‘Arrow’ Mid-Season Premiere Review – Out for Blood

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Stephen Amell in Arrow Season 2 Episode 10 Arrow Mid Season Premiere Review – Out for Blood

[This is a review of Arrow season 2, episode 10. There will be SPOILERS.]

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Prior to going on hiatus, Arrow managed to cover a great deal of ground with ‘Three Ghosts.’ Not only did it set up the series’ storyline with regard to Sebastian Blood, his connections to the present day, slightly-graying Slade Wilson and the army of super soldiers they plan to build as part of a vendetta against Oliver Queen, but it also managed to work in the genesis of a whole new series revolving around Barry Allen and his soon-to-be discovered super powers. (When he wakes up from the coma he’s in, that is.)

With all the drama and world-building that’d gone on the weeks leading up to the winter hiatus, it’s not hard to imagine that even as a mid-season premiere, Arrow might want to offer up something close to a one-off episode, just to get everyone back up to speed. In a sense, ‘Blast Radius’ is that episode; it’s essentially there to set Arrow’s sights on Sebastian Blood – just when he’s finished with the public shaming of Oliver Queen and Queen Consolidated over the rather unfortunate incident involving the near-complete destruction of the Glades and hundreds of deaths caused by Malcolm Merlyn.

As ‘Three Ghosts’ revealed, Blood is part of a larger storyline that includes the aforementioned Slade Wilson (who only appears here as an increasingly agitated and unstable mercenary in flashback), but he is also the impetus for finally inviting Laurel into the plot. Now that the great love affair between her and Ollie has apparently been suspended in the wake of Tommy’s death (and the writers’ clear interest in pursuing something between Oliver and Felicity), Laurel’s been given a professional boost, but little in the way of her own arc.

Kevin Alejandro in Arrow Season 2 Episode 10 Arrow Mid Season Premiere Review – Out for Blood

While sniffing around Sebastian Blood’s past on a hunch doesn’t exactly make for anything terribly compelling – though Cassidy does get to share a scene with her (also underutilized) on-screen father – it is about on par with the kind of plot we would normally expect from Laurel, even though her investigation consists primarily of asking Blood about growing up an orphan and his ties to Cyrus Gold, and then going to a mental institution to question his aunt (spoiler: it’s really his mom). And with that information, it seems likely Sebastian Blood’s chances at becoming Starling City’s next mayor have decreased dramatically.

Ultimately, ‘Blast Radius’ is just here to act as the bridge between events; it’s the furthering of several plots, which gets characters caught up on plot points the audience is already aware of. That makes it possible for the Blood storyline to move toward Sebastian’s inevitable confrontation with Arrow, and, perhaps the revelation that Slade’s behind it all. But that requires the set up we see here. And in order to buy some time and give Arrow some vigilante-ing to do, the episode comes incredibly close to putting on a mini Firefly reunion, by having Sean Maher guest star as mad bomber Mark Scheffer/Shrapnel. Sadly, there wasn’t enough reason to throw Isabel Rochev into the mix, so fans will just have to wait for the Tam siblings’ on-screen reunion.

As far as table setting goes, this was a fast-paced and fun episode that certainly hints at bigger things to come. So, really, the only thing left to say is: bring ‘em on.

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  1. Best show on T.V…..hands down.

    Hopefully the Gotham writers are taking notes.

    • +1!

    • I just want to see a new Green Hornet series (or movie) as close as humanly possible to the old TV show from the 60s. That one had all the right actors for the parts! As for the Seth Rogan travesty, excuse me while I put curse words on speed-dial. With the advance of more hero shows, I can always hope and dream….and with the Batman series from the 60s now coming out on DVD, maybe Green Hornet will do it also???? Please?!
      In the meantime, loving Arrow and bought the first season on DVD. I will get the second season when available, as well.
      As for Gotham, I’m afraid that one just does not interest me, although I am sure it will have it’s following.
      Anyone heard anything more on the proposed movies recently for The Equalizer, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. or Doc Savage? It has been pretty quiet on those fronts lately. I hope those are still coming….

  2. Pause the “Blind Spot” promo at 0.22…..OH YEAH!

    • Looks very similar to the Deathstroke from Arkham Origins.

