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TV Review: Arrow - Season 3 Episode 18 "Public Enemy"

04.01.2015

Join us each week as we review the latest episode of ARROW. Warning: the following review contains major spoilers for the newest episode of the show.

Episode 18: "Public Enemy"

Synopsis: During an attack on the mayor’s office, Ray is critically injured. Felicity is pleasantly surprised when her mother, Donna Smoak, shows up at the hospital to offer her support. With the SCPD out in full force looking for the assailant, Oliver and his team work hard to stay one step ahead of the police to find the man responsible. However, things come to a head when Ra's al Ghul kidnaps Captain Lance.

In Starling City: Picking up directly where last week's episode left off, Arrow looks poised for a gamechanging moment as R'as Al Ghul's plan to convince Oliver to take his place at the head of the League of Assassins kicks into high gear. With the Mayor dead and Ray Palmer critically wounded, Captain Lance reinstates the Vigilante Taskforce and places a warrant for the arrest of Arrow and all of his accomplices. 

Oliver and company obviously want to prove their innocence and seek out Nyssa Al Ghul to pinpoint the location of Maseo. This in turn leads them to R'as who restates his offer to Oliver who then restates his objection. Lance and a virtual army of SCPD officers chase Arrow, Arsenal, and Canary through the city. Lance comes face to face with Laurel and seems prepared to take her in as a criminal when Nyssa saves her. After entire seasons of Starling City praising and cursing the Arrow, it doesn't seem to have taken much for them to blindly fear Oliver's alter ego despite all the good he has done for the city.

The team realizes they have underestimated R'as Al Ghul and his plans for Oliver as Captain Lance continues to push for the capture of Arrow. As he demands more officers, Lance is taken by Maseo to meet R'as Al Ghul. Initially pissed to see the man responsible for Sara's secret life and death, Lance is soon shocked by the revelation of the true identity of the Arrow: Oliver Queen. Upon learning this, Lance dispatches officers to every place Queen could be, including Verdant, and releases Oliver's name as the Arrow to the public. Oliver then realizes there is only one thing he can do and turns himself in.

At the hospital, Felicity tends to Ray who is informed by the doctors that he has a blood clot that could kill him if not operated on but may be too weak to survive the procedure. Ray suggests using his experimental nanotech, but the hospital has a policy against unproven medical technology. Felicity's mother arrives and gives her the push needed to inject Ray to save him, which she does. Recovering, Ray tells Felicity he loves her but she is unable to say it back. Her mother tells her it is because she loves Oliver and she now has a hard choice to make.

The team arrives at the jail to see Oliver, revealing their allegiance as Team Arrow to Captain Lance. Oliver says they shouldn't have come as he plans to get them immunity in exchange for his sentence. As they argue with Oliver's decision, he asks them to follow him a little further as the truth is more powerful than they can imagine. Back at the Cave, the team struggles to figure out what they can do next but are at a loss. Oliver is transported via motorcade. Lance reveals that R'as told him that Sara was on Lian Yu and wants to know why Oliver lied. Oliver offers the truth and says he wants to save the people of Starling but Lance says he is nothing more than a villain. At that moment, the truck is attacked by Roy in the Arrow hood and claims that it is he, not Oliver Queen, who is the true Arrow.

Flashbacks: In Hong Kong, Oliver and Akio run from Waller's men when they run into a woman who looks exactly like Shado. She is conveniently Shado's identical twin sister, Mei, who takes the two to her apartment. Oliver tells her his name is Tommy and claims not to know why the men are after them. Despite claiming he knew Shado from medical school, Mei soon sees the same tattoo on his shoulder as Shado had. Mei calls the police, but soon lasersights enter the room and bullets begin littering the room. Oliver fights back and is soon joined by Maseo and Tatsu as they take out the last of the mercenaries. After cleaning her home, Oliver tells Mei the truth about her sister and father and she thanks him for giving her closure.

Review: At it's worst, Arrow has been disappointing this season. There has not been an immediacy at all this year aside from a spot here and there. But, this story is by far the highlight of season three. The fear and mystery of Oliver Queen's secret life is back and the threat of capture from a city that fears him is in full force. The cohesive nature of Team Arrow is on display now and each character carries their weight. Oddly, the weakest aspect of this episode was Felicity who is usually always a solid part of each Arrow episode. The flashbacks were once again pointless, something they have been during the whole season, but you cannot argue that the reveal of Oliver's true identity to Captain Lance is a game-changer, that is, if the twist ending holds up. Definitely a great hour in an otherwise uneven season.

