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- Episode: State V. Queen (Season 2, Episode 7)
- Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Colton Haynes, Summer Glau
- Written By: Marc Guggenheim & Drew Z. Greenberg
- Directed By: Bethany Rooney
- Network: The CW
- Studio: Warner Brothers, DC Comics
Arrow: State V. Queen Review
Vertigo returns and the fate of Moira Queen decided
By Tim Janson
November 22, 2013
© The CW
If you ever wanted to criticize a show for packing too much into a single episode this week’s Arrow would win the prize. There was so much happening this week that it’s a wonder it fit into an hour. As a result, the episode felt somewhat hurried but in light of all that took place and several huge bombshells, this was still a great episode.
The opening takes us back six months in time to the destruction of the Glades which damaged a prison and allowed Count Vertigo to escape. Back in present day we learn that the Count has been working with Brother Blood and infecting the City’s supply of flu vaccinations with the Vertigo drug. One of those infected is Diggle who collapses in the office. Meanwhile, Moira Queens trial for murder begins and it seems as if the prosecutor has an airtight case against her when it’s revealed that she had an affair with Malcolm Merlyn years earlier. When the Assistant District Attorney is kidnapped by the Count, a conflicted Laurel Lance is forced to take over the case against Moira.
Oliver and Thea anxiously await the verdict but Oliver is forced to leave the courthouse when Felicity is kidnapped by Vertigo as well. With Vertigo threatening harm to Felicity, Oliver has little choice but to break his vow against killing in order to save her. On the Island, Oliver is leading Professor Ivo and his crew in search of the cave with the graves of the Japanese World War II soldiers to find an arrowhead that will lead them to the abandoned sub. Shado and Slade Wilson save Oliver and Sara and flee Ivo’s men. Shado reveals she has the arrowhead and the sub carries a serum which can heal the badly wounded Wilson. The final segment drops not one but two startling developments leading into the two-part mid-season finale.
As mentioned there was so much going on this week that the plotlines felt rushed. Moira’s trial started and ended within hours seemingly instead of the weeks you would expect it to last. The Vertigo plot was also given the express ride. But both hastened plots had a reason. In the case of Vertigo it shows that Oliver will have to kill if needed to save a life and eliminated one of the show’s minor villains. Oliver made it very clear to Felicity that it was not a tough decision in light of possibly losing her. Moira’s trial was more about what came after and how the jury reached a quick not guilty verdict when even Oliver expected her to be found guilty. One bombshell was certainly anticipated but the second one? Not so much! Brother Blood continues to be setup as a major both as the person aiding Vertigo.
Again there was another reference this week on a background newscast of S.T.A.R. labs getting ready to turn on their particle accelerator and if you watched next week’s preview you know Barry Allen is set to make his first appearance in what is shaping up to be a blockbuster mid-season finale. It might be just in time as Oliver is going to have his hands full with two top tier villains. Oh and if you missed the news earlier this week it was announced that Katrina Law from the Starz Spartacus series has been tapped to play Ra's al Ghul's other progeny, Nyssa al Ghul in episode 13 of the second season called “Heir to the Demon” It’s going to be a busy next couple of months for Arrow!