Arrow Season 1: Episode 19: Unfinished Business – TV Review

I write a review of the nineteenth episode of Arrow, entitled Unfinished Business, that sees the return of the Count. Full Episode Spoilers Follow.

S1x19 “Unfinished Business”

Unfinished Business

Well, it was always inevitable that they were going to bring the Count back, weren’t they? Because at the moment, if Ollie doesn’t end up killing a bad guy in the final showdown, then it’s starting to become a trend that they’ll come back to the show at a later date. Case in point, Deadshot, and Huntress. Whilst I wasn’t too interested by the Count’s last appearance on Arrow, I was certainly willing to give him another chance. And well, as it turned out, it was a clever twist played by the writer to actually make the Count not the villain of this titular episode, with it being his Doctor. However, just like the Arrow that we know, the Doctor was your typical weak, underdeveloped villain who didn’t feel very threatening, and when he found out Ollie’s identity then it was almost a giveaway that he was going to die by the end of the episode.

However, there is actually some tension in this episode, as whilst the villain himself may not seem very threatening  he does come bring Oliver close to death, and this informs us that Ollie’s certainly changed as a character over the course of the series, and the interesting side plot dealing with Tommy and Detective Lance made it a very enjoyable watch – particularly given the ending scene between Tommy and Malcolm, and although it shows us John Barrowman is way too young to be cast as Tommy’s dad, it does give us an interesting look into where things are headed.

It’s also good to see that this episode doesn’t suffer from too much plot, with virtually no appearances from the rest of the Queen and Lance family. The flashbacks also recieved a more prominent role and proves that I’m really looking forward to Manu Bennett becoming a weekly star with Series 2 despite the fact that he was mostly overshadowed by the introduction to another trainer for the young Oliver, Celina Jade – who plays Shado, Yao Fei’s daughter. The other subplot to feature this week was Diggle with the return of Deadshot, and a very interesting look into the relationship between Diggle, Felicity and Oliver is starting to form up here and it’ll be great to see how things continue to develop over the series.

Oh, and did anyone else spot that A.R.G.U.S reference? (For anyone who doesn’t know, A.R.G.U.S are basically the DC version of S.H.I.E.L.D) This was an interesting nod to the DC community and whilst I don’t know that much about them, it’ll be interesting to see if they play a larger role in future episodes to come.


ARROW SEASON 1: Pilot, Honour Thy Father, Lone Gunman, An Innocent Man, Damaged, Legacies, Muse of Fire, Vendetta, Year’s End, BurnedTrust But VerifyVertigoBetrayalThe OdysseyDodgerDead to Rights, The Huntress Returns, SalvationUnfinished Business,  COMING SOON:  Home Invasion, The Undertaking, Darkness on the Edge of Town, 

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