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Still, the week lagged while trying to give each player something to do.
Episode titles rarely manage to be quite so obviously appropriate as... "Trust But Verify."
That's the Arrow I want to be watching every week, where having Oliver deflect a grenade with a trashcan lid is just icing on the cake, not the cake itself.
Trust was definitely the major theme of the episode - and it was a painful topic for everyone involved.
Director Nick Copus lifts this episode with a couple of flourishes that bring an authentically comic book sense of kinetics to the show.
What the episode does well is incorporate the overall theme into the sometimes-contrasting action of what transpired on the island.
"Trust But Verify" wisely avoids leaning too hard on its villain and instead puts the bond between Oliver and Diggle to the test.
"Trust But Verify" was a consistently executed episode that forced nearly all the main characters to deal with the disparity between how they wish to perceive those close to them and how those loved ones actually are.
The heavy focus on Diggle, a strong guest turn from Ben Browder and intriguing hints at what's to come on the Dark Archer / Vertigo front mean that this Arrow instalment remains 42 minutes of solid entertainment.
The title "Trust But Verify" makes the theme of the episode clear...Can Oliver trust...anybody?