Smallville

Season 6 Episode 4

Arrow

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 19, 2006 on The CW
9.5
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The mysterious Green Arrow steals a necklace from Martha, and both Lois and Clark resolve to find out who the vigilante is. While Clark determines Green Arrow's true identity, Lex continues his investigation of the mysterious black box while Lionel warns Lana against him.

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  • Another boring episode

    6.9
    This episode was basically about officially introducing the Green Arrow. To me this character is okay. Don't get me wrong. I did like when the did the "Cyborg" episode but that was a better written episode. The only thing this character will be good for is fleshing out more of Lex's past. One of the most impossible scenes for this episode was when the Green Arrow blocked the bullet from hitting Lois with an arrow. Last time I checked only Clark was fast enough to do something like this. The whole kidnapping of Lois did not make sense anyway because if Lois knew who the Green Arrow she would have outed him in the Daily Inquisitor. I just hope that Smallville gets back to Clark's story instead of all this dumb side stories. I used to love watching Smallville but so far this season has been the worst.moreless
  • We met the Green Arrow

    10
    We see what lengths Lana will go through to protect the man that she supposedly loves. Even Oliver Queen sees the attraction Lois and Clark has between them even if he was joking around. Clark knows who the Green Arrow is and now Green Arrow knows who Clark is. This episode sets up for the Justice League. Lex was just testing Lana to see if she was worthy to be with him. I'm excited to know what other evil tricks Lex is up to involving Lana. Season 6 is getting to hot to handle. I might get burned watching more episodes.moreless
  • Green Arrow comes to Smallville...

    10
    Sometimes the best episodes of Smallville are the ones with other DC comics characters and that is certainly the case with this episode. I know this episode focused more on Green Arrow than Clark but I personally don't mind that at all to take an episode and focus on another hero is ok in my books but for someone else I think I would have hated it. The Green Arrow costume was amazing I like the technology that he has in his bow. They had to have him and Clark figure out each others idenities. For me this was the best episode to introduce another DC comics hero.moreless
  • A fantastic episode

    9.0
    This episode is a prime example of why Smallville is such a FRUSTRATING show to watch. There are times like this when the show can be brilliant, and rejuvinate the love I once had. It is just that the show is never consistent due to lack of overall continuity. I used to be one of the biggest fans out there. It is just that the crappy writing and development for Clark have slowly drained my love for this show out of me. But Arrow was a fantastic episode. With how bad both Sneeze and Wither were, I was worried that Zod would be the only great episode we would see all season. But I truly enjoyed this episode. The last few minutes of the episode involving Oliver stepping up to Clark and saying that there is a whole world of people that need his help, gave me chills. I don't remember the last time an episode of Smallville did that. Also, the action was very solid in this episode, and I thought the initial battle between Clark and GA was extremely well choreographed. I also really liked seeing that side of Lana with her blackmailing the doctor, and it has been quite sometime since I heard myself saying I liked Lana. Probably not since season one. If they could have her be like that more often, her character could actually become interesting. I also really liked the little twist with Lex and Lionel near the end as well. It adds an interesting side to the Lexana relationship with Lex's distrust. I wonder what other tests he has come up with.





    A few things I hated though... 1) Lois - How did she go from a girl who hates journalism, to wannabe reporter in such a short time span? There has been absolutely no development or build up to this at all. It literally happened in the flick of a switch. The term lightswitching was made for situations like this. 2) Although I absolutely loved the forshadowing in the final conversation, it doesn't really instill me with confidence in Smallville's version of Clark to become Superman. He shouldn't need Green Arrow or anyone else to point him in the direction of being a hero. That is something he should be able to do on his own, because it is who he is. Clark may have the powers of Superman, but that is it. He doesn't really resemble his so called future persona at all. Overall though, this truly was a great episode of Smallville. I have said it before, and I will say it again. The winning formula for a great Smallville episode always has - Nice Supes references, nice character development, Lex/Lionel interaction, and a powerful ending. These are the core elements that the show was originally based on. If only every episode could be well written and used to further the plot. I still can't get over how bad Wither was.moreless
  • An excellent, well written episode, revealing the identity of the Green Arrow and establishing him as a superhero, while showing the possible influence of a world with superheroes on Clark's idea of his destiny.moreless

    10
    An excellent, well written episode, revealing the identity of the Green Arrow and establishing him as a superhero. It is great to see the care which was taken to depict the Green Arrow, from the superb costume through supercool effects and gadgets to excellent acting. Justin Hartley is very believable as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, and makes us not care about the fact that his secret identity is so obvious from the start (without seeing him, the fact that he was shown shooting arrows in the very first episode in which he appears, thoroughly establishes that fact). Hartley has a vulnerability to his acting that shines through his glamourboy role - the disappointment (and slight offence) is visible in his eyes when Lois describes him as a criminal, as is his indignation when Clark first treats him the same way.



