Arrow: A Matter of Trust review, Season 5, Ep. 3

With our national nightmare that was Ollicity now over, Arrow has stopped failing its viewers. A Matter of Trust blended the old with the new providing more proof that Arrow’s fifth season won’t be failing its viewers.

Like most problem children, Wild Dog is getting the bulk of Oliver’s attention. That’s not a bad thing since their interaction is some of the strongest this season. Wild Dog doesn’t have the benefit of family ties or a deep association with Oliver, which makes his training the most entertaining as Wild Dog constantly questions Oliver’s authority. Wild Dog is definitely shaping up to be the Jason Todd/Red Hood of Team Arrow.

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That’s come at the expense of giving Evelyn and Rory worthwhile screen time. There’s probably too many bodies in the Arrow Cave at this early stage of the season. A slower roll out of this team over the course of the season would have been more rewarding and allow everyone time to shine.

Rory fared slightly better than Evelyn though. It feels like Rory is on the team solely to remind Felicity she killed thousands of people with a nuke. Then there was that awkward ‘are you gay?’ convo with Curtis — real people don’t talk like that, right? Curtis has taken Felicity’s spot as the most annoying character on the show. The writers force him as a comedic character and it’s really clashing with the season’s more serious throwback tone. I did like how the show incorporated his comic book attire to his favorite wrestler, Terry Sloane aka Mr. Terrific.

Adrian Chase debut was interesting. His line about not being the type to hold a grudge was amusing. Besides looking too much like Roy, Josh Seggara’s Chase should make for a good addition to the Mayor Queen storyline. Arrow hasn’t been shy about borrowing plots from Batman. I’m curious if the show will stick to Chase’s comic book fate or play up more of a Bruce Wayne/Harvey Dent dynamic first.

With Thea making an enemy of the hotshot TV reporter (Carly Pope) and Lance’s battle with the bottle, the non-costumed drama is better than it’s been in years.

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As usual, the action delivered big time this week highlighted by a creative stunt we hadn’t seen before. Green Arrow pulling a Mortal Kombat Scorpion ‘Get Over Here!’ was awesome. Even if it was meant to be a stunt casting bit playing on their WWE encounters, Cody Rhodes made for one of the better one and done villains of the series. Rhodes has a natural charisma that worked extraordinarily well in Arrow’s reality. And it was a smart move not to kill him off so he can return later on.

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The Diggle subplot bummed me out slightly since I bit hard on the Deadshot tease. I like the thought of Flashpoint’s repercussions slowly being revealed. Deadshot never getting ‘killed’ being a prime example. Turns out Diggle just might be going crazy and wracked with guilt. Lyla’s plea for Green Arrow to break Diggle out of prison has potential.

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A Matter of Trust had some random issues. Curtis and Felicity are getting too much screen time at the expense of newer characters. The Bratva flashback is more interesting than the previous two seasons and I want more of Oliver’s time with them beyond these too brief five minute segments. That was fine with a going nowhere subplot like last season, but this is one the writers need to dig into more.

But at this point, this problems feel like nitpicking. Arrow has stepped its game up this season and A Matter of Trust was another solid entry into what’s been a compelling season that has me looking forward to next week’s show. That wasn’t always the case last year. Hopefully they can keep the momentum rolling.

Rating: 9 out of 10

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