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Arrow: Vendetta Review

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  • Episode: Vendetta (Season 1, Episode 8)
  • Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell
  • Written By: Greg Berlanti (developer), Marc Guggenheim (developer)
  • Directed By: Kenneth Fink
  • Network: The CW
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Arrow: Vendetta Review

The Huntress Returns

By Tim Janson     December 06, 2012

After a couple of strong weeks our regularly scheduled airing of Arrow is interrupted for an episode of Dawson’s Creek, or maybe its Melrose Place, or choose whatever sappy relationship drama you like.  Instead of building on last week’s episode which debuted Helena Bertinelli, AKA The Huntress, “Vendetta” instead drops a melodramatic rock that quickly sinks to the bottom.

Helena is continuing her rampage against her father’s criminal empire but Oliver tries to get her to do so with less violence and threats to innocent people.  He makes some convoluted comparison to his own life by taking Helena to the grave of Sarah Lance and confessing his own mistakes.  Everything seems to be just peachy for the crime fighting pair.  Oliver even designs new Helena’s costume.  

But while visiting a swanky new restaurant, Oliver and Helena run into Tommy Merlyn and Laurel Lance everything goes down the crapper.  Tommy gets mad at Laurel when she pressures him into asking Oliver for a job.  Helena throws a fit because of the way Oliver and Laurel look at each other,  both clearly with feelings for each other.  Oliver and Diggle even get into it over Oliver revealing Diggle’s name to Helena.  

Outside all of the melodramatics we get a few action scenes…maybe about 30 seconds worth.  Ok, maybe I’m being a little sarcastic but it certainly seemed like the action this week was an afterthought.  But maybe it was for the best.  The rich baddies that Oliver has been going after are hardly a rogue’s gallery of villains but even compared to the rest Frank Bertinelli comes off as shallow and as intimidating as your average accountant.

The one intriguing plot this week was Walter Steele’s continuing investigation into his wife’s activities and diverting funds from Queen Consolidated.  Walter discovers an exact copy of the journal of names that Oliver got from his father before he died.  Let’s hope that next week’s midseason finale goes off on a high note and sets things up for a strong second half.


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wish 12/6/2012 11:41:26 AM

Ok, shit, now we're definitely on the same page Tim, I was really dissapointed by this ep, good analogy with Dawson's cuz it got pretty cheesy there for a few mins.  Are we really supposed to care that much about petty personal relationships in this show?  This was the very definition of "filler" with almost no scenes that helped this show stay afloat.  I hope it gets back on track with next week's ep where we are promised by the actor playing Diggle himself to prepare for a moment similar to when they killed Rita on Dexter, a show which he was a part of the cast when it happened!  I don't know if that literally suggests a major character's death or if it's just a shocker on the same level but we'll find out soon does a show fluctuate so far like that?  Head scratcher to say the least.........I still say it's "Myles" ahead of Revolution....

tjanson 12/6/2012 1:15:51 PM

Wish...I am glad we could find a common ground!  LOL  Honestly I have not watched Revolution.  I am *Usually* pretty good at judging a new show's ability to sustain itself.  I gave 666 Park Ave two eps and checked out of that one.  I really didn't think Revolution was going to make it.  I still don't long term.

Iridan 12/7/2012 5:36:28 AM

While I'll agree this wasn't the best episode, I think they are clearly developing his friend to turn on him down the road. So I didn't have a problem with it.

Mooncrow 12/7/2012 4:09:31 PM

 Was a bit sappy. Some cool fights but yeah it needs some real weight.


millean 12/10/2012 9:02:28 AM

May favorite part was when Helena jumped all over Oliver for making them share a table with Tommy & Laurel...  This coming after Helena suggested they all dine together and Oliver protesting it.

Yeah, this episode wasn't the greatest.  Hope next week's is better.

JDK008 12/11/2012 11:44:01 AM

 is there no supernatural review for last week? Ive been waiting     

JDK008 12/12/2012 5:46:42 AM

 is there no supernatural review for last week? Ive been waiting     



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