Review Machine : Arrow : Season 1 Episode 4 - Innocent Man

Review Machine : Arrow : Season 1 Episode 4 - Innocent Man

Your reviewer,TheWitness, rates this episode: 3.73 out of 5. Continue on the jump to read a detailed breakdown of the rating. *Possible Spoilers ahead*

Episode description: Diggle awakens in Oliver's hideout, where Oliver offers Diggle a chance to fight at his side and help the city. Diggle turns him down, calling him a murderer. Later, while watching the news, Oliver discovers a connection between Declan, a deathrow inmate, and Jason Brodeur, one of the men on his list. In his vigilante persona, he enlists the help of Laurel to prove the man innocent before he is executed. Working together, the pair uncover the truth, but Jason Brodeur has his bodyguard stage a prison break so that he can have Laurel and the inmate killed before the truth is revealed. Oliver sneaks into the prison dressed as a guard, with a ski mask to hide his face, and saves Laurel and Declan. The bodyguard ultimately confesses to Declan's innocence. Diggle meets with Oliver and agrees to work with him so that he can both protect the city and protect Oliver from losing his humanity. Detective Lance arrests Oliver on suspicion of being the vigilante after seeing footage of him changing into his disguise before the last Deadshot confrontation. Meanwhile, Walter discovers that Moira has been keeping the sabotaged family yacht hidden in a warehouse.

The Review Machine


It's so bad, I want to gouge out my eyes, cut off my ears & numb all of my remaining senses.This is a facepalm parade.You know what, this is OK.I can't believe I enjoyed that.
Now that was simply entertainment.

Reviewer's note: Wow! I pretty much am concentrating from start to finish.


What was the point?! Staring on a blank wall would have been a better story.Plotholes over plotholes over plotholes! Arrgh!The story is nice… serviceable.That was some smart storytelling.
Brilliant from start to finish.

Reviewer's note: The show's writer are really good in keeping things interesting. They're not shy in shaking things up.


It's criminal that you consider these people actors.Seriously? That's the best you can do.Some good. Some bad.Mostly good.
Perfect casting. Flawless.

Reviewer's note: The actors are really hitting their notes well, I really can't complain. I think this show can go toe-to-toe now with other TV show veterans.


You have no business being part of this show, or any show.Maybe in a few years you'll get the hang of it… 50 or 60 years.Those were some good choices but some you could have done better.
You're on your way to the big leagues if you’re not there yet.It's a pleasure watching a genius at work.


The show would have been 100% better if it was a silent movie.It's bad… plain and simple.Unnoticeable… which can be a good thing.
It enhances the show.An indispensable part of the show.


Could have been worse…. Nah! Who am I kidding it's the worst!Uninspired.I appreciate the effort.
I see what you did there, and they were very good decisions.I never knew that you can improve on perfection.

Reviewer's note: There's no new "comicbook" characters introduced, and most are just really wearing plain clothes, nothing really noteworthy. I still have to say that I like that they're going with a "militaristic" feel on Green Arrow's costume (I know that the show doesn't really call him that - Comicbook fan here so sue me).


I made more action by turning on the TV.Breathing doesn't qualify.That was so-so.
Nice one.Pure adrenaline rush.

Reviewer's note: I still would say that Arrow has well choreographed fights, it has that little comicbook feel when Ollie fights or moves which I consider good in my book. I'm only rating this episode 3 because I would have wanted Dinah to fight off her attacker, even just a little, because it would be great just to establish that she is an able fighter (which she actually already displayed on previous episode).

FX: Because we like to go Oooh! Ahhh!

EPIC FAIL : because fail is just not enough.FailGood enough for a B-MovieIt was good just had some minor kinks but we can easily let it slide.
Are you good friends with the people of Skywalker ranch?

Reviewer's note: The mention of Bludhaven and Iron Heights just places a grin on my face.


No eggs at all. No eggs at all.Rotten eggs.Well that was a surprise.Nice, well done.
A very healthy serving.

Reviewer's note: The mention of Bludhaven and Iron Heights just places a grin on my face.


You can't pay me enough to watch another episode.A miracle or a gun pointing at my head might make me consider watching another episode.Probably if it's already on air and I have nothing better to do.I already marked the next episode on my calendar.
I hate waiting… I'm dying of anticipation.

Reviewer's note: I'm always anticipating the next episode for this show. I'm really enjoying it a lot.


I'm ashamed to be called a comicbook enthusiast, knowing that this abomination exist.Why did they think this show would work?It's an ok show, don't even care that it was based on a comic book.I like the show.Loving the show, I highly recommend it. It's so fun seeing this comicbook characters in this interpretation.

Reviewer's note: Comicbook characters can be adapted in many ways (from serious to fun). Arrow has found a great way for a Comicbook Hero to work with a TV budget.

