Arrow: Betrayal Season 1 Episode 13 Review

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This week’s Arrow featured a weak villain, but some of the best character work we’ve seen yet.

From the beginning of Betrayal we were introduced to a new, original villain played by Heroes alum David Anders. Unlike Vertigo last week, this overacting was silly and boring since Cyrus Vanch felt nothing like a comic book character and more like a mob boss from a bad superhero movie (John Travolta from The Punisher comes to mind).

Vanch’s release from prison sent Laurel in a tizzy. She uses the phone her father gave her, which he can trace, to contact Arrow for help. Upon their meeting, Detective Lance kicked the doors down with half a dozen guns pointed at them.

Of course Oliver escapes, but the real drama came from the confrontation between Laurel and her father. The best dynamic on the show is once again in the forefront for a brief screaming match.

Shortly after, Laurel is ambushed by Vanch’s men. I have to admit, it was pretty cool to see her defend herself. It felt like one of the first big signs of Black Canary, the vigilante persona Laurel will likely take up on this show in a future season.

Anyway, Quentin is forced to team up with the vigilante he hates so much, which feels like ground we already covered but hey, their relationship still needs to grow I suppose.

And call me a sucker for action, but the climax here was pretty cool as we watched Arrow mow down Vanch’s guards. Once he got caught, Quentin came to his rescue, and then Arrow came to his by not allowing him to kill the man who kidnapped his daughter. Solid stuff.

Also, based on how Arrow and Laurel’s last conversation went, I have a feeling this show is going to get really good once she inevitably finds out his true identity.

Meanwhile, Diggle is suspicious of Mama-Queen and follows her around town, including a meeting with Tommy’s father Malcolm (also known as “evil hood guy”). Since Diggle is so much fun to watch, this was some of the best Queen family drama yet. He exposes Moira to Oliver, and I’m at least interested to see how it all plays out.

The island also finally had something interesting happen! The man Oliver was sent to find turns out to be Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke, a.k.a. “half-yellow, half-black mask guy”. That’s not good! Well it is for us, the audience, since the island is finally worth paying attention to. Interesting though that Slade clames he isn’t the man who tortured people on the island.

Overall, with a better villain, Betrayal could have been the best episode of the season. But it came pretty close. Grade: B+

By Matt Dougherty

One Response to Arrow: Betrayal Season 1 Episode 13 Review

  1. M. Horn says:

    I agree. This episode was very close to being an “A” grade. The best part for me though was the awesome cliffhanger ending – Arrow facing Moira!

    You have failed this city!

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