Recap / Arrow S 1 E 10 Burned

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Joanna asks Laurel for help in proving that her brother, a fireman who died while responding to a call, was murdered. For the six weeks after Walter went missing, Oliver practically gave up his mission, until Laurel swipes her fatherís direct line to him and enlist The Hoodís help with this investigation. Inside a currently burning building, Oliver notices the suspect has a firefly tattoo, meaning he is part of the 15th engine company, several members of which died months ago in the fire of an improperly constructed tower. Laurel narrows down the suspect list to Garfield Lynns, who was believed dead in that fire.

Tommy organizes a fundraiser for the fire station that they hold in Oliverís unfinished nightclub. During the benefit, Lynns causes a fire there, exacting revenge on the fire chief who abandoned him during the tower fire. The Hood tries to reason with Lynns, but Lynns consumes himself in flames.

Nick Foster, the C.O.O. of Queen Consolidated, suggests that Moira take over for Walter. Moira initially refuses, but because of Theaís efforts to knock her out of depression, Moira later accepts. Joanna departs for a leave of absence to comfort her mother. Laurel briefly gives the phone back to Detective Lance, but he allows her to keep it, having set up a way to monitor her calls with The Hood. Oliver hears a newscaster praise The Hood, calling him a hero, and decides to pursue people on the list again.

On the island, Oliver fights with one of Fyersí men, then finds a set of keys and a map in the pocket of a vest.

Tropes applying to this Episode:

  • Adaptational Heroism: Not heroic by any stretch of the means, but Firefly's "broken man with nothing left but revenge" characterization and motives (which, while very understandable, are also quite misguided) are a far cry from his comic book counterpart, who is a maniac who is driven solely by pyromania.
  • Adaptational Badass: The comics Firefly utilized high-tech equipment and could put up a fight against superheroes. Here he uses some basic home-made arsonist gear, though he manages to defeat Green Arrow in their first encounter.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: It is quite easy to feel sorry for Firefly, as he's a broken man who is out for revenge for feeling betrayed. Oliver certainly felt sympathy for him and offered him redemption.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He is never actually referred to as Firefly, with that name instead being given to his former firefighter team who he is hunting down.
  • Convection Schmonvection: We see several scenes where people are within arm's reach of an inferno, often for the length of an entire conversation, yet suffer no ill effects so long as they are not actually engulfed in flames themselves.
  • Fallen Hero: Once an honorable fire fighter, now a broken man thirsty for revenge.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Following his curb-stomp at the Dark Archer's hands, Oliver's off his game.
  • Kill It with Fire: Firefly's modus operandi is arson.
  • Left for Dead: Firefly's was abandoned in a burning building and barely survived.
  • Noble Demon: He's on a crusade to burn all those who he believes betrayed him, but he has no intentions of harming innocent bystanders, even telling them to run before he goes about his business.
  • Pet the Dog: Tells Oliver and Laurel to run before he carries out his revenge on his former boss.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: His high-tech suit, flamethrowers, and jet-pack have been replaced with his old fire fighter suit, a tank of gasoline, and a lighter. It makes for a much more realistic arsonist than his comic counterpart.
  • Put on a Bus: Joanna leaves work at Laurel's office. to comfort her mother after the whole incident with Firefly.
  • Pyromaniac: Played with. Firefly doesn't seem to enjoy setting things on fire, but uses it as his go-to weapon.
  • Self-Immolation: Rather than try a chance at redemption, Firefly walks into his own flames.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Rather than move on, Lynns is taking it out on his former friends, who weren't entirely responsible.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: In the comics, Firefly is a Batman villain.
  • Serial Killer: Garfield Lynns is slowly killing each member of his old unit, the Fireflies.
  • Two-Faced: From the flames.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Firefly's life was not pleasant.