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  • Episode: Identity (Season 2, Episode 2)
  • Starring: Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Katie Cassidy, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett
  • Written By: Ben Sokolowski & Beth Schwartz
  • Directed By: Nick Copus
  • Network: The CW
  • Studio: Warner Brothers
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Arrow: Identity Review

Arrow continues the transition to hero

By Tim Janson     October 18, 2013

Arrow continues the transition to hero
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Am I missing something?  Did Oliver Queen REALLY kill that many people last year?  I mean enough that everyone he fights now brings it up like he’s wearing a “thou shall not kill” sign?  Ok we get that he wants to be a hero now and not just a vigilante but enough with shoving it down our throats.  “Identity” opens with Roy Harper attempting to thwart a robbery of a FEMA truck carrying supplies for a hospital in the glades.  Turns out the thieves are part of the Triad criminal organization led by China White.  Roy is injured when his car crashes forcing Thea to break up with him because of his late night vigilantism. 

The people in the Glades continue to struggle to rebuild their section of the city and merely survive after the earthquake destroyed a large part of it, killing hundreds of citizens.  Oliver tries to help but is nearly attacked by an angry mob led by Alderman Sebastian Blood.  Oliver, along with Diggle and Felicity have to fight the battle on two fronts.  One political in trying to repair the damage that his mother helped create by unwittingly assisting Malcolm Merlyn, and the second by stopping China White and her group of road pirates.  China’s new henchman is the Bronze Tiger played by Michael Jai White although he bears little resemblance to the comic book villain.  

In the weekly island flashbacks, Oliver is coming to grips after killing one of the mysterious new strangers while Shado and Slade Wilson try to figure out who they are and why they are there.  This leads them to a long abandoned cave with the skeletons of several World War II Japanese soldiers who all have oddly misshapen skulls.

Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) becomes more of a favorite each week delivering some of the episodes best lines.  She throws an angry tirade at Oliver when she has to become his secretary even though it is mostly for appearances.  She insists there is no way she is making Oliver coffee!  There were some fantastic action scenes this week as Oliver goes toe-to-toe with Bronze Tiger as Diggle gets to show off his skills fighting China White win two well-choreographed sequences.  We also saw Roy harper take the next step into becoming Green Arrow’s partner as Oliver agrees to allow Roy to help him but only through providing intel in the Glades.

The one nagging thing that works against this episode is the silly plot of the FEMA trucks being hijacked.  First, why is FEMA making these deliveries only at night instead of in broad daylight?  Second, after several of the trucks have been hijacked, wouldn’t there maybe be a police escort or perhaps some private security hired to protect the trucks, particularly after several drivers have been ruthlessly murdered?  It’s sloppy plotting to say the least but overshadowed by the rest of what was another strong episode.

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Iridan 10/18/2013 3:33:45 AM

Not one of my favorite episodes. I agree that the whole FEMA/truck thing was sloppy. No security escort? What they were going to just keep sending them in without any changes? The fact that there was no way to get medicine to hospital was lame. Plus how did Roy know where the theft was going to take place? Bad writing.

I also agree that the whole thing with Oliver killing people felt forced.

You didn't mention anything about Laurel. I think her whole turn on the vigilante seems forced too. I realize there should be some change after Tommy's death, but I don't buy it.

Love Felicity, she always has the best lines and I still love the island flashbacks. I'd give this episode a B minus

lazarus 10/18/2013 5:33:42 AM

So, I am just going to point out a couple of things.

Writers. Seriously. After Katrina or another massive disaster like this, who is ALWAYS on scene for months or years? The NATIONAL GUARD. If the situation in the Glades was that bad the State, Federal and other government agencies would have been sending resources. Also, FEMA would not be transporting valuable cargo like, MEDS, without an armed, MILITARY escort. Final point about this, they NEVER, EVER explained the motivation behind the thefts? It is not like the Triads could resell the drugs because their main customer, THE GLADES, well is broke. No pun inteneded.

Final thought. One thing the Smallville Arrow had over this one. He had the common sense to wear a mask. Granted the mask was a pair of sunglasses with tactical computer interface. But still, it is really within the scope of logic that the ONLY thing keepnig his identity secret is poor lighting and crappy cameras? Seriously?

And while I love the Felicity character of the show, this week she got kinda of annoying. MIT? Seriously? If you worked at MIT and were worknig for Queen industries in the IT helpdesk essentially. Then you seriously under shot your career goals. And once Oliver explained the rational behind the secret identities thing, why are you complaining? It is not like he asked you to become his consort or something. Do you regular job from the flipping secretary position. And I find it really weird the secretary would have better IT hardware than the IT administrator? That would not raise a flag?

Overall I like where the show is going, but they need to adjust the fight scenes a little. GA knows tactics, and is not a melee fighter. He would be using the high ground and mobility to shoot at his targets to incapcitate them. This is similar to the TDKR crap of Batman fighting and using none of his tactics or gadgets. Make it a little more GA and less Batman with a bow please. Throw some quips in there GA is known for. He is almost as bad as Spidey for that. Lighten up Beavis.

dojen1 10/18/2013 8:20:35 AM

@Lazarus...I agree with everything you said. I too had a problem with the hijackings plot. After the 1st one, the gub'ment would have had armed escorts out the wazoo. China White throwing blades right THROUGH the windshield and killing the guys inside was a "NO F#@KING WAY!!" moment. I am watching, but for me the show is coasting on two things: Stephen Amell's charisma and Felicity in tight dresses. Bored with Laurel. She can go. Bring on the Canary. Bring on Arsenal or Red Arrow.

dojen1 10/18/2013 8:21:13 AM

...and yeah, he did kill quite a few guys last season.....

wildwestie 10/19/2013 5:08:36 PM

 And you forget he has the paint job around his eyes so that makes him unrecognizable!

BunyonSnipe 10/20/2013 2:54:30 AM

Let's face it in the real world he would be a SERIAL KILLER, so mentioning the fact he killed people makes perfect sense!!!

GreatOne 10/20/2013 10:15:40 AM

lazarus - only point I disagree is Felicity's career-mindedness.  An IT person at a multi-national corporation would be highly skilled in developing programs for internal use, in addition to highly sophisticated anti-viral/malware software, not just making sure someone's printer is plugged in.  These companies aren't going to be using Windows and Nortons. 

I was also annoyed by the Left-wing Alderman.  Oh, so now it's okay to act like a Third World country and stoke up a riot against an individual?  Should have been arrested for that crap.  And his smug narcissism is beyond the chart.  Hoping they're taking their cues from South Park's brilliant "Smug Alert" episode.

alecialovato 10/21/2013 4:31:11 AM

 i have gone through this comic and it has impressed me like hell...loved it



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