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"State v. Queen" delivers the welcome thrills of a courtroom drama but overtly cribs too much of Nolan's The Dark Knight.
The fantastical is seeping into this world, and Arrow is upping the pulpiness to meet these new elements head-on.
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!
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.
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.
Everyone put on your serious faces - it's time for a murder trial!
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.
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.
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.
Brutal, guys. Just brutal. A tremendous step backwards for a show that has done a fine job of not only reinventing itself this season.
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.
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.