Arrow (2012–2020)
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State v. Queen 

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Oliver is concerned when a mysterious illness sweeps the city, infecting hundreds of people, including Diggle. Oliver discovers Vertigo in Diggle's blood and realizes The Count has broken ... See full summary »


Bethany Rooney


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Marc Guggenheim (developed by) | 3 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Amell ... Oliver Queen / The Arrow
Katie Cassidy ... Laurel Lance
David Ramsey ... John Diggle
Willa Holland ... Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards ... Felicity Smoak
Colton Haynes ... Roy Harper
Manu Bennett ... Slade Wilson
Susanna Thompson ... Moira Queen
Paul Blackthorne ... Quentin Lance (credit only)
Kevin Alejandro ... Sebastian Blood / Brother Blood
Celina Jade ... Shado
Caity Lotz ... Sara Lance
Jimmy Jean-Louis ... The Captain
Michael Eklund ... Barton Mathis
Dylan Bruce ... Adam Donner


Oliver is concerned when a mysterious illness sweeps the city, infecting hundreds of people, including Diggle. Oliver discovers Vertigo in Diggle's blood and realizes The Count has broken out of prison and is once again distributing his drug. Meanwhile, Moira goes on trial for her participation in the Undertaking. ADA Adam Donner collapses in court with Vertigo symptoms so Laurel must step in and try the case against Moira. Oliver is torn between standing by his family during the trial and catching The Count. However, things change when Felicity follows a lead and walks straight into a trap set by The Count. Written by Salman ali

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Release Date:

20 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


After the Moira Queen trial, you can overhear a news anchor on Felicity's computer say that S.T.A.R Labs' particle accelerator will be turned on. on time. This is how Barry Allen, The Flash, gets his powers in The Flash (1990). See more »


Under the US justice system (and most justice systems based on English law), cross examination may only consist of topics brought up during direct examination. This means that Laurel could only bring up "Adam's trump card" if Jean Loring, the defense attorney, questioned Moira about it herself. The only exception to this would be if Moira was called as a prosecution witness, and thus examined directly by Laurel, but this is highly unlikely to happen in Moira's own trial. See more »


Oliver Queen: What do you want?
Count Vertigo: World peace and personal satisfaction.
Count Vertigo: Though not necessarily in that order.
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Arrow End Theme
Composed by Blake Neely
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It's Already There
20 November 2013 | by unchartedbloggingSee all my reviews

It was just over a year ago that I typed up my first (and only, until now) review for "Arrow": Season 1, Episode 6. "Legacies" was an episode that I enjoyed very much, as it presented to me a bright future for the series. Fast-forward one year, and that future is already here. "Arrow" has gone from being a show that I thoroughly enjoy to being what I would argue as the best show on television.

To be honest, after I saw the preview of this week's episode, I immediately let my expectations down. The Count was a villain I didn't particularly care to see again. After Oliver's return to Starling city, the subsequently amazing Black Canary arc, and the Diggle-centric thrill ride last episode, I thought that perhaps the show was finally slowing down; frankly, it was amazing that such momentum had been carried through six entire episodes. Fortunately, I could not have been more incorrect. "State vs. Queen" was amazing from start to finish. It was different from what we've seen so far, with a large portion of the episode devoted to the courtroom as Moira's trial progressed. There was also The Count, whose storyline this time around was much better than the previous two episodes in which he appeared. Lastly, there were the island flashbacks; few in number this week, but high in quality.

Most importantly, "State vs. Queen" concluded with revelations that will blow your mind. A spoiler tag isn't even necessary here, because there's no way that anyone who hasn't watched the episode will be able to predict what happens. It's game-changing, and I look forward to seeing just how the writers intend to progress.

In just a year, "Arrow" has transformed itself into an entirely new beast. I enjoyed the first half of Season 1, but I will admit it was flawed. In my mind, it was "Betrayal" and "The Odyssey" (Episodes 13 and 14, respectively) that began the transition down a higher-quality road for the second half. The additions of Felicity and Slade were monumental, and the season simply continued getting better and better until the finale, which easily became the best episode of the series up to that point. Then, Season 2 began, and we have been treated to fantastic episodes, one after another. With the introduction of Barry Allen next week, it appears that there will be no slowing down in the foreseeable future.

If you didn't read any of the ridiculous essay above, just know that I think "Arrow" is the best show on television. WATCH IT.

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