TV: Arrow s1e13: Betrayal

Arrow — “Betrayal” — Image AR113b_0550b — Pictured (L-R): Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson and Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — © 2013 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved

Rating: 10/10

John tries to convince Oliver that he should suspect his mother, Moira Queen, as possibly having something to do with Walter’s disappearance. Meanwhile, as the Hood tries to catch a recently released convict, Detective Lance ups his game on catching the vigilante. On the island, Oliver, recently escaped, runs into Slade Wilson, another refugee on Lian Yu.

Tommy was actually pretty good in this episode, but I think maybe the writers have finally realized he’s better as a side character playing second fiddle for Oliver or Laurel, whatever the case might be. I guess that remains to be seen though whether we’ll still get whiny Tommy after this.

Slade is a great addition to the island parts and more or less steals the show from both Yao Fay and Oliver alike. I also like having more focus on the island in this episode, and truthfully if they wanted to have a few episodes that were only about the island I would probably enjoy that quite a bit. I don’t think they do though, from what I remember anyway. Hopefully, they know by now that cutting to the island is a much better filler of time than cutting to stories of Tommy.

Also things are really starting to pick up with whatever is going on between Malcolm Merlyn and Moira Queen. Creating more excitement for the coming episodes, though it’s a bit lame when everyone knows this isn’t going to come around until the final episodes in the season. Still pretty great episode all around.

SCORING:

+10: Like I just said, pretty great episode all around

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