  3. Keeps getting better. I’m assuming that’s Deathstroke(pre-orange mask) at 0.22 seconds?

    • I don’t know dude, could be Sportsmaster.

    • it sure looks like death stroke man i cant wait for the face off between oly and slade thats gonna be some epic stuff

    • no that is definitely deathstroke, sportsmaster rocks white/gray. Deathstroke is gonna get involved in arrow/ollie’s life, i dont know whats next but its gonna be crazy.

      *SPOILER ALERT SUCKA!*

      Or i do actually, Bronze tiger comes back to town, Roy kinda goes sidekick under the arrow (not gonna be fun for ollie, Roy starts to go anti-hero) and then some crazy sh*t on the island goes down but some boring sh*t too, Sebastian tries to get Laurel off his D so he frames her *wink wink* on something ironic; and its the typical bs with thea and miss queen moldy lip :) also of course Sara comes back to Starling with the typical “i got killers on my ***, save me ollie” and then after that, who knows, Barry might keep his promise :) :) did i spoil anything?

    • actually it is half orange…the qualitiy is just not that good..i checked it out

  4. Alright, I will preface what I am about to say with letting everyone know Arrow is probably my favorite show on TV and is usually done at a very high level. Also, I am an all around lover of all TV/Movie comic book material, Marvel/DC doesn’t matter to me.

    That being said, this review shows 1 bad side of Screen Rant. Shows they want to love (Arrow) can do no wrong, shows they want to hate (AoS) can do no right.

    I somewhat enjoyed this episode of Arrow, but it had definite plot holes and un-needed scenes. As 1 example, why did they need to Show Ollie saving the people at the building explosion? We know he is a hero and an all around good guy, there was no need for that scene and after it I found myself scratching my head as to why it was there. Shrapnel was a less than compelling villain as you had no idea why he was doing what he was doing other than he hated politicians. Why does he hate politicians? Nobody will know.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this week’s episode of AoS, it further developed at least 3 characters stories (Skye, Fitz & Simmons) and gave us our first real super-powered character on the show at the end (Blizzard). The story was probably the best I have seen from them. Along with that storytelling, there was a lot of bait and switch going on and not that it was a big surprise who the bad guy turned out to be, but he was probably not the first on peoples mind (unless you already knew Donnie Gill was blizzard).

    Again, I am not saying AoS is better than Arrow on a regular basis, just saying this week it was and Screen Rant again bashes AoS and Praises Arrow. I just don’t get the blind loyalty and hatred.

    • The reviews are written by two different authors offering an opinion on two separate shows. Your criticism is nonsensical baseless. Kevin and Anthony have a RIGHT to express their opinions on a topic. Its not that Screenrant is some how hating on AOS. The show is FLAWED and Screenrant is far from the only site pointing that out.

    • Shrapnel was just a device to help move the plot forward towards bigger things to come. Blood is running for office. Why not use a bombing plot, and by the way, let’s introduce Shrapnel while we’re at it. Why not? My only gripe, even though it’s been extremely effective and has served the character and the show well, is the complete Batmanization of Green Arrow. I just wish it wasn’t necessary but I have to admit that they’re better for it.

    • Forgive me, everybody, but I am daring to like Agents of Shield, and Arrow both. And Blacklist, Reign, and Sleepy Hollow as well.

    • Nah, go back and read all of the screenrants. I’ve read every one since the pilot episode of arrow. And it took a while before Arrow was “praised”. Especially in the beginning, hardly any credit was given, until it was shown that everything was coming together. AoS just might be taking a little longer to develop than Arrow did.

    • +1

  5. If they keep up the pace they`ve been having throughout this whole season, Arrow will probably double the views (from 2-3 million to 5-6) and get as famous as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Hopufully.

  6. no that is definitely deathstroke, sportsmaster rocks white/gray. Deathstroke is gonna get involved in arrow/ollie’s life, i dont know whats next but its gonna be crazy.

