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Arrow: Damaged Review

***The review below contains spoilers.***

By Tyler Olson

All part of the plan...

Last we left Oliver, he was getting arrested for being the Arrow vigilante with his family watching in horror. Since this series doesn't have a cancellation being held over its head, it was obvious what was going to happen, making this one of the most predictable episodes so far.

I'm not going to spoil the exact way it played out, but Oliver got free, which obviously had to happen since a series about him being in prison or an asylum wouldn't have kept the viewers interested for long. It was great how his friends and family supported him during this setup, especially his time with Thea and Laurel, but I just wish it didn't all fit together exactly how I expected it to. Either I am that good, or the writers could have given a few more twists to make it more exciting.

It was a good idea to make this all part of his plan so to account for his foolishness with the camera, but what would have happened if Diggle left and Laurel abandoned him? I doubt that he was that sure that everything was going to happen as it did. I would love it if an unused Plan-B is revealed, and used, in later episodes.

Walter's hunt was still on as well, but unlike Oliver's arrest story, this one did have a few twists. I was especially surprised with how this story ended, for now. I doubt this will be the last we see of Walter, but what kind of person will he be after this? Perhaps this move will earn him more respect from Oliver.

The Well Dressed Man was back again too, and this time there was much more of him than just a brief encounter. I didn't expect us to learn everything about him by now, but some clues would have been great. We do know that he is self-centered, panicky, and has a finger in everyone's pie, which oddly sounds like everyone else in Starling City. As much as I enjoy John Barrowman's acting, I sense that his character is going to become the prime target for Oliver very quickly. I still hope that he continues as the reigning villain for a long time though.

The best part of the entire episode was definitely Oliver's time on the island. So much was explained, but yet so many questions were left unanswered. Even with the hand-held camera, which has been used throughout the island story, the fighting and torture scenes were very well done. The introductions of Deathstroke and Edward Fyers were fantastic, and, unlike the villains in Starling City, they actually felt like the terrifying villains this series needs. I hope they don't rush this showdown since they do have five years of story to tell.

Even though most of "Broken" was very predictable, the action, acting, and the reveals made up for it, in spades. Speaking of spades, guess which gang is coming next week...

Reviewer's Rating: 4/5


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