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Just a caveat before I get into the review of this week's episode - I am completely unfamiliar with the Arrow comic book canon, so if I am missing out any inside information please let me know.

This week's cold open started off with a shirtless Oliver exercising on his favorite piece of gym equipment:


The action then turned to the story that we would follow through the rest of the episode. We began with a scene of two anonymous bikers attempting to ambush a FEMA truck.


However, Roy was continuing his goal of achieving redemption for himself and also fulfilling his desire to save the city much like his hero the Hood. Roy heard about the hijacking on a police scanner and by some miraculous good fortune just happened to be in the right place to intervene.


Roy managed to eliminate one of the hijackers, but was run off the road by the second hijacker completely totaling his car and leaving him a little bit worse for wear.


Meanwhile, Roy's efforts to save the FEMA truck turned out to be for naught as the white haired woman in charge of the triads (China White? - has her name ever actually been said during the show?) killed both drivers and stole the FEMA truck.


Oliver and Diggle then had a short conversation about the difficulty in restarting the Vigilante's activities without a clearly defined list of targets. Oliver also took a chance to ask Diggle about his relationship with Carly after hearing that her workplace had been robbed only the day before. It was at this point that Thea received the phone call informing her that Roy had been arrested once again. In the police station Laurel was not happy with Roy and his continued attempts to be a hero. Laurel attempted to convince Roy that the Hood wasn't a figure that should be looked up to by telling him the story of how she had once been seduced by his actions into believing that he was a force for good, but that he had failed her in the end.



Thea was not a happy camper about Roy's return trip to jail and stormed out after Laurel released him without charges. Oliver then took a turn to try and talk a little bit of sense into Roy.


Oliver and Roy connected for a moment over their shared sources of motivation before Roy filled him in on what the Triads were doing with the FEMA trucks. Apparently the Triads were stealing much needed medicine that was heading to a hospital in the Glades and no one was successfully doing anything about it. This sounded like a good starting point for the Hood's next assignment so Oliver and Diggle went to check out the hospital the next day. We were then introduced to Alderman Blood who was having a press conference outside the hospital deploring the conditions of the medical care available to the residents of the Glades.



Blood's reception to Oliver was not exactly "nice" and Oliver made his exit quickly as he was serenaded with boos from the crowd. Back in Queen Consolidated Felicity was not thrilled with her new job assignment as Oliver's executive assistant.


However, Diggle had a more devil may care attitude about their respective secret identities as he went with one that could only be described as fantastic. Team Oliver was able to track down when the next FEMA shipment was headed out and Oliver Hooded up. We were then introduced to a new bad guy who is apparently now partners with the Triad.


Again, apparently this is another character from the comic book, but we were given no identification for him other than that he is Wolverine and I will refuse to call him any other name until we the TV viewership are given one. I am just anticipating the Flash episodes were we don't heard the name "The Flash" for 5 episodes. Anyway, Oliver's intervention was unsuccessful as the police arrived too late to save the FEMA truck, but just in time to mess with Oliver because as Felicity pointed out - they have their priorities in order. Also, Laurel was there for some reason, because I guess low level district prosecutors always ride along with the police at night


After Oliver expressed his frustration with the police to Felicity and Diggle about their interference with his efforts, Felicity took him to task about everything else that was going on with his friends (primarily Diggle). Apparently, Diggle and Carly had broken up because Diggle wasn't able to fully separate his real life and his life as the Hood's sidekick. It also did not help that Diggle was still plagued by the thought that Deadshot (who killed his brother) was still alive and free.

Oliver's first attempt at making amends came in a meeting with Blood (really guys? not a huge fan of this super blatant name) where Oliver staked his claim that he was his own man and did want to help the Glades. He put forth the idea that he would become the face of the Glades recovery effort by throwing a fundraiser for all of his "elite" friends, which seemed to be the one thing that would satisfy Blood's desire to see some movement from the upper class.


Oliver's next stop on the making amends train was to Laurel's office in the form of the Hood.




Essentially Laurel blames the Hood 100% for Tommy's death (conveniently forgetting the fact that Malcolm was guy who set off the earthquake machines and that Mrs. Queen was also involved - oh and also that hey isn't this the police's job in the first place). Okay, as much as I think her rationalization is ridiculous - it actually makes sense. Finding a single person to focus all of the blame on when something bad happens is extremely common and it actually works (for me at least) to move the Laurel-Oliver-Hood plotline forward. After this Debby-Downer of a situation for Oliver he headed to the fundraiser that he was supposed to be throwing with Blood.


Unfortunately for Oliver/Hood the latest FEMA truck delivery coincided with the timing of the fundraiser leaving Oliver with a decision to make - would he try and reclaim the Hood's mantle as a force for justice or would he try and wear the White Cap in his public life as Oliver Queen. In the end, he chose to try and save the Hood, which left Blood fuming with Oliver's disregard for the people of the Glades.


