Jethro’s back in charge of the Arrow reviews, and he writes:

In a shocking and completely unpredictable turn of events, The Huntress returns.

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

Title: “Arrow” Review: The Huntress Returns

Cast and Crew Director: Guy Norman Bee
Writers: Jake Coburn and Lana Cho
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
Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
Alex Kingston as Dinah Lance
Janina Gavankar as McKenna Hall
Jessica De Gouw as Helena Bertinelli / The Huntress

Full cast and crew can be found here.

Premise

The Huntress returns (have I mentioned that yet?) to Starling City, intent on… something… which for some reason involves threatening and blackmailing Oliver, who for some reason doesn’t kill her. Something to do with cell phones, I think. On and apparently relationships are rough. Oh and if one of you people who actually read the comics can tell me who Speedy’s boyfriend is that’d be cool.

High Points

  • Hello Kitty pumps.
  • I thought the episode was going to end at a fairly pointless point, but it went on for another 10 minutes, which was nice.

Low Points

  • I’m still a bit underwhelmed with Jessica De Gouw.
  • I also think Alex Kingston is kind of under-utilised.
  • I didn’t really like McKenna as a character/love interest, but I think Janina Gavankar did a very good job portraying her. It makes me sad that all that character ended up being is another failed relationship.

The Scores:

Originality: Not really a lot new here, or really anything I didn’t see coming. Apart MAYBE from the Island bits which are somewhat less predictable. 4/6.

Effects: The action was good, as always. 5/6

Story: There was really not a lot going on this week that made any real impact. Yeah, Oliver did have a talk with Tommy but they really didn’t GO anywhere with it. Huntress showed up, made zero impact, and left. We might’ve had an introduction to another superhero-type person but I don’t even know. 4/6.

Acting: As mentioned before, still underwhelmed by Jessica De Gouw, but Janina Gavankar compensates for that. 5/6.

Emotional Response: Meh. 4/6

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

Overall: You know, I’m not sure. This wasn’t a super-strong episode, but it was actually a lot better than I thought it would be based on how it started. That said, again, not a super strong episode. I think this might be the lowest total score I’ve given an episode of “Arrow” so far, but maybe I’m just expecting more from them.4/6.

In total, Arrow: The Huntress Returns receives 31/42 points.

What do you guys think? Was I too harsh? Are my expectations too high?