Arrow: Honour Thy Father
CW Arrows delves a little more into the Green Arrow universe in a light energetic hour.
Oliver Queen goes to court to get his death certificate; at the same Laurel is bringing a case against one of Oliver’s targets, Martin Summers. All the while Oliver’s mother and Walter are trying to get him to be more involved at the company, leaving him with a dilemma of whether he should honour his father’s request to fight for the city or be the man his mother wants him to be.
Stephen Amell continues to shine as in his dual role, impressing throughout whether he’s subdued, obnoxious or just being a badass. His pop culture references continue to make Oliver Queen, a prickly character warm, whilst his scene in Laurel, showcased his two sides perfectly. After last week’s episode, which showcased his physique endlessly, it was a welcome change to see him display acting chops.
David Ramsey, Diggle, apes Michael Caine’s Alfred Pennyworth to good effect, providing some memorable scenes with Amell, which were just as useful in humanising Oliver as well as moving the plot along.
On the other hand Colin Donnell’s Merlyn seems just as flat as Laurel, which raises concerns as to how contrived the forced love triangle, which given CW’s audience makes sense, but in the context of the show its a dud. Also Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson) who is seemingly modeled along the lines of Revenge’s Victoria Grayson but without being anywhere as treacherous, twisted and convincing.
At a time when Person of Interest’s John Reese mumbles his way to kicking ass, its refreshing to have a mysterious vigilante willing to revel in the absurdities of his life, rather than constantly brood. Whilst it will still mimick batman begins, the fact that Green Arrow is credible on the small screen is an achievement unto itself and hopefully a sign of better things to come from the DC universe, it’s just a shame it