Team Arrow experiences difficulties with both bees and a H.I.V.E.– and the fact that Mr. Terrific is, for a multitalented genius, kind of a doofus.

Title: “Beacon of Hope”

Cast and Crew
Director: Michael Schultz
Writer: Ben Sokolowski and Brian Ford Sullivan

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
Katie Cassidy as Dinah Lance / Black Canary
David Ramsay as John “Dig” Diggle / Spartan
Willa Holland as Thea Queen / Speedy
Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt / Mr. Terrific
Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
Emily Kinney as Brie Larvin / The Bug-Eyed Bandit
Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance
Neal McDonough as Damian Darhk
Jimmy Akingbola as Baron Reiter
John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn
Adrian Glynn as Michael Amar
Elysia Rotaru as Taiana
Charlotte Ross as Donna Smoak
Eugene Byrd as Andy Diggle
Chenier Hundal as Paul

Premise

The Bug-Eyed Bandit brings High Camp to Star City, while less ridiculous villains scheme in the background. Curtis Holt joins Team Arrow.

High Points

The episode had a sense of fun too often missing from this show, yet its strongest point remained the dark or, rather, the Darhk. Damian is dangerous even without his magic totem.

Low Points

I suppose that we have to accept that Ollie turns his back on Baron Reiter on the island after knocking him out, instead of, you know, shooting him. While the flashbacks play some part in the current story, I really hope this season is the last we’ll see them.

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6 While the episode wasn’t particularly original, it amounts to a change of pace, at least, that Team Arrow faces a Flash sort of threat while maintaining a Flash sense of humor.

Effects: 5/6 The Bee-Grade Destroyer conjured by Brie worked passably well.

Acting: 4/6 I know this week’s villain is supposed to be campy, in a Flash Rogues Gallery kind of way, but she be annoying more than anything else. She receives one serious moment; the rest of the time, she’s wasted as a character, and serves only as a Villain-of-the-Week and an apiary of bad puns.

Story: 4/6 The story holds together fairly well, even if it’s based on that hoariest convention of comic-books and conspiracy theories, the single prototype of a piece of high-tech that is put into instant use, has not been duplicated and then utterly fails to change the world in the way that it should.

In the end, Brie proves easy to defeat. The real danger lies elsewhere.

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 5/6

Overall: 5/6 The same week that saw a somewhat more serious Flash delivers us a lighter Arrow, and tha’’s not a bad thing.

In total, “Beacon of Hope” receives 30/42