In Review: Arrow – Level 2

Oliver makes a drastic move in his quest to find Diaz.

Synopsis: Oliver makes a drastic move in his quest to find Diaz. Like her husband, Felicity pulls out all the stops to get to Diaz. Meanwhile, when arsonist target Rene’s community center, injuring Zoe in the process, the mysterious new Green Arrow swoops in to help save the day.

Review: After having injured several guards in last weeks episode. Oliver has been transferred to Level Two where they keep the worst of the worst, but things do not turn out as he may have expected.

The Story

Oliver finds himself on Level 2 where he is being kept in a sensory chamber, which is filled with high-intensity lights and white noise. This is just the beginning of a series of torturous tests Oliver will have to endure at the behest of his new interrogator Dr. Jarrett Parker.

Meanwhile, Star City is being hit by a very organized Arsonist and Rene and Dinah are at odds on how to deal with it. Do they go the vigilante route and team with the new Green Arrow or does Dinah continue to insist on doing things by the book?

Elsewhere, Felicity forms an alliance with Laurell Lance in the hopes that she can help get intelligence from the captured Silencer. But will Felicity be willing to cross the same line that Laurell had too in order to become Black Siren?

In the flashforward scenes, William and Roy follow the breadcrumbs left by Felicity back to Star City, which is now pretty much a total wasteland. While there they meet up with an older Dinah Drake and the adult version of Zoe who is following in her father’s footsteps.

The Acting

Lots of good performances this week and a really fun performance from Jason E. Kelley as Dr. Jarret Parker. The psychiatrist that is trying to manipulate Oliver’s mind with a series of drugs and cruel techniques.

I also enjoyed the scenes involving Katie Cassidy and Emily Bett Rickards as Laurel and Felicity, who now find themselves working together.

Overall

A really interesting story arc is developing here. It is fun seeing the various alliances form and it is only a matter of time before Rene will learn the identity of the new Green Arrow. If indeed he does reveal himself.

I’m really enjoying the scenes set in the future involving Roy Harper and William. This week sees them get quite a lot done and the digital map hidden within a Rubik’s Cube was a really nice touch.

 

9.2
Arrow - Level 2
  • Story
    9.0
  • Acting
    9.6
  • Stunts
    9.5
  • Incidental Music
    8.8

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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