Green Arrow doesn’t have many memorable villains, does he? This ep tried to give him one. Jethro reviews the results:

This week gave us some good character development (as usual) but sadly an extremely predictable plot, as well as a Muppet supervillain.

Title: Vertigo

Cast and Crew

Director: Wendey Stanzler

Writers: Wendy Mericle and Ben Sokolowski

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
Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen
Seth Gabel as The Count

Full cast and crew can be found here.

Information for this episode may be found at TVRage and IMDb.


Ugh. Oliver goes after The Count, a drug-dealer responsible for the pre-epidemic drug Vertigo, in an effort to help Thea somehow.

High Points

  • I kind of liked the opening chase. It was nice seeing Arrow from the crook’s POV.
  • The consistent character development is always nice.
  • Island of Mystery (but see Low Points)

Low Points

  • I don’t know that there was anything not predictable in this episode. I’d say more about that but it’s just not worth the work of putting in a spoiler tag.
  • Cartoon character supervillain.
  • The whole Super Nerve Pinch Ultra Revive Power… what the heck was that???
  • I’m kind of getting tired of Felicity’s super powers, too. As far as I’m concerned, she’s a Wizard.

The Scores:

Originality: Not a hell of a lot this week. I just don’t even want to talk about it. 2/6.

Effects: Those are always good on this show… except the whole cheesy drug-view thing. I’m actually dropping points off cause seriously guys? 4/6

Story: I’m going to go with “meh” again. Oliver is getting WAY too involved in stuff that would — at best — make people REALLY suspicious, and at worst blow his cover. Heck, he got CAUGHT doing some really bad stuff and just talked his way out of it without much argument. There was a good deal of character development, as usual, which is good and makes this episode not a complete loss, and (hopefully) we got some better direction on Thea. 4/6

Acting: Even bad episodes of Arrow have good acting. 5/6.

Emotional Response: I’m kinda happy Thea seems to be taking things seriously, but I don’t know that there was a ton to get emotional about this episode. 4/6

Production: This show has consistently good production values. 5/6

Overall: It wasn’t an absolute disaster or anything, but I expect more from Arrow at this point. 3/6.

In total, Arrow: Trust but Verify receives 23/42 points.

What’d everyone else think?