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Arrow: Muse of Fire Review

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  • 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
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Arrow: Muse of Fire Review

Make way for The Huntress

By Tim Janson     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?


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rogue188 11/29/2012 1:22:26 PM

Grrr. this show frustrates me. All the stuff with Diggle and Oliver, and fights are excellent. Then we get to crap family drama and girl/boy nonsense with Laurel and that rich loser. This episode was a C. I hope they do something with the Huntress. The chesse factor is too high. It seems this is evern more soapy than Smallville. At least Smallville had more heart.

wish 11/29/2012 3:53:18 PM

Ok, spot-on Tim, nothing but the truth there!

tjanson 11/29/2012 8:44:13 PM


ObiWannaJones 11/30/2012 9:28:23 AM

I'm really (albeit much to my surprise) enjoying Arrow. I hope the keep Helena Bertinelli/Huntress around for the duration. It would be great if they delve into the story of Helena's estranged older sister, whom she presumed dead. Some years earlier, she had discovered her father's shady lifestyle and confronted him. Her father quickly disowns her, and she leaves Starling City for Los Angeles. After years of struggling on her own, she ends up traveling to the midwest, where she takes One Day at a Time. Helena and Oliver discover she is alive, and set out to find her. When they catch up with Helena's sister Valerie, that's when things really get Hot in Cleveland.


silverspear67 11/30/2012 10:48:23 AM

 This show is really starting to piss me off!!  So it's ok for Huntress to wear a mask but Green Arrow just puts paint around his eyes so that the actor can get as much face-time as possible.  I'm starting to lose interest, plus I hate the fact that nobody seems to have powers.  And killing Deadshot was just plain stupid!!

hanso 11/30/2012 12:50:29 PM

 Why is there spoiler warning in the review?



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