By: Adam Basciano
“A jewel thief known as the Dodger who coerces people to steal for him by strapping an explosive to them, is in town. So Oliver decides to use his family’s jewels as bait to lure him. But he chooses someone close to Oliver to plant the explosive. Thea’s purse is stolen by a young man and she sets out to find him. And when she finds him and has him arrested, her outlook changes when she hears why he stole. And Moira is trying to make contact with someone.” (The CW)
In terms of action, this was by far the slowest episode of “Arrow” thus far. Aside from Oliver chasing Dodger through the streets of Starling City on a motorcycle, there wasn’t much to go on here. Speaking of Dodger, he was the most underwhelming villain the show has presented us with, probably the easiest conquest for Arrow thus far. Speaking of our costumed hero, this is definitely the least amount of time he’s been in the costume. What this episode lacked in action and adventure, it made up for in story and character moments. Two of our main characters explored possibilities for their love lives. Oliver looks to rekindle a past relationship with Detective McKenna Hall, while Diggle explores a romantic relationship with his former sister-in-law Carly. Both relationships come with their share of hurdles. How will Oliver be able to be honest with McKenna, while trying to conceal his double identity? Meanwhile Diggle struggles with his brother’s death, and if it’s morally right for him to get involved with his brother’s widow. I’m pulling for Diggle, the guy deserves some happiness in his life. While I ultimately know that Oliver and McKenna aren’t destined to be, I can get behind their relationship, unlike Laurel and Tommy. Thea Queen had a huge positive character shift in this episode via the introduction of Roy Harper. She was all ready and willing to have him arrested for stealing her designer purse, until she finds out his true motivations. Then she realizes there’s more to life than her posessions and her trust fund. Speaking of Roy Harper, there wasn’t much of him in this episode but I think Colton Haynes has the look and acting ability to give a strong depiction of the character. The big twist at episodes end saw Moira Queen seeking the services of China White, as she puts out a hit on Malcolm Merlyn.
For those fans looking for a story and character driven episode, this ones for you. Don’t fret though, as the next episode has enough action to fill a season premiere and finale. If you’re wondering when we’ll see more of Roy Harper, he’ll be back in later episodes of the season, and actor Colton Haynes has been promoted to series regular for Season 2! Next up, Kyle reviews “Dead to Rights.”