Arrow: An Innocent Man Review (

By:Tim Janson
Review Date: Thursday, November 01, 2012

Two positives right off the bat to mention about this week’s episode of Arrow…First, there wasn’t a hint of drama involving Oliver’s younger sister Thea, and very little relationship drama between Oliver and Laurel Lance.  Secondly, Katie Cassidy looks positively fantastic in a tight sweater!  Those two things aside there was a lot happening in “An Innocent Man”.  We start where we ended last week with Oliver having saved the life of his bodyguard John Diggle after being poisoned by Deadshot.  Oliver reveals his identity to Diggle and asks him to join him in his cause.

This was a major stumbling point in the show.  Four episodes into the series and Oliver is already giving up his identity and even worse, looking for a sidekick?  Uh uh…extremely clumsy.  Maybe the writers painted themselves into a corner with Diggle being poisoned and Oliver knowing how to cook up an antidote but this doesn’t seem to be a good path to go down so early in the show’s run.  Diggle refuses and later resigns as Oliver’s bodyguard.

Once again Oliver is on the trail of a wealthy, dishonest businessman who had a whistleblower murdered and framed the woman’s husband for the crime.  Now on death row and awaiting execution, Oliver assists Laurel in getting the evidence she needs to free the man.  Without a doubt this was the least threatening villain Oliver has faced.  This whining twerp isn’t the slightest bit believable as a ruthless businessman, especially when he exclaims in a pouty cry, “She’s going to come after me!” in referring to Laurel.

Oddly enough, while this main plot thread was the worse one yet, the episode was bolstered by a couple of strong sub-plots.  Walter Steele begins to investigate some of his wife’s business dealings incluing a payment to an offshore account that leads him to a shocking discovery.  Clearly Walter is not in league with his wife.  

Flashbacks to the island showed Oliver learning some harsh lessons from the mysterious Chinese archer who tells Oliver if he wants to survive the island, he will basically have to get used to killing.  The flashbacks continue to be the most intriguing parts of the show.  So once again this week, a fait amount of good mixed liberally with a bad central plot for an uneven episode.

Mania Grade: B-
Episode: An Innocent Man
Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy and Colin Donnell
Written By: Greg Berlanti (developer), Marc Guggenheim (developer)
Directed By: Vincent Misiano
Network: The CW