Arrow ‘Muse of Fire’ Review and ‘Vendetta’ Preview
This week on Arrow, we got our first look at Helena Bertinelli, aka The Huntress. I liked her, but I had a hard time getting past the fact that she looks like Liv Tyler and the T-Mobile girl. (1, 2, Kalamazoo)
She first appears as a motorcycle riding assassin who takes out mobster Caponi. No big deal, except that the man was standing right next to the Queen Mother Moira leaving everyone to wonder (for two seconds) if she was the actual target.
Oliver gives chase, thinking he can run faster than a motorcycle and ends up losing her when a truck cuts him off.
When Oliver gets home, he’s unjustly vilified by his sister for leaving his poor, slightly concussed, but otherwise uninjured mother alone with 20 employees and witnesses, paramedics and cops. Really, the nerve of the boy.
Oliver gets his revenge when he forces his sister to stay home and watch bad TV with his mom while he goes after the bad guys. His great plan is to go undercover as himself and pay a visit to mobster Frank Bertinelli. A number of his men have been killed lately. Bertinelli thinks it’s the work of the Triad (whoo hoo for 2 minutes of China White!) but he’s wrong.
When Oliver visits the Bertinelli mansion, we see that the helmeted, motorcycle assassin is really the man’s daughter Helena. Oliver ends up going out on a date with her and low and behold, they find they are kindred spirits.
Helena is mourning the death of her fiancee which she says is her crucible. She says the island experience was Oliver’s crucible. My crucible is a play about the Salem witch trials. (Google it.)
Diggle makes a cameo appearance and calls Oliver away from his date to tell him that the mob boys are about to hit the very same restaurant. The Green Arrow shows up minutes later along with the Huntress. In the fight that ensues, Arrow unmasks her. She doesn’t unmask him physically, but after she and Oliver are abducted by her father’s henchmen, she figures out the truth. Oliver fights too well to be just the rich man’s Lindsay Lohan – he’s the Green Arrow!
Turns out Helena has it in for her father because he had her fiancee killed. Dad thought the young man was a spy, but it was really Helena who was working with the FBI to take down her father’s empire. And you think family gatherings at your house are tough.
Speaking of daddy issues, Tommy takes Laurel out to a fancy dinner but can’t pay because his credit card was declined. He goes to his fencing father to find out why and lo and behold, his dad is Captain Jack Harkness! Jack says he’s tired of his son’s playboy ways so he’s cut him off completely.
Oh no! What will Tommy do without a trust fund? Maybe get a job, like the rest of us?
And what is this thing that Robert Queen didn’t want to do that Moira’s being pressured to do by Tommy’s father? I haven’t got a clue on that one.
A solid episode all around and next week we get part two of the Helena and Oliver story.
It’s called “Vendetta.”
As Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Helena (guest star Jessica DeGouw) grow closer, Oliver trains her to be his ally, complete with showing her how to use a crossbow. Diggle (David Ramsey) disapproves of Oliver sharing his secret with Helena as he’s not sure she can be trusted, but Oliver refuses to listen to his concerns. Helena’s quest for revenge proves to be too strong for Oliver to handle after she kills the head of the Triad and all hell breaks loose.
Here’s a preview:
Are you enjoying The Huntress storyline?