Team Oliver's plan to distract the police from getting involved in his business came with an anonymous phone tip of a Hood sighting and a hacked video feed courtesy of:


Once again it came down to a fight between the Hood (this time with Diggle) versus the Triads and Wolverine. Diggle's vigilante outfit left a lot to be desired


Oliver eventually defeated Wolverine using one of his electrical arrows and Diggle was in a fight with China White before Oliver arrived to make sure things didn't get out of hand.


Back in Queen Tower after a successful day Oliver and Diggle had a heart to heart to clear things up.


Oliver then took it upon himself to bring Roy into the fold in the perfect way without letting Roy know his identity. Roy would be Oliver's eyes and ears in the Glades to provide him with future targets.



However, Oliver's next decision was a poor one and I would say costly, but this is a TV show and I'm sure there is an out here somewhere.


This Week on the Island

Oliver struggled with his turn as a killer last week with Shado and Slade taking turns trying to help Oliver come to terms with the two sides of himself.


Slade's approach was to be his usual gruff self and come from the angle of being a soldier, while Shado approached it as Oliver's need to protect her and be a hero. This led to some shirtless hugging between Oliver and Shado and of course a reminder that for some reason we have a love triangle on the island now.


Then we got down to the interesting storyline on the island - who were the men from last week and what did they want? Slade and Shado found a map on the bodies and Slade recognized it immediately, because (and he was so happy about this)


The map led to a cave with misshapen skeletons of Japanese soldiers from the 1940s. This is also apparently where Oliver decided



How do you think Arrow should introduce important comic book canon characters? Should they be given names or should we be expected to know who everyone is?

Do you like the way Season 2 has setup the Laurel-Hood dynamic?

What is Blood's gameplan here?

And just so you know where I stand on this little matter:


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Why can I only find one photo recap of this show? Theguylafayette , have you only written one, or are there more in some magical treasure photo-recap trove?
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Great review. Funny. I liked it.
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team olicity!!!!!!!!
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Like the author I have no knowledge of the comic book and what happens etc But I think the writers have just dug a nice big hole for the character of Laurel and I honestly cant wait for them to throw her in it. Within minutes of telling Tommy how wrong he was as she had no feelings for Oliver she is then jumping Oliver as if Tommy never existed (stupid writing I think if you want us to like this character). Now she blames the Hood for Tommy's death when its her own fault because she wouldn't leave the office so Tommy heads there to save her. Umm was staying in your office building going to give you street cred??? do the citizens of the glades actually feel happy / better that you did that? did it help anyone at all? nope .. only got someone killed for it :( so character wise she is redundant as far as I'm concerned.

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so here I was typing my first ever comment and the darn thing (using nice words lol) refreshes and I lose the lot ......
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Great recap! I enjoyed this episode but there was definitely some ridiculousness in it. I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought it was dumb that Laurel showed up at the attack on the FEMA trucks. Hello, she's a lawyer! I could see her wrangling her way in since she's so intent on taking the Hood down, but it would've been nice to see a scene of her getting in trouble for it, or her dad finding out and taking her to task for putting herself in unnecessary danger. Understand, I know she can take care of herself and all, but there's just no reason for her to be there.

Also, I cracked up on your two photos of Laurel interrogating Roy.

Team Olicity all the way!
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anyone bet that this guy is Flash and will save Oliver from that bad situation at the end of the episode??? kkkkkkkkk

Or maybe the mysterious girl from the end of the season premiere episode that we all know its the Black Cannary



AWESOME!

Next season superman and batman? kkkkkkkkk
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Simon Blood is a bad guy. He was a cult leader in the comics. Also the Flash is either Barry Allan, Wally West or Bart Allan, or also going way back Jay ?Garrison?. Not certain about that last last name but yes that's meant to be the Black Canary.
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well, i think Arrow is one of the best tv shows around, even though u resumed that episode to a stand up comedy kkkkkkkk

Well i think u can make reviews like that to any oscar winner movie so i will assume you are a fan of this show and you love to make fun of good and bad shows...

Really the assistant district attorney appearing in the middle of the night to a curent crime scene is very weird but remember that in the season premiere she showed a badass fight scene to at least one of the hood guys kkkkkkkkkk
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I really truly like this show very much. Littlebitliz has it pretty much exactly right - it's about taking something you love and adding a new layer of enjoyment to it.
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That's kind of the point of a photo recap - to make fun of the show. But in a good way.
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Great review man! Some of those pics had me lolling so hard. Firstly, Laurel is so bloody annoying. Like I can hardly stand to think about her, cos she is just beyond annoying. Especially the end part, way to be a massive biatch. Hope you feel guilty for life Laurel.

Also hate Blood, but we're supposed to hate him and I know he's going to get taken down eventually so I'll put up with him for now.

