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"Broken Dolls" sinks its teeth into creepier material, making the pivot toward darkness and intimacy worth the tonal risk.
Dollmaker fit right in the world of Arrow, making the show feel much darker in both tone and atmosphere. Much of the episode took place in darkness, heightening the creepiness of the story.
I'm intrigued by the way Arrow seems to be positioning her as a defender of women ("She's targeting criminals." "Misogynist criminals"), and the potential gender politics that will open up for the show as a result.
The series clearly wants to debate the ethics of taking a life in the name of justice, whether from a vigilante's perspective or the court's. It's knotty, meaty material for a superhero show.
It was apparent even from the smaller scenes with Oliver and Slade that a significant budget had been allotted for the hour...allowing "Broken Dolls" an unexpectedly adventurous feel to accompany its significant reveals.
Well, the folks behind Arrow are really picking up the comic book themes... I am glad the conflict between Laura and Arrow seems to be coming around and Lance is now pretty firmly on Arrow's side too.
Although perhaps not the most consistently great hour the series has produced, "Broken Dolls"...introduces intriguing plot turns that could very well set up an dynamite season.
Overall I was happy with the episode. The only thing I'm dreading is the inevitable, Oliver needs to teach Black Canary an important lesson about how killing is wrong.
This episode offered plenty of momentum on several fronts, a terrifically creepy villain, several memorable action scenes, and easily the coolest villain tease of any episode so far.
'Broken Dolls' perhaps features less grandiose action than we've come to expect from Arrow, but this is a more intimate tale than usual, so that feels only right.
Literally from the opening minute of the show, it was the most full-blown hour of superhero TV we've seen since CBS canceled The Flash in 1991.