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Arrow – The Calm – Season 3, Episode 1

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Synopsis: Arrow returns for its third season and three main story lines emerge right off the bat as Roy joins Team Arrow as a full-fledged, non-pouty member, Oliver dabbles romantically with Felicity and Sara gets offed by Ras al’ Ghul or at least somebody Sara knows who has a bunch of arrows.

Details: The episode begins with a run-of-the-mill Team Arrow project tracking down the ho-hum Criminal of the Week – the main difference this time is that this is Roy’s first inclusion as a full-fledged Team Arrow member that has him contributing to the COTW’s capture without his usual sassy backtalk.

Oliver and Diggle have some rare bro-time talking space in which they essentially agree to be smart going forward but then, of course, promptly ignore that agreement in virtually all the show’s remaining scenarios.

Oliver and Felicity are spotted in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g in the Season Three opener for Arrow
Oliver and Felicity are spotted in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g in the Season Three opener for Arrow

Flashbacks are generally a sign of plot laziness and so, regrettably, they are still part of the Arrow program equation. This episode featured several flashbacks beginning with Oliver being caught and beaten by a Chinese dude, Amanda Waller chastising Oliver, the Chinese dude claiming he’s Waller’s husband and the Chinese dude telling him ancient Confucious proverb. All the flashbacks were highly forgettable in this episode.

A newly haircutted or recently balding Dad Lance appears to officially announce that the Starling City Police Department no longer considers Arrow to be a “vigilante” that they will chase after and instead will regard him as a partner in fighting crime and bad guys.

This comes at an opportune time because a new Count Vertigo [remember, nobody really dies in the “Arrow” parallel universe] is played by Peter Stormare [“Prison Break”] and appears with an alterego of Werner Zytle. Vertigo/Zytle spends most of the episode taunting and/or tormenting Arrow/Oliver with his Vertigo drugs before finally getting an arrow in the chest from Sara in the end for his troubles.

While not fighting off Vertigo, Oliver proceeds to get all romantical with Felicity at the beginning of the episode but by the end of the episode, this brief dallying seems to have already run its course and is not likely to last for too many episodes this season.

A sub-plot develops where Arrow/Oliver briefly argues with Diggle about being “in the field” now that he is an expectant father and when the kid [with Lyla] finally arrives, Diggle agrees with Arrow/Oliver that being a living father is better than being a dead father.

The scenario roundup – yeehaw! – begins with Oliver and Felicity sharing their first onscreen kiss, Oliver getting a blatant CW series promotional call from The Flash [Grant Gustin] who announces that he has just awoke from his slumber, had a nice breakfast of blueberry pancakes, bacon and scrambled eggs and is ready to fight some crime now and Sara getting killed by somebody who has at least three arrows – possibly League of Assassins boss, Ras al Ghul.

Sara Lance is dead as a doornail - supposedly - in the Season Three opener
Sara Lance is dead as a doornail – supposedly – in the Season Three opener

The Poop and Skinny: Brandon Routh [“Superman Returns”] plays Ray Palmer, a hotshot entrepreneur who has been brought in to take over Queen Consolidated.

Both Oliver and Felicity seem to have remarkably quick recuperative abilities after surviving an RPG attack from Vertigo on their first date – credibility issue # 1239.

Rooftop scenes apparently are easier to film at night in Vancouver, British Columbia [which stunt doubles as Starling City].

Burning question for the this season of “Arrow” – How long will it take for the made-up word “mirakuru” to be mentioned again in Season Three?

As always – it is important to remember that, at any juncture where the situation appears to be dire for Arrow/Oliver and his very life may be in danger – there would be no more show [and therefore no more money to be made] if he were to die. You continue to be welcome.