Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy), Oliver’s lawyer ex-girlfriend from before he got trapped on the island Lian Yu, is trying to prosecute a mob boss for being an evil murderer who takes bribes and murders people. When she can’t, Arrow has to step in to help.
This episode introduced the beginning of the flashbacks to the island. Though there was some in the first episode, it was mostly about the boat crash and here’s where we’re officially introduced to the island of Lian Yu. Only the beach, but it’s a very good start to one of my favorite parts throughout the series. Finding out Oliver’s past while also showing how it affects him in the present is a very interesting dynamic throughout the series and does nothing but serve to further the character of Queen. It makes him seem even more human, and less of a psycho-killer vigilante in this first season.
I have to say that I really like Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen (Oliver’s mom). In this episode, we discover that there’s more than meets the eye with her as she sneaks around behind her family’s back for some hidden purpose that remains unseen. Is she evil? Good? Only time will tell.
Pretty good follow up to the first episode. I don’t really have any complaints, though the plot of this one is a bit lackluster.
+7.5: Good, but not great
+1: Susanna Thompson stands out in this episode