (although not admitting it) and enforcing a few rules on Thea. The 'I care, I'm your mother' line plays nicely since we know she's up to something sinister from both of the previous episodes' tags. While Oliver's out doing some parkour detective work (wear a disguise if you're going to Spider-Man up a wall!), Detective Lance continues to contest the conclusion that Arrow is their man, especially after they finally get caught up on the poison angle and discover that the killing shot came from over 100 yards away.
"Well, if you need us, we're just a 911 call away."
The bullet casing that Ollie found on his PK adventure leads him to the Russian mob, more specifically to a particularly seedy garage somewhere in the Glades. The meeting doesn't start so smoothly but once Ollie reveals his legit 'captain' tattoo everything calms down. Who knows how he got that ink, probably something to do with the increasingly LOST-like mysterious island on which he was a cast away. The Russians agree to find out some info on Deadshot who, at the time, is busy tattooing the name of his latest victim on his skin. We know this thanks to the TV. Any of the other names ring a bell? Detective Lance decides to interview Walter and Moira since all the people killed by the assassin are potential buyers of a business that the former is also interested in acquiring. If not a veiled accusation, then consider it a friendly warning and reminder that the Staring City PD is there to protect and serve. Ollie and Tommy obviously run into Laurel at the rival nightclub, poorly named Poison, and Thea does everyone a favor by drunkenly airing their dirty laundry. That's enough out of her, except Ollie's not her father!
"How dangerous is this gig anyway?"
The Thea threads continue to drag on me a little but Holland isn't a bad actress and perhaps her upcoming reconciliation (or sorts) with mommy with help her start to get over all the festering hatred for her brother. Back at the club, the owner is indeed not too pleased to see Oliver and decides to have the bouncers beat him and Tommy up a bit. That is, until Laurel steps in a handles things and all in her high heels. This bird can fight! She also doesn't need nor want her former boyfriend's forgiveness for her and Tommy bumping uglies. This image forces Ollie into a flashback where we see him run from the Green Arrow dressed marooned man and into a giant net. Dig takes the beaten up white boys to the local burger joint run (?) by his dead brother's wife. The way they handled the information about the cause of his death was perhaps the clumsiest sequence of the series so far. Fortunately, it was cut with Ollie and Tommy hashing out their differences which contained a couple of pretty good lines. The writers can manage the quips just fine but anything sincere reads painfully on the nose.
"I can't protect all of Deadshot's targets. I can't do this alone."
Good thing the next scene is a great action sequence that finds Arrow arriving at Deadshot's doorstep before the pair shoot it out. Ollie is horribly outgunned but still manages to make Floyd Lawton flee out the window but not before riddling the computer with bullets. Hence the visit to Ms. Smoak to see what she can salvage. Do you feel a team coming together? Meanwhile Mom and Thea have a heart to heart that is actually rather warm even though the cat-tiger story is a bunch of gibberish. It also fits a scene in between the two with Smoak and when we return Ollie learns the location of the next assassination attempt as well as a little humility. Yes, even superheroes need some help. He recruits Detective Lance, his sarcastic Jim Gordon, and the rest of the SCPD to ensure that the auction is protected but of course Deadshot has killed one of their men and is perfectly in position. For some reason we leave the action to watch Tommy ask Laurel to give him a chance before returning for the final showdown.
And It doesn't disappoint. The extended sequence, from the thwarted shooting (except for the fact that the waiter as well as several others still get hit) to Deadshot taking one in the eye, is pretty exciting and well choreographed. It's also great to see them inject a bit of fun in the otherwise bleak universe with remarks like "I admire your work" right in the middle of the fight. We also get those aforementioned mysterious men who arrive at the now empty net. They look like some kind of military outfit, all clad in black with big black boots, and it wouldn't surprise me if it was somehow related to Moira's scheming with the man in the limousine at the end of last week. Anyway, the island Arrow helps Ollie hide from the men reinforcing the theme that you can't do everything on your own right before the big moment when he reveals his true identity to Digs. A great way to end the episode and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited to see that they'll be working together. Arrow returns with Episode 4, "An Innocent Man," next Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
Arrow returns with Episode 4, "An Innocent Man," Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. Based on DC Comics' "Green Arrow," the series stars Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland and Colin Donnell.
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