Arrow: The Huntress Returns Review (Mania.com)

By:Tim Janson
Review Date: Friday, March 22, 2013
Source: Mania.com

****SPOLIERS****


It was like reunion week on Arrow with the Huntress, Roy Harper, Laurel’s mother Dinah all making return appearances.  Dinah Lance returns with the shocking claim that she believes daughter Sarah, whom they assumed died when Queen Yacht sank, may still be alive.  There’s obvious, but unexplained tension between Dinah, Laurel, and Quentin as they discuss the seeming impossible development.  


The Huntress, Helena Bertinelli, has returned Hellbent on killing her father, Frank before he can disappear into the FBI’s witness protection program.  Despite Oliver’s objections over her vendetta, he decides to help her in order to reduce the risk of any collateral damage.  But it turns out the police were ready for the attempt and set a trap, capturing Helena leading to Oliver having to bust her out of the police station.


Oliver has also opened up his new club and Thea, somewhat enjoyable for the first time in…ever, tries to help Roy Harper get a job there…after he saves her from a couple of thugs who try to mug her in the Glades.  In flashbacks to the island, Oliver and Slade Wilson steal a computer chip From Fyers’ missile system, and use it to bargain a way off the island.


Wow!  Was this episode packed or what?  Sometimes Arrow can get bogged down in a good deal of filler but this week was a different story.  There was so much to take in and digest.  I was somewhat lukewarm on the Huntress’s initial appearance but thought the character worked much better this time around.  She was much closer in tone to the fiercer comic book version.  What’s more it’s obvious that Oliver still has feelings for her which makes for an interesting dynamic considering his current girlfriend is a detective.


Roy Harper also began to ingrain himself into the fold with his rescue of Thea, combining fighting skills with some nifty parkour moves.  It will be interesting to see how the Sarah plot plays out.  If she is alive then why hasn’t she contacted her parents?  There’s definitely a lot more to the story.  With all this going on it did leave the show with one glaring weakness…Everything came too easy…Oliver’s breaking Helena out of the police station; Helena taking out over a half dozen cops with only a crossbow; and Oliver and Slade Wilson getting the drop on a group of soldiers and stealing a computer ship out of the surprisingly lightly guarded surface-to-air missile system.  This might have been the week to skip the flashbacks in light of everything else going on.

 

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Mania Grade: B+
Episode: The Huntress Returns (Season 1, Episode 17)
Starring: Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Jessica De Gouw, Manu Bennett
Written By: Jake Coburn, Lana Cho
Directed By: Guy Bee
Network: The CW
Studio: Warner Brothers
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