Wednesday, October 24, 2012

TV Review: Arrow Episode # 3 - "Lone Gunmen"

Stephen Amell as Arrow in Arrow Episode # 3 "Lone Gunmen"
Stephen Amell as Arrow

Arrow is about to take down his latest target, John Holder (Tobias Slezak). An unknown assassin beats him at his own game and kills Holder just as Arrow is confronting him.

This killer turns out to be Deadshot (Michael Rowe) uses bullets tipped with Curare, a rare poison. Deadshot’s next target happens to be Walter Steele (Colin Salmon), Oliver’s new stepfather.

Michael Rowe as Deadshot in Arrow Episode # 3 "Lone Gunmen"
Michael Rowe as Deadshot
Oliver decides to take help from the official force and approaches Detective Lance.

In the episode’s subplot, Thea breaks into a shop in search for drugs and is grounded. We also some more flashbacks about Oliver’s time spent on the island.

Deadshot is a well-known character in the DC Comics and it was disappointing that his character was not given much scope in this episode. In the brief moments, that we get to see him, he is doing the usual lone assassin stuff - striking macho pose, checking his weapons etc. I hope they do a better job with Deathstroke and other prominent DC villains and not treat them as a regular weekly villain of the show type character.

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To make things worse, the show is getting little bit repetitive. I find the same 2 threads in all 3 episodes so far:
  1. Oliver going after a corrupt businessman/mobster.
  2. CWesque romantic subplots
Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak in Arrow Episode # 3 "Lone Gunmen"
Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak

On the bright side Amell is still appealing as Oliver/Arrow. Colin Donnell gets more screen time as Tommy Merlyn.

We are introduced to a new character, Felicity Smoak played by Emily Bett Rickards. Felicity works in the IT department of Queen's company and looks set to be this show's version of Lucius Fox. Oliver gets another ally at the end of the episode and I will leave it at that to keep this review spoiler-free.

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  1. Nice review! I've been enjoying this show. I hope to continue to see them deepen the plots and characters. :)