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Arrow: An Innocent Man Review

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  • 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
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Arrow: An Innocent Man Review

Two positives right off the bat

By Tim Janson     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.


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Butchman 11/1/2012 8:45:43 AM

Thought this was one of the better episodes so far. Enjoyed it on many levels including the tight sweater :)

rogue188 11/1/2012 12:39:51 PM

This is the only show I watch where I can highly dislike it one minute, then switch to parts I like next. I am still on the fence. I will continue watching. I like Diggle's character. He is going to be Ollie's salvation from getting lost in revenge. He will probably die by the end of the season as well. Mark my words.

mikemc2 11/2/2012 7:50:45 AM

 Just saw this episode on Hulu.  I actually liked it.  Would be interesting too see where they go with the character after being arrested (now that he is completely outed).  Also I don't believe this is a war against the rich (Occupy movement politically correct preachy stuff) but a war targetting specific individuals (his book).  Since I never read the Green Arrow comics I do not know the Black Conary history (shy of what I read on Wikipedia) so I am interested how they transform Laural into the meta-human Black-Conary.  I am still in the camp that Super Hero genre entertainment needs some kind of fantasy element (somebody showing up with super-powers) in order to work.  Without it, it is just some dude wearing leather killing people he has an issue with.

millean 11/2/2012 8:15:40 AM

So Diggle is going to be a mash-up of Robin and Alfred?  I can go with that, for now.

You do know that we are supposed to hate Ollie's sister at the moment, right?  They appear to be setting up a redemption thread for on down the line.  Question is will the show last long enough for that to come to fruitiion, and how well can they pull it off?

The show has been pretty good.  I'm worried that they are adopting the "freak of the week" (to coin a Smallville phrase) that can get pretty monotonous pretty quickly.  At least we have the island flashbacks to change up the pace.  That, and I loved the scene that showed the Queen's Gambit (despite the sub-par CGI), and how that might affect things going forward.


DarthoftheDead 11/2/2012 12:37:27 PM

 I understand your lashing out at people who just want to see you get the HELP you so DESPRATELY NEED, Tim, I know it's not easy asking for help, but for all our sakes...PLEASE GET SOME.....

Doe's anyone know Roy Thomas's phone number? Maybe he can talk to ole OVER SENSITIVE, Tim about getting into a good Anger Management program.

After all, it's just a T.V. program and not really worth getting worked about, Tim.

(I guess you feel it is worth it, huh, Tim, I wonder what Mr Thomas would say about your behaviour)

hanso 11/2/2012 4:44:01 PM

 I agree Milean, I don't like the freak of the week aspect of the show.  I hope eventually they move away from him hunting down the people on the list.


hanso 11/2/2012 5:10:55 PM

I do like the flashback aspect, I can't wait for Ollie to battle the Others.  But that was BS where he wouldn't kill the bird at first.  You starving and you can't kill the damn bird?  Yeah right, that would've been dead in a second if you really hungry.

I'm looking forward to seeing more DC characters pop up (Huntress, Deathstroke, Royal Flush Gang) in upcoming episodes.

tjanson 11/3/2012 1:18:38 PM

Marvin...I only hope Deathstroke is done right and becomes a major, recurring villain and not disposable like Deadshot.



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