Arrow

Season 1 Episode 5

Damaged

117
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 07, 2012 on The CW
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    "Damaged" was easily the best episode since the pilot, and probably the best of the series thus far.

  • Episode Summary

    Oliver is arrested for murder and insists that Laurel defend him, putting her at odds with her father. However, when Oliver offers to take a polygraph test, Laurel asks him if there was anyone else on the island... and the vigilante remembers his first encounter with the mercenary Deathstroke.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Good but a bit stiff

      8.0
      The episode was great. At first its progression was slow; I was thinking this episode would not be as good as the previous ones. But, after about 15 minutes, the drama and action started to pick up, and afterwards it turned into a rollercoaster ride. As with every other Arrow episode, the second half of this episode was packed with plot twist and questions left unanswered. Hopefully, they will be explained next episode.



      The background story keeps developing. At first, I asked myself why would so many people be on an island thought to be deserted. Apparently, Oliver's mentor escaped to that island and there are some people (some kind of dangerous organization) looking for him. It still hasn't been explained who is Oliver's mentor and why did he flee to that island; or why that organization is looking for him so desperately.



      John barrowman character keeps appearing, which is great. He is brilliant. But we still knew nothing about him. We don't even know his name! Through this episode we learned that he isn't just a bad guy, but apparently the leader of the bad guys. Moira told him "I've done everything you've asked for" So maybe he's got something on the Queens.



      I still don't know what to think about Walter. I don't know if he's good or bad. If he is good, then he is really good. But seems so mysterious I can help but think he is hiding something. And let me tell you, if he is bad, he is playing it perfectly. He is acting like the hurt, betrayed husband, which makes Moira feel bad about herself. But, if he is really bad, then he is just playing her. Is frustrating not to know!



      While watching this episode I felt so sorry for Detective Lance. Like Laurel said: he lost one daughter and his wife. He has suffered much. But he is doing what he can to save his city. I don't like it when he is presented like the bad guy, because he is actually the good guy of the series. Yes, he has a grudge against Oliver and sometimes he may act on it but we can't blame him for trying to catch "The Hood", because The Hood is the one that is actually breaking the law and killing people. Don't get me wrong, I'm on Arrow's side. Like I said before, I love that he is willing to do what's necessary to reach his goals. But that doesn't mean I don't understand Detective Lance's position.



      Laurel is not improving, she still feels forced, and I still don't like her. Her "big" entrance to the court was clichd and totally expected. The "romantic scene" between her and Oliver also felt forced. Although, I have to admit, I loved it when she admitted that she had been too focused on what she had suffered to think about what Oliver when through. When she found out he was tortured, she started to think about him and understand him.



      The part where Oliver talked about being tortured on the island was great. It was touching. I have a great visualization and imagination, so when he said he was tortured, I could just picture it. It must have been hell for him those five years. It must be hell for him right now. He confessed he is barely sleeping and eating. He is having nightmares when he does sleep and things in his daily life keep reminding him of that horrible past. He is definitely living a sad life, if it could even be called a life.



      But, being honest, besides the scene in which he is taking the polygraph test, Oliver looked forced on this episode. He looked stiff. We he gives his speeches about ing what's right he just stiffens up. What's worse he was so stiff in this episode that having to listen and watch his attempt at a joke was painful. Thea tells Oliver that he gave her an arrow head as a gift when he returned; implicating that Oliver could be The Hood. Oliver, jokingly, answered that he was glad he didn't got her a shot glass with a panda on it, otherwise she would think he was Panda Man. Oliver said so serious I didn't realized he was telling a joke until he finished and Thea laughed.moreless
    • Under the Green Hood

      7.5
      A more tightly woven tale this week, as things begin to heat up with everyone screaming bloody archer and pointing all fingers toward Oliver. With only five episodes under its belt, you have to give the show some credit for tackling such an obvious plot point, usually headlined as finale-worthy material, so early in the game.

      We also catch our first glimpse of Deathstroke and, while brief and to the point (that point being Deathstrokes knife slicing and dicing Oliver), his appearance marks the best fight sequence of the series to date. Deathstroke Vs Island-Green Arrow is a whirlwind of kicks and punches, effortlessly displayed without the hindrance of close-ups of actors' reactions, this was one awesome stunt-man throw down extravaganza. More, please!

      Elsewhere, things are picking up where Ma Queen is concerned, although the Suits & Daggers aspect comes off a little heavy-handed at times. At least we know she's not completely heartless. Mrs Back-stabber 2012 maybe, but not entirely heartless.

      As always, I find Stephen Amil's acting wooden and distracting. His limited acting range and go-to facial expression (see: blank slate) make Oliver a hard character to like. Stephen lends this version of Oliver a smugness that's unbecoming, even more so when it's called upon him to be Oliver PRETENDING to be smug/smarmy. I just don't buy any of it. And this isn't something that falls squarely on Mr Amil's broad shoulders, either. The writing for Oliver is too inconsistent; he's caring one minute, condescending the next, he loves to dish out lectures as much as he does bad party speeches (and seriously, broah, your sister is one shot away from her first AA meeting, and you throw a prison-themed party in her face?). We're to believe that he's cunning and alert, can read people well and contain his demons at the same time, but with only one real facial expression, Amil lacks the subtle range to carry such a complex character off convincingly.

