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  • Episode: Betrayal (Season 1, Episode 13)
  • Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell
  • Written By: Greg Berlanti (developer), Marc Guggenheim (developer)
  • Directed By: Guy Norman Bee
  • Network: The CW
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Arrow: Betrayal Review

Oliver confronts his mother

By Tim Janson     February 08, 2013




After receiving the journal of names from Felicity that his mother had, Oliver decides to confront her.  She deflects the blame on her deceased husband, Robert and tosses the journal into the fireplace.  While Oliver is satisfied with her explanation, Diggle is far less trusting.  He takes over as Moira’s chauffer in order to keep an eye on her.  Meanwhile Cyrus Vanch, a notorious criminal gang leader, is released from prison on a technicality, and is intent on taking over the leadership of all of Starling City’s gangs.

Oliver tries to get the evidence to put Vanch back in prison but Vanch uses the Arrow’s relationship with Laurel Lance to gain the upper hand.  He kidnaps Laurel and uses her as bait so he can try to take out Arrow.  Laurel’s father has no choice but to put aside his vendetta against the vigilante in hopes that he can rescue his daughter.

In flashbacks to the island, after Oliver’s death has been faked he follows the map given to him by Yao Fei.  The map leads Oliver to a downed airplane and an Australian intelligence agent who has come to the island to rescue Yao Fei.  That agent’s name is Slade Wilson AKA Deathstoke.

Ok what?  But I thought we already met Deathstroke previously and he tortured Oliver when he first arrived at the island.  Well turns out that is Slade’s partner and they both wear the Deathstroke mask.  But this IS Slade Wilson and he’s played by Manu Bennett, best known as Crixus in the Spartacus TV series.  And what a fantastic casting choice this is!  Bennett has had to defer the spotlight to Liam McIntyre in Spartacus but there’s no doubt he’s perfect for playing a badass like Deathstroke.  Since this is the final season for Spartacus hopefully we will be seeing much more of him in Arrow.

The episode ended with Diggle finally getting the information he needed to prove that Moira knew that Robert Queen’s Yacht had been sabotaged and confronts her again, but this time as The Hood.

Lot’s to like about this episode.  Bennett’s role is right at the top and there was great action throughout even though the “notorious” Cyrus Vanch was a lame excuse for a villain.  Things are getting hot for Moira and you get the feeling that everything is about to explode.  We also got the first hint that Tommy Merlyn could possibly be turned to the dark side and ally with his father as he made it clear how much he hates the Hood.  Maybe best of all we saw VERY little of Thea.  There are a few minor points I could nitpick about but I enjoyed this week’s episode a great deal.  But can we please please start at least calling him “Arrow” I mean that IS the name of the show.  Of course, how many seasons was Superman referred to as “The Blue Blur?”  Damn you WB!


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Funstin 2/8/2013 5:16:58 AM

I said the EXACT same thing to my wife when we were watching it!  "Why can't they drop 'The Hood' and call him 'Arrow" or something?"  She reminded ME that Clark was "The Blur" for several seasons and never really became Superman until the show ended.  I can look past it for now.  I suspect once he has completely turned from Vigilante to Hero then the public will start calling him 'Green Arrow' whether he wants them to or not.

Iridan 2/8/2013 5:54:38 AM

Very good episode. I'm enjoying how things are progressing. However, I too am getting tired of 'the hood'.

monelonmonday 2/9/2013 9:14:18 AM



CaptAmerica04 2/9/2013 12:08:33 PM

Nobody likes "SPOLIERS!"  ;)

Eric770 2/10/2013 1:38:34 PM

I feel the vibe on the hood issue and just because we had to endure "the blur" for every season but the last does not mean they have to cut-copy-paste the same situation here! On a seperate note, is it just me or does anyone else feel that the Tommy/Laurel relationship seem a bit too forced and only exists to set up the future story line of Tommy vs. Arrow? Tommy's character came off a bit girly in this episode and I''m caring a little less for his screne time (and those of him and Laurel) with each episode. it's not that I want Oliver and Laurel together, I just don't really believe in Laurel as the 'one true" love for our hero since she gave it up to his best friend, then and now. But if they are following the example of Smallville Laurel is community property since everyone had a turn with everybody on that show - Lana, Lois, Chloe, they all had several lovers before they went for the hero! The hero shouldn't settle for left overs, i'm just saying! 

WarCry 2/11/2013 8:53:27 AM

 Here's one complaint that I feel is valid from a story-telling point of view:

You set up a scene...hero gets in a fight gets his butt whomped on, and to prove he's really "one of the bad guys", his opponent 'kills' him and dumps his body with....a dramatic cut to commercial! "Oh, no!" says the viewer, "how will he get out of this one??" And the commercial ends with the revelation it was all a gag, a prank, whatever.

But here, firstly, they showed that Oliver knows how to do the nerve-pinch-fake-death trick. And overriding that is the fact that we KNOW he survived the island.

I love them putting the island flashback stuff in there, but don't make it the lead-out, cliffhanger going into commercial. It carries no weight at all, because we know 1) that it WILL be resolved, and 2) we know HOW it be resolved (because of the nerve-pinch trick they already showed us).

The art of suspense is lacking. They need to go back and do a little more Hitchcock research, methinks.



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