***The review below contains spoilers.***
By Tyler Olson
There was lots of hype surrounding this episode, and for good reasons. The Huntress has arrived, a few recurring villains and friends dropped in to say 'hi', and the identity of a certain man was revealed.
The main event of this episode was obviously the huge reveal of the Huntress. The Helena Bertinelli that the writers created for this series is a great fit for Oliver, and Jessica DeGouw pulled off the role amazingly. If things are done correctly, this may be the start of an amazing adventure.
Their action scenes were thrilling, but very choppy. It almost felt as if they were cut after each move, which made the fight a little hard for the mind to follow. This series needs to steer away from the choppy combat and concentrate more on the continuous fighting style that was used in the Yao vs Deathstroke fight. They are both adrenaline inducing, but the streamline fights are much more entertaining to watch, and thus more memorable.
There were a few returns of previous characters, such as the short scene with China White, but the reveal of the Well-Dressed Man's identity dwarfed the rest. Since his introduction, I have been wondering who he could be, but all my guesses weren't anywhere near the mark. Using Tommy's story to reveal his identity was a great idea, too.
Tommy chasing after Laurel is nothing new, but what happened to Tommy during this episode will likely change the dynamic of their relationship for a long time. His wealth didn't help his chances, so perhaps his lack of it will.
This also changes Tommy's fate. I thought that his story, and his attempt to become good, was just another failed love story that would end with him becoming the master assassin, but now that role may already be filled... or has it? Perhaps a certain death in the family will still drive him into that role. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.
"Muse of Fire" was a win-win episode for everyone. Great character interactions and building, plenty of action and suspense, romance oozing from the screen, and more comic book characters than ever before. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how this all plays out next week.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5/5