Dig: "Or as I like to call her, your psycho ex girlfriend."
Well, Helena returned. I just wish I was happier with the direction they've taken her character.
From her sexy introduction in a stripper costume that was a nod to her comic origins, this version of Huntress was full on dark avenger. She toyed with Oliver's heart, broke Tommy's hand, tortured Felicity for information, killed nine innocent people who were just doing their jobs... oh, and she effectively destroyed any future for Oliver and McKenna. She's like a whirlwind, causing chaos in her wake.
That being said, I don't think the writers are getting it wrong. They might've gone a little darker than I would've liked. But Huntress has always been a violent character. In one incarnation, she was kicked out of the justice league for going too far. So while I might not like her being a cold-blooded killer, it does work for her character. The question remains, is she going to be a villain moving forward? Or are they going to eventually redeem her?
For a moment I thought McKenna was dead. Thankfully they just wrote her out, although it felt forced to have her move in with her sister in Coast City for rehab. Maybe she won't even be gone for that long, I hope, since I actually liked her character. I wonder where the series will be when or if she returns? The interesting result of her leaving was that Oliver has started to see that his way of life might create conflict? Really? A little late, maybe?
So speaking of characters doing unexpected things (I know, rough segue), Slade seems to be kind of a good guy. He's actively trying to sabotage Fyre's plans to blow up innocent people. Hell, he didn't even think of using the board as leverage until Oliver thought of it first. Up until now I was thinking that Slade corrupted Oliver to the point where he was willing to kill, but now I'm not so sure. Slade seems to have the attitude of a not evil guy. What are they doing with this character? It's fascinating. I also really loved Slade's smile when Oliver's plan worked. I think Slade is seeing Oliver's value, and might even be starting to respect him, too.
I'm not sure what they are doing with Laurel. It's clear they don't want to send her down the Black Canary path yet, and they aren't putting her and Oliver together, either. So that leaves them searching for plot lines. At the moment she feels like a secondary character, attached to Quentin and Tommy's stories more than a central figure in the story, which may be intentional. But this new plot for her feels really underwhelming. Sure, Sarah being alive has a lot of ramifications, and it's neat to see Alex Kingston in anything, but eh. I'm not impressed so far.
Tommy, on the other hand, is growing more interesting per episode. Is he the mirror of Slade on the island, Oliver's best friend turned monster? He has all the right set up to become a great super-villain, but are they going that way? In the most frustrating scene in the episode, he had a fight with Laurel, who came across as whiny even though she had a valid emotional reason for being upset with Tommy. At the same time, he had an equally valid reason to keep secrets. Sigh, I wish the writers could've come up with a way of making this scene less... I don't know, one-sided, maybe.
Finally we have Thea and her brand new love interest Roy. I like that they aren't rushing into things with them, and they do have some chemistry, which is nice. But I'm not so sure I like that he's already kind of a superhero. Of course he is, he's Roy Harper who is Green Arrow's sidekick in the comics. I just hope the reason for his acrobatic superhero antics have a decent background. If they don't address them, I'll be seriously disappointed. Still, it was an effective scene that brought the two characters together, so it could've been a lot worse. Also, I loved the character detail of Roy being afraid of needles. Cute, but how much do you wanna bet that comes into play as a torture method in a future episode?
As a fan of Teen Wolf, I like the idea of Colton Haynes as a good guy.
Manu Bennett (Slade Wilson) has officially been bumped up to series regular for season 2.
So Oliver's club is called Verdant. It means green or more specifically; Definition: ver•dant, adjective (of countryside). Green with grass or other rich vegetation. Of the bright green color of lush grass. Synonyms: green - unripe - verdurous.
As I mentioned above, Huntress's stripper outfit was marginally close to some of her comic book costumes. This must've been a nod to the fans, since they spent quite a bit of time on it in the teaser. Here's a comparison picture:
Oliver: "What do you want me to do? You want me to kill her?"
Dig: "I think you would have a long time ago if she looked like me instead of the T-Mobile girl."
Not exactly the reunion I was hoping for, but Huntress isn't a simple character and to resolve her issues so quickly could be detrimental to her character arc. I may not be pleased with her total disregard for human life, but perhaps she can be redeemed at some point down the line.
2 1/2 out of 4 Purple crossbow bolts.
J.D. Balthazar is a confirmed nerd who loves most things sci-fi or fantasy-related. He reviews Arrow and Farscape and cool new movies that strike his fancy.