This week, tune in for a foray into Arrow‘s exploration of love – including both over-the-top wooing and creepy stalking.
Carrie Cutter is a crazy stalker whom Oliver had the misfortune of saving during the Mirakuru incident last year. Now she’s obsessed with him, trying to get close by committing murders and attempted murders while wearing the latest Arrow-inspired fashion.
Oliver, who’s not in the mood to deal with her warped version of love, eventually overpowers her and captures her. He leaves her to Amanda Waller’s keeping, where we might see her again as part of the Suicide Squad.
Felicity, meanwhile, is doing better on the romance front. Ray invites her to a business dinner, wining and dining her with fancy jewelry and a surprisingly well-fitting dress. She’s clearly enamored of him. Oh, and he kisses her at the end of the evening.
Oh, and did I mention that Oliver decides to come talk to Felicity about his feelings just as Ray kisses her? Bad timing there, buddy. Oliver and Roy drown their various heartaches in a nice family dinner with the Diggle family.
Back in Hong Kong, Oliver and Tatsu worry when Maseo goes missing while on an errand for Amanda Waller. They bond over kicking some bad guys’ butts. Fortunately, Maseo turns up alive and Oliver learns how to do his own laundry.
Finally, a new villain is teased: Boomerang. Guess what his weapon of choice is?
What Hit the Target
Sorry, Olicity fans, but I like Ray Palmer. He treats Felicity well, he says what he feels, and he’s a real Renaissance man. He’s likeable and just the right amount of cocky. And after the will-he-won’t-he behavior that Felicity has put up with for 2 1/2 seasons, she deserves a good love interest.
This was a Laurel-free episode, and that hits my target at the moment. Once again, I fail to miss Laurel when she’s not around.
On the other hand, guest actress Amy Gumenick did a great job with a one-dimensional villain. Like most Arrow villains, she wasn’t particularly well-explored. But unlike many, she was fascinating to watch and great fun. Kudos to the actress for breathing life into a one-note storyline.
For an episode not aired in February, there was a whole lotta love goin’ on. There was crazy obsessive love, and hidden love afraid of commitment, love-at-first-sight, and sweet, potential new love. And all this other (slightly or very) dysfunctional love/lust just made the Ray/Felicity plot shine even more.
ATOM! We’ve all been waiting for it to show up ever since Brandon Routh was first announced. And we finally got a great tease. Given that Routh has said he won’t be putting on the suit in the show (but has been fitted for some kind of facial prosthetic…), we are left to wonder where this is all leading. I love wondering.
Tatsu in full Katana mode was pure awesomeness. ‘Nuff said.
What Missed the Mark
For all its great qualities, Arrow does have a knack for creating really annoying characters. Thea’s DJ friend (listed as “Chase”, I guess) sets a new bar for being completely annoying and unlikeable. It’s not just that he’s arrogant and off-putting. It’s also that he makes out with her about 10 minutes after they’ve met. Can this please be the last we see of DJ Horrible? A girl can dream…
Speaking of Thea: she was given a slightly interesting character direction for a few episodes. Sadly, she’s been downgraded back to running a nightclub and making out with guys who work for her. In 3 years, the writers have never quite figured out what to do with her.
I know that Roy’s ‘head was not in the game’, but he was a serious wuss this week. One girl points an arrow at him and he ends up inexplicably unconscious for the rest of the scene? At least show the ex-SWAT lady delivering a knock-out or something. This was just lame.
Why did Oliver go to all the trouble of visiting and asking the therapist for advice, and then completely ignore it? I suspect it was just to fill time in a thinly-plotted story.
And what exactly was Oliver’s plan when he confronted the murderous Chinese gang at the docks? Aside from walking up to them and saying, ‘hey I don’t want trouble’? He was useless and it’s a good thing he brought along a woman who is much cooler than him.
The Final Tally
There’s not a lot of plot going on here, and Team Arrow doesn’t come off particularly superheroic this week. Fortunately, a strong guest actress chewing up the scenery and a fun outing for Ray and Felicity makes up for what the story lacks. The flashback was also a bit of a filler story, but the reveal of Tatsu’s skillz made it worth the time.