Longtime Bureau-crat “Jethro” contributes this week’s Arrow review.

With its first non-arc episode, Arrow provides us with a lot of character development.

Title: “Legacies”

Cast and Crew
Director: John Behring
Writers: Moira Kirkland & Marc Guggenheim

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green arrow
Katie Cassidy as Dinah “Laurel” Lance
David Ramsay as John “Dig” Diggle
Willa Holland as Thea “Speedy” Queen
Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance
Colin Salmon as Walter Steele
Roger Cross as Hilton
Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen

Full cast and crew information may be found here.

Premise

While Dig convinces Oliver to tackle “mundane” criminals such as bank robbers, various relationships between characters are explored.

High Points

I actually liked that character development took center stage this week, with the while crime-fighting took more of a back seat. That said, there was enough action to keep things moving.

I think we caught a short glimpse of some trick arrows in a “blink and you miss it” kind of way.

Low Point

The whole Laurel/Tommy/Oliver love triangle is silly enough without adding Thea to it.

No Barrowman!

The Scores:

Originality: 4/6. I’m knocking a few points off for some of the more glaringly obvious plot points such as the Thea thing. But I’m giving a few points back since this was a character development episode rather than a Driving Arc episode.

Effects: 5/6. Effects were somewhat low as this was a character-driven episode, but the ones we had were well executed. “Effects” doesn’t have to mean “explosions” – they can mean a lot of hand-to-hand combat and arrows-vs-riot-shield, too.

Story: 5/6. Other than the groan-inducing Thea subplot, I enjoyed this weeks story. We got to see Tommy grow up a bit, got to explore Oliver’s relationship with his mom (and see that she might be having some trouble dealing with the situation), and we got to see how Dig’s addition to the team might be influencing Oliver’s work.

Acting: 5/6. There are some quality actors on this show, and they delivered a good performance, as usual. Oliver’s character can seem a bit over the top at times, but hey, he’s a hero. As this was a character-driven episode, there was more call and opportunity for actual acting, and I think the cast is up to the task.

Emotional Response: 5/6. We got to learn a bit more about the characters and their relationships with each other this week, which is always good – it’s easier to connect with fleshed-out characters than with two-dimensional cardboard cutouts. While I didn’t really like the whole Thea thing, it does lead one to worry about just how badly that’s going to end.

Production: 5/6. I don’t think theres a whole lot lacking in terms of production values.

Overall: 5/6. I’m very happy with this episode. They managed to temper a heavily character-driven show with enough action to have it keep moving. Well done. That said, this IS primarily an action show and while I did like it I’d not really like to see this become the norm.

In total, “Legacies” receives 34/42 points.