Jethro sez:

Another strong episode. We get a huge amount of Island Exposition, and a new person is brought into the fold.

Title: “The Odyssey”

Cast and Crew

Director: John Behring

Writers: Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg

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
Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson
Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak

Full cast and crew can be found here.

Premise

Oliver’s confrontation with his mother does not go as planned, and he turns to an unexpected (well, semi-unexpected) person for help. Oliver’s extended state of unconsciousness leads to an episode that’s primarily Island Exposition. Which naturally raises more questions than it answers…

High Points

This episode was pretty high for me so it was hard to come up with specific high points, but:

  • All the Oliver On The Island Character Development.
  • “I swallowed it.”

Low Points

  • This episode starts off actually recycling the last few seconds of last week’s episode, which were one of last episode’s high points. Sadly that managed to turn into what the kids today call an EPIC FAIL.
  • Something about Felicity’s character just… bugs me. Maybe it’s because she’s a little like I am in real life so I just know real geeks don’t act that way. I think Emily Bett Rickards does a good job, but the writing for that character falls a bit short for me.

The Scores:

Originality: The framing device might not have been super original, but we got a lot of backstory this week and that was all fairly original. I’ve heard some people say the Island sections remind them of Lost, but never watched that so it’s all new to me. 5/6.

Effects: lots of action and explosions and planes (both flying and of the crashed variety), and as always everything looked really good. 6/6

Story: We got a whooole lot of Oliver’s backstory this week. Still didn’t explain everything, but it did actually answer some of our questions. Even the framing story had a good deal of character development for Felicity. 6/6.

Acting: Always good. It actually says something that Stereotype Mercenary Guy isn’t over-the-top cheesy. 5/6.

Emotional Response: I don’t think we were ever truly worried about Oliver, either in the framing story or in the flashback, but we did get to go along and see some of the conflicts that turned him into who he is today. 5/6

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

Overall: This was another strong episode. I was a bit disappointed at first – I wanted Oliver’s confrontation with his mother to go a completely different way. But they gave us Felicity’s reveal and a whole lot of Island, and ended up being a pretty good episode. 5/6.

In total, Arrow: The Odyssey receives 37/42 points.