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  • Episode: Tremors (Season 2, Episode 12)
  • Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Colton Haynes
  • Written By: Marc Guggenheim & Drew Z. Greenberg
  • Directed By: Guy Bee
  • Network: The CW
  • Studio: Warner Bros., DC Comics
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Arrow: Tremors Review

Bronze Tiger Returns and Get the Squad Ready

By Tim Janson     January 30, 2014

Arrow: Tremors Review
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After a lackluster episode last week Arrow gets back on track with one of the strongest episodes of Season two which featured another fantastic mark out moment in the final segment.  Ben Turner, aka The Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White) is busted out of prison and hired to steal a prototype version of Malcolm Merlyn’s earthquake device.  The man he steals it for intends to sell the device to an unnamed person in Markovia, the fictional Eastern European country in the DC Comics universe. Oliver is busy trying to train Roy Harper to control his strength and his rage that is derived from the Mirakuru serum and basically making him do the “wax on, wax off” training regimen.  

Laurel’s father attempts to get her to attend an alcoholics anonymous type of group meeting but she becomes incensed and refuses.  After learning that she is facing disbarment she shows up at Oliver’s club where she gets plastered and forces Oliver to have her sent home in a Taxi.  Moira Queen meets with estranged husband Robert who convinces her to run for Mayor against Sebastian Blood.  In the island flashbacks Oliver and Sara are trying to track Slade Wilson and discover that he intends to use a missile battery to destroy Ivo’s ship…the only way off the island.

Despite the multitude of plotlines this week, “Tremors” worked from beginning to end because everything fit together perfectly.  Laurel’s downward spiral into drugs and alcohol was the perfect impetus to finally reveal to her that Sara is still alive and hopefully be the motivation that turns her around.  This was perhaps Katie Cassidy’s finest performance so far.  Her vulnerabilities seeped to the surface as her life crumbled around her.

We are finally seeing the payoff of the island flashbacks.  Oliver reveals that it was he who took out Slade Wilson’s eye with an arrow and also why Wilson wants to destroy him.  I particularly liked how Roy continues to struggle with his rage.  This is not something that should be resolved in just one episode or even by the end of the season.  His fury was unchecked even when dealing with Thea and Oliver and eventually forced Ollie to reveal himself and the rest of the team, to Roy.  And you had to get a chuckle out of the “Team Arrow” crack.  Ultimately it was Roy who saved the day although he remains far from being in control.

Moira running for Mayor?  The idea seems a bit far-fetched considering she was just on trial for being complicit in Merlyn’s attempt to destroy The Glades.  But there was some sound reasoning presented…well as least sound for a comic book action drama, I suppose.  But the biggest treat in the episode came in the final segment as Bronze Tiger, now back in prison was visited by Amanda Waller who wants to recruit him for her “squad”.  This would make him the second member she has now recruited after Deadshot several episodes back.  Even the preview for next week’s episode “Heir to the Demon” was great.  Let’s review…Sara is back; The Suicide Squad continues to take shape; Markovia is mentioned which could mean nothing but could set-up The Outsiders and Geo-Force down the road; Roy is now part of “Team Arrow”; and backstory to Slade’s hatred for Oliver is nearly complete.  All in all a fine week for Arrow!  


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pablo1999 1/30/2014 12:28:59 PM

Just an FYI - the husband's name is Walter - not Robert.  But very much agreed - this was a very good episode.  My daughter and I both loved it.

samson 1/30/2014 1:01:43 PM

 I really wanted to love this episode. But, it was just okay for me. Not great. Roy being that close to Arrow, in a lighted room, but still not realizing he's Oliver? I know it's part of superhero lore that a domino mask is enough to conceal one's identity, but on a show that tries to be more grounded in reality, it's really pushing credibility a tad too far. All the other times Arrow has been around people who know Oli, there was the "darkness of the environment" that gave the show a thin but acceptable excuse for him not being recognized. If they're going to go the "mask covers all route" then they should embrace the costumes entirely and give Bronz Tiger an actual costume. 

And speaking of masks, why would he allow Roy to go out on a mission with him without so much as face paint? If some thug recognizes Roy, then it's only baby steps to connect Oliver to Arrow. But, in all. Due fairness, the same could be said for Diggle.

Also, taking Roy out when he was so obviously not in control really goes against the smartness of the character thus far.

It was a fun episode, though. For me it was B- to B.

tjanson 1/30/2014 1:40:13 PM

 pablo faux pax on my robert queen crossed with walter steele

Iridan 1/31/2014 7:47:15 AM

I agree with the A grade. I loved the episode, but I do have a couple minor quibbles. I would have liked if they had played Roy's training out for a couple episodes and maybe teased him turning into a villian.

The other thing is, what has happened with Diggle the last few episodes. He's done pretty much nothing. I think they need to give him more.

LooneyBinJIm 2/1/2014 6:36:39 AM

This was a great episode. Could we actually see a Suicide Squad spin-off in the near future? Iridan, you may just be on to something here. On the island, Ollie mentioned that Slade had a son. I thought he was refereing to Jericho (would love to see him show up), but what if it was Grant (a.k.a. Roy)?

This show has loose continuity, so Roy could turn out to be Slade's son perhaps? That would explain why he was able to survive and has powers like Slade. Also, maybe Roy or Slade will end up in the "squad" later on down the line.

It seems more and more people are finding out about Ollie's secret. His mom is so concrened about Thea's parentage coming to light, what if the thing that stops her from becoming mayor is the Arrow's identity being revealed?

With Olivers stance on leaving his enimeis alive, and Iron Heights being mentioned so often, I can see this happening, and them using that old SuperMax movie idea as a story arc in later seasons.

audioslave69 2/1/2014 8:19:30 PM

 Maybe i need to see the episode again, but if I understood correctly they hired Ben Turner to stop the Arrow's attack, but then again breaking him out is what alerted Felicity on what they were planing on doing. So if they had not hired Ben they wouldnt have even noticed that they stole the prototype machine, right?

CaptAmerica04 2/3/2014 10:23:51 AM

Yeah, this was NOT a great episode, IMHO.  Too many plot threads, all rushed, and none of them done well as a result.  Arrow gets stabbed in the back with blades at least 5-6 inches in length, and barely reacts.  Roy is a powder keg and Oliver acts like he's just having a bad day.  Laurel's plotline is just boring at this point (though the return of Black Canary suggests potential forward movement there).  And, as audioslave pointed out above, had the bad guys just remained acting in secret, nothing would have raised a red flag and they would've likely gotten away with their nefarious plot without so much as a hiccup.  Instead they created a self-fulfilling prophesy of failure by breaking Bronze Tiger out of prison (in a REALLY far-fetched and ridiculous method, too!).



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