Arrow Season 1 Review “Dodger”

Arrow Episode 15 Dodger (9)

The “Dodger” is officially my favorite Arrow villain-of-the-week and it’s not just the BSG fangirling talking (although, I did squeal a little bit when James Callis and Rekha Sharma shared their scene.) The Dodger got about as much background development as Oliver’s usual targets, but this might have been the first time I’ve watched Arrow and seriously wished that the bad guy would get away from our hero.

The Dodger’s bomb-collar extorted innocent people into stealing precious items for him so he wouldn’t have to “get his hands dirty.” Felicity revealed that he was targeting valuables from a specific era, but we never really understood his motivation for collecting those particular items. This lack of development is a recurring problem with the villain-of-the-week characters on Arrow, but it was less frustrating for me this week because The Dodger was just so darn cool.

With the help of a stun baton, The Dodger was able to casually defend himself against the scum of Starling City. Even against Ollie, The Dodger swiftly dodged arrows and used his bomb collar in a pinch to get away. His physical appearance made him seem somewhat harmless, but he delivered his blows with incredible force and a chilling devilish smirk.

We don’t really find out what happened to The Dodger after Ollie caught him, but we can infer that at some point McKenna takes the credit for his capture. Even if he did put a bomb around Felicity’s neck, I’m secretly hoping that someday The Dodger will escape from prison to continue stealing from the rich in Starling City. I love a good villain and I’d be thrilled to see this baddy get a lot more development.

Felicity continues to question what Ollie is doing and has begun to act as Ollie’s unspoken (and unwanted) conscience. While Digg has been trying to get Ollie to arrive at certain conclusions by forcing Ollie to think about the world in a new way, Felicity just straight up says what is on her mind. Ollie was frustrated with her interference, but Digg’s amused face seemed to indicate that he was happy to finally have someone else around to make Ollie slow down and reflect before taking action.

In the continuing saga of Thea’s community service, we met Roy Harper Jr. who came into Thea’s life by of stealing her vintage purse as she paraded down the middle of a street in The Glades with Laurel. What’s funny is that right before Roy ran by and grabbed her purse, I was mumbling about how Thea was pretty much announcing that she was ready to be mugged by the way she was swinging her purse around. Thea constantly talks as if she knows exactly how the world operates, so I’m looking forward to her new “friend” in The Glades teaching her a thing or two about her distorted reality.

As usual, I enjoyed almost all the story lines in this episode of Arrow except for the romance bits. The stuff with Carly/Digg and Ollie/McKenna just seemed drawn out, forced, and awkward. At best, it let Felicity make some silly chit-chat about each of their dates, but in general, I could have done without seeing Ollie and Digg’s failed attempts at dating. They’ve got more important, and much more exciting issues to attend to in Starling City.

Ollie’s date led to a short set of flashbacks on the island where Ollie had encountered a badly beaten “student” hiding out in Yao Fei’s cave. Although Ollie initially considered letting the “student” go, he ultimately abandoned the man, telling him that he couldn’t help him because he didn’t know him. The truth was that Ollie was too weak to defend himself if something went wrong and he was too afraid to take that risk. Neither Yao Fei nor Slade knew a thing about Ollie before they took him in, but both those men were strong enough to handle themselves even if the shipwrecked rich kid named Oliver turned out to not be the person he said he was.

Completely terrified by the hooded vigilante’s recent attack, Moira called in a favor from an old friend and partner, Frank Chen. We got a little bit of info about “The Undertaking” being a plan to “fix The Glades” and that Robert had wanted to “get out” of his involvement with The Undertaking. Frank’s connections led Moira to reach out to China White (who was sporting a much improved hairstyle) for help in getting out of whatever deal she was stuck in with Malcolm. I realize Moira is in serious trouble, but turning to the mafia for help doesn’t seem like a step in the right direction. I have a feeling that getting mixed up with China White will put her much closer to Ollie’s target than either of them would have expected.