      Overall, though, this was another step in the right direction. Action, angst and...er, arrows? This is a series still finding its own voice, I'm gonna stick with it for another while.moreless
    • Awesome!!!

      9.0
      Arrow is simply WOW, just 5 episodes have aired and it is 100 times better then a lot of super hero movies.... Episode 5 was amazing with a bit of more story and character development. and the cast is awesome in their characters but best of all the relatively new comer Stephen Amell has nailed the character of Oliver Queen.... He is almost as powerful as Christian Bale in Nolans Batman....moreless
    • Damaged

      10
      Damaged was another surprising and very entertaining episode of Arrow. I really enjoyed watching because there were awesome flash backs showing more of what happened to Oliver on the Island. It was intriguing to watch him maneuver his way out of being charged as the vigilante. I liked the character development and plot progression. More layers of complexity were revealed as Moira's connections are becoming more transparent. I liked watching Laurel defend Oliver and also question him about the poly results. I liked how every thing played out and the action was great! I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
    • Solid and backups

      8.5
      The script and cast were all pretty solid in this episode - with the flashbacks being with fitted into the plot (and not giving too much away).

      The secondary plot (Mum and c/o) fits in nicely and moves alonside the prmary plot.

      And Oliver is delivering his tag line more effectively - but how come the villains get a chance but the henchmen get the pointy end of the arrow straight away more often than not?

      Diggle was quite right to tell Oliver off as his plot to throw the suspicion of being Green Arrow onto others was full of holes and if it weren't for others doing the heavy lifting (Diggle as GA substitute, Laura to defend him, and even Det. Lance saving him and being the "foil") then it could all have ended with Oilver in the can. He really does have to think things through not just for himself but the effects of his actions on others...

      Happy to hang in on a solid action series to date.moreless
    Eric Breker

    Eric Breker

    Leo Mueller

    Guest Star

    Jason Bempong

    Jason Bempong

    Gang Leader

    Guest Star

    Thomas Cadrot

    Thomas Cadrot

    Officer

    Guest Star

    Byron Mann

    Byron Mann

    Yao Fei

    Recurring Role

    Sebastian Dunn

    Sebastian Dunn

    Edward Fyers

    Recurring Role

    Chelah Horsdal

    Chelah Horsdal

    Kate Spencer

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Oliver: The police think they know who I am. They think I'm the vigilante. The man in the hood terrorizing the city's criminals. They also think they have me trapped, that I have no way out. They're only half right.

      • Oliver: I know you couldn't resist saving my ass.
        Laurel: You're going to make me regret this, aren't you?
        Oliver: No, it's going to be like old times.
        Laurel: Fortunately for you with the legal case, there's no way that you're this vigilante.
        Oliver: I agree.
        Laurel: Because he's actually trying to make a difference. We both know that's not really your style.

      • Thea: And you get me this. I mean, it's an arrowhead.
        Oliver: Oh, man. Thea, I bought that in the gift shop at the Beijing airport. Now I'm sort of happy I didn't buy you the shot glass with the panda on it, 'cause then you'd be worried I was Panda Man.

    • NOTES (6)

      • Deathstroke


        Slade Wilson first appeared in The New Teen Titans #2 (December 1980) and was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. He started off as a mercenary who was under contract with Ravager, his own son, but he soon became a villain against the Teen Titans. Deathstroke later got his own comic series in 1991, which ran for 65 issues. Deathstroke was also the main villain in the Teen Titans cartoon series, under his main name, Slade.

      • Music: XOXO (Jeremy Thurber)

      • Injoke: Laurel's comment about looking horrible in fishnets is a reference to Black Canary, her namesake in the comics, who often wears fishnet stockings while fighting crime.

      • Injoke: In the comics, Kate Spencer is one of several superheroes who have used the name Manhunter. Edward (Eddie) Fryers is a mercenary who has worked with Green Arrow at several times in his career and helped raise his son Connor.

      • International Airdates:
        Canada: November 6, 2012 on CTV
        UK: November 19, 2012 on Sky1
        Sweden: March 5, 2013 on Kanal 5
        Australia: May 29, 2013 on Nine
        Portugal: July 14, 2013 on RTP
        Finland: October 31, 2013 on Sub

      • Injoke: The docket number at Oliver's hearing is 1-9-4-1, the year of Green Arrow's debut.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Oliver: Uh, Burning Man meets Shawshank Redemption.
        Referencing the 1994 movie The Shawshank Redemption based on Stephen King's 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. In the movie and the novella, an innocent man is sent to prison and tries not to let the experience break him, while attempting to find a way to escape.

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