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Broken Dolls

Season 2, Episode 3 Aired: 2013-10-23

Arrow: Broken Dolls Review

Pretty Dolls

Reviewed: by Tyler Olson

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

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I still can't believe how much I disliked last week's episode, but, thankfully, this week made up for it in so many ways!

The Dollmaker might be one of the most twisted villains Arrow has had so far, which was the perfect catalyst to shift the behaviours of so many key characters back to where they should be, while properly introducing a fantastic blonde hero into the mix.

That blonde hero is none other than Canary, and she even brought Sin along, too. While it wasn't Laurel behind the mask, the heroic introduction of this character is more than welcome. I was afraid that we were going to get a cheap-looking knock-off, like what the Huntress has appeared to be, but from what we have seen of her fighting style, and her morals, she fits very well with what I hoped she would be. Sure, there are still lots of unknowns about her, but so far she if off to a very good start.

I also love the idea that Quentin has had his eyes opened and loyalties shifted. The former detective working side-by-side with his former nemesis was fantastic to see... but I do have a hard time believing he didn't get a glance under that hood to see who his new friend really is. I wonder how long it will take before he gets the proper tour underneath the club.

What's the better match, Batman and Gordon or Arrow and Lance?

Even Laurel's ridiculous behaviour got a major overhaul this week. Sure, she still started off as a self-righteous jerk, but after a few nudges and a near death experience, it looks like she is finally back on the path of good. It probably isn't that simple, but it is a start at least.

Felicity's remark about the odd direction of the police and lawyers was also a great way redeem the jerk behaviour from 'Identity'.

Of course the big announcement, which almost everyone saw coming, was the name of the true villain behind the chaos. I love the idea of the dark archers being tied to this very famous name since it matches the style we are familiar with yet including a bow to blend into the Green Arrow story better. But, who will play the part of this supervillain? Something tells me it has already been announced, just under a different name, but we will have to wait and see.

Moira's predicament was quite the shock, but at least she has Jean and her family on her side! Let's just hope it doesn't come to someone driving a green arrow through the chest of the D.A., or another powerful figure.

I am so glad this series is back on a more heroic path. I wonder how long it will be before we learn exactly who Canary is?

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