Arrow is not messing around. To their credit, they are not dangling and bemoaning their plot threads. It's only the third episode and Arrow has dropped two big reveals on top of a major DC Comics villain guest starring and name dropping some other DC staples for the fanboys.
Thea, drunk at a bar, outs Merlyn and Laurel as "screwing around" in front of Oliver. Oliver was non-plussed, leading Laurel to guess that he already knew. But this opened the door for Merlyn to try a relationship with Laurel for real, which is a fine subplot for those two as it keeps a direct romantic complication out of these early weeks of Oliver's holy mission as Arrow, keeping him focused on his do-goodery.
Even bigger, when Oliver's bodyguard John Diggle is shot by Deadshot's poisoned bullets, Arrow takes him to his Arrow Cave to heal him, and then Oliver reveals he's the Arrow. "Hey." This was great. Diggle was already onto him and it gives Oliver a guy he can trust, a sidekick of sorts, since neither Speedy nor Black Canary are anywhere near being ready to become Speedy or Black Canary.
Then there's Deadshot (dc.wikia.com) (real name Floyd Lawton), complete with eye scope and wrist machine guns. Arrow vs. Deadshot is the second DC Comics super fight Arrow has presented in three episodes, and it ended in brutal fashion - arrow in the eye. Deadshot also called Arrow out on his having taken lives, but Arrow's justification is he does it to protect the innocent, not as a mercenary. Batman would take issue either way. If there's a Batman in this universe. But why wouldn't there be because...
In the Arrow Universe, there's Big Belly Burger (dc.wikia.com), where Diggle's rather hot sister in law works, and more importantly there's Markovia (dc.wikia.com), shouted out by Oliver himself.
Oliver has plans to build a nightclub over his underground Arrow Cave in the Queen Industrial plant, to give himself a cover of where he spends his nights as a philandering playboy. This prompted the funniest line of the night, when Tommy said if he called his club "Queen's", he'd attract a different clientele than what he'd expect. (Tommy's other funny was his threat to some thugs, "You're gonna have to go through me! ..I think they're gonna go through me!") Also note Laurel saved both Oliver and Tommy from getting beaten up.
Also important: Arrow reached out to Detective Lance and asked for his help to protect people from Deadshot, realizing he couldn't do it alone. It's not quite the chummy relationship Batman has with Jim Gordon, but it's a start.
Flashbacks to the Island saw Oliver meet the man who shot him in the chest with an arrow, who's basically the Chinese Green Arrow. There seem to be a ton of black ninja commandos on this "deserted island", and they even caught Oliver in one of those nets the Ewoks use.
Finally, I really like Thea. She's something I've never seen in a superhero show before, a deeply troubled, drunk this week, younger sibling to a superhero. Willa Holland is terrific. At the clip this show is moving, turning Thea into Speedy before the end of the season may not be out of the question. My money is on Thea becoming Speedy before Laurel becomes Black Canary.
The only thing #Arrow is missing? A cool theme song. You know, kind of like... SOMEBODY SAAAAAAVE MEEEE!! But Arrow-appropriate. @gberlanti
I am loving this show so far. My only problem is all the commercial breaks...I forgot how much I hate non premium channels until about 5 minutes were left in the show and they had a commercial break during the final fight.
Ma'am, there is only one God, and I don't think He dresses like that.
Originally posted by Peter The HegemonI had so much fun watching this episode that I actually heard myself making happy gurgling noises at one point. That doesn't happen often.
This. I almost feel myself wanting to clap my hands together and giggle in girlish delight. I sincerely hope that somehow, some way, Deadshot isn't, y'know, dead, but I'm loving all the little details, the slow unveiling of Ollie's island past, the classic superhero bit of bringing your supersuit along and stashing it to get in costume when it's go time...honestly, this might already be my favorite show on TV.
"Never piss off a hawk with a blowgun" - Conan O'Brien
It's like someone watched The Cape, and said, "OK, this is everything we shouldn't do right here. Let's make the mirror image of this piece of shit show, and use a DC hero no one's ever heard of to boot."
And I think (to use that cliched supervillain line) we haven't heard the last of Deadshot. If he had hit him in his good eye, OK, he's dead. In his little spyglass? Eh. Floyd will be back.
This has become the show, me and my six month year old watch when mommy is not around. For some reason, it puts her to sleep and yet keeps her attention. I doubt Deadshot is well..dead. They have really speed up some of the things I thought they would reveal later on like Meryln/Dinah and Ollie revealing he is Arrow to someone. I have to say I thought Dig was going to this giant plot device for Ollie to get over each week, but has turned out to be one of my favorite characters. Meryln sticking up for Ollie was one of the best scenes yet. I really like this show.
The Wee Baby Sheamus.Twitter: @realjoecarfley its a bit more toned down there. A bit.
I was a little surprised the subject of Lopez didn't come up, since there's been some questions raised about how honest Lopez was about giving up his time slot (vs being basically threatened with outright cancellation if he didn't).