“Dead to Rights” was written by Geoff Johns, who also contributed “Muse of Fire” this season, and it proves to be another of Arrow‘s stronger episodes. No disposable villain of the week here, folks! Nothing but some pretty big and surprising revelations, and almost revelations, topped off with some great action. Really what makes this episode such a strong one is its willingness to move the plot forward. Often the over-arching storyline of Arrow gets pushed into the background while we watch The Hood tackle a lame, weekly villain, or things get overly soap opera-y with excessive family and relationship drama. Not the case this week.
The crux of the episode is the plot to assassinate Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) by the Triad as called on by Moira (Susanna Thompson). China White (Kelly Hu) seeks the help of Deadshot (Michael Rowe) who, obviously, didn’t die at the end of “Lone Gunmen” like we all thought. He’s hiding out at The Bludhaven Apts., the first of many little DC winks and nods Johns litters throughout the episode. It’s nice Deadshot’s not dead, having introduced such a fan favorite only to kill him off the same episode was a bit of a letdown. ‘Course, his role this episode is limited, but Deadshot does what Deadshot does well and that’s all I’d expect. China give him a fancy new eyepiece, and since he escapes capture I’m going to assume he’ll back to wreak havoc for Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Starling City in the future.
Last week Arrowpremiered to good reviews and good ratings. Good not great, but I’m hoping things only get better from here. (Psst, read our review of the pilot.) In anticipation of the new episode tonight a slew of new photos have been made available from tonight’s episode, “Honor Thy Father” and the fourth episode, “An Innocent Man.” Besides several great shots of Stephen Amell in his Arrow getup as well as civvies these photos provide more good looks at China White (Kelly Hu), who’s scheduled to appear tonight in “Honor Thy Father.”
Here’s a preview of tonight’s episode,as well as a gallery of images below.
When GreenArrowcomes to the CW this fall he won’t be alone. There’s been a whole slew of DC characters announced to make appearances from Merlyn to Deadshot to China White and Huntress. I’m especially excited to see those last two ladies, because, well they’re lady superheroes. All right, one’s a villain, but still, lady comic book characters appearing in another medium! And there’s more than one, unlike the lovely but token Black Widow of The Avengers. What can I say, I take comfort in little victories like these. Here’s hoping Arrow‘s Laurel Lance gets a pair of fishnets soon.
Playing tough chick, mobster butt-kickin’ Helena Bertinelli, a.k.a. The Huntress, is Jessica de Gouw who recently shared with KsiteTV what it’s like playing both the secret identity and the superhero,
I play Helena, but I’m also The Huntress, so I have to be able to hold my own. The duality of the role, it’s challenging. I have to be able to kick butt and all of that, and I’m quite feminine in my normal every day [life]… the fighting and all of that is new and interesting for me, but it’s a good thing. I’m really enjoying it. I’ve kind of been thrust into it, so I might as well just jump in, right?” she says. Jessica teases that the Huntress is introduced into Arrow “with a punch.” “She comes in strong.”
I love that they’re playing up what a fighter Helena is but at the same time she’s quite the woman, just as comfortable in pair of heels as she is wielding a crossbow. Read the whole interview here.
Gouw hasn’t shared any details about her Huntress costume other than hinting there will be some of the iconic purples featured. China White (Kelly Hu) on the other hand, of her we’ve got our first look,
All right, so they’ve gone for the more traditional black catsuit look, but I like that they kept the bleached, white hair. She’s not called China WHITE for nothing.
What are your thoughts on Arrow and the DC characters they’re incorporating? Are you excited for the show?
The Green Arrow adaptation, Arrow, starts up next month. Fans are all praying that CW does something to make it shine and it doesn’t end up being just another in a line of often-failed attempts at bringing a super hero to television. And though they’re updating the show for the modern day, it looks like many old favorites will be showing up during the series – 11 DC characters have been confirmed so far, in fact.
Which ones, you ask? Well, just in case you’ve missed the piece-meal news announcing each character and who will be playing them, we’ve organized a list here. Some of these you may know, while others played more obscure roles in Green Arrow’s comic and may be lost on you. So without further ado, the line up is…
Black Canary (AKA Pretty Bird, Scream Queen, Canary)
Played by: Katie Cassidy
Super martial arts lady who ends up on the romantic side of Arrow’s life. Looks like this one may have been seriously nerfed by the Arrow team, however (lame).
China White (AKA Queen of thePacific Rim, The Woman without a Heart)
Played by: Kelly Hu
Leader of a drug cartel in the Pacific Rim who butts heads with Green Arrow.
Played by: Darren Shahlavi
Kick-ass martial arts master and assassin who almost takes Green Arrow down.
Deadshot (AKA The World’s Finest Assassin, The Man Who Never Misses, The Greatest Sniper on Earth)
Played by: Michael Rowe
Expert marksman who, despite being an assassin, has a softer side.
Deathstroke (AKA Deathstroke the Terminator)
Played by: ???
Super-soldier mercenary with mega-genes who once managed to kick the entire JLA’s ass. Little info is available about what they want to do with the character in the series, including who will be playing him.
Played by: Emily Bett Rickards
Computer software businesswoman who fights the good fight.
The Huntress (AKA Batgirl II)
Played by: Jessica De Gouw
Mafia daughter who sees the evil of crime and dedicates herself to taking down the bad guys in rather violent ways. Looks like this one will be a regular on the series.
Merlyn (AKA The Dark Archer, Vordigan)
Played by: Colin Donnell
Bow and arrow wielding member of the League of Assassins. Looks like this one may not be quite the character he was in the books, as the team at Arrow has seen fit to rewrite his story just a bit.
Speedy (AKA Arsenal, Red Arrow OR Mama Mia)
Played by: Willa Holland?
There are two versions of this character, one male and one female. Both ended up serving in a side-kick capacity for Green Arrow. All the rumors so far point to using the girly Speedy and having Holland play the role as a mash up of side-kick and sister to the titular hero.
Played by: Colin Salmon
Stepfather of Oliver Queen and CEO of Queen Industries who stays out of the action.
“The Well-Dressed Man”
Played by: John Barrowman
Who is Barrowman playing? We do not know yet, but that shouldn’t matter too much. I mean, it’s John Barrowman! Speculative folks have kept the list short on who they think he might be, the possibilities including Count Vertigo, the Star City Slayer, Dr. Light or Deathstroke (which would put the real total to 10, I suppose?).
Well, this is certainly looking to be more interesting than I had first though. Luckily, the show starts up on October 10th, so we’ll all soon get to see what DC has planned for us.
Btw, screenrant has an excellent breakdown of each character, including where you might have seen them first, some of their background and what CW is looking to change about them. Check it out.