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  • Episode: Burned (Season 1, Episode 10)
  • Cast: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy and Colin Donnell
  • Written By: Greg Berlanti (developer), Marc Guggenheim (developer)
  • Directed By: Eagle Egilsson
  • Network: The CW
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Arrow: Burned Review

The Second Half of Season One Begins

By Tim Janson     January 18, 2013
Source: Mania.com

As you will recall, Arrow ended its first half season on a high note with perhaps its best episode to date.  So how would the second half premiere hold up?  Not too shabby as it turns out.  Six weeks have past and Oliver has lost some faith in himself after being defeated by the mysterious dark archer who was revealed as wealthy Malcolm Merlyn, Tommy’s oppressive father.  Walter Steele, Oliver’s stepfather had been kidnapped by Merlyn’s associates to insure that Moira Queen goes along with his plans.


Diggle finally is able to snap Oliver out of his funk in order to check out the deaths of several firefighters that appear not to be the accidents that people believe.  As Oliver tries to regain his edge he has several more flashbacks to the island where he was shipwrecked, and when he killed his first man, one of the mysterious mercenaries.


Now sure, I would have loved to have seen a more compelling villain than a vengeful firefighter who was thought to have died, to start the second half of the season but most everything else in “Burned” worked quite well.  Diggle gets to do more than just be a sidekick.  He’s the one who gives Oliver a good kick in his butt to get him going again.  Oliver has realized that he doesn’t have to shoulder all the burden of trying to protect Starling City.


Laurel has also gained some trust in The Hood, stealing the phone her father got from the vigilante so she can contact him for help with the firefighter’s murders.  But perhaps the most important development in this episode is that for the first time the media in Starling City is referring to the Hood as a hero rather than a villain or vigilante.  This is a good push in the direction of developing Green Arrow as a true comic book hero—short of ACTUALLY calling him Green Arrow that is!


They didn’t do much in terms of Walter’s disappearance and that’s a good thing.  This is going to be a pivotal plot in the second half of the season and I’d like to see it developed slowly and build to hopefully a strong season one finale.


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vitieddie 1/18/2013 12:32:14 AM

 I will type fast!

mtaffer 1/18/2013 7:29:01 AM

The vengeful firefighter was Arrow's version of the villian Firefly.  He was the weak link in the episode.

WarCry 1/18/2013 9:19:06 AM

 I had no problem with them twisting the story of Firefly (the DC version - GI Joe's is still better!) and telling it this way. What I DID have a problem with is the same thing that's been happening all season: Introduce a "name" villain and then kill them off in one episode. I don't understand the point of bringing in a recognizeable character only to get rid of them immediately. Right now, we have Merlyn and Deathstroke as "name" villains that have shown up and not been killed so far, but at this rate, he's going to have run through an entire Rogues Gallery by season's end.

wildwestie 1/18/2013 11:41:19 PM

 so when are they going to change the name of the show to "hood"? ridiculous...

vitieddie 1/19/2013 4:43:10 PM

I think a version of GA in the comics has a hood? 

wildwestie 1/19/2013 11:01:37 PM

 I don't know viti. I just think it's too bad they feel they need to delay calling him by name. like that will be the end of the show or something. it was so frustrating, among other things, whenever they called Clark "the blur" in smallville. I just hope this isn't long term.

lazarus 1/22/2013 6:01:40 PM

they already hinted in one episode to calling him Green Arrow. I thought the entire Firefly thing was a joke. Seriously. It was lame to say the least. And Firefly was an arsonist for hire, not some revenge driven fireman gone mad. Stupid, like the way they are developing Oliver though.

Need to get more into him being a superhero though. Enough of this Batman like vigilante crap, Arrow is a hero. Also. Please WB, PLEASE GOD WB, get an idea from Smallville's GA and get him a set of glasses, googles, or a mask of some kind. This hood crap is stupid and annoying. AND as stupid as the glasses thing for Clark.

BunyonSnipe 1/31/2013 1:41:12 AM

There is a very good reason they don'y call him Arrow, Green Arrow or any combination of the two...

At this point it's just not that important to Ollie and although I never really got into Smallville, someone just calling themself Superman sounds a bit ig headed, I think the Green Arrow moniker will be used by the press in the second season when the press realise there are two of them...

That said , I am in total agreement that he should come out of the shadows as the city's protector.

BunyonSnipe 1/31/2013 1:43:40 AM

I have a feeling that he will go with both a domino mask AND a fake goatee when he becomes the Green Arrow too...

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