Fight choreography, Costumed Vigilante Angst, torture, and a monumental decision for Ollie dominate this week’s Arrow

Meanwhile, Ray Palmer works hard to complete his Atom suit before Ant-man gets released—only to realize it’s all for naught, because the show, having already turned Palmer into an imitation Tony Stark, has decided to cast the Atom in the mold of Iron Man.

Title: “Nanda Parbat”

Cast and Crew
Director: Gregory Smith
Writers: Erik Oleson, Wendy Mericle, Ben Sokolowski

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
David Ramsay as John Diggle
Matt Nable as Ra’s al Ghul
Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer
Colton Haynes as Roy Harper / Arsenal
Katie Cassidy as Dinah “Laurel” Lance / Black Canary
John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn
Willa Holland as Thea Queen
Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance
Brandon Nomura as Akio Yamashiro
Rila Fukushima as Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana

Premise

Ollie and Diggle raid Ra’s al Ghul’s stronghold to rescue Malcolm Merlyn, and instead receive a surprising offer. Thea acknowledges killing Sarah; Ray Palmer makes a stark decision.

High Point

The fight choreography remains impressive.

Low Point

The dialogue remains cheesy and strained.

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6 The twist shows some originality, but the episode otherwise is standard Arrow, with points subtracted for making themselves look like slavish imitators of Marvel. Hopefully, the concept for the Atom will develop.

Effects: 5/6

Acting: 4/6

Story: 5/6: The show feels scattered, though the individual story arcs were good.

Emotional Response: 4/6 Is it just me? The excessive angst and scattered plots make it difficult for me to really feel for these characters, even in their extreme circumstances. This strikes me as particularly odd, given how significant the issues can be.

Production: 6/6

Overall: 4/6

In total, “Nanda Parbat” receives 30/42