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TV Review: Arrow: Season 2 – “Identity”

By: Adam Basciano

Arrow Title Card 2

“Now that Oliver no longer has the list to work from, he’s not sure what’s next. Roy continues doing his own vigilantism and has to be bailed out of jail by Thea. When he mentions to Oliver that someone is hijacking medical deliveries to the Glades Memorial hospital, the Arrow knows exactly what he wants to do. His visit to the hospital doesn’t go well when local politician Sebastian Blood takes him to task for what his family has done. When he tries to stop a hijacking, Arrow comes up against China White and her new partner Bronze Tiger. Thea tells Roy she’s not going to wait around until he gets killed. The flashback to the island shows the aftermath of Oliver’s violent attack on the unknown visitor.”

There may be two superhero television shows on the air this season but only one is worth watching, that one being “Arrow.” This episode felt a lot more like the early to middle parts of the first season in that it was smaller scale, with Arrow battling gangs either involved with arms or drugs. This feeling was enforced by the return of China White, accompanied by Bronze Tiger.  The preamble and stare down prior to the fight was played up so well, I kind of feel let down by the fight.  Especially given the skill of Michael Jai White, but hopefully he’ll return.  I really like the Roy Harper subplot.  He really wants to partner with Arrow, but instead of jumping the gun, the show runners seem to have the proposed partnership happening in stages. I like Roy as the informant, it’s a smart way to go.  The secret identity conversation between “Team Arrow” was hilarious.  The “I’m his black driver” quote from Diggle was hilarious.  That scene is as funny as it is, only because of the three actors chemistry together, and their very different delivery of their respective lines. The island flashback showed us Oliver’s first human kill.  It was Oliver at his most brutal, which was a great juxtaposition to the non-killing Oliver seen this season.

Arrow Vs Bronze Tiger

I did have a couple of problems and those problems sit on the shoulders of the writers. Laurel’s complete 180 where “The Hood” is concerned. I get that she’s upset that her friend died but blaming a human being with only a bow and arrow for not saving him from a building collapsing on said friend is ridiculous. As a result she goes from supporting him to wanting to put him in jail? Makes no sense to me. Then there’s the character of Sebastian Blood.  Being a comic book fan, I know this guy is bad news, but even his “philanthropist” façade is written and portrayed as such a douchebag, you can see his turn to evil coming a mile away.

Despite my issues with certain characters in this episode, I really enjoyed “Identity” Mostly for the continued progression of Oliver Queen and the rest of Team Arrow.  Also, because I believe bigger and better things await characters like Sebastian Blood.  The next episode promises more Black Canary, which Kyle will review for you.


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