Blind Tiger escapes, and his employers hope to get charge of a weapon from the show’s first season. The Arrow, meanwhile, begins to train his partner. Roy has an arsenal of potential, but is he proceeding at too speedy a pace?

Title: “Tremors”

Cast and Crew
Director: Guy Bee
Writers: Marc Guggenheim and Drew Z. Greenburg.

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
Katie Cassidy as Dinah “Laurel” Lance
Colton Haynes as Roy Harper
Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
David Ramsay as John “Dig” Diggle
Alex Kingston as Dinah Lance
Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance
Willa Holland as Thea Queen
Caity Lotz as Sara Lance
Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen
Michael Jal White as Turner / Bronze Tiger
Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Amanda Waller / White Queen

Full cast and crew may be found here.

Premise

A disturbingly dedicated individual helps Bronze Tiger escape so he can help in the theft of a weapon Starling City has encountered before.

Arrow begins to train Roy, but the training may be moving too quickly.

Moira considers running against Sebastian Blood—but how much of own her sinister side remains?

Laurel gets disbarred.

The island plot takes a new, and perhaps final, direction.

In the episode’s final moments, we get a reference to the Suicide Squad.

High Points

This episode tries hard to showcase the characters, while still giving us the expected superhero plot. Roy and Ollie’s relationship grows slightly. Katie Kennedy as Dinah “Laurel” Lance gets less screen time this week, but she continues to develop this role. Michael Jal White gives ferocious energy to Bronze Tiger, and they obviously plan to do more with the character.

We see more of Arrow‘s version of Amanda Waller; we’ll see how she works out as a character, but they’re certainly opening up the larger DC ‘verse.

Low Point

I know I’m beating a dead horse here, but Ollie’s dramatic revelation of his identity to Roy just doesn’t work. His costume barely disguises him, he wasn’t wearing his special mask, and Roy knows Ollie fairly well. It’s a convention inherited from the comics, but it can be made slightly less ridiculous. It is especially important that the scene not look ridiculous, as Ollie’s premature revelation serves an important plot and character point.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6 The hero trains his partner, and the path proves uneasy. The show has a fairly original take on Roy—but did anyone else get just the faintest trace of Brat Pack here (minus the creepiness)?

The actor does a good job, but Bronze Tiger feels like Wolverine Lite. In particular, he heals very quickly from his beating.

Effects: 6/6 This episode has fewer effects than certain recent ones, but they have been handled well.

Acting: 5/6

Story: 5/6 This holds together, though I’m worried Arrow may have a few too many plots for its quiver.

Emotional Response: 4/6

Production: 5/6 I love how much those bird’s-eye pans reveal Vancouver, once again playing an American city in a genre series.

Overall: 5/6

In total, “Tremors” receives 33/42

Lingering Questions

Will Roy become Speedy, Arsenal, or Red Arrow?

“Guy Bee” directed this episode. Which superhero team do you think the Amazing Guy Bee should join?