TV: Arrow s1e3: Lone Gunmen

Arrow — “Lone Gunman” — Image AR103b_0320b. Pictured: Michael Rowe as Deadshot — Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW — ©2012 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved.

Rating: 10/10

Someone beats the Hood (I was calling him Arrow in the last review because I forgot he was called the Hood first) to murdering a person on his father’s list, and now he’s trying to find out who it is. Meanwhile, Thea continues to be an emotionally unstable drunk as she reveals to Oliver that Tommy and Laurel, his best friend and ex-girlfriend, have been sleeping together since Oliver went missing.

Okay, first off, really good acting all around. I especially like John Diggle (David Ramsey) as the foil to Oliver who keeps getting short-handed by him, as he slowly realizes who Oliver truly is. Also, this is the first episode with Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), who was only going to be in this single episode, but had such good on screen chemistry with Stephen Amell, she soon becomes a series regular. Which is awesome, she’s great, even in her short scenes in this episode she stands out as a strong point of the show.

Also, Oliver faces his first real villain with Floyd Lawton (aka Deadshot) in this one. Though he did briefly fight China White in the last episode, it was just a single fight and I don’t think they had more than a quick exchange of lines before that. Here, Oliver has to use all his resources to find this contract killer before he assassinates his next target, who turns out to be someone close to Oliver himself.

I know I’m usually one to hate on relationship drama, especially in a show like this, but I feel what they do here with the brief storyline involving Tommy and Laurel works well with the rest of the episode.


+10: another killer episode

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