‘Arrow’ Season 1, Episode 6 Review – A Hero At Last?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2014 at 9:56 am,

Stephen Amell in Arrow Legacies Arrow Season 1, Episode 6 Review – A Hero At Last?

The inclusion of John Diggle (David Ramsey) into Arrow’s vendetta against the corruption ruining Starling City helped transition what was quickly becoming a repetitive – if not unsuccessful – attempt at levity into a device that would alter the formula of Arrow (in this episode, at least). It also provides an additional direction for the show to take as it continues along the narrative path of the first season.

As Oliver (Stephen Amell) learns during ‘Legacies,’ there is a whole other level of crime plaguing the streets of the city he’s so intent on saving that has gone unnoticed by the vigilante. It’s sort of ironic that in trying to protect the little people who’ve been victimized by the city’s wealthy elite, Oliver Queen has overlooked just how devastating certain “street crimes” can be.

Arrow has been too myopic in his duties, referring to a group of bank robbers as a “symptom,” not the cause of the problem. But after the Royal Flush Gang hits Starling City and an off-duty cop is critically injured during a robbery, Diggle implores his new partner to look beyond the names on his list and act more like a hero.

In doing so, Oliver takes it upon himself to not only stop the gang, but to do it by first extending an offer to cease and desist to the group’s ostensible leader, Derrick Reston (Currie Graham) – who has earned some sympathy from Oliver after he learns Derrick’s job and benefits were lost as a result of Robert Queen’s (Jamey Sheridan) outsourcing. It’s an act that illustrates the kind of hero Arrow could be if Oliver were to give himself half the chance. First he attempts to right his father’s wrong – which is basically what Arrow has been doing, but on a far more lethal level – but failing that, Arrow’s endeavor to stop the gang’s final heist was also his first real attempt to prevent the criminal in question from being killed. Of course, he fails, but as is the point of the episode, sometimes heroes come up short in trying to do the right thing; what they do after is what makes them a hero.

David Ramsey and Stephen Amell in Arrow Legacies Arrow Season 1, Episode 6 Review – A Hero At Last?

Ollie’s more compassionate and lighter touch in ‘Legacies’ actually extends beyond those carrying automatic weapons and includes an attempt at rebuilding the fractured relationship he was with his mother, Moira (Susanna Thompson). This likely has something to do with the fact that Moira is feeling a bit lonely since her husband Walter (Colin Salmon) found out that she’d been lying to him and took off for Australia. Still, it’s an effort, and considering what the hallucination of his father puts him through during this week’s flashback, Moira’s small attempt manages to come up with the win.

Elsewhere, the escapades of Thea (Willa Holland) and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) manage to converge on one Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnel), as Thea confuses his request for lady advice as a passive attempt to woo his best friend’s little sister. Of course, it’s just that Tommy’s been so shallow for so long, he needs a helping hand in doing the right thing – which is to put on a fundraiser so Laurel’s legal service doesn’t go down the drain. It’s a nice bit of synergy with the Arrow-centric themes of the episode, but most importantly, it gives the episode’s main narrative room to breathe, while maintaining some interest in the characters that don’t wear a green hood.

Ultimately, though, ‘Legacies’ managed to successfully integrate villains from the DCU into the more “grounded” world of Arrow, while presenting the character with a real opportunity to grow and change, which will go a long way in keeping Oliver Queen’s alter ego the most interesting element of the series.

Arrow Legacies Arrow Season 1, Episode 6 Review – A Hero At Last?

Highlights from the episode:

  • The majority of Tommy’s wisecracks must be intentionally awful – there’s no other way to explain them. That being said, it’s too bad no one was around to hear, “Did you know, as a doctor, I was able to diagnose myself as a giant tool?”
  • “Not even a Myspace account. It was a very dark time.” Maybe everyone’s jokes are just awful.
  • “Why would he want you to be a wizard?” At some point, Ollie is going to have to gain some rudimentary knowledge of pop culture from the last five years.
  • Kyle Reston/Ace was actually played by Kyle Schmid of BBC America’s Copper and not a random Stephen Dorff look-alike.

