This was a big episode. Team Arrow had 48 hours to find Sara’s killer or else the League of Assassins would start killing innocent civilians. Like I said, kind of a big deal. But when it came down to the final showdown, I felt like Oliver totally mailed it in. When did he forgetÂ how to fight? I don’t know if it was the cold or the altitude or the fact that he can’t fight without a shirt on, but if he had been fighting this poorly from the beginning, he would’ve been dead in the first season.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s clear that Ra’s ah Ghul is a killing machine, but Oliver looked weak not only by comparison, but weak in general. He stumbled. He tripped. And he swungÂ his blade at thin air. Â Honestly, it was embarrassing. Especially when he had two swordsÂ and Ra’s wasÂ completely unarmed. Sure, he may be more of an arrow-guy than a sword-guy, but he did choose his own blade andÂ we know he’s capable of taking down many strong, powerful enemies in hand to hand combat. However, when it really mattered (which is when he should’ve been fighting at his best), he was just kind of eh. I felt like I was watching an entirely different person. And as a result, he got a jab at the throat and a sword through the gut.
Obviously he isn’t dead. Yes, he tumbled over the cliff, but he has to survive. Arrow wouldn’t be Arrow without the Arrow. He survived a ship wreck, a freighter showdown and an island full of crazed baddies, so this is just another day at the office for him. I’m not about to venture a guess as to how he’ll make it backÂ besides to say thatÂ I suspect that the leg in the promo belong to Maseo and that he might have something to do with it. That being said, I am curious to see how this will affect him once he does return. Something like this can’t be good for the ego. Especially since this whole duel was a result of him trying to protect his sister.
Yep, we finally found out that SaraÂ was killed byÂ a drugged-up Thea. Apparently some special drug (which coincidentally also happened to be used back in Hong Kong when Oliver was under Waller’s command) causes one to be temporarily brainwashed and susceptibleÂ to suggestion. It also causes oneÂ not to remember anything that happened during that time. So when Oliver looked in to Thea’s eyes and saw that she didn’t kill Sara, it was true, if only because she truly didn’t know that she had done it. And the only reason OliverÂ knew it was because Malcolm Merlyn showed him video proof since he himself had set it up in order to force Oliver to fight Ra’s and hopefully kill him, which would erase Malcolm’s blood debt. Yep, he definitely is not getting the Father of the Year award this year. Honestly, what kind of dad uses his daughter as his soldier?! Oh wait, Ra’s ah Ghul does that, too. Guess it’s more common than I realize.
Nevertheless, I’m glad that Oliver finally knows that his sister wasn’t just sunning it in Corto Maltese. And that he saw her fight…even if she did cheat by using the broken class (darn birds!). That being said, since she was trained by Malcolm, I don’t think Thea was ever pro-Arrow, but after his break in and threat,Â she is definitely not going to be teaming up with him anytime soon. I am interested to see what happens when she finds out what Malcolm forced her to do…I can’t imagine her turning against Dear Old Dad, but with this show, I’ve learned to never say never.
So, we have a month before we learn Oliver’s fate…like I said, I think the odds are good that he’ll survive, but once Ra’s finds out he’s alive and Malcolm finds out Ra’s is still alive, I can’t imagine Oliver will have much time for healing.
Be sure to catch Arrow when it returns January 21st at 8/7c on The CW.
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