I love team Oliver and Diggle, they're so great, good banter. Also Felicity is awesome, I thought she'd understand why she needs a cover, but I guess I'd be a bit pissed off too. It was very sweet when she gave him some coffee. Roy - I really don't care about him and his desire to be part of the team, but whatevs I'll roll with it. Sad to see China White in jail, she's great, I'm glad they didn't kill her.

Poor Oliver, he's in a bit of a bind isn't he....not too sure how he's going to wriggle his way out of this one. Honestly though, great review (I'm not really a comic book fan so it was a nice change of pace).
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I really have no idea how Oliver is going to get out of the bind, but my best guess would be maybe the masked woman Roy saw in the season premiere.....?
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Oh and team olicity all the way!
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TV.com, hire this person!!!

Yeah, obviously this episode has many stupid parts to it.

The FEMA trucks could have easily had a military escort, and certainly had one after the first one is stolen with the drivers being murdered.

Shado and Oliver should have some common sense and acknowledge that Slade would have a problem with them getting laid while he's stuck alone.

Oliver being CEO makes almost no sense. At-most, he controls half the company stock. But he is completely unqualified to be CEO and the Board of Directors would never allow this. Olivers' step-father, Queen Consolidated's COO, one of the Executive Vice Presidents etc. could have stepped in as CEO with Oliver as Chairman or President or something.

Felicity was being rather petty by complaining about being Oliver's Executive Assistant. How else was he going to be able to have her around all the time? The CEO doesn't have regular contact with the head of the IT department. Over in [i] Smallville [/i], Lex Luthor didn't even know the head IT guy was a man. Plus, she's still getting a 6-figure salary.
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I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought it was a little weird that Felicity was SO ANGRY about the job change as her cover. I just thought she went a little overboard. I kind of like that she sometimes calls him on his crap, but I thought it was a little much here.
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Oh and i stand with Team Olicity , i have been since last season , even without much to hold onto . Sadly they'll always makes Laura and Oliver star crossed lovers
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The episode was good , but a piece of it felt very weird and jarring . What prevented Oliver from sending Diggle to the FEMA trucks AS THE HOOD , while attending the gala event ? Of course the next parts shows he needed an extra on set while fighting china and bronze tiger , but still its not like he exactly predicted it
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One could make the same argument about why there wasn't a police escort for the FEMA trucks to begin with if they had been robbed so many times (which I now wish I had thought of before - thanks for the idea!). Nice call on the Diggle substitution idea, my only worry there is that we haven't really seen Diggle be successful against more than one attacker at a time and the Triad was operating in a group of 4.
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Team Olicity - sounds GREAT!
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Oh, and for some reason spammers just loved your recap.
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New title "SPAMMER RECAP: Arrow...." - now just for spammers! haha
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Lovely picture recap. Just what the show deserved. "A" for effort... and quality.

I found it funny when Felicity complained about serving coffee. It looks like Oliver now needs two secretaries: one fake secretary who is in fact a talented hacker and manager and occasionally serves coffee in highly dramatic situations, and one real secretary for the grunt work.

Heroes always think menial work is beneath them, but in a team of three heroes, who cleans the arrowcave? It's not like they can ask the help from the Queen manor, or some janitor at the Verdant to pitch in. Of course, cleaning scenes would be boring and, apparently, unwanted, but if things are done with creativity, even that can become part of the story. It's interesting how they managed to insert the issue in Breaking Bad, making the situation believable and at the same time helping to build Walter White's character as a meticulous perfectionist.
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Maybe they'll eventually talk Roy into it. That's what he was doing this week at Verdant when Thea was hassling him this week after all. Just as long as we don't end up with a who is the better boss plotline between Oliver and Thea
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They say her name on the news after Oliver captures her.
Shen Dao Way
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Interesting episode.
Its nice to see China White appear again, as she was a recurring villain early last season, then she kinda vanished as they developed the undertaking. And I have a feeling that she will be back...
I guess they are developing Blood to be season 2's "Malcolm Merlyn", and I agree with MichelleHood24, he is very shifty, and definitely has some ulterior motives toward the Starling City Elite.
I missed Detective Officer Lance this week, hope he is back next week.
I was also surprised that Black Canary didn't make an appearance this week, especially since they teased her at the end of last week saving Roy.
Still, I enjoyed the episode, and am looking forward to next week, and seeing how Oliver gets out of his predicament.

P.S. am I the only one who want to call Blood, Jesus, instead of Sebastian???
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totally want to call him Jesus as well
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Really liked how you covered the island and current plotlines separately :) Also Team Olicity FTW!
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Team hood
I'm very unsure about the direction that laurel and the hood are on so far I'm not liking it but since I know where they end I can forgive it for now.
I don't like Blood he's shifty, I don't like shifty.
i love felicity and Oliver
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