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Arrow tries to do too much with "The Man Under the Hood," producing an episode that never fully hits its stride.
Arrow just isn't able to tell this particular chapter of the story as artfully as it has elsewhere.
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.
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.
"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.
Overall, "The Man Under the Hood" simply buckles under the weight of its ambitions.
Season 2 is looking decidedly more ambitious, with essentially a six-episode arc to wrap up the season.
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.
'The Man Under the Hood' is a very busy installment, with a number of major plots running in parallel.
"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.
Arrow went under the hood this week for an hour that was more about advancing character relationships than it was about kicking ass.
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.