Final Rating :3.73 out of 5

Verdict: Good


The Characters


Comics: Green Arrow is a vigilante superhero who fights crime using archery, technology and martial arts. In his secret identity he is liberal politician and billionaire Oliver Queen, a hot-headed social activist and owner of Queen Industries.
Green Arrow was created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, first appearing in More Fun Comics #73. (1941)

Live Adaptation: Oliver Queen recently returned to Starling City after being stranded on a remote island for five years, much to the surprise of everyone since he was assumed dead. On the island, Oliver learned to fend for himself, and so upon his return, became the vigilante known as Arrow.
Portrayed by: Stephen Amell


Comics: Dinah Lance is Black Canary's secret identity, she is a superhero vigilante who fights crime using martial arts and a sonic scream attack. She is one of the greatest fighters in the DC Universe, and also a strong tactical mind.
Black Canary was created by Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino, first appearing in Flash Comics #86. (1947)

Live Adaptation: Dinah "Laurel" Lance is the ex-girlfriend of Oliver Queen, the daughter of Detective Quentin Lance and the sister of the late Sarah Lance. Laurel is part of a group called CNRI that helps people in need. With the insistence of her father, Laurel received extensive hand-to-hand combat training allowing her to defend herself very effectively.
Portrayed by: Katie Cassidy


Comics: Mia Dearden is the second and current Speedy. She is a young girl adopted by Oliver Queen who rescued her from a life on the streets as a prostitute.
Mia Dearden was created by Kevin Smith and Phil Hester, first appearing in Green Arrow (Volume 3) #2. (2001)

Live Adaptation: Thea Queen is the sister of Oliver Queen, she idolized Oliver as a child. They used to be close and, according to Oliver, she used to chase after him when she was younger; thus her given nickname, "Speedy. An archery trophy can be seen in her room in the "Pilot."
Portrayed by: Willa Holland


Comics: Moira Queen is married to millionaire industrialist Robert Queen and the mother of Oliver Queen, who would grow up to become Green Arrow. The family was on safari in Africa hunting when the parents were both killed by lions. Oliver still blames himself for their deaths because he was too hesitant to pick up a weapon and hurt the animals.
First appearance: Green Arrow Annual Vol 2 #7(1995)

Live Adaptation: Moira Queen is the mother of Oliver and Thea Queen, and the wife of Walter Steele. When her son returns, she is seemingly happy that he is alive. After Oliver is abducted, she voices concern over his safety, and hires John Diggle to be his bodyguard. However, at the end of "Pilot", she is shown to be the one behind Oliver's abduction after his arrival.
Portrayed by: Susanna Thompson


Comics: Walter Steele is the new CEO of Queen Industries.
Created by J.T. Krul, Diogenes Neves. First appearance Green Arrow Vol 4 #1 (August, 2010)

Live Adaptation: Walter Steele is the step-father of Oliver Queen. He works for Queen Consolidated.
Portrayed by: Colin Salmon


Comics: Larry Lance is a private detective working in Gotham City, formerly an officer in the Gotham City Police Department. His wife was Dinah Drake, the Golden Age vigilante Black Canary. They had a daughter together named Dinah Laurel Lance who would succeed her mother in this position. Eventually Lance was killed by Aquarius during a Justice Society adventure.
Larry Lance was created by Carmine Infantino, first appearing in Flash Comics #92. (1948)

Live Adaptation: Detective Quentin Lance is the father of Laurel and Sarah Lance. He is a police detective, and is partners with Detective Hilton. Lance is described as a “gruff, determined city detective” who believes true justice can only come from law and order.
Portrayed by: Paul Blackthorne


Comics: Through his tragic actions, the soldier Yao Fei became the latest man to hold the mantle and supernatural powers of the Accomplished Perfect Physician.
Created by Grant Morrison. First appearance 52 #6 (June, 2006)

Live Adaptation: Yao Fei is an expert archer and a mentor to Oliver Queen while he was shipwrecked on Lian Yu.
Portrayed by: Byron Mann


Comics: Felicity Smoak was the manager of a computer software firm in New York City.
Created by Gerry Conway, Rafael Kayanan. First appearance: Firestorm Vol 2 #23 (May, 1984)

Live Adaptation: Felicity Smoak is an IT employee of Queen Consolidated.
Portrayed by: Emily Bett Rickards

Locations,Gadgets & Vehicles


Comics: Blüdhaven is a fictional city in the DC Comics Universe. Created by Chuck Dixon and Scott McDaniel in 1996, it was originally intended to serve as a backdrop for the Nightwing comics series.

Live Adaptation: Mentioned by "Green Arrow" as he interrogates someone on a railway.


Comics: Iron Heights Penitentiary is a fictional setting in the DC Comics Universe, a maximum-security prison which houses the many Flash rogues and superhuman criminals of Keystone City and Central City when captured. Iron Heights first appeared in Flash: Iron Heights (2001).

Live Adaptation: Was the prison where "Green Arrow" saved Laurel and an "Innocent Man".

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