-

Arrow continues Wednesday, November 28 with ‘Muse of Fire’ @8pm on The CW. Check out a preview for the episode below:

Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:
TAGS: arrow

29 Comments

Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.


If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it.

  1. Pretty descent episode. Liked the Royal Flush Gang, though I missed Ace the Android and the flying cards. I do agree though that the dialogue is starting to get pretty corny.

  2. Even though the dialogue is a bit corny, at best, and the absurd product placement with the Windows 8(seriously do we need to see that she’s using Windows 8 to do the search?). It came off as a fairly solid episode. Ollie struggling with survivors guilt, as seen in the hallucination of his father, and at the same time attempting to atone for his family’s wrongs, offers a greater insight into how he is coming to terms with his place in the world both in and out of the hood. Yes we see some nice secondary character building in this episode, Diggle’s connections to the police force, the struggle for funding that Laurel is going through, and Tommy’s attempt to becoming an upstanding man in Laurel’s eyes, the doubts Moira is having about Ollie et cetera. But this episode was more about the burdens a man places upon his family. The burden that Ollie carries is mirrored in the burdens that Derrick places upon his own children in forming the Royal Flush Gang, and the stress that causes these fractures in Derrick’s life, as is evidenced by the argument he has with “Queen” (sorry don’t remember her name). It felt very solid but almost more like in a mirror darkly kind of situation where you see both sides of the coin of the “evils” that Robert has allowed to take root.

  3. OK so i watched the preview the article says next week, butt the promo says the 28, most of the info i read about them bringing helena in is she supposed to show up on the 28…

    • I think you mean “but”- not “butt”. Don’t mean to be a grammar/spelling-nazi, BUT I just had to point it out for the sake of humor.

  4. another great ep

  5. Great episode. I could do with less Tommy however, or maybe the same amount of Tommy, but a diffrent actor portraying him. His pursuit of Laurel could get old if it’s played out too long. The Royal Flush Gang was very cool, and I liked Ace’s brutality. Oliver’s attempt to try to spare the father was a nice touch, but seemed to me to be too random a meeting in the bar without much explanation, and hardly any surprise on the part of the father. I also don’t care for how Oliver keeps taking off his hood to people. I mean a secret identity is a secret identity, only if you keep it secret. He just narrowly avoided getting discovered on the security cameras at the prison, now in a bank full of security cameras he takes his hood off to talk to the father of the gang. Overall, the episode was great which makes it six for six so far. Keep up the good work!!

    One correction to the article above, Arrow will NOT be on next week because it’s Thanksgiving eve, but returns in two weeks on the 28th with the huntress!!

  6. i found some of the corny dialogue to be funny, especially the dr oz/wizard comment. i got a good chuckle out of that one. i also liked the interaction with ollie and diggle when they were sparring, and how it seems that at some point ollie will tell diggle all about his time on the island.
    one thing i have noticed is the editing. peoples conversations seem to be rapid fire with no time to breath. i guess it’s to cram as much into each episode as possible, but it just sounds unnatural. i also had some problem with him being able to sneak into police HQ and sit at a desk and download a bunch of police files and no one saw him. i realize it was at night, probably not a big 3rd shift in starling city, but, it just felt a bit too hokey. however, i do enjoy the show and can suspend disbelief because it’s a comic book show.

  7. IDK the foray into the police station made for a pretty intense moment and showed just how ballsy Green Arrow is willing to be.

    I was also a bit miffed by him having his hood off in a bank full of cameras, but all in all a GREAT ep!

  8. Those Bank robbers make no sense !
    Why use the door and at broad daylight,kill even someone ,
    if its so easy to just break through a whole in the save ,and that could be even done at night ?

    Thats stupid writing !

    • ^ Speaking of stupid writing…

    • I was a bit confused how Arrow was busy talking to his Mom, at home, 20 miles away from town, and then was able to get to the bank fully dressed in under 10 seconds, did Flash dress him and give him a lift?

