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  • Episode: Dead to Rights (Season 1, Episode 16)
  • Starring: Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Manu Bennett
  • Written By: Geoff Johns
  • Directed By: Glen Winter
  • Network: The CW
  • Studio: Warner Brothers
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Arrow: Dead to Rights Review

Deadshot Returns!

By Tim Janson     March 01, 2013


This week’s episode opens with Oliver killing a high priced assassin who has just arrived in town.  Oliver takes the assassin’s phone to Felicity so she can decrypt the information and find out who was the target.  Of course, we already know this.  Moira Queen has contacted the Chinese Triads to take a contract out on Malcolm Merlyn.  China White subcontracts Deadshot, who is revealed to be still alive after taking an arrow to his right eye.  The Triads outfit Deadshot with a new artificial eye scope giving him his more traditional comic appearance. 


The hit on Merlyn is to go down during an award ceremony in his honor.  Malcolm urges Tommy to come to the ceremony but Tommy at first refuses.  After talking with Oliver Tommy changes his mind, hoping that he can mend the strained relationship with his father.  Several assassins in the guise of waiters begin the attack with Deadshot poised on a building across the street, ready to line up Malcolm for a kill shot.  Arrow arrives to take out most of the assassins but cannot stop Deadshot from shooting Malcolm with a poison-tipped bullet. With only moments to live Oliver has to make a drastic decision in order to save Merlyn’s life. 


In flashbacks to the island, Slade Wilson is preparing for a fight and urges Oliver to do the same.  But Oliver proves his worth in another way by repairing the downed airplane’s radio.  While the radio will not allow them to call out, they are able to eavesdrop on the communications going on in Fyers’ mercenary camp, giving the pair intel on their plans. 


Lots of action this week which is not surprising considering the episode was penned by longtime comic writer, Geoff Johns.  This episode had a strong comic book like feel in terms of its pace.  Oliver’s fights with the assassin at the beginning and later with China White were nicely choreographed.  This episode creates several new dynamics.  Oliver is almost certainly going to regret his decision to reveal himself to Tommy.  Tommy also made the discovery that his father was the Dark Archer so he finds himself caught in the middle between Oliver and his father.  Now that they have mended their relationship will Malcolm now bring Tommy into his shadier activities?  Moira also finds herself in a precarious situation.  Merlyn wants her to find out who betrayed him and put out the contact on his life.  


There were a few things in the show that were sloppy such as Oliver killing the assassin without finding out whom he was targeting  One would think he’d be a bit more careful.  Then there was the issue of Oliver somehow getting into Merlyn’s locked down office when we saw him out in the hallway just seconds earlier.  Those minor gripes aside, this episode opens up several new plotlines.  Besides those already mentioned we have Diggle dealing with the knowledge that the man who killed his brother is still alive, as well as Oliver and Slade Wilson making a potentially deadly discovery in the mercenary’s camp. 


Strong showing this week, lots going on, good action, and of course no Thea is always a plus!


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lracors 3/1/2013 1:11:58 AM

This was a fantastic episode top notch.  One minor correction.  Tommy did NOT see his father's Dark Archer gear the vault shut due to the window blowing out and him flying into the "close" button.  He was close to seeing it but didn't rewatch that scene and you'll see what i mean.  I also like Felicity "training" that was a nice touch.  The last few episodes (i know you were a bit soft on last week) IMO have really built this series already into something that i look forward too weekly and am very glad it got renewed for Season 2.  Two weeks, The Huntress returns!

Iridan 3/1/2013 4:42:24 AM

Another correction, if I recall correctly, Oliver got into Merlyn's office through the blown out window.

Great episode, although I wasn't very thrilled that Tommy knows now. I have no idea if that is true to the comic, but it just seems too early in the series for me.

tjanson 3/1/2013 8:02:05 AM

Iridan...that was my thought too.  I guess I just found it to be a little too easy.  since that office was locked down he'd obviously have to go out a window from another office and swing over.  And Merlyns office was huge...I know I's nitpicky

KyleRayner 3/1/2013 8:13:49 AM

 this show is way ahead of Smallville in more ways than one but its slowlly falling into one of SV´s problems, too many people know the secret, I know this is an AU (as was Smallville) so its never been about the implications when he becomes his iconic self, its about a secret, that´s not so secret and how it just seems less and less important the more people know about it. Im sure at leas Dinah, Thea and Roy (here´s hoping he becomes a series regular) will eventually find out. Its only season 1 and we already have 4 people that know about his "secret identity" Im not liking that at all

Bryzarro 3/1/2013 8:37:16 AM

 This show is amazing.  It took me a bit but now i'm commited.

That is all.

lazarus 3/3/2013 12:17:31 AM

I have one beef. Deadshot would not have made this elaborate ruse to kill Merlyn. The entire floor where the presentation was being held was GLASS. Why the whole fire extinguisher alarm ploy just to kill his security? Shoot the bastard with the assissin's skill at SNIPER RIFLE and move one. That was lame and never really explained. And he stood on that stage giving a speech for a long time. Long enough for Dead shot to ice him.

BunyonSnipe 3/5/2013 3:56:22 PM

I really love this show, but I DO wish Deadshot was a little moree like the lovable douchbag from the comics, we all know he would not be sitting perched with his rifle he would be hanging upside down from a rope ladder on a chopper...

jd25u 3/10/2013 11:40:24 AM

 This show is sneaky-good.  More Island action is always good too.




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