‘Arrow’ – S01E07 – “Muse of Fire”

Well, that’s a weird title. Anyway, this episode is co-written by Geoff Johns and Marc Guggenheim.

Here’s how “Muse of Fire” is described:

Oliver (Stephen Amell) encounters a mysterious woman, Helena Bertinelli (guest-star Jessica DeGouw), daughter of mob boss Frank Bertinelli (guest star Jeffrey Nordling), who he can finally be himself with, but he soon comes to realize she’s hiding dangerous secrets of her own. Helena is on her own personal mission of vengeance and Oliver is caught in the middle. Meanwhile, Tommy (Colin Donnell) is blindsided by an unfortunate turn of events and turns to Laurel (Katie Cassidy) for support.

I look forward to your thoughts, opinions, gripes, live-blogging, etc.


  1. I like it that they didn’t start and finish Huntress’ storyline in a single episode… I was expecting that to happen, as it was The Smallville Way.

    But Ollie and Thea’s relationship, one of my favourite elements in this show is quickly becoming repetitive. I hope they take it a step further instead of running their brother/sister talks in circles like they are doing now.

    • @ Alexferrer – I agree, I’m tired of the of the repetitive “Where are you?” “What is your big secret” drama, yawn. I suppose they are slowly moving the plot forward with characters in the wings: Merlyn, Black Canary, Speedy and now Huntress has been moved up to the forefront.

  2. O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!
    William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act I, Scene I


  4. The dead fiancee’s name? Michael STATON.

    The artist who created the Bronze Age’s version of the character, Helena Wayne, and penciller of the 19 issues of the first series of the Modern Age’s version, Helena Bertinelli? Joe STATON

    I love the details in this show.

  5. Ive,watched four episode now and I enjoy the show. But the acting on the lead guy feels wooden. I also couldn’t get into the huntress acting. But im sticking with the show. My hope is the longer its on the characters acting will improve.

  6. My main comment on this episode is that I laughed forever when they played sad music because Tommy’s dad took away his trust fund.

    Also, I don’t know if they think that Tommy actor looks younger than he does, but he and John Barrowman are not the most plausible father/son casting in history.

    • Yeah, that made me go online and check their ages… Tommy is 30 and Barrowman is 45 (and doesn’t look like it!)

      I guess Barrowman is supposed to be a little older and Tommy a little younger… But still!

    • my wife said the same thing shewas like thats not father son thats more brother-brother

      anyways love the show kinda bumed the huntress is not batman daughter but y=it happens

    • Avatar photo Jacen Chris (@jcbhatestweeter) says:

      Barrowman is not a father looking fella. Dude looks like he might be 35. And I’m not sure I like him playing a “bad guy”. He’s Cap’n Jack for God sakes.

    • I thought they WERE brothers. I had to rewind several times to make sure Tommy really said “Dad.”

  7. This was my least favorite episode do far. Although I enjoyed it, I thought this episode went a little overboard on the cheesy dialogue and melodrama.

  8. I thought this was another great episode. I agree about the ages of the Merlyns. Wonder which one will become Ollie’s enemy? I’m hoping it will be the dad, since we’ve seen him fencing. And I don’t think Tommy does much of anything – at least until now, I suppose he’ll have to get a job since he’s cut off. He’s certainly not demonstrated any abilities that I’ve noticed.

    No flashbacks to the island this episode. Hmm… Was hoping for some Deathstroke follow-up.

    I liked Huntress, even though her motivation was somewhat different than the books. It was still revenge-driven, which was appropriate. Glad she didn’t have a full-on costume and crossbow initially (I think the picture above is from next week’s episode). I think she was generally well done and liked the casting.

    I agree that it’s time to move the Speedy relationship on past what it is. I’m sure the writers are just trying to give them screen time together, even if it’s just rehashing the same stuff. Which might be appropriate for now, but it can’t go on forever.

    Nice catch on STANTON, elbi. I didn’t really notice any others – guess I am falling down on the job.

  9. A very enjoyable episode. I like that Huntress is basically Arrow’s Catwoman, continuing the Batmanization of the character. The actress wasn’t very good, but she looked really into her action scenes, whereas I thought much of the action was choppy, vague, slow, and unconvincing.

    Some of the dialogue was cheesy and obvious, but I loved a lot of it. My favorite part had to be when Helena and Oliver were fighting their captors and she killed a man, saying the same thing Ollie said in the first episode after killing someone, “No one can know my secret.” Ollie’s puzzlement was priceless.

    BTW, I never noticed it before, but I love the green DC logo with Mauro Cascioli’s Green Arrow peering out from the C.

  10. Anyone else pick up a Daredevil and Elektra vibe from these two? I liked it.