Season 2 Episode 10

Blast Radius

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 15, 2014 on The CW
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Episode Summary


A new villain, Shrapnel, arrives in Starling City and his next target is Sebastian Blood. With Arrow trapped, Diggle must try and help the alderman. Meanwhile, Thea learns about Roy's new abilities and Laurel investigates the connection between Blood and Cyrus Gold, the man who murdered her father's friend.


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  • Absolutely amazing.

    I'd have to completely disagree that this episode was just average - it was explosive, and the big revelations were unpredictable and executed very cleverly. Particularly that last scene with Maya and Laurel was absolutely fascinating, and it coincided well with a deal struck by Sebastian and Oliver which was a very good climax.

    I also love this episode because for the first time in 10 episodes this season, Laurel actually proved useful, and that was a refreshing change. I like her investigating Sebastian and I think it adds a very good element to the story.

    I also love the developments with Roy - very intrigued to see where that will go!

    All up, it was a phenomenal hour for mine, and in fact one of my favourite episodes of the season, which is saying something because the first 10 episodes have really delivered!moreless
  • Run of the mill episode

    Not a very exciting episode, - no big reveals, no surprises, no character deaths or revivals, but not a bad episode either - no ghosts or multiple superhero births, so all in all it was OK.
  • Not As Explosive As It's Title Would Suggest

    Okay this Mid-season premiere was kinda lame but it wasn't a total disaster as the quality of Arrow's episodes are hardly terrible but this one was pretty bad.

    I didn't like the 'Villain Of The Week' as much as I love Sean Maher and he did the best with the material his character was really shoehorned into this episode. I would of much rather have had the episode focus on Sebastian Blood more than the throwaway exposition dialogue he rattled off to Laurel, or get more insight into the return of Slade.

    Even the flashbacks to the Island which I usually love was very misplaced here and didn't tie into the present like they always do.

    But still this episode had it's bright points I liked the continuing subplot with Roy and I hope we see more of it. I also really liked that the people of Starling City have started calling Oliver 'The Arrow' that's pretty neat.

    All in all this mid-season premiere was just okay but I have high hopes that rest of this 2nd Season is gonna be even better!moreless
Sean Maher

Sean Maher

Mark Scheffer/Shrapnel

Guest Star

Ana Mercedes

Ana Mercedes

Maya Resik

Guest Star

Marty Gage

Marty Gage


Guest Star

Kevin Alejandro

Kevin Alejandro

Sebastian Blood

Recurring Role

Caity Lotz

Caity Lotz

Black Canary

Recurring Role

Dylan Bruce

Dylan Bruce

Adam Donner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • At 27 minutes, Felicity is sitting at her computer bank and has several green lines reflected in her glasses, though there is no green on her computer screens or on her keyboards.

    • The zip code given for Starling City is 98114. In real life that is the zip code for Seattle, WA. The zip code for South Sterling, N.E. is 29387, which doesn't exist. Nebraska zip codes are in the 68### and 69### range. A 29### zip code would probably be in South Carolina.

  • QUOTES (6)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Shrapnel

      In the comics, Shrapnel first appeared in Doom Patrol vol. 2 #7 (April 1988) and was created by Erik Larsen. He is a meta-human who was transformed into organic metal that he can project in explosive blasts, and then pull back together to his body, in part or in whole. Shrapnel feeds on the blood of his victims, and hates his mutated appearance.

    • In the comics, Anna Resik is the wife of Brother Blood.

    • Injoke: Sheffer's customer, Mrs. Fazekas, is named after comic book artist Attila Fazekas.

    • International Airdates:
      Portugal: March 2, 2014 on RTP
      Norway: March 18, 2014 on TV2 Zebra
      Finland: May 15, 2014 on Sub


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