By: Adam Basciano
“Helena is back to seek vengeance, but Oliver still has feeling toward her. The Arrow must stop and kill her, but at what costs? Now that several of his closest friends know about his true identity, no one is safe.” (The CW)
As the title suggests, Jessica De Gouw returns as Helena Bertinelli a.k.a. The Huntress. It was always going to be a tough task for all involved to produce a Huntress episode as good as the first two. I think they have. This episode, we get a Huntress who is in full on vengeance mode. Naturally, Arrow tries to talk her out of it, but she threatens those closest to him to get him to agree to help her in tracking down her father. This aspect of the plot was intriguing because it vindicated Oliver’s decision not to tell those close to him about his exploits as Arrow. Maybe Tommy will start to see that see that after the events of this episode. Comic book fans will appreciate Helena’s lust for vengeance. In the comics, her actions and methods had Batman distance her from the “Bat-Family” for a period of time. There is definitely bad blood between Oliver and Helena, but there are also residual feelings from their past relationship. These conflicted feelings are portrayed excellently. The two actors haven’t missed a beat, despite not working together on a consistent basis. I was really shocked that the character of McKenna Hall was taken off the shows canvas so early, thanks to being shot and wounded by Huntress! I thought the scenes where Oliver breaks Helena out of police custody and when the two heroes hunt for her father were well filmed and choreographed. I also absolutely loved the nod to the Huntress comic book costume. Helena used it while she was posing as a stripper, hunting down one of her father’s associates. On a side note, what’s with DC Comics live action shows and strippers? Smallville had Lois Lane, Superboy had Darla, and now Arrow has Helena moonlighting as a stripper. Not that I’m complaining of course!
I can’t say enough good things about the shows take on the Huntress over three episodes. They leave room for another return, but I hope they hold off for Season 2. Let the anticipation build some more.