Arrow: Muse of Fire Review (

By:Tim Janson
Review Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012

Yet another DC Comics character appears in this week’s episode of Arrow.  Helena Bertinelli, AKA The Huntress.  Oliver is on his way to Queen Consolidated to meet his mother and witnesses a mysterious assailant on a motorcycle gun down the man that Moira is speaking to and nearly kills her as well.  Oliver and Diggle discover this is just the latest attack on one of the associates of Frank Bertinelli, a local mob boss.

Under the guise of wanting to talk business with Bertinelli, Oliver attempts to find out about his organization and the attacks.  He goes out to dinner with Frank’s daughter Helena where the pair form a quick bond with each other.  When Arrow intervenes on behalf of a restaurant owner who is being strong-armed by Bertinelli’s thugs the Assailant appears again, attempting to kill the men.  During the fight, the attacker loses their motorcycle helmet revealing Helena Bertinelli (Don’t worry…the identity of the attacker was already revealed in the first 5 minutes so I’m not giving anything away).  Helena also figures out that Oliver is the Arrow and the two argue over their methods with Oliver saying he wants justice while Helena is only out for vengeance.  

We don’t get The Huntress…yet.  I say yet because if you stayed around to see next week’s preview you’ll see a rapid advancement in the character’s look.  Perhaps the bigger surprise of this episode is that we finally meet Tommy Merlyn’s who turns out to be the “well-dressed man” who Moira has been associated with.  Their shadowy relationship is hinted at as Mr. Merlyn makes a subtle threat towards a recuperating Moira.

Oliver and Helena hitting off right away came off as too convenient although I’ll be interested in seeing how it plays out over the rest of the season.  It looks like it might be the start of an interesting yet contentious relationship.

Robert Queen returns this week although little is said about his absence so I don’t know if we should read much into that.  Meanwhile, score some points for Katie Cassidy in another tight shirt and short-shorts.  That never gets old!  

Action wise this week?  A little on the light side which I’m fine with.  This episode was about developing a couple of new characters.  Although Oliver and Helena’s escape from the thugs was too easy.  They both escape from zip ties holding their wrists behind their backs?  At the exact same time?

Mania Grade: B
Episode: Muse of Fire (Season 1, Episode 7)
Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy and Colin Donnell
Written By: Greg Berlanti (developer), Marc Guggenheim (developer)
Directed By: David Grossman
Network: The CW