Arrow Review: 'The Huntress Returns'
One other aspect of the story that didn't work: Arrow used the 'Will Oliver be revealed?' element of suspense already. Helena's in custody. McKenna asks for the identity of The Hood. Helena says, "Oliver Queen." However, Helena quickly uses Oliver to get to the detectives, which is a trick right out of TV Investigation Room Tropes 101. The threat of exposure for Oliver should be an important part of the series. Of his foes, Helena's one who should expose him. She doesn't owe him, he's trying to stop her, and she pretty much despises him. Oliver can't be exposed, though. Tommy doesn't tell Laurel about Oliver-as-The-Hood either, which makes more sense but Tommy doesn't have a good reason not to tell Laurel. Again, it's understandable given the purpose of the show; but, nonetheless, it is frustrating.
Meanwhile, what the hell was that Thea story all about? Willa Holland's had nothing to work with for the entire season. First, she liked drugs and being mean to her brother and her mother. Now, she likes a guy who stole her purse. The guy got off because he lied about having a poor family, which moved Thea. Roy, the guy, admitted his lie, which only attracted Thea more to him. Thea helped him land a job at the nightclub, but he didn't show. Thea goes to his house, which is in a neighborhood, and gets treated badly. Roy soon saves her life and gets stabbed, so she takes him to hospital and kisses him when he's getting a shot. What the hell? I get Roy's important because the writers gave him a name and a romance with Thea. Plus, he climbs walls and does flips while beating up folk. Roy and The Hood are going to cross paths, aren't they?
The recurrence of The Huntress was a fun idea but the execution was lacking. I look forward to her return in season two. The episode was unsatisfactory with few good scenes. Arrow's had it together for the entire season so far. It is rare for the show to 'miss.' Miss it did, though.
-On the island, Oliver and Wilson hatched a plan to get off the island. Oliver continues to grow as a fighter and strategist. Wilson followed Oliver's plan without any objections or interjections. Also, Manu Bennett was promoted to series regular. Bennett is really good as Slade Wilson.
-Laurel and her parents will try to find their missing daughter. So, there's that.
-Dig's keeping track of Deadshot. Deadshot’s last activity was the assassination of a king. Dig doesn't tell Oliver--it's very much his own mission.
-If Willa Holland worked to get me a job and came to my house to make sure I went to the job, I’d want to marry her. Roy insults her using the word ‘bitch’ and dismisses her kindness because she’s a rich girl. I can’t even get a girl to return my ANGEL season one dvd set to me.
-Jake Coburn & Lana Cho wrote the episode. Guy Bee directed it.
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