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Arrow

Season 1 Episode 7

Muse of Fire

108
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 28, 2012 on The CW
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8.9
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302 votes
  • Identiy crisis

    5.0
    This show has so much potential, but this episode was particularly weak.



    The John Barrowman character reveal was brilliant; he's the best Queen on the show by far. Nearly all of the scenes involving Moira and/or Walter are great viewing and even the brief exchanges between them are top class. Otherwise the narrative of this episode was embarrassingly predictable, two dimensional and frankly lazy. Painting by numbers.



    Where this show falls on its face is in the dreary, angsty exchanges between the younger characters. Largely they feel devoid of any depth of feeling, understanding or intrigue. I just can't understand how they're apparently so ready to bang on at length about feelings that you would've thought they would struggle to vocalise in the context of an inner monologue, let alone in a brief exchange with one another. How can they be trapped by their overwhelming convictions, yet at the same time be perfectly capable of discussing them so frankly? The crooning guitarist in background doesn't help either.

    Who cares that Tommy had his trust fund cut off? Are we meant to relate to that? I can't be the only person who thinks a huge leap of faith is called for on the part of the viewer to believe in holier-than-thou, 'I'm one of the good lawyers' Laurel- a woman who clearly spends half the morning doing her make-up and would probably struggle not to wretch at the smell of a homeless shelter.



    It's a great pity that a story with so much potential apparently has to be justified by littering it with soap opera sub-plots. Maybe give the viewers a little more credit.
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