Arrow, Season 1, Episode 5: Damaged, Review

Review Robert Bernstein
11/7/2012 at 10:49PM

Bobby Bernstein is giving two thumbs up to tonight's episode of Arrow, not only is it much better than previous episodes, Bobby is calling this show a winner.

We left off last week with the masked, I mean hooded, vigilante known as Arrow being arrested by detective Lance.  Oliver tells Digg that this was all part of his plan, and he knew the camera was there and that it would see him walking away with the green hood.  Olive enlists Laurel, detective Lance’s attorney daughter, to be his attorney.  Oliver suggests taking a polygraph test to clear his name to detective Lance and he passes the test, but detective Lance still won’t let up.  While doing the polygraph test, detective Lance asks Oliver a series of questions regarding his time on the island.

Viewers received a further glimpse into Oliver Queen’s time on the island.  We learn that Oliver was captured and then questioned about the man who was helping him.  He is then tortured by some masked man with a sword, which explains how Oliver got those scars all over his body.

Moira reminds me of Angela Petrelli from the Heroes series; we aren’t quite sure if she is good or evil.  Her husband, Walter, is also undecided after confronting her about her secrets she is keeping from him and he decides to investigate the books at the company’s other location for a while to avoid having to stay in the mansion with his not-so--trustworthy wife--a smart move, if you ask me.

Oliver Queen creates a plan to make people think he is innocent.  Oliver decides to throw a cover party at his mansion, placing him at his house all night.  Meanwhile, he asks Digg to dawn the green hood and make sure people see him elsewhere.  This will make people believe that he couldn’t possibly be the vigilante because he was at his mansion partying all night.  While at the party, Oliver is attacked by an armed man, but is rescued by detective Lance.  Oliver’s plan is a success, and Lance is forced to drop the charges against Oliver.

The soundtrack in this show continues to be one of the best soundtracks for a television show.  Blake Neely, who was responsible for compositions in the hit film The Last Samurai as well as hit television shows No Ordinary Family and The Pacific.

This episode definitely showed some growth from the previous episodes.  The episode was well directed and the moments between Oliver and Laurel felt much more genuine this time around.  If you were a viewer that was up-in-the-air about the series before tonight, you must watch this episode, as it has swayed this viewer into believing that the show is a winner.