Arrow Season 2



Critic Ratings: 12
Critics Consensus

Arrow continues its second season confidence with a thoroughly competent execution of a familiar superhero story in "Identity."

Episode Info

Familiar foe China White returns and, this time, she's got company in the menacing form of her new partner. Plus, Thea gives Roy an ultimatum.


Stephen Amell
as Oliver Queen
Katie Cassidy
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance
Colin Donnell
as Tommy Merlyn
Colin Salmon
as Walter Steele
David Ramsey
as John Diggle
Jamey Sheridan
as Robert Queen
Paul Blackthorne
as Quentin Lance
Willa Holland
as Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards
as Felicity Smoak
Kelly Hu
as China White
Michael Jai White
as Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger
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Critic Reviews for Identity

While the ending of the episode presents something interesting, this was mostly a dull hour.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

There's a sense of swagger here, of the show radiating a genuine, winning confidence.

Jul 30, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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.

Jul 30, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 1, 2018 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

'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.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

'Identity' is more of an uneven beast, but there's still plenty here to enjoy.

Aug 1, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Everything that happens around this is just window dressing. Ah, but what awesome window dressing it is!

Jul 31, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A solid, but safe episode with the only real missed opportunity coming in not showcasing White's talents to the fullest.

Jul 31, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…