“It’s the League of Assassins: that is not the name of a nice group.”

Arrow returns, with Ollie’s answer. Is Ra’s accepting it?

Title: “The Offer”

Cast and Crew
Director: Dermott Downs
Writers: Beth Schwartz, Brian Ford Sullivan

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
Katie Cassidy as Dinah “Laurel” Lance / Black Canary
David Ramsay as John “Dig” Diggle
Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
Willa Holland as Thea Queen
Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance
Colton Haynes as Roy Harper / Arsenal
John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn
Katrina Law as Nyssa Raatko
Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer / Atom
Matt Nable as Ra’s al Ghul
Karl Yune as Maseo Yamashiro
Celina Jade as Shado
Adrian McMorran as Michael Amar / Murmur
Brandon Nomura as Akio Yamashiro
Darren Moore as Mouthpiece

Premise

Ollie returns with everyone in tow, including Merlyn, and emotions run high. Meanwhile, a new adversary flashes into Starling City: a man monikered Murmur.

High Points

Hero shows often work best when the villains have complexity. There isn’t much to say about Murmur (har!), and the crowded episode could hardly handle more, but Ra’s Al Ghul emerges as an interesting opponent, with greater depth than we’ve seen before.

Low Point

In the end, I suppose, the audience enjoys the mix of Fox soap operatics with DC superheroics, or they don’t. Arrow has decent emotional/personal material with which to work but, all too often, it gets lost in histrionics.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6

Effects: 5/6

Acting: 4/6 Some of the acting feels particularly strained this week—Willa Holland’s in particular. Of course, few people have the necessary experience to draw upon when playing a woman who wants to kill her supervillain father. Emily Bett Rickards fares better as Felicity, but she has a far easier task.

Story: 4/6 The writers connect Ollie’s decision with Detective Lance’s anger and the new villain’s appearance. The flashback sequence really feels shoehorned. Arrow seriously needs to drop the flashbacks after this season.

Emotional Response: 4/6

Production: 5/6 The Nanda Parbat scenes with Ra’s look impressive. The production company makes effective use of what I suspect are borrowed / rented costume and set pieces.

Overall: 5/6

In total, “The Offer” receives 30/42

Observation

In addition to playing both Starling City and Central City, Vancouver (unless I miss my guess) has also been standing in for Hong Kong.