Arrow continues to be the best live-action television adaptation of Batman—with one or two minor quibbles this week.

My assistant DA is a junkie!

Title: “Blind Spot”

Cast and Crew
Director: Glen Winter
Writers: Wendy Mericle and Beth Schwartz

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
Katie Cassidy as Dinah “Laurel” Lance
Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
David Ramsay as John “Dig” Diggle
Alex Kingston as Dinah Lance
Colton Haynes as Roy Harper
Bex Taylor-Klaus as Sin
Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance
Dylan Neal as Anthony Ivo
Willa Holland as Thea Queen
Caity Lotz as Sara Lance
Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen
Kevin Alejandro as Sebastian Blood
Jesse Hutch as Daily
Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson

Full cast and crew may be found here.

Premise

At Laurel’s request, the Oliver and his associates investigates Sebastian Blood. The investigation gets hampered by Slade’s manipulations and Laurel’s drug problems. Meanwhile, Roy and his own support team turn vigilante.

In the past, on the island, meanwhile, Oliver and Sarah make a decision.

High Point

This episode features some excellent direction, camerawork, and settings (whether sets or locations). From the noir opening shot to the movement during Ollie’s talk with Roy, we had a subtle but darkly beautiful visual feast. Strong direction, combined with strong production values, bring Arrow closer– in look, at least– to the level of the prestige shows.

Low Point

I liked Roy’s foray into vigilantism as a concept, and I look forward to its long-term consequences. But how wrong was the “catch the slasher” plot? Let me count the ways.

1. A successful prostitute-obsessed slasher (who is, apparently, also a lawyer) does not find 2. an overly-well dressed, unfamiliar prostitute suspicious (Sin’s appearance screams police plant, even if that’s not, strictly speaking, what she was) and 3. he picks her up first time out (before she’s had to turn away other clients, thus making herself even more conspicuous) so that 4. Roy can somehow follow and kick the crap out of him.

Really?

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6

Effects: 6/6

Story: 5/6 The slasher-bait plot made me roll my eyes, as did the swift dropping of charges against Laurel. Overall, however, we have better plotting than last week, and we’re clearly heading for a major confrontation.

Acting: 5/6 Arrow takes place in a stylized world, and we should accept that the acting and writing will be stylized as well. The acting, like the writing, does not consistently hit the balance between realistic and appropriately stylized, and comes off as, in places, as television and cheesy.

I liked Katie Cassidy this week; she played the addict without resorting to histrionics.

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 6/6

Overall: 5/6

In total, “Blind Spot” receives 34/42

Lingering Questions

Should Ollie dress so much like the Arrow when he’s in his civilian identity?