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'Arrow' recap: Deadshot hits the target in 'Lone Gunmen'

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'Arrow' (Season 1, Episode 3) - "Lone Gunman"
Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen

© The CW / Jack Rowand

Season 1, episode 3 | Aired Monday, Oct 29 2012 at 20:00 GMT on Sky1

Three weeks in and Arrow already has an established formula - we open with a dose of hokey voiceover, a dollop of gratuitous shirtless Stephen Amell and another name on that pesky list...

Ollie's next target is James Holder, a corrupt businessman who is responsible for placing faulty smoke detectors in low income housing - not exactly super-villainy, but it's a nice nod to the kind of social crimes that the Green Arrow of the comics would fight against as an advocate of the underprivileged.

But before Queen can confront Holder, the crook is taken out by a mysterious hitman, who also strikes Ollie with a poison bullet. Though our hero quickly recovers, that's not the end of his problems - Diggle (David Ramsey) is still hot on his trail, spoilt sister Thea (Willa Holland) is in trouble with the law and the assassin Deadshot (Michael Rowe) is still out there...

Speaking of Diggle, he is clearly this show's best and funniest character - as part of his playboy facade, Ollie's looking into launching a nightclub, planning to build a secret base beneath and help people in the club's rundown neighbourhood in one fell swoop, leaving it to Dig to prick his employer's pomposity a little with talk of "the white knight swooping in to save the disenfranchised".

'Arrow' (Season 1, Episode 3) - "Lone Gunman"
Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen and Emily Richards as Felicity

© The CW / Michael Courtney



Meanwhile, Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and his partner Detective Hilton (24's Roger Cross, underused) investigate the Holder shooting, but naturally Ollie is one step ahead, posing as a particularly handsome Russian mafia boss to track Deadbolt, who has ties to the Ruskie mob...

Recovering Deadshot's bullet-riddled laptop, Ollie charms Queen Industries IT tech Felicity Smoke - basically a hot, blonde, female Lucius Fox - into salvaging any useful material, and links Deadshot to tycoon Warren Patel, who's been using the paid killer to bump off rival buyers in an auction to purchase alternative energy company Unidac Industries.

Patel's next biggest competition is the silver-tongued Walter (Colin Salmon) and Ollie's forced to turn to his rival Quentin for assistance. With the help of the cops, Walter is saved and Ollie confronts Deadshot in an abandoned building, apparently killing him with an arrow to the eye.

'Arrow' (Season 1, Episode 3) - "Lone Gunman"
Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen and Michael Rowe as Deadshot

© The CW / Jack Rowand



But Diggle - who's been following Ollie - is struck by one of the hitman's poison bullets and the emerald archer is forced to take him to his HQ to recover, exposing his true identity in the process. While we welcome this surprise twist, we just hope that it doesn't mean that Dig will be written out of the show for the sake of preserving Ollie's secret...

Elsewhere this week, another secret was blown as a disastrous trip to a nightclub saw wild child Thea expose Tommy and Laurel's secret tryst. For once, we're on the side of the often-smug Tommy (Colin Donnell) - Oliver being all self-righteous about 'forgiving' him when he was sleeping with Laurel's sister prior to the shipwreck is a bit rich.

We're actually backing Mr Merlyn now in this whole Ollie/Laurel/Tommy mess - his smug facade cracked a little when he met Laurel at the courthouse and we always like to root for the underdog. The CW may have its flaws, but damn it, it knows how to draw us into a love triangle.

'Arrow' (Season 1, Episode 3) - "Lone Gunman"
Paul Blackthorne as Detective Lance

© The CW / Jack Rowand



Other moments of interest in 'Lone Gunmen' included the brief snatches we got of island flashback, resolving last week's cliffhanger by confirming that the mysterious archer was not a figment of Ollie's fevered imagination but apparently a mentor of sorts. Oh, and the nightclub throw-down, which saw Laurel (Katie Cassidy) display some mighty impressive martial arts skills - Black Canary, anyone?

Yes, three weeks in and Arrow has a formula, but it's a formula that the show is perfecting with each new episode - the series still has its flaws, but 'Lone Gunmen' is a considerable step up from 'Honour Thy Father' - which was itself an improvement on the pilot episode. Keep it up, Ollie.

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