I’ve got the review for this week’s episode, in which more characters deal with more secrets and someone else learns Ollie’s identity.

Title: “Dead to Rights”

Cast and Crew
Director: Glen Winter
Writers: Geoff Johns

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green arrow
Katie Cassidy as Dinah “Laurel” Lance
Emily Bett Rickards as Felicty Smoak
Colin Donnell as Tommy Merlyn
David Ramsay as John “Dig” Diggle
John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn
Janina Gabankar as McKenna Hall
Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance
Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen
Kelly Hu as China White
Michael Rowe as Deadshot
Alex Kingston as Dinah Lance
Colin Salmon as Walter Steele

Full cast and crew information may be found here.

Premise

The Arrow kills one villain seconds into the episode, but a past menace returns, and he seeks Malcolm Merlyn.

Mostly, this week concerns Oliver’s relationship with Tommy, and Moira’s increasingly problematic circumstances.

High Points

They kept the island flashbacks from overwhelming the episode this week. Sometimes I think they should have a couple present-day eps and then one island-time ep, unless they can really make the two work together. This week, they worked fairly well together, despite having only loose connections.

Deadshot is back… And he looks like Deadshot.

Low Point

I know, I know, I know you can only question so many conventions in a superhero show without the entire thing collapsing, and so I won’t discuss how this episode trips over itself to call attention to the general idiocy of the disguises. Still, a couple of other things beg comment. I’ll accept Ollie’s ability to outshoot two guys with automatic weapons because, you know, he’s the Green Arrow, but two guys with automatic weapons who can’t hit a couple of nearby targets in a small enclosed space? Only Imperial stormtroopers are so precise.

Then there’s the matter of the convenient blood transfusion equipment and expertise.

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6 This feels like the basic Arrow episode, with a bit more subtle character development than usual. Oh, and someone else learns Ollie’s other identity. Between the number of people learning his identity and his heavy act in the Chinese restaurant, it’s a wonder if anyone will be left in Starling City who doesn’t see through his dis… Oh, right.

Effects: 5/6. As always, what effects the show has work well.

Story: 4/6. Much of the review addresses story. In Johns’ favour, this ep had generally quick pacing and a brief, effectively handled island arc. Less impressive: incompetent, elaborate, over-the-top assassination attempt by villains whose toadies (Deadshot excepted) can’t hit the broad side of a Vancouver skyscraper.

Perhaps that’s why they needed to hire Deadshot, despite the fact that they were able to get several armed men inside the building, a short distance from their target– any one of whom should have been able to shoot Malcolm at any point during the ceremony.

Acting: 5/6 Unlike many online reviewer, I’m finding the characters fairly superficial, but at least the show tries to develop characters, and the actors show some credible chemistry this week.

Emotional Response: 4/6

Production: 6/6. That a show with a relatively little-known hero (outside of comics) can afford this budget bodes well for future and, perhaps, better series of this nature.

Overall: 4/6 The episode continues with the DCU references, including Nanda Parbat and Blüdhaven. Did anyone else hope that Dinah I’s secret was going to be, “I was once a costumed vigilante, and I believe you, daughter, can inherit my secret identity”?

In total, “Dead to Rights” receives 30/42