The Man Under the Hood
Arrow Season 2



Critic Ratings: 11
Critics Consensus

Arrow tries to do too much with "The Man Under the Hood," producing an episode that never fully hits its stride.

Episode Info

Things get personal when Slade sends a very clear message to Team Arrow, while Laurel grapples with a new secret.


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
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Critic Reviews for The Man Under the Hood

Arrow just isn't able to tell this particular chapter of the story as artfully as it has elsewhere.

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

I wonder if they will also cure Roy or if they will allow him to mature into being the Red Arrow sidekick but with some superpowers.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a busy episode to be sure, and while all the beats didn't necessarily strike the right tone, it still managed to work in several great action sequences.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Man Under the Hood" still manages to incorporate some strong (if relatively brief) fight sequences, though much of the episode's function serves to clarify a few loose ends, and sprinkle about revelations to inform the ultimate endgame.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Overall, "The Man Under the Hood" simply buckles under the weight of its ambitions.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 7.2/10 | Full Review…

Season 2 is looking decidedly more ambitious, with essentially a six-episode arc to wrap up the season.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The rest of the episode never quite recaptures this dynamism and thrust but then it doesn't want to. It's a chance for a breather after last week's full-throttle blinder.

Feb 7, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

'The Man Under the Hood' is a very busy installment, with a number of major plots running in parallel.

Aug 1, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Man Under the Hood" is a solid piece of TV, and there's plenty to be excited about for Arrow fans and DC Universe spotters.

Aug 1, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Arrow went under the hood this week for an hour that was more about advancing character relationships than it was about kicking ass.

Jul 31, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It was an important week in terms of Ollie's personal relationships, and one that further established the grim, oppressive tone of the series leading towards the big finale.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…