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Arrow: Season 1 Episode 14 – ‘The Odyssey’ Review

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In “The Odyssey”, Oliver turns to Felicity for help after he is shot by his mother. On the island, Oliver attempts a dangerous mission to escape with his new mentor, Slade Wilson (aka Deathstroke).

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Arrow: Season 1 Episode 13 – ‘Betrayal’ Review

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In “Betrayal”, Oliver confronts his mother on the book of names while Detective Lance uses Laurel as bait to capture the vigilante.

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Arrow: Season 1 Episode 12 – ‘Vertigo’ Review

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In “Vertigo”, Oliver and Diggle hunt down a murderous drug dealer named The Count (Seth Gabel) while Thea faces a prison sentence for her reckless drug abuse and car crash.

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Arrow: Season 1 Episode 11 Review – ‘Trust But Verify’

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In “Trust But Verify”, Diggle’s partnership with Oliver is put to the test when Oliver is convinced Diggle’s former commanding officer and mentor, Ted Gaynor (Ben Browder), is behind a series of deadly armored truck robberies. Meanwhile, on her eighteenth birthday, Thea discovers her mother has been secretly meeting with Malcolm Merlyn.

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Arrow: Season 1 Episode 10 Review – ‘Burned’

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In this week’s episode titled “Burned”, we learn that Oliver has not donned the green hood in the past six weeks ever since his near fatal showdown versus the Dark Archer. There was a time when Oliver was so driven to take out corrupt criminals he put the most important people of his life into the backseat. Now, the pendulum has swung back the other way. Oliver tells Diggle that he wants to focus on his family, especially since his stepfather Walter was abducted or presumed dead.

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Happy New Year!

A big thank you to YOU for supporting and following Sidekick Reviews! Every view, like, comment and link is very much appreciated! Wishing you a Happy & Healthy New Year!

In 2012, there were 83 posts and 142 pictures uploaded in the first year of Sidekick Reviews.

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Arrow: Season 1 Episode 9 Review – ‘Year’s End’

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In the mid-season finale titled Year’s End, Oliver throw’s a Christmas party and faces off against a lethal copycat archer.

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Arrow: Season 1 Episode 8 Review – ‘Vendetta’

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Courtesy of CW

This week’s ‘Vendetta’ is a near perfect conclusion to the two-episode arc featuring Helena Bertinelli (DC comic’s The Huntress). Vendetta seamlessly integrated Arrow’s underlying themes on the nature of vigilantism, with conflicting perspectives on justice and an engaging character-driven story.

Oliver’s dangerous quest to honor his father’s dying wish has isolated him from the closest people in his life, with the exception of Diggle. Revealing his secret identity to his family and friends could put their lives at risk to criminals, mafia and the triads whom would undoubtedly seek retribution. Nor could his family and friends possibly relate to his damaged psyche and crusade for justice having not endured their own crucible.

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Arrow: Season 1 Episode 5 Review – ‘Damaged’

Last episode’s “An Innocent Man” was a heavy-handed musing on the morality of vigilante justice. Diggle was initially vehemently opposed to Oliver’s actions, denouncing him as a criminal and murderer. However when Oliver revealed that he defeated the assassin that killed Diggle’s brother, an act accomplished outside of the law, Diggle reconsidered the offer to team up with the hooded archer as an opportunity to do good and that the end justifies the means.

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Arrow: Season 1 Episode 3 Review – ‘Lone Gunman’

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“No man is an island” is a sentiment Arrow Season 1 Episode 3’s ‘Lone Gunman’ reflects upon. Simply stated, we cannot live alone or in isolation. If we hope to survive, thrive or pursue our life’s purpose, we must acknowledge our interdependence and recognize how our actions effect one another.

It’s a notion that is literally and metaphorically represented during Oliver Queen’s time on the mysterious island, which as discovered last episode was not deserted. The hooded man who shot the arrow at Ollie explains he did it to protect him and that Ollie could not survive alone on the island.

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