Public Enemy



Critic Consensus: "Public Enemy" shifts Arrow's typical superhero stakes to offer a thoughtful examination of real-world problems in an episode that movingly probes grief and trauma.

Episode Info

Ray is critically injured during an attack on the mayor's office. Felicity is pleasantly surprised when her mother shows up at the hospital to offer her support. Meanwhile, Oliver and his team search for the culprit, but things turn even darker when Ra's al Ghul kidnaps Capt. Lance.


Stephen Amell
as Oliver Queen
Katie Cassidy
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance
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
Colton Haynes
as Roy Harper
John Barrowman
as Malcolm Merlyn
Charlotte Ross
as Donna Smoak
Matt Nable
as Ra's al Ghul
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Critic Reviews for Public Enemy

Producers have made no secret of the fact that... "Public Enemy" would completely change the DC drama as we know it, and by Grodd, they weren't kidding. What more insanity can Arrow Season 3 offer after the central shock?

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

This show has a way of making the adage about it always being darkest before the dawn intensely true.

Aug 8, 2018 | Full Review…

The flashbacks may still lack momentum, but the rest of the show is doing pretty well after this installment.

Aug 7, 2018 | Rating: 8.4/10 | Full Review…

Last night's Arrow episode, "Public Enemy," was so great. It was like a tasting menu of old characters in new combinations, as well as a few classic pair-ups.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Nonetheless, "Public Enemies" tackles it head on as we watch Arrow explore how traumatizing it can be when the truth about your loved ones' survival is withheld from you.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The flashback storyline fills in the blank of just how Shado came back from the dead and got to Hong Kong.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

In my own opinion, this is an event a long time coming.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

'Public Enemy' is consistently surprising and relentlessly entertaining - five episodes left this season and Lord only knows where Arrow can go from here. As a great man once said, the suspense is terrible... I hope it will last.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Yes, I'm annoyed to death with Captain Lance, and yes I think the season is overall weaker than the previous two. But it's still great superhero TV and I'm still completely hooked.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

This week's Arrow was greater than the sum of its parts, since the timing of Ray's hospitalization kept Felicity on an "island" while a citywide manhunt was underway for the Arrow -- and then Oliver himself.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…