Tick tock, am I late? Perhaps it's fitting that my longest posting delay coincides with an episode about the Clock King.
We got dueling themes in this one. First was the villain plot which mostly revolved around Felicity adjusting to Sara officially joining the team. This is a bit of a tired plot, and could've made Felicity seem pathetic or pointless. Instead it actually worked, at least on a character level.
As for the plotting and villain, eh.
The scar bit was a lot of fun, and Felicity's reaction to the three of them comparing old injuries was hilarious. So of course Felicity got hurt. At least it was heroic. Taking a bullet for Sara, that's pretty cool. Not only does she now have a scar, she got to be fun on painkillers, and she also formed a bit of a bond with Sara to boot. Knowing Sara, she won't forget what Felicity did anytime soon.
The other side of the plot dealt with Sara and Laurel. Honestly, I'm quite surprised this was resolved this quickly. Unfortunately it had very little to do with Sara. It was the wake-up call from Oliver who basically said he was done with her, at least romantically speaking. Gold acting star to Stephen Amell again for that scene in the hallway which I thought was very well done.
Of course it's too easy. Laurel gets yelled at by Oliver, and she immediately makes up with Sara and joins her father at A.A.? Hmmm. Unless the writers are being lazy here, and they haven't been so far (except for the occasionally dull villain), I doubt we've seen the last of the eternally sinking Laurel.
I did find that dinner scene to be a lot of fun, especially with how Oliver supported Sara so easily. I loved that Quentin finally apologized to Oliver too, even though it was a bit awkward. Too bad about Dinah though, I had some hope for a possible reconciliation between her and Quentin. Maybe the Arrow PTB want her available in Central City for the Flash spin-off. Wouldn't that be cool.
Comic Book Bits:
This version of him seems to be very true to his origins, with a sick sister and a terminal illness. He's also supposed to be a technological genius which explains his hacker-fu. Although to be honest most of the hacker stuff was basically there to give some additional angst to the subplot with Felicity. I wish he worked for me, but I wasn't super thrilled with this villain. At least he was more interesting than some of the other bad guys we've gotten on this show. Plus the actor is totally worth bringing back, so I do hope we'll see him again.
Robert Knepper has been in a ton of stuff over years, and he's usually excellent. But for me he'll always be the villainous T-Bag from Prison Break.
After watching Lost and now Arrow, general rule of thumb; if you're stranded on a desert island, never wave at a plane overhead, because it will inevitably crash.
So I guessed about Sara's connection with Sin the moment the pilot gave Sara that picture. Still, it was a nice peek into Sara's personality. All these years later and she kept her word.
Glad it was addressed that Thea noticed that Oliver is avoiding Moira.
There was so much unspoken stuff going on in that introduction between Sara, Thea, Roy, and Sin. I think it was handled so well, awkward and disjointed. Poor Thea was the only one totally in the dark there.
So much for the new improved Arrow cave. That much damage would take a while, and a lot of money to fix.
Another call out for the action scenes on this show, which are consistently awesome. That bus/train scene was tense even knowing that it would probably work out alright.
Good move making Sara the new bartender, gives her an excuse to be close.
Oh yeah, talk about cliffies. Slade showing up at the Queen mansion was totally out of the blue. I guess the cat is out of the bag.
Oliver: "Sara, when you come back from the dead, you get a party. It's a queen family tradition."
Sin: "I love when people come back from the dead. It juices my zombie fetish."
Sara: "I'm going to go use the little blonde's room."
Felicity: "It was nothing. I've always wanted to say I've taken a bullet for someone, and now I can. So really, I should be thanking you."
Felicity: "My own scar. Yay!"
Not a great villain of the week, but not a horrible one. Also some really good character building, so I guess it balances out.
3 out of 4 Scars
J.D. Balthazar is a confirmed nerd who loves most things sci-fi or fantasy-related. He reviews Arrow, The Originals and Farscape and cool new movies that strike his fancy.