by Noor Alnaqeeb (@nooralnaqeeb)
Spoiler Alert! Arrow Season 1, Episode 10. If you haven’t already – go watch the entire season.
Recap: Walter disappeared. Arrow got his butt kicked. There’s a big bad wolf in town with a big bad plan to change Starling City and everyone is none the wiser.
The episode began with the most impressive visual effects scene Arrow has brought us to date, a firefighting scene. To be honest, Arrow looks like it has put on its superhero outfit and stepped up to the plate of becoming the series that it always had the potential to be. Keeping that in mind, that is exactly what this week’s episode was about: Arrow stepping up to the plate, licking his wounds and becoming the hero he was always meant to become. It was a refreshing start to the second half of the season as previous episodes had been filled with Arrow beating up bad guy after bad guy without pausing for so much as a drink of water let alone a brief hospital stint.
We are brought back to Starling City with the following updates: Walter is still missing. Arrow has not been hero-ing it up and has been in rehabilitation for six weeks. Moira is mourning the “disappearance” of her husband. Laurel and Tommy stand strong as a couple with no awkwardness. And Diggle is definitely my favorite character this episode.
A handy dandy flashback brought us to the first kind-of-intentional kill at the inexperienced hands of Oliver. After his mentor/prison escapee was captured by the angry British man Oliver was left to his own devices; which included a knife and the ability to fall off a cliff unintentionally killing the man pursuing him.
On the family front, Thea shifted gears from “rebel teenager” to “mother’s mother” by kicking Mother Moira into taking Walter’s position at the company. Her heart-to-heart with Oliver helped too – when did little miss alcoholic turn into such a good spirit guide? Speaking of spirit guides, Diggle wins the award for best sidekick/crime-fighting colleague after: first, working out topless showing the world that Oliver isn’t the only crime fighter with a body that can cause crime. Second, and maybe more importantly, making Oliver realize that the city needs him, getting rid of Oliver’s performance anxiety after getting kicked in the gut by the mysterious firefighter killer of the episode.
The question of the week was “Does Oliver still want to be Arrow?” The answer, with Laurel’s cry out for the ‘vigilante-turned-hero’s’ help to find her best friend’s brother’s killer, was yes. Oliver’s problem with being The Hood was that he had seen what his friends and family would go through if they lost him again, and he himself had too much to lose. Touching. But Diggle, told him that facing death with something to lose is so much better than facing it with nothing to hold on to. This week showed us that Oliver still has the sense of humanity in him that all superheroes must have in order to stay ‘good.’ It also showed us that Detective Lance is a conniving father after he handed his daughter a phone to call Arrow with, after planting a bug on it. But mainly, Arrow is back in the game and society might actually start calling him a hero instead of a hindrance.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars