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Arrow continues its second season confidence with a thoroughly competent execution of a familiar superhero story in "Identity."
It doesn't matter that "Identity" failed to subvert this particular superhero narrative, because its execution of that narrative, and the rest of the episode as a whole, was very good.
'Identity' makes it clear in several different ways that, although his quest is essentially a morally principled one, Oliver Queen has more than just the blood of evil doers on his hands.
All in all, we dug the duality of tonight's "Identity"...though the episode itself ironically could have done with a stronger sense of its own identity.
Even if "Identity" had been a substandard episode...this would be more than enough incentive to have me anxiously awaiting for next week-same Arrow time, same Arrow place.
While the ending of the episode presents something interesting, this was mostly a dull hour.
What I liked most about this episode was the team building. Not just Felicity and Diggle cementing their place in Oliver's life but him actually bringing Roy into the fold.
There's a sense of swagger here, of the show radiating a genuine, winning confidence.
The more personal story of Oliver's identity that this episode elects to focus on means that "Identity" is largely successful, but it's likely not possible to fully judge this story until we see just where all this is headed.
This episode was a bit more flawed than the premiere because it hinged too heavily on the underwhelming China White and her equally underwhelming plot. But the fundamental direction of this season is shaping up nicely.
'Identity' is more of an uneven beast, but there's still plenty here to enjoy.