Final Verdict:

Next on ARROW: "Broken Arrow" airs April 8th: Lance continues his mission to take down the Arrow so Felicity orders Oliver to keep a low profile. However, when a meta-human named Jake Simmons, who kills people with blasts of energy and plasma, starts terrorizing Starling City, Oliver is forced to ask Ray for help. The unlikely duo is forced to team up to save the city.

Source: JoBlo.com

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9:26PM on 04/13/2015
These last few episodes have been pretty weak-sauce; hopefully it's just a slight slump, which happens. They really need to drop the Oliver flash-backs, Thea, Captain Lance and honestly, Felicity. Like GodMagnus says below, she's become a whimpering zilch, she adds nothing to the show now (although her mom is hot as balls). The big surprise this season has been Roy; he's gone from just what could have been another pretty-boy to draw in the female viewers, to a big part of the team...he's had
These last few episodes have been pretty weak-sauce; hopefully it's just a slight slump, which happens. They really need to drop the Oliver flash-backs, Thea, Captain Lance and honestly, Felicity. Like GodMagnus says below, she's become a whimpering zilch, she adds nothing to the show now (although her mom is hot as balls). The big surprise this season has been Roy; he's gone from just what could have been another pretty-boy to draw in the female viewers, to a big part of the team...he's had some good lines and has been holding his own. At the end of the day, it's still a good show; they just need to tighten up the cast and the writing a bit.
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9:23PM on 04/02/2015
There was a time when Felicity was a fantastic addition to Team Arrow. Now she is a whimpering useless over-acted serve no purpose character. We need Season 1 and 2 Felicity, not this one.
Secondly, Lance calls Roy out in a previous episode and Roy even say "Guess I don't need this anymore" about his voice changer. LANCE knows Arsenal is Roy, so him being Arrow is a roll eye "get the fuck out of here" comment that Lance should make.
Everything that has happened this season has been
There was a time when Felicity was a fantastic addition to Team Arrow. Now she is a whimpering useless over-acted serve no purpose character. We need Season 1 and 2 Felicity, not this one.
Secondly, Lance calls Roy out in a previous episode and Roy even say "Guess I don't need this anymore" about his voice changer. LANCE knows Arsenal is Roy, so him being Arrow is a roll eye "get the fuck out of here" comment that Lance should make.
Everything that has happened this season has been terrible. This episode was weak, Intense with the chase and Lance going nutballs, but weak episode in general. Did NO ONE see a bunch of ninja looking people with Arrow, Roy and Canary at the beginning? Also, why aren't ANY citizens rallying up for Arrow after he came back to help save the city from Brick? They've had copycats in previous seasons, why would people automatically say "Oh well he must be a killer again now!". NO ONE questioned what was happening?
Also fully agree with the Shado/sister thing. Really? I mean, you may have better odds winning the lottery.
Everything about this episode was a waste. Ra's hasn't added to the show, it's made it hard to find its footing instead.
What this show needs is proper footings again. Lance's emotional state has clouded his mind and he should step down. It's vengence, not justice. Also Thea could do away with the whole "I hate Merlin" with a side of over-acting as well.
5/10 at best.
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9:08AM on 04/02/2015
I loved last night's episode. The only way Roy taking the blame can work is if Oliver is no longer the Arrow. Ra's has completely destroyed everything Oliver has been doing the past two years and has made it impossible for him to continue. He'll have no choice but to take over the League at this point.

This season seems more like it was a chance for the writers to do a "what if" scenario, so I am thinking that because Barry's storyline is leading towards a "flashpoint" type ending, that all
I loved last night's episode. The only way Roy taking the blame can work is if Oliver is no longer the Arrow. Ra's has completely destroyed everything Oliver has been doing the past two years and has made it impossible for him to continue. He'll have no choice but to take over the League at this point.

This season seems more like it was a chance for the writers to do a "what if" scenario, so I am thinking that because Barry's storyline is leading towards a "flashpoint" type ending, that all of this will be retconned by that. The Flash probably gave Arrow the chance to do a season where everything goes to hell and after Barry time travels a new timeline will be created where Oliver is back as the Arrow and Sara didn't die. I really like that. It'll be interesting to see how things will change slightly due to Flash.
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9:24PM on 04/02/2015
That certainly is an interesting idea, considering Sara is supposed to be on The Atom's spinoff somehow. Still hated this episode.
That certainly is an interesting idea, considering Sara is supposed to be on The Atom's spinoff somehow. Still hated this episode.
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12:24AM on 04/02/2015

Are you freaking kidding me?

