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Arrow continues its second season confidence with a thoroughly competent execution of a familiar superhero story in "Identity."
While the ending of the episode presents something interesting, this was mostly a dull hour.
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.
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.
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.
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' 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.
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.
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.
'Identity' is more of an uneven beast, but there's still plenty here to enjoy.
Everything that happens around this is just window dressing. Ah, but what awesome window dressing it is!
A solid, but safe episode with the only real missed opportunity coming in not showcasing White's talents to the fullest.