Arrow: Review of the episode “Tremors”- Plenty of reveals to shake things up

arrow3WARNING: SPOILERS FOR THE EPISODE WILL FOLLOW.

Ben Turner (Michael Jai White), aka Bronze Tiger, is back (despite Felicity saying that it’s a terrible name since tigers aren’t bronze) and that spells trouble. Turner gets broken out of Iron Heights Penitentiary by a man in grisly fashion (Turner’s weapons were hidden under the man’s skin) and is told to meet a man who requires his services. Turns out the man is a black market arms dealer named Armitage and he has his sights on Merlyn’s earthquake machine (Hence the title of the episode. Alas, no giant worms tunneling under Starling City, cool as that might be.). Naturally, Oliver needs to stop this before the machine is used again like it was in The Glades. Complicating matters is Roy, who Oliver has decided to train to help him cope with the effects of the Mirakuru serum. And while Roy does mess things up initially, by the episode’s end he’s on board with Ollie and the crew.

Especially after Oliver reveals himself to be the Arrow to Roy.

“So, the secret society has a new member,” Diggle quips as Oliver tells him and Felicity that’s he revealed himsearrowlf to Roy in order to get him to help stop Armitage from using the earthquake machine. And this wasn’t the only reveal in the episode that’s going to have far reaching implications for the series. Katie Cassidy continued her strong performance as Laurel begins to spiral out of control after learning disbarment proceedings have begun against her. Walter Steele (Colin Salmon) returns and takes Moira out to dinner, but this is no reconciliation date as Thea hopes it would be. Turns out Walter introduces Moira to a banker who represents a group of interests that worry about Sebastian Blood succeeding in his bid for mayor of Starling City. And they want Moira to run against him. You’d think that would be enough reveals for an episode, but Arrow wasn’t done there. Towards the end of the episode, the re-imprisoned Turner gets a visit from Amanda Waller, who tells him she needs his unique skills for a unit she’s putting together (“Actually, it’s more of a squad,” she tells him). And the show expands farther into the DC Universe. We’ll have to see if that squad (you know which one!) will figure into future episodes. Oh, and Sara’s back, just in time to end this week’s outing.

While things may not have seemed to move that far at first in “Tremors”, by the end of the episode this was a full bore earthquake in terms of shaking up the plot. With Roy on board now, the stage is set for him to become Red Hood/Arsenal. Sara’s back, and that can only mean the League of Assassins won’t be far behind (we know from previews that Nyssa al Ghul, Talia’s sister, makes an appearance next week). Moira running for mayor is bound to lead to a confrontation with Blood and Slade, and Moira also realizes she’s going to have to go to some lengths to keep the secret about the true identity of Thea’s father (who we know is Malcolm Merlyn). Walter seems on board with aiding in keeping that secret, and you have to wonder how far Moira will go. And we’ll have to see how far down Laurel slides with being disbarred and unable to practice law. Could she go the vigilante route as well?

In flashbacks, we see Ollie anarrow2d Sara tracking Slade. Oliver is still feeling guilty over Shado’s death at the hands of Ivo, and he feels the need to let Slade know that Shado loved him. “Love is a powerful emotion,” warns Sara. “And that makes it the most dangerous.” That line comes back to Oliver later in the episode, as he uses Roy’s love for Thea to help motivate him to aid in stopping the earthquake machine. Ollie and Sara find etchings on the cave wall, alerting them to the fact that Slade is going to use the rocket launcher to sink Ivo’s freighter, which would also sink their one hope of escaping the island. The pair find and confront Slade, and Oliver does convince him to stop, revealing that Shado did love him. They make a vow to take the freighter from Ivo, so that could lead to us learning how they all escaped the island. We shall see.

This was another great episode for a series that just keeps getting stronger. The cast is all settling into their roles nicely now, and the plot keeps twisting enough to keep us guessing as to where the show’s writers will take us next. Plus, the ever expanding mentions and inclusions of the wider DC Universe leaves me quite excited to see where things are heading. With Nyssa al Ghul appearing next week and the Huntress slated to return to the show in March, Oliver’s words to Roy sum things up nicely: “We’re just getting started.”

Yes, they are. Can’t wait to see what comes next.

 

9/10

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

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