The GeeksverseArrow episodes 3, 4, and 5

Arrow episodes 3, 4, and 5
Published on Monday, November 12, 2012 by

Like most Americans, I now depend on TV and movies to deliver my dose of superheroes. Vigilante and dysfunctional families collide in the third and fourth episodes of Arrow. The show is balancing the time in the hood, out of the hood, and before the hood fairly well overall in this series.My wife walked in while I was watching the show last night and asked if they were reusing the Luthor mansion exterior from Smallville. Apparently the grandeur is just grandeur in the same way in these CW shows. The exterior of the mansions may look familiar, and the balance of hero and average guy may sound familiar but Arrow seems to be executing it better than most of the Smallville run. Smallville had its great moments, especially early on. The Kent family dynamic continued the Lois & Clark live parents for guidance really well. The Luthor family was much more interesting in the early seasons because of their soap opera relationship. Arrow is merging both the happy and the Machiavelli into one familiar looking mansion around Oliver Queen.

China White, Dead Shot, Slade Wilson and now back to the local corruption. Nice three episodes.

Four episodes in and the trend is a nice balance of Hood and Secret Identity. Often the family dynamics of the secret identity have been the most interesting part of the show. Honestly, that should help the show stay fresh and relevant. Arrow‘s use of the hooded figure has pit him against the local corrupt businessmen, international mobsters, paid assassins, and his former body guard. It is a nice mix instead of early Smallville stalling out with freak of the week formula quickly. The urban environment provides a better setting than the farm town in that respect.

The final fight with Deadshot was quick with an even quicker resolution. Fortunately no one stays dead in a comic book so I doubt anyone will in this show either.  Oliver has a killer instinct when he takes out the local corruption and even the major villains. It is nice to show him struggle to turn off that survival instinct. Instead of showing him becoming a killer, showing him to struggle not to kill has fun story telling potential. That will make this villain of the week formula a little more fun long term.

While the Deadshot stuff left much to be desired, Arrow has been fairly adept at equally developing its supporting cast so far. The great last moment realization of the Deadshot episode is not the villain battle, but rather Oliver dealing with the supporting cast. One of my favorite moments thus far is when the body guard wakes up and realizes that Oliver is the Arrow leading into the next episode where he denounces Oliver as a menace before ultimately joining forces. I’m not quite sure who names a character Diggle but it is a character that I don’t expect to live long but be fun until he dies.

I know exactly how I feel about most aspects of this show, except for Deathstroke. I like how we finally find out about the character alluded to in the first episode and that we know he’ll die presumably by a green arrow, but I’m still unsure about the mute character. The costume looks okay. I wanted him to look more like the Slade from Teen Titans. It’s a personal bias. The tricky bicolor mask looks a  bit odd but not as bad as Snake-Eyes with lips in GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra movie. Maybe if he had spoken I would like him more. Maybe he’ll grow on me.


It’s nice to see the Laurel/Tommy relationship stuff out in the open already, rather than dragging it out to provide drama for Oliver. It’s more realistic, and frankly, seeing how the triangle is handled after it’s revealed is just going to be more fun than trying to keep it a secret. There’s some strong writing in this scene and its development through the episode, too; it’s not pulled out for the love triangle, it’s used to shine a light on the characters, as it should. Oliver’s emotional walls are in full force here, and it’s one of the few times when the stiffness works. Colin Donnell is also much stronger when playing Tommy more heartfelt than when he’s throwing out quips as the comic relief. Laurel, meanwhile, shows off her perceptiveness, being the only one to pick up on Oliver’s nigh-superhuman insight about the two of them.

Thea has become more annoying yet I cannot look away from her. My initial reaction to so many living relatives may not have been favorable, but I like seeing how Thea was forced to cope after losing most of her family. The partying and drugs harkens to a pre-island Oliver very nicely. Thea handling the arrow head that did not come from an airport gift shop shows that she may figure this out yet. That makes her on screen whining time worth it. Oliver keeps calling her Speedy. I’m sure at some point she’ll take up a bow too. In fact, my guess is that it’ll be Oliver and Thea against the mother and Tempest sooner or later.

Ultimately, I’m a fan of this show. Setting this in a major metropolitan area has already helped the story telling improve over DC’s farm hero setting from their last outting. Even though I don’t keep appointment television in my lifestyle I have managed to catch every episode of this show so far. That is compelling since I don’t watch that much TV.  I’ve even managed to show the rebroadcasts of the firs episode and the election night Tuesday showing. I’m appalled that they are rebroadcasting episodes, what I’d still call a re-run, before the fifth episode has even aired, but whatever. This is a fun show.

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