TV Review: Arrow S3E5 The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak

arrowOn this episode of Arrow Felicity’s family and backstory come to the fore. Felicity tries to find common ground with her mother but it is clear the two are very different.

Who’s Felicity Smoak? Hilariously played by Emily Bett Rickards, Felicity is probably the least known member of team Arrow. We know she’s Jewish. We know she’s good with computers. We also know she’s really awkward. Other than that though, the character has been a mystery in the three seasons of Arrow.

Also being introduced is Felicity’s mom, Donna, who’s really not what you’d expect, or you would if you paid attention to the usual television tropes. And that’s what the episode is full of, predictable twists, so-so dialogue…. you can predict the episode well before anything happens.

What’s weird though is, the episode is a nice break. Its focus is Felicity, who other than some stuff with Flash, is a generally underused character. And the episode focused on her brings a lot of humor and entertainment, something Rickards plays perfectly with the character.

Though the episode is predictable, it’s still entertaining, and that’s mostly because it rests on Rickards’ shoulders. And she shows off some acting depth too with some emotional moments. Overall, the episode is a nice break, and to see Felicity rock her college look is worth the viewing. Even with its flaws, the episode entertains.

And again, that ending!?

Overall rating: 7