State v. Queen
Arrow Season 2

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Critic Ratings: 11
Critics Consensus

"State v. Queen" delivers the welcome thrills of a courtroom drama but overtly cribs too much of Nolan's The Dark Knight.

Episode Info

Moira fights for her life in court, while Oliver tries to get to the bottom of a mysterious illness sweeping through the city.

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Critic Reviews for State v. Queen

Do you want to start with how great Seth Gabel was this week? Because he was great, hitting a blend of camp and darkness that managed to feel totally organic to the show's world. I loved it.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite being a bumpy, table-setting entry in what has otherwise been a fantastic second season of Arrow, the episode was bolstered by the shocking events of its final act.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

All in all, an exceptionally uneven hour that was mostly righted by its final act...with plenty of stirred and shocking developments for the future.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

At first blush, this courtroom drama looks to be the centerpiece of the episode. Instead, in true Arrow fashion, it serves as merely the catalyst for the revelation of some much deeper, darker truths.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 8.1/10 | Full Review…

WOW! Now that was a huge, huge twist! Merlyn alive! Thea is his daughter! Oh, and Brother Blood is finally ready to build an army of super-soldiers. Whew, things are really heating up in Starling City!

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Everyone put on your serious faces - it's time for a murder trial!

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Bad acting and "copycat Joker" writing make [Count Vertigo] the lamest entry in Ollie's rogues gallery. Luckily, the other elements in this episode were much stronger, so the end result was still pretty enjoyable.

Aug 1, 2018 | Rating: 7.4/10 | Full Review…

A shame then that 'State vs. Queen' falls back on those same old Nolan-esque tropes, with one sequence...ripped directly from 2008's The Dark Knight.

Aug 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Brutal, guys. Just brutal. A tremendous step backwards for a show that has done a fine job of not only reinventing itself this season.

Jul 31, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

That arc [of Moira's trial] came to a head tonight in "State vs Queen", and while the trial twisted and turned the way a legal drama should, the biggest shocker was saved until the very end.

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