Arrow: Blind Spot Review (Mania.com)

By:Tim Janson
Review Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Source: Mania.com

Well after so many fans commented on Katie Cassidy’s unhealthy appearance in recent weeks, “Blind Spot” begins by showing us that Laurel Lance has become addicted to prescription pills that she has stolen from her father.  So do we chalk this all up to clever writing, talented acting, and a good makeup person?  Green Arrow is continuing his crusade to track down the man in the skull mask, still unaware that it is Sebastian Blood.  However he takes a break from his quest when Laurel asks him to help her investigate Blood.  Last week Blood’s aunt who is locked away in an asylum, revealed to Laurel that she is actually his mother and he had her forcibly committed when he murdered his father.  Discovering Laurel’s visit, Blood kills his mother although the hospital terms the death as being from natural causes.

Laurel and Oliver break into the city archives to obtain sealed records which will prove the woman was Blood’s mother but Slade Wilson beats them to the punch and has the records removed.  In other developments, Roy Harper decides to use his new found power obtained from the Mirakuru drug to become a vigilante himself and enlists Sin’s aid to catch a man preying on local prostitutes but the drug causes him to fly into a rage and he nearly beats the man to death.  Blood uses his influence to have the cops raid Laurel’s apartment and arrest her for possession of the stolen pills.

Not a bad episode but certainly the weakest once of the last handful with just far too many plot holes and contrivances.  I’m not sure what is stored in the Starling City Archives but I can only assume it may have been the Crown Jewels considering an entire SWAT team showed up when security reported the break-in.  And after finding the file Laurel and Oliver escape only to open it up… a plain old manila folder…only to find it empty!  Nice going Laurel…

The sub-plot involving Roy and Sin was also weak.  Sin poses as a prostitute and the first car that picks her up and just happens to be the guy they are after.  The man drives her to an underground parking garage where Roy attacks him.  But how did Roy know where to find them?  Does he also have super speed and was able to keep up with the man’s car? It was way overblown. They could have achieved the same end by simply having him beat-up some thug on the street.  There was also little added this week with the flashbacks as nothing happened that forwarded the rest of the story.

On the plus side we did get the first appearance of Slade Wilson as Deathstroke in a very cool looking variation of his costume from the comics.  Manu Bennett nailed Wilson’s ruthlessness perfectly and this is going to be one seriously scary dude for Green Arrow to deal with down the line.  I’m not crazy about Roy Harper having super powers since the comic book version does not but I suspect that the producers don’t want to make him a junior version of the Arrow so are giving him powers to make him to make him different.  I would also guess that eventually he will lose the powers.

While Blind Spot might not have been as good as the past few episodes it was still solid.  Given the choice I think you’d rather see the writers over-do things than under-do them.  

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Mania Grade: B
Episode: Blind Spot (Season 2, Episode 11)
Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Colton Haynes
Written By: Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz
Directed By: Glen Winter
Network: The CW
Studio: Warner Brothers, DC Comics
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