You gave this crap 9 stars? Seriously? This show just reached the WTF stage of stupid. Shadow JUST HAPPENS to have an identical twin sister who Oliver JUST HAPPENED to run into on the street in a foreign country among millions of people as he was being chased by gun-wielding government agents in a flashback? So he got to find out that "The truth is powerful!" Seriously???

Lance has officially reached complete moron level. He knows Oliver didn't shoot the mayor and his daughter is
You gave this crap 9 stars? Seriously? This show just reached the WTF stage of stupid. Shadow JUST HAPPENS to have an identical twin sister who Oliver JUST HAPPENED to run into on the street in a foreign country among millions of people as he was being chased by gun-wielding government agents in a flashback? So he got to find out that "The truth is powerful!" Seriously???

Lance has officially reached complete moron level. He knows Oliver didn't shoot the mayor and his daughter is running around with him, but he issues shoot to kill orders for the group?

The only decent part of this episode was Routh's arc, which was nothing short of awesome (even down to Felicity not being able to love him back). Everything else was every character on the show doing the stupidest thing possible to make the plot chug along. At this point the only thing that can save this show is if Barry's going back in time completely screws with reality, leading to some kind of reset to when the people involved weren't such complete idiots.

5 Stars at the most.....
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2:51AM on 04/02/2015
Also, doesn't Lance know that Roy is Arsenal? Hasn't he seen them both running around together? Doesn't he literally make that observation to Roy in an earlier episode? haha

While I do agree with you on the absurdity of this episode I did enjoy the performances. Lance, gave a great performance. Sure it reached super villainy crazy ridiculousness, but damn that British actor knows intensity. I also love Felicity's mom. She had a couple hysterical lighthearted moments that made me laugh out
Also, doesn't Lance know that Roy is Arsenal? Hasn't he seen them both running around together? Doesn't he literally make that observation to Roy in an earlier episode? haha

While I do agree with you on the absurdity of this episode I did enjoy the performances. Lance, gave a great performance. Sure it reached super villainy crazy ridiculousness, but damn that British actor knows intensity. I also love Felicity's mom. She had a couple hysterical lighthearted moments that made me laugh out loud.

The flashbacks have become pretty useless since season 2. There was a bit of a Lost vibe to seeing Shadow again.

Overall, I agree with you. However, it's still very entertaining.
5:07AM on 04/02/2015
What? You've never bumped into someone? Really is no different
What? You've never bumped into someone? Really is no different
5:07AM on 04/02/2015
What? You've never bumped into someone? Really is no different
What? You've never bumped into someone? Really is no different
10:57AM on 04/02/2015
You're joking, right Snake? You're asking me if I'm walking the streets in a foreign country while being chased by government assassins have I run into the twin of someone who died in front of me?

There are crazy plot-points, then there is idiocy. That was idiocy.
You're joking, right Snake? You're asking me if I'm walking the streets in a foreign country while being chased by government assassins have I run into the twin of someone who died in front of me?

There are crazy plot-points, then there is idiocy. That was idiocy.
10:58AM on 04/02/2015
I agree Marty. Her mom (Charlotte Ross?) was hysterical. The acting itself was fine. It's just the writing that was laughably bad.
I agree Marty. Her mom (Charlotte Ross?) was hysterical. The acting itself was fine. It's just the writing that was laughably bad.
12:37PM on 04/02/2015
I agree with everything you wrote. The plot of this season in general has been getting pretty stupid. But this episode specifically made no sense. Between Lance's idiotic decisions, that completely disregarded all plot points of the past 3 seasons. And the huge coincidence of Oliver running into Shado's twin in China. This show is becoming too ridiculous and is getting close to jumping the shark.
I agree with everything you wrote. The plot of this season in general has been getting pretty stupid. But this episode specifically made no sense. Between Lance's idiotic decisions, that completely disregarded all plot points of the past 3 seasons. And the huge coincidence of Oliver running into Shado's twin in China. This show is becoming too ridiculous and is getting close to jumping the shark.
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