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No consensus yet.
After all, we've all seen superheroes who think they can save the world, but a superhero who's crippled by his own insecurities? That's good TV.
Even if parts of the episode don't work, it succeeds in opening up this bold, new, and decidedly heroic path for Oliver to take.
"Burned"...centers on our burned-out hero temporarily abandoning his mission while still smarting from the butt-kicking he received at the hands of the Dark Archer.
While "Burned" isn't nearly as impactful as the solid mid-season finale, it did a better job than the average outing at demonstrating how the show is changing for the better.
Kind of a cold move to use your own daughter to find the vigilante, especially when everyone is now calling him a hero. I suppose Quentin just has a one track mind when it comes to Arrow.
Kudos to Arrow for wounding their hero enough to make death a real possibility, as it's interesting for a superhero show to explore the mortality of its central figure in this much depth.
Judged on its own merits, this installment offers up plenty of what viewers have come to love about the show...not every episode can be a blockbuster and 'Burned' ultimately left us entertained but also a little underwhelmed.
Arrow normally relies on drawing a parallel between the two lives Oliver is living, and in 'Burned' it felt like the beginning of those two formerly separate parts of Oliver's life coming together.
Most of the action beats and emotional relationships ring true, but the presentation of DC comics villain Firefly somewhat peters out where more could have been done.
It wasn't a perfect start to the second half of Season 1, but "Burned" put some new pieces in motion and managed to make use of some of the less-used supporting characters.
Arrow returns from its mid-season hiatus with an episode that's as much a restatement of core principles as a subtle repositioning of the character.