Oliver: "I know."
Why didn't I like the David Anders (Vance) plot so much? His character was sufficiently nasty, proven by the fact that he brutally killed a colleague in the first few minutes. All our central character's wanted to put him back behind bars, but for some reason I never got a big threat vibe from him. Even his plan to unite the remains of the Triads and the Bertinelli gangs, which was a good nod to continuity, felt a little hollow. I think it's because he was basically just used as a plot device.
Vance's kidnapping of Laurel was such a comic-book cliché. Along with Quentin's phone fiasco, her rescue further set up how Arrow is starting to come between Laurel and Tommy. Sure Tommy and Laurel made up, but she was pointedly looking up towards rooftops for her valiant hero. Maybe they used this plotline now because she isn't going to be a potential victim for long. Even so, Oliver watching her from afar, and the villain using Laurel as bait to capture/kill Arrow were totally blatant shades of Superman.
Quentin is losing me, his single minded crusade against Arrow has now netted him zilch, except for a fractured relationship with his daughter. If he doesn't learn to back off, he will officially be off my list of favorite characters. Funny how he keeps turning to Arrow for help though. I can totally understand why Laurel was still pissed at him, even after he helped rescue her. Why am I not surprised that his phone bugging would blow up in his face, at least they didn't string that plot thread out for too long.
On the Island in another mirrored plot line, Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) asked for backup reluctantly, while Quentin reluctantly backed up Arrow. Slade Wilson is Deathstroke's real name in the comics. He says that he has a partner that wears the same mask. Does that mean the other guy is or isn't Deathstroke? Or is he lying to Oliver? At least Oliver's training has begun, I'm surprised that it is going to be Slade that teaches him to be an unstoppable force. How much do you wanna bet that Slade will regret training Oliver down the line.
I don't tend to talk about fight scenes, but there were two great ones in this episode. Laurel was pretty bad ass against Vance's men. Too bad about the tazer though, you really can't block something like that. Arrow also got to be bad ass with that attack on the compound. I don't think we've seen him unload quite like that before. Is it just me or have they gotten a better stunt coordinator, the action last week was better too.
Interesting turn around with Dig asking Oliver to get past a personal bias. A couple of episodes ago it was Oliver working behind Dig's back to reveal an old military buddy's bad guy status. Dig's turn to spy was fun, and he even had a bit of flair while doing it, that cigarette cover was an old one but a good one. It led to the one of the best endings in the series so far. Arrow crashing through Moira's window felt so satisfying, and I really didn't think the writers were going to go there yet.
Thea had a single scene, being introduced around Laurel's office. At least her character moved forward a bit, no matter how marginally.
The Undertaking must be Malcolm Merlyn's big plot for the Glades that'll kill thousands of people. So Moira is his muscle, that's kind of sad.
All pretense is over, they've totally ripped off Lost now. Dilapidated crashed airplanes deep in the jungles and mysterious deadly natives, check. What's next a smoke monster?
Moira: "The only way to keep this family safe is fore everyone in it to stop asking questions." Oliver's eye roll said it all.
Arrow (to Quentin who was about to shot Vance in cold blood): "I'm the vigilante, you're the cop."
Tommy: "Can I talk to you about something?"
Oliver: "Tommy. Every time you want to talk to me about something, and that something is Laurel, you look like you're about to tell me you have a terminal disease."
Even if the bad guy didn't work for me, the rest of the episode was a lot of fun. I hope this trend of quality episodes continues, and perhaps they'll start getting even better soon.
3 out of 4 Micro recorders used to deliver information no one wanted to hear.