Arrow – Tremors

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By Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

Throughout season two, Arrow has had many episodes that focus on specific characters. For example, “Blind Spot” was a Laurel centric episode and “Keep Your Enemies Closer“ was a Diggle centered episode. Even though “Tremors” was largely an ensemble effort, Roy took a rare front seat.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Roy’s training scenes between himself and The Arrow were extremely well executed. They showcased both the struggles of the mentor and the mentee. The series could have opted for a quick and superficial training montage and then all of a sudden have the red-hooded boy be his sidekick. Instead, they went for a much more meaningful and deeper look at both Ollie and Roy. It became a second chance for Ollie to save someone from the mirakuru and for Roy to control his anger.

Props to the writers for the call back of having Oliver slapping the water in the first season, but this time with Roy. Just like Ollie, Roy was getting frustrated with just hitting the water over and over again. It’s interesting to see the parallels between Oliver and Roy. Both have had control issues with their anger, but Oliver has learned to control his and channel it effectively. Oliver used his love for his dearly departed friend Tommy, while Roy is using his love for Thea to control his own.

Of course the theme of “love’s the strongest emotion” tied in to this episode’s island storyline. Slade continued on his rampage after losing Shado, but Ollie and Sara appealed to his love for her to get him to stop his self-destructiveness.

To echo Ollie, way too many people know his secret. But, hey they added a new member to Team Arrow and considering where his character has the potential to go (cough cough, Red Arrow) it was a worthwhile addition.

The Bronze Tiger returned to unleash havoc on Starling City. The series finally tied up a loose end regarding the earthquake machine. On a side note, his initial escape from jail was completely unrealistic and all around gross.

His initial appearance in “Identity” was lack luster and short lived. This time, his presence was used more successfully as he had another memorable fight scene with The Arrow, more dialogue, and his last minute team-up with Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad. It’s only a matter of time before Waller and Bronze Tiger return to the canvas with the Squad.

Lance was out of the police uniform this episode. With the revelation in “Blind Spot” that his daughter was addicted to prescription drugs, he set his sights on trying to help her. Lance was trying to reconnect with her, but she just wasn’t having it. Since he knows what addiction and loss looks like, Laurel probably should have taken his advice and help. For some reason, I have more emotionally invested in Lance watching his daughter go through this downward spiral and him being unable to stop it than I actually do for Laurel herself. Hopefully Sara’s appearance will do Laurel some good.

Moira and Walter decided that she will run for mayor of Starling City. It’s nice to revisit the matriarch of the Queen family once and a while, but there is no way she can gain enough support to win. Blood has had way too much of a head start. He already has a campaign headquarters, a staff, monetary support, and citizen supporters.

What do you think of Roy joining Team Arrow? Was it too early for Ollie to reveal his identity to Roy? Are you excited to see Sara back in Starling City?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


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