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  • Episode: Trust But Verify (Season 1, Episode 11)
  • Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy and Colin Donnell
  • Written By: Greg Berlanti (developer), Marc Guggenheim (developer)
  • Directed BY: Nick Copus
  • Network: The CW
  • Studio: Warner Brothers and DC Comics
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Arrow: Trust But Verify Review

Oliver gets a shock on the island

By Tim Janson     January 25, 2013

Arrow backtracked a bit this week into not so enjoyable territory with an episode that dealt to much on relationship issues and for the second straight week featured a less than compelling villain.  The episode started out strong as a gang of masked men took out an armored truck, killing a guard.  Oliver’s investigation eventually leads him to believe that the robbery was pulled off by ex-soldiers, one possibly being Ted Gaynor, Diggle’s old commanding officer in Afghanistan.  Diggle is not happy that Oliver is investigating the man that saved his life and even pulls a gun on Arrow when the vigilante confronts Gaynor.

The problem with this scenario is that it was written so heavy handed and Diggle defended Gaynor so vigorously that we knew Gaynor would turn out to be the villain.  This is a case where a little subtlety would have gone a long way.  From this point on you could have closed your eyes and turned down the volume and figure out what was going to happen the rest of the way.  This was disappointing to say the least, especially in light of the show’s recent episodes which have been quite good.

While predictable, the action was strong and it was nice to see Oliver mix it up with some genuine bad guys instead of the usual wealthy corporate moguls.  Also strong was Oliver’s flashbacks to the island where we see him don the fatigues of the mercenary he killed in an attempt to infiltrate their ranks but he is in for a shocking betrayal.  What the hell was that?  Definitely the most interesting aspect of this week’s show!

On the other hand, Tommy’s battles with his father leave me cold.  Tommy just is not an interesting character so far.  But even worse is little sis Thea who is quickly on a path to overtake Lana Lang as whiniest character in a genre show.  Her dalliance with drugs again was predictable as we’ve already seen her have issues with alcohol although it seems her plight will lead into next week’s (hopefully much better) episode of Arrow.


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mikemc2 1/25/2013 3:46:39 AM

 Am I wrong in wanting (seriously wanting) Oliver's family to be killed off?  I just wish his sister would die off already...please.  Also I get that live action versions of comic book characters mostly get stripped of their comic book identities but the whole Green Arrow winds up killing everybody and NOT calling him Green Arrow is getting really old.  Other then the lethality of it, the Arrow portion of the story was basically not bad.

Iridan 1/25/2013 5:03:50 AM

I disagree. I thought it was a strong show. Sure John Crichton was going to turn out to be bad, but that wasn't the point of the episode. It was just a means to enhance the relationship between Diggle and Oliver. The stuff with Tommy didn't bother me. I still think they are setting him up to turn on Oliver, but this episode made me question that. And it wasn't too soap operaish this week.

As for his sister, well, I really don't care for her at this point, but again, it will depend on what the writers are setting up for the character in the future. So I'm willing to see how that goes.

Okay, so we knew what was going to happen to Gaynor, but I did not see the reveal at the end of the episode coming. A- from me.

Chopsaki 1/25/2013 12:38:17 PM

FU to Directv & CW, git er done!

wildwestie 1/29/2013 7:02:14 PM

 again are we to change the name of the show to "hooded guy"?

egoist 1/31/2013 11:07:38 AM

 It's all part of CW's plan to introduce the Just Us League starring Blurry, Hoodie, The Brooder, Bling Ring, and The Quickie. Coming next fall.



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