TV: Arrow s3e1: The Calm

Arrow — “The Calm” — Image AR301b_0012bc — Pictured (L-R): Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance and Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance — Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rating: 4/10

As Team Arrow is doing well hunting down Starling’s Most Wanted, a new threat is coming. After the island, Amanda Waller saves Oliver from the sinking freighter so he can work for her in Hong Kong.

This had a good, action-packed opening, but then it seemed to meander on pretty much everything it could for almost the rest of the episode. Even the villain, with no clear cut motive outside of “we should kill the Arrow,” wasn’t interesting. Though he does whistle In the Hall of the Mountain King, like the killer in M. That’s more interesting to me than he was. And even though the ending was just as action-packed as the opening, the villain was just so poorly executed I couldn’t care if he got away with his horrible plan or not. Clock King was an interesting villain, he had a backstory, a motive, and a neat gimmick and they only used him in one episode. This guy just stole the Count’s Vertigo mantle and ran with it. Villains can be interesting without having to be the big bad of the season.

I did like seeing Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer. He’s incredibly charismatic in this and fits in well and provides a little levity to the show. I’m sure they’re going to kill him off soon…

SCORING:

+5: some good scenes, some boring ones

-1: super throwaway villain

+1: Brandon Routh livens up parts I would have otherwise found boring

-1: I’m going to have a lot to say about something in my next review…

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