  9. Enjoyed the story. Cool masks. Does anybody else think that this series is just screaming for a guest appearence by Batman?

    • I see what you’re saying Ben, and it would be cool, but I don’t think it would ever happen. If I were them ( writers/producers) I wouldn’t want any character on the show that would overshadow the main character. I certainly think Batman would do that. After hitting that level, everything else would be, well, meh.

      I do think we might see a cameo by maybe Nightwing, or something along those lines in the future, but not Bats.

      • Well, the episode we got in the UK this week was An Innocent Man and Oliver did mention that the train coming towards them was “the 10:15 to Bludhaven” which got me excited so….

    • YES! YES! OH YES OOH YES!

  10. Watch Arrow Season 1 Episode 6 Online

  11. So I noticed they mentioned Keystone and Coast City. How is it they keep their names, but Star City changes to Starling City?

    • Isn’t Star City The “Flashes” territory?

      • Central City is flash’s city also Keystone is flash’s city also…wally west to be more percise according to wiki, i know they are like twin cities if my memory serves me right

  12. Arrow, along with Last Resort, is one of the more entertaining shows on this season. I am not a big TV watcher, but have been enjoying these two shows.

  13. The name dropping of cities in the DC universe is way cool. It does seem almost inevitable to have a big name hero show up evenuatly. They do have a potential to at least have some big name heroes to at least appear out of costume at least a slight nod to them in a way. I would say the best way to introduce say bats, gl, or flash would essentially be a two part ep like how they did superman/batman animated show when they first met. It would expand the story line crap the whole mysterious organization thing into other parts of the cities.

  14. Did anyone notice Tommy left the door open to queen mansion when he visited? Most people close a door behind then when they visit friends. lol

  15. For those who arent tuned to the true green-arrow mythos..here is a green arrow 101 lol http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Arrow

  16. I’m enjoying this series and it seems the writers have been allowing the rather large cast to find itself. Quentin Lance took the night off, apparently, but it was good to see Roger Cross’s Detective Hilton getting some screen time. Hopefully they’ll give Annie Ilonzeh’s Joanna a bit more to do in future episodes. Understandably, it’s hard to balance so many characters in a first year series, especially when the focus falls on super heroes and comic book villains. I’m curious to see what Susanna Thompson’s Moira will actually be. The writers tend to have Moira and Thea on a roller coaster of personalities from week-to-week. It was also nice to see Dinah/Laurel have an episode away from Ollie. That said, sometimes it feels like the writers are trying to surround the two characters with enough of a supporting cast to justify a spin-off.

    • @ Jason
      Im confused, do you mean a spin-off with Laurel & Joanna?

      • Well, she is Black Canary so yeah, a separate show with those two characters featuring prominently in future could be a possible thought.

  17. Why…WHY would the royal flush gang NOT WEAR ANY GLOVES DURING A BANK ROBBERY! Its not nitpicking, its common sense. They should have taken a look at Ben Afflecks “The Town”. The royal flush gang literally left prints in everything, including the security guards badge!

  18. Finally caught up on this show and very surprised at how much I like it.

    It’s more realistic than Smallville (well… as far as vigilante reality goes) and I like the subplots they have going on with the Mom related to the Triad, the mystery of the Island and Ollie’s training, who Yao Fei is and how it’s related to Deathstroke, the relationships (Ollie/Dig, Tommy/Laurel, etc etc), the List and so forth.

    I’ve read comments on earlier episodes about why they didn’t just do Batman but the issue is everyone already knows his origin and canon and to mess with it (like they somewhat did with Smallville) wouldn’t be right. With Green Arrow, they could do things like they are doing and make it fresh.

    It’s funny… whenever they mention the Island and do flashbacks… it makes me think of Lost.

  19. can anybody help me trace a speed bike similiar to the one Oliver Queen rode with to Sterling General Hospital…or the type at least