    It wasn't just Hartley's performance that makes this episode stand out. The implementation of the idea of another superhero adds significantly to the shape of the world as one in which superheroes are already present. It provides Clark with examples, perhaps even rolemodels, of what he could become. I feel this is a necessary step to make the transition fom Clark Kent into Superman possible - if he were the very first person to run around around in a costume, it could feel ridiculous. With examples like the Green Arrow around, that threat is removed. While we have seen superheroes in Smallville before, never before have I seen one presented so convincingly. It suddenly felt like this was once again a season premiere episode - episodes which usually are of higher caliber than regular episodes.

    The costume, the secret room, the gadgets - all were wonderfully executed. I found myself thinking: 'where does he get those wonderful toys?' ;) and you could see Clark think the same - and feel envious.



    Perhaps the episode was also special because didn't take center stage for once, while at the same time these events could be of great influence on him. While Clark doesn't agree with the Green Arrow's methods, you can imagine him considering the idea of becoming a superhero.



    Another great twist was Lana's role concerning 'the device'. Who is playing whom here? Even at the end I cannot help but consider that maybe Lana has seen this coming all along, and has chosen to play along, instead of being played.



    Lois' role is still a bit ambivalent, though. While she handles herself well with the Green Arrow and in crisis situations, she is too obviously clueless in other respects. Does that really fit the character of someone Clark will later fall in love with? She seems out of her depth most of the time, instead of being someone we can imagine as the future star reporter - that role fits Chloe far better.



    Martha Kent as senator is not a great angle, by the way, at least not how it is presented now. The image I got at the party was one of Lionel throwing her in front of the wolves. As time goes by, I'd imagine Martha either going back to farming, or changing, as a person, to rise to the challenges such a political job requires. I can see the need to give her role more depth, but I'm not sure this is the way to go.



    But these are just minor criticisms, not specific for this episode. The episode itself could turn out to be a classic one, if we can see what the Green Arrow's example does to Clark's idea of his role in the world, his destiny.moreless
Bill Mondy

Bill Mondy

Dr. Groll

Guest Star

David McIlwraith

David McIlwraith

Milo/Safetec Owner

Guest Star

French Tickner

French Tickner

Mr. Westcott

Guest Star

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (12)

    • When Clark meets Oliver at the street corner to confront him about being Green Arrow, we see it's the same street corner as in "Lexmas" with the same blue slanted neon Tavern sign at the corner.

    • When Lois was attacked in her apartment she managed to reach her cell phone and clearly pressed several digits to call Chloe, why didn't she just call 911?

    • After the scene where Lois is being kidnapped, the next shot has Clark sitting with a blue t-shirt and then he super speeds off. Then it cuts to Lois' apartment where Clark is wearing a red jacket over his blue shirt.

    • Some bubbles go into Lois's mouth when they dunk her in one scene, showing that they looped the footage.

    • The ring that Lois snatches from around Green Arrow's neck during the initial robbery (where he steals the necklace off Martha) changes size just about every time we see it. In the opening scene it is very large (too large to ever be worn as a ring), then it is a little smaller when she takes it to show Chloe. When Queen is seen with it later, it's even smaller, small enough to actually be worn as a ring.

    • When the Green Arrow shoots the arrow and it hits the flagpole there is no way that the flagpole could hold his weight as he slides down the rope to the building. The pole should have some give.

    • When Lana is in the elevator the emergency button is way on top. In most elevators it is in easy reach.

    • Trivia: At the end of this episode Oliver Queen reads a newspaper with the headline "Queen Industries CEO and wife dead at sea." referring to Oliver's dad and mom. In "Pilot" Lionel read a headline (in the Daily Planet) saying "Queen Industries CEO missing: Presumed Dead."

    • After the goons try to drown Lois, Green Arrow approaches her and aims his crossbow at her head twice - first from her feet and then from her right side.

    • It's revealed here that the clock face inside the tower is simply a false door to Oliver's secret chamber. However, it doesn't make sense to have a false clock face that isn't attached to the real clock face, and doesn't match the real one display-wise (as was the case in "Sneeze").

    • When Green Arrow is going to go pick up Lois, you can see Erica move her eyelids, and start to grip Green Arrow when he lifts her up.

    • When Green Arrow shoots the bullet, either the arrow has to be going faster then the bullet, or GA must have aimed and shot before the guy fired the bullet. Neither one is possible no matter how good a (purely human) archer he is.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Oliver: Yeah, well, don't worry about it Clark. You know. I mean, if I lived under the same roof as such a beautiful woman, I would've masked my feelings in sarcasm, too.
      Lois: Feelings?!?
      Clark: Feelings?!?

