This episode had me excited since the CW released those promotional photos of goth Felicity. Ms. Smoak has been this show’s not-so-secret weapon since her role was expanded midway through Season 1, and it’s about time she got her own episode. And for the most part, her origin story did not disappoint. Kudos to Emily Betts Rickards for absolutely nailing her first big episode.
And the plot thickens. It was only a matter of time before a clear and present danger loomed for Oliver Queen and company, and it came this week in the form of a feud between The Arrow and The League of Assassins. We also had the return of Malcolm Meryln and got some new direction for the Hong Kong flashbacks. It was a busy week for the protectors of Starling City.
This week’s episode featured a very special guest star: “Arrow’s” Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards)! Felicity arrived in Central City and proved to be an asset for the S.T.A.R Labs team as they faced a threat whose origins were more close to home than they expected. While she fit into the professional team very well, she shook up Barry’s personal life a bit when she met Iris, leading to the normal amount of awkwardness that usually ensues when Felicity and Barry are concerned.
For an episode called “Sara,” Caity Lotz certainly didn’t have much to do other than be a corpse. I expected to get some Sara flashbacks, maybe to how Sara and Oliver got together before they took that trip on the Queen’s Gambit. Instead, we got an episode that amounted to a giant dead end. There was some good material along the way, but also a few questionable creative decisions to ponder.
Well, that was fast. It was just a few weeks ago that I finished my “Arrow” binge, and I’ve already been graced with more new episodes. And “Arrow” came back in a big way in an episode that was asking a simple question: can all these characters living multiple lives ever strike a balance between them?