Arrow s1e5: Damaged

Arrow — “Damaged” — Image AR105a_0386b — Pictured: Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen — Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW — ©2012 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved

Rating: 10/10

Oliver Queen is arrested on suspicion of being the Hood just as a rich gunrunner starts smuggling illegal arms into the Glades. On the island, it turns out the other inhabitants are a terrorist organization, who then capture and torture Oliver.

This episode is much different than the others, much like the 90s Flash episode I just watched before this. Except that here the difference in tone is very beneficial for the show. Mixing superheroes with courtroom dramas is actually a very good way to make excitement without having great deals of action, though there’s plenty of that too in this episode as John Diggle joins Oliver’s crusade and dons the Green Arrow costume for the first time.

Very enjoyable, I especially liked the dynamic between Moira Queen and her husband Walter (Colin Salmon) who’s just now discovering what type of woman he really married. There’s some of the overdramatic relationship drama, this time between Oliver and Laurel, that I’m not a fan of but it doesn’t drag this episode down much more than a tad.

SCORING:

+10: Who knew courtroom dramas and superheroes could mix so well?

-1: Relationship stuff

+1: Other relationship stuff

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