    • Oliver: Well, you seem to have a crystal-clear idea of what's right and what's wrong. You decide who it belongs to.
      Clark: It's not as clear as it used to be.

    • Chloe: (to Lois) Watching you bumble through our database is like watching Clark try to dance.

    • Oliver: Okay, now remember, this is a party.
      Lois: I know, I know: stay away from religion, politics, and bad dye-jobs.

    • Clark: It's nice to see Lois has found someone who's willing to overlook her personality.

    • Dr. Groll: All due respect, I work for Lex and not his girlfriend.
      Lana: I'm not interested in your respect, Dr. Groll. I'm much more interested in your 14 years of employment here. Your two girls that are now in prestigious prep schools. That new home that you built on Sparling Lane. You have a pretty wonderful life.
      Dr. Groll: Are you threatening me?
      Lana: It just came to my attention that if the government or your colleagues found out that you were testing alien weapons, this life that you have worked so hard for may take an unfortunate turn.

    • Oliver: You have every newspaper in the country calling this guy "Green Arrow." He's got a real following.
      Lois: Yeah, well so did Charles Manson.

    • Lex: (to Lionel) Another important lesson you taught me: the greater the trust, the greater the betrayal.

    • Chloe: So how'd you let this guy slip through your fingers?
      Clark: This Green Arrow bandit has a lot of gadgets.
      Chloe: Gadgets, against the man of steel?
      Clark: He's good, all right?
      Chloe: Fine. Backing off...

    • Green Arrow: I saved you.
      Lois: Yeah--from goons who were trying to find you. They're not the only one with a "V" for Vendetta on your little leather ass.
      Green Arrow: Little? I've really been working on the glutes lately, too.
      Lois: Did the humor come with the costume?
      Green Arrow: Did the "Tomb Raider" routine come from wanting daddy's attention?

    • Chloe: Well I guess there's some sort of secret code of honor among superheroes.

    • Oliver: Clark, you have abilities I couldn't even dream of. And I admire that you use them to save the people you're close to.
      Clark: But?
      Oliver: There's a whole world of people out there, Clark. They need us. With your potential... you can't wait for them to come to you. When you're ready to do something about that... you let me know.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The American Society of Cinematographers honored this episode with an ASC Award. This episode won a Leo Award for Best Costume Design in a Dramatic Series. This episode was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Cinematography in a Dramatic Series.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: March 18, 2007 on TVNorge
      Belgium: October 27, 2007 on KanaalTwee
      Czech Republic: May 6, 2008 on TV Nova
      New Zealand: May 16, 2008 on TV2
      Slovakia: July 12, 2009 on Markiza

    • Bill Mondy previously played James Beales in the first season episode "Nicodemus". French Tickner previously played Jewelry Store Owner in the third season episode "Whisper".

    • Justin Hartley is billed by character name (Oliver Queen).

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Lois: William Tell is not the only one who walked away with a serious party favor.
      William Tell is historically known hero who live in Switzerland during the fourteenth century. He was an expert marksman with a crossbow. He is popular for the story of splitting an apple on his son's head with an arrow. There were several plays, operas and films made about the story of William Tell. The existence of William Tell is disputed and maybe he was only a myth like Robin Hood.

    • Lois: Well, I highly doubt that Green Arrow is going to out himself on a Hello Kitty notepad.
      Referencing the Japanese cartoon cat with a bow of some sort on its left ear, and no mouth. Created by Yuko Shimizu in 1974, Hello Kitty has become wildly popular and serves as the UNICEF children's ambassador in the U.S. The cat's face adorns merchandise of all sorts, video games, and several anime series.

    • Lois: Now, let's take off those glasses and unveil our Prince of Thieves, shall we?
      Referencing the 1991 movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner in the title role.

    • Lois: Yeah, well so did Charles Manson.
      Referencing career criminal Charles Manson, best known for creating "The Family" and going on a 1969 crime spree that left Leno & Rosemary LaBianca, and actress Sharon Tate, dead. Manson was sentenced to death (later commuted to life in prison) and as the time of this episode's airing remains in prison.

    • Lois: Yeah--from goons who were trying to find you. They're not the only one with a "V" for Vendetta on your little leather ass.
      Referencing the comic book series first published in 1982, written by Alan Moore and illustrated primarily by David Lloyd, which chronicles an anarchist ("V") in a dystopian England. The comic was adapted into a movie in 2006 by the Wachowski Brothers.

    • Green Arrow: Did the "Tomb Raider" routine come from wanting daddy's attention?
      Tomb Raider is an action-adventure video game series with female archeaologist Lara Croft.

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