4 out of 5 dentists agree. We didn't believe it either.
Manu Bennett (Spartacus, The Hobbit) did a great job in his first appearance as Slade Wilson this week. The scenes with Oliver inside the plane were tense and gripping. I thought Stephen Amell did a really good job of appearing inept at fighting, surely not easy to do when he is as proficient as he has already demonstrated! Oliver was obviously terrified but again we saw his ability to fight through the fear and do whatever he needed to do to survive. While Wilson denied that he was in fact the same masked soldier who had tortured Oliver, I think we can agree that Oliver would be wise to doubt that.
The evolution of the relationship between Oliver and Diggle allowed for some great debate over the involvement of Moira in Walter’s disappearance. Oliver’s insistence on going to his mother with her book showed a certain innocence, his trust in his mother was something he wasn’t willing to let go of, and he showed such disappointment when Moira would not agree to investigate the book further. However, he still refused to acknowledge that she was lying to him and once again it was Diggle who managed to get him to see the truth. Without Diggle by his side I think Oliver could easily be steered in the wrong direction and I’m loving the way this partnership is growing. Diggle is a nice balance to the ruthlessness that Oliver learned on the island as well as the innocence that his loyalty to his friends and family sometimes evokes.
Detective Lance is so blinded by his obsession with the Arrow that he even managed to justify his betrayal of his daughter. I was hoping he was coming around to the idea that the vigilante was actually someone who could help him keep the streets of Starling City clean but it seems he’s sunken too far into his fixation with stopping the Arrow that even Laurel’s safety takes a back seat. I was glad Laurel called him out on it and stood up to him. I think her words struck a chord and I’m hoping he’ll start to see the error of his ways.
I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Tommy when he went to Oliver to talk to him about Laurel’s involvement with the Arrow. Oliver was so obviously upset every time Tommy mentioned being lied to and part of me thinks Oliver’s secret could be revealed to Tommy soon, accidentally or otherwise.
I must give a big shout out to Katie Cassidy for doing the stunt work in the scene when Laurel was taken from her apartment. It was great to see Laurel kicking some butt! With great directing, as always, from Guy Bee, we were left on the edge of our seats with the Arrow’s appearance in Moira’s office, but judging from the sneak peeks at the next episode it doesn’t seem like we’re going to have to wait long until we find out the consequences of his actions!
Arrow airs on Wednesdays at 8/7c on CWTV and 7/6c on CTV