LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT
Note: The following review goes into detail about the episode. SPOILER ALERT!
There is a serial killer in Starling City. Yes, again. But this time the death message is specifically aimed for our favorite emerald archer, as each body that turns up is dressed up like Ollie’s alter ego. A flashback during Slade Wilson’s superhero siege showcased Ollie stopping to save a few citizens, including a very pretty redhead. “Draw Back Your Bow” focuses on the obsessive nature of that rescued young woman who owes her life to the Arrow, and goes above and beyond to prove her loyalty. In Smallville, Clark Kent had more than his fair share of groupies (Chloe Sullivan, you sultry minx). It should come as no surprise that it would only be a matter of time before the ladies of Starling City started to get puppy dog eyes for Mr. Queen.
The plot of the episode is a little silly, with the main motive for her murderous crusade being her desire to help Ollie take care of the city. The parallel is while Ollie struggles with the women in love with him, he also struggles with Ray Palmer’s aggressive moves on Felicity Smoak. Not only is he prone to showing up at her doorstep unannounced, but he also buys her ridiculously expensive dresses (and a $10 million necklace) and invites her to uber important business dinners. Throughout this season, Palmer has had a specific amount of charm to him that has rivaled Ollie’s playboy billionaire style. For some reason, “Draw Back Your Bow” largely made him more annoying than anything else.
One of the coolest moments of the episode was when Ollie had his first face-to-face with “Cupid.” A bomb was attached to the victim (well, a bad dude), and Ollie was informed that an attempt to save the man would result in an explosion. So of course, Ollie shoots the arrow, grabs the bomb and hurls it into the air, fires an explosive arrow and explodes it… then punches the victim in the face.
The flashbacks to Hong Kong finally broke their habit of being boring and underwhelming. With everything Ollie had learned on the Island, it seemed weird that his fighting was inadequate while taking on the local gang. However, seeing Tatsu go full out samurai status was absolutely fantastic, and I hope to high heaven that she maintains a solid presence in the series from here on out. The flashbacks have been fillers ever since they started, and here and there it seems they gain traction, so let’s hope this wasn’t an accident.
While not unbelievable that a survivor would become obsessed with their savior, it did seem very cluttered with all the other love triangles in this episode. There was some definite forward motion in Ray Palmers development, as well as the flashbacks. However, the moments with Verdant looking for a new DJ and pretty much everything else in this episode detracted from the show.
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80/100 – ‘Great’
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