"Damaged" still sees the show working out some kinks, but that it's avoiding becoming too clean and straightforward is ultimately to its credit moving forward.
You must watch this episode, as it has swayed this viewer into believing that the show is a winner.
Deathstroke, Eddie Fyers, and even a subtle Batman reference! Yep, plenty of DC Universe moments to sink our teeth into from this week's Arrow.
["Damaged"] was firing on all cylinders, delivering the tight, fun, respectably acted hour of superhero television that the show has been striving towards, one which will hopefully become the new template for future stories.
Everyone was involved in "Damaged," as there was a balance between love, family, business... and vigilante ass kicking.
Gratuitous bunny-skewering aside, the island flashbacks prove the most engaging part of this episode.
'Damaged' demonstrates that Arrow is intent on making Oliver and his alter ego something more than an uncomplicated superhero on a quest.
Most of the hour fires on the right cylinders...but we have to confess our disappointment that Deathstroke's first appearance brought no lines, and very little of the menace we've come to associate with the villain.
'Damaged' is more about advancing the characters...than it is in narrative box ticking, and is another high point for Arrow as a result.
At last, the villain we've been anticipating since he was just an Easter Egg on the first episode arrives. And he is not the way we pictured him.