Warning! There may be spoilers for this show if you haven’t watched it yet.
Proceed at your own risk.
So, I just finished the second episode of Arrow, and man, it continues to blow me away. I love that so far, everything is consistent, and that it hasn’t deteriorated yet in terms of storytelling and quality. I truly hope it continues to be strong, because with the rate it’s going, this is probably going to become one of my favorites. But, hey, we’re still on the second episode, and it’s still too early to tell, but damn, was I entertained tonight.
And once again, as always, a list of my reactions to what happened in the duration of the episode, in order:
1.) “What are you standing there for? IDIOTS!” So, the episode started with an intro by Oliver Queen talking about how he came back to avenge his father by targeting the rich who got their wealth through the misery of others. Shortly after that, what ensued was a scene of him trying to fight dudes in black suits and it was just funny how there were three people at the back just staring and watching the show when they have fricking guns in their hands. I was like… what. Just… what. You are equipped with guns, the dude in the green hood is busy fighting your other comrades, DO SOMETHING! I mean, of course I’m all for Ollie, but come the fuck on. Realistically, everyone would be doing their damn best to get him down, but these suits were just standing there like morons.
2.) “I really, really, really don’t like this dude.” Tommy still has not redeemed itself in my eyes. Last episode, he was absolutely sketchy as he kept suspiciously staring at Ollie when Ollie walks away. The fact that he pretended to be out cold when they were kidnapped made me think that maybe he was a part of those dudes who tried to get information out of his supposedly “best friend”, which I am seriously doubting right now. In this episode, he’s more quiet, but I got annoyed when he stormed inside Oliver’s house like he owns the place. The family was having their own little drama and he walked right in without even saying a “good morning!” and just started yapping as usual. Hollywood, why do you hafta keep portraying rich bachelors as rude asshats? WHY?!
3.) “And I really, really, really like this one.” I love how straightforward Ollie is. He certainly doesn’t bullshit, has a no-nonsense policy, unless of course he’s pretending to be a reckless guy to throw everyone else off his back, and I just really like him. He’s so determined to do what he sets out to do. PLUS, the guy acting as Oliver Queen really portrays his evasive and secretive nature well. His poker face really gives you this feel that he’s putting up walls around his heart so nobody else can get in. And oh, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. Delicious character development, and it’s only the second episode!
4.) “And I still don’t like her.” I’m kinda getting Laurel a little bit now. She’s one of those idealistic ones who wants to save the world through her own ways, and I cannot not admire that. Even though those kind of people in the real world don’t last long (this is a sad reality, as until now, it’s the asshats and the greedy that continue to rule us), people like her never cease to amaze me. But, still, I couldn’t help but feel a twinge of annoyance when she was dead-set against her father’s wanting to give her police protecting. Laurel. USE YOUR BRAIN. ARE YOU REALLY A LAWYER? You’re trying to pin down a powerful, dangerous, and merciless man, someone who wouldn’t hesitate TO ALSO SLIT YOUR THROAT and you’re being so damn rude and annoying and TSTL right now by refusing police protection BECAUSE I AM A BIG GIRL YADA YADA YADA. I get the independence thing going on, but that won’t protect you when you have guns at point-blank range. Just accept the extra security damnit.
5.) “The suspense! I love it!” The flashbacks are awesome. Usually, I want to be given on a silver platter the deets already when it comes to someone’s past, but I kinda like the slow-and-steady approach when it comes to Oliver’s. The flashbacks are short and sporadic, but it definitely builds up the suspense and mystery of what happened in that island in the last five years. I’m definitely curious and intriged now, that’s for sure!
6.) “WTF MOTHER?!?!?!?!” All I can say is: WOW. The mother keeps surprising me. She apparently staged the kidnapping of her own son, and apparently knew about the yacht being sabotaged. The question now here is: was she the one responsible for that?
Still a very strong episode, and I can’t wait to watch the rest!
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