Jethro has a review of this week’s Arrow.

Oliver meets a kindred spirit, Tommy’s life suffers a major course change, and we find out a bit more about John Barrowman’s character.

Oh and Tahmoh Penikett continues his role as our genre’s Ted McGinley.

Information for cast and crew may be found here
and here.

Title: “Arrow” Review: Muse of Fire

Cast and Crew

Director: David Grossman
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg (story), Geoff Johns and Marc Guggenheim
(teleplay)

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
Jessica De Gouw as Helena Bertinelli
John Barrowman as Well-Dressed Man as “Well-Dressed Man”
Tahmoh Penikett as who cares, it’s Tahmoh Penikett.

Premise

Reacting to his mother almost becoming collateral damage in a mob
shooting, Oliver attempts to go undercover to investigate a mob-connected family. He finds more than he bargained for. Meanwhile, Tommy and Laurel’s relationship moves forward, while Tommy’s personal life goes downhill. But he does get pizza, so it’s not all bad.

I’ve not read the comics, so I had no idea who or what Huntress is. It was fairly obvious that Helena’s character was set up to be a bit more than a casual romance or one of Arrow’s victims. I hate spoilers, but just looking up the actress’ name gave me way more information than I needed.

Such as the portion spoilered above.

High Points

  • Tommy actually telling Oliver he’s asked Laurel out was fantastic.
    Avoided a huge cliché trap.
  • We learned how John Barrowman’s character fits into the story.
  • I have a feeling that Helena Bertinelli aka
    Huntress
    is a high point for people who know who that is.

Low Point

  • I thought it was a bit odd that Oliver was on a motorcycle, and
    yet chose to chase a motorcycle-riding gunman on foot. They did “explain”
    it later but you know.
  • Wasn’t a hell of a lot of action in this episode, which is strange
    considering it introduced the aforementioned spoiler. I don’t know that we
    even saw arrows.

The Scores:

Originality: I have no idea how Helena Bertinelli origin story corresponds to that of the comic book. However, this show still does manage (at least to me) to present the stories in a fairly original manner, even when the stories themselves are not super-original. The whole Tommy dating Lauren thing, for example, didn’t go the usual Lets-Date-In-Secret way, which is refreshing. I give it 4/6.

Effects: nothing to write home about this week. What action sequences we did have were in the dark and/or very quick cuts. 4/6.

Story: I’m still liking this. The Barrowman reveal was good, Tommy’s
downfall was somewhat of a surprise for me, and Oliver finding that there might be other people who understand his experiences were all good. 5/6.

Acting: You know, I just wasn’t crazy about Jessica De Gouw’s performance, especially with the action sequences. I hope she grows more comfortable with the role. The rest of the cast are still doing good work. I hate to knock off 2 points for just one character, but she did play a major part and will be returning, so 4/6.

Emotional Response: Pretty good this week. Several big things happened to a few major characters this week and I find myself caring about all of them. Also happy that Thea seemed to be doing ok. I’m extremely happy (and surprised) that John Barrowman manages to creep the hell out of me. 5/6.

Production: Not a big production this week, but nonetheless this show’s production values are great. 5/6.

Overall: We’re still doing a biiit more Character Development and a biiit less action than I’d like, but it’s still ok. The story is developing uninteresting ways, and I’m still very interested to see where we’re all going. Next week should be interesting. The one nit I have to pick with this episode is Oliver’s instant change of heart when he finds out that the killer he’s looking for is a hot chick, but you know. 5/6.

In total, “Arrow: Muse of Fire” receives 32/42 points.