    *SPOILER ALERT SUCKA!*

    Or i do actually, Bronze tiger comes back to town, Roy kinda goes sidekick under the arrow (not gonna be fun for ollie, Roy starts to go anti-hero) and then some crazy sh*t on the island goes down but some boring sh*t too, Sebastian tries to get Laurel off his D so he frames her *wink wink* on something ironic; and its the typical bs with thea and miss queen moldy lip :) also of course Sara comes back to Starling with the typical “i got killers on my ***, save me ollie” and then after that, who knows, Barry might keep his promise :) :) did i spoil anything?

  7. that is def deathsroke look at his suit laced with ammo…i thought sports master but def def slade

  8. Just as good as supernatural. Can’t wait for an ollie/deathstroke face-off. Barry needs to wake up and suit up ! Soon! Also agents of shield just isn’t good enough… Stop watching it. Please . Give it a series finale , marvel has enough on their plate

  9. Not a bad return at all. They glossed over Laurel’s stealing her dad’s prescription pain killers quick enough that it hardly kept her from leading her charge against Blood; but it was about as fast as her change between getting closer to him and deciding he’s a villain. Odd things happening with her character. I still prefer Sarah, in terms of Lance sisters. The villain of the week was also a bit lackluster given the actor’s popularity.

  10. It would be really cool if they actually bring sports master in the show in the future, it would develops more to Roy character seeing how Roy has an relationship with sports master daughter cheshire.

  11. that is definitely Deathstroke, Deathstroke is gonna get involved in arrow/ollie’s life, i dont know whats next but its gonna be crazy.

    *SPOILER ALERT SUCKA!*

    Or i do actually, Bronze tiger comes back to town, Roy kinda goes sidekick under the arrow (not gonna be fun for ollie, Roy starts to go anti-hero) and then some crazy sh*t on the island goes down but some boring sh*t too, Sebastian tries to get Laurel off his D so he frames her *wink wink* on something ironic; and its the typical bs with thea and miss queen moldy lip :) also of course Sara comes back to Starling with the typical “i got killers on my ***, save me ollie” and then after that, who knows, Barry might keep his promise :) :) did i spoil anything?

  12. Nary a mentions of Roy’s mirakuru powers. It’s prolly going to be Ollie vs. Slade, Slade winning due to his powers and then Roy intervening to even the scale.

    • You mean Slade winning because he’s Slade :P

    • thanks for giving it away

    • Not surprised.

  13. Great action choreography once again. Nice job out of the writers of developing Slades, BrotherBlood, and Ollie in the same episode. So glad this show on TV

  14. was it just me, or did laurel look kinda…scary? she’s looking anorexic or something. her face looked like a mask pulled too tight.

    • nah, my girlfriend and I were watching it and we both thought the same thing. To me she was WAY more attractive in the beginning of the series.

    • I agree about the way Laurel looks. She has lost a tremendous amount of weight, so much that it hardly even looks like her any more. I don’t know if Katie Cassidy is losing weight because the character demands it, or if she is ill, or perhaps has an eating disorder? She is so thin now it is distracting and I can hardly bare to look at her. She looked so awesome in the first season, it is a shame what has happened to her.

  15. I hated what they did to the Slade character by turning him into a bad guy. It doesn’t make any sense and is totally unrealistic. Why would someone save someone’s life only to come back later and kill him?

    • That’s the point of the flashback scenes. To give us insight on WHY he’s coming back to kill him. I have faith that the writers will bring it all together rather smoothly. And plus, Slade isn’t just a bad guy. He seems to be THE bad guy, for the rest of the season and hopefully more seasons to come. Honestly, I’m looking forward to the Oliver/Slade showdown. Should be pretty badass.

      • I can honestly say that since Episode 1 I have been waiting for the showdown Oliver and Slade/Deathstroke, as I’m sure many other fanboys have.

  16. My Hero Show ratings:
    Agents of Shield: 8 out of 10
    Arrow: 9 out of 10
    Beware the Batman: 9 out of 10
    Young Justice: 9 out of 10
    Smallville: 10 out of 10
    Heroes: 10 out of 10
    Dexter: 10 out of 10(He kills for a reason)
    Coming Soon: Flash, Gotham Central, and Bradley(that’s right, currently in development at ABC, based on Slam Bradley)

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