TV: Arrow s1e7: Muse of Fire

Arrow — “Muse of Fire” — Image AR107b_0067b — Pictured (L-R): Jessica De Gouw as Helena and Stephen Amell as Oliver — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — ©2012 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved

Rating: 6/10

After an attempt on Moira Queen’s life, Oliver starts dating someone who seems to share some of his passions, but should Oliver see her as friend or foe? This is the first part of the first official two-parter in the series. Oh, also Tommy discovers his father has cut him off from his fortune.

This started out with some pretty good action, and there was one of the best warehouse fight scenes to date for this show (there’s a lot, considering, and expect more later on). But outside of that, things seemed kind of boring. And that’s what gets me about the relationship drama part of this show, at least here in the first season, it’s mostly just filler. All the stuff with Tommy in this episode has nothing to do with anything else outside of Tommy’s life. And I’m sorry but I don’t care about Tommy at all. He’s fine as Oliver’s friend who shows up here and there to have a line or two, kind of like Julio in the 90s Flash. But drawing focus from the things we actually care about, like the mystery surrounding Moira’s shooting in the beginning, is much more interesting than the life of a spoiled rich boy. I would be fine with the Tommy stuff if they could somehow bring it around to relate to what’s happening with the main plotline. But just drawing focus away like it does, just shows this stuff for what it is, filler.

I liked the relationship dynamic between Oliver and Helena, though I would have liked it better if it wasn’t mostly just setting up for the next episode. The person who really shines in this episode though is Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), Tommy’s father and a probable villain. He has everything Tommy doesn’t, mainly personality.

SCORING:

+5: Could have been a lot better

-1: Tommy…

+1: Helena’s a very interesting addition to the show

+1: Malcolm Merlyn is turning into a very interesting character as well

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