Arrow – Heir to the Demon

by Alan Rapp on February 6, 2014

in Television Reviews 

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Arrow - Heir to the Demon

As Moira‘s (Susanna Thompson) mayoral campaign begins, and the Lance family continues to deal with Laurel‘s (Katie Cassidy) substance abuse, Starling City gets a host of interesting visitors including Laurel’s sister Sara (Caity Lotz), her mother Dinah (Alex Kingston), and Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) who arrives to return her former lover to the League of Assassins – whether she wants to come back or not. I had doubts about the show’s plan to introduce Nyssa, but Law proves to be a terrific choice balancing both the emotional dramatic moments and action sequences to deliver a passionate and deadly version of Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter, and the surprise twist behind her motives for hunting Sara are a nice touch.

When an emotional plea from Nyssa isn’t enough to convince Sara to return to the League she turns to more dramatic alternative methods by kidnapping Dinah to further motivate Sara to reconsider her decision. Unwilling to return or harm Nyssa, and unable to keep her family safe from the constant danger of the League, Sara comes up with her own solution to the problem by ingesting the poison meant for her sister. However, it’s not a plan anyone (particularly Sara) can live with. Aside from causing Oliver and Nyssa to almost kill each other, Sara’s plan works (in a fashion) as she earns her freedom.

Along with delivering some pretty cool arrow-on-arrow action in one of the season’s best action sequences pitting Green Arrow vs. Nyssa, “Heir to the Demon” lays important ground work for the rest of the season. Slade Wilson‘s (Manu Bennett) reaction to Moria’s campaign suggests Deathstroke may take a far more personal interest in his revenge against Oliver. Oliver’s discover of Thea‘s (Willa Holland) true parentage causes a rift inside the Queen clan. The happy reunion of the Lance family is short lived as a bitter Laurel blames Sara for everything wrong in her life. And Sara’s hard-won freedom from the League means her return from the dead to Starling City (at least for now) and the resumption of her partnership with Ollie (apparently both on the streets and between the sheets).

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CoosCoos February 6, 2014 at 2:34 pm

I thought it was great. They caught me completely off-guard in almost every scene of this episode. From the opening fight, to the kiss, to the Laurel emotional meltdown, to the “I’ll handle it” line from Slade, to the final “I’m home” comment from Sarah.

Though I do have two nits to pick. First, the scene with Arrow and Black Canary chasing the van that kidnapped Mrs. Lance was quite awkward. It felt like it was put together at the last minute, and as a result was poorly executed. Second, I don’t buy the fact that Oliver would be so upset to find out Merlyn is Thea’s dad. It was 25 years ago, he already knows about the affair, who cares? His extreme reaction toward that felt fake. Plus, Felicity’s timing in disclosing the secret was so poor that I actually ended up feeling bad for Moira, and disliking Felicity (just like Moira said would happen!).

Okay, a third very small point – I think the Arrow/Nyssa fight should have come to an obvious draw, instead of ending it with Oliver having the upperhand. Just a thought.

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Alan Rapp February 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Although at times during the First Season I thought Arrow missed the mark, it’s shown the ability to also deliver really strong episodes like this one. Halfway through the First Season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I’m not sure it has the same potential.

My take on Oliver learning about the truth about Thea was it was more of a final straw than anything else. It went back to the fact that her mother lied to him for years (including her lies to Oliver after her returned from the island about the trouble with their marriage stemming from her husband’s affairs).

I don’t mind Oliver’s initial reaction being so cold, especially when Felicity blurts it out publicly and gives him absolutely no chance to process the information, but I think the show should walk it back in over the next few episodes (especially considering how hypocritical it is given the number of secrets Ollie is hiding from his family).

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