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Arrow - S03E03

Action . Adventure . Crime

Oliver decides it’s time for Thea to come back to Starling City, so he packs for Corto Maltese, where Felicity has traced Thea’s whereabouts. Lyla asks Diggle to go with Oliver because one of her field operatives, Mark Shaw, has gone dark in Corto Maltese and she’d like him to look into it. Feeling responsible for Thea’s departure, Roy joins Oliver and Diggle on their journey. Shaw double-crosses Diggle, putting numerous A.R.G.U.S. agents, including Lyla, at risk. Meanwhile, Laurel meets Ted Grant, and Felicity adjusts to her new job.

Episode Title: Corto Maltese
Airs: 2014-10-22 at 20:00
  • David Hinckley

    Arrow turns out to be a lively show, probably better than hard-core "Green Arrow" fans expected. That's a good start.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Arrow is sincere and energetic but visually undistinguished.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Granted, it's all standard superhero stuff. But the action scenes are well-handled, the emotions and the characters mostly ring true, and the plot offers enough twists to keep you intrigued.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Arrow may not be a-point-ment television. But for starters at least, it's a sharper little tale than expected.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    There is absolutely nothing new about anything seen here and yet Arrow has nice aim.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Arrow, proves to be both on-brand and entertaining--if you turn off the snark detector and downplay the need for plausibility or logic.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    Arrow isn't quite a bullseye on its first shot, but it hits the target.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    This looks like a pretty tasty fantasy drama.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Arrow has a rather stylish neo-Goth look, and Stephen Amell (who played a dim-bulb gigolo in Hung) neatly balances his portrayal of Arrow between camp and Saturday-matinee ingenuousness.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Arrow is a competently-made superhero drama with an appealing lead performance from Stephen Amell.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    There's nothing particularly new about a superhero show, but Arrow exhibits a stylized ferocity that, in its initial hour at least, makes a positive enough impression.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Familiarity points deducted, Arrow is still a very slick piece of work.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The action is hot, fast and believable, achieved through quick-cut editing and spot-on direction.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Curt Wagner

    Arrow landed in my list of Top 5 pilots of the season, and I hope future episodes are as enthralling and well-made.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    This slick action-drama is based on the comic book superhero Green Arrow. Prepare to quiver.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    What "Nashville" on ABC and Arrow on the CW have in common, is appealing characters in well-plotted stories.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    The pilot of Arrow is a darkly gleaming gem. If the show can keep up its cinema-quality action sequences and maintain an air of mystery to Ollie's agenda, this could be a really fun series.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Smooth without being slick, textured but not self-indulgent, Arrow reminds us that the best stories we tell are both revelatory and a whole lot of fun to watch.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Arrow has so much going for it, it doesn't need to linger on the past.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    Arrow does what a solid pilot should: Suck us in, make us anxious to see what's next and set up several intriguing possibilities.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Your interest in Arrow depends on how much you miss the troubled-in-love, conflicted-by-family heroics of Smallville--it mirrors that series' setup.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Solid start to what could--and maybe should--be a future CW franchise.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    The CW's best show since Gossip Girl.... it has a forthright narrative seriousness, a respect for the gobbledy-gook that makes up any superhero's backstory--and a game cast performing with the correct degree of seriousness. [19 Nov 2012, p.35]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Arrow certainly looks polished (having David Nutter direct a pilot virtually insures that), but there's only so much action an hourlong drama can afford, and the characters necessary to sustain the series are, initially, strictly two-dimensional, even with the island as a go-to flashback.

    Variety Full Review
  • Cynthia Fuchs

    It's an ingenious first two minutes of a series premiere, actiony and exciting and legible enough.

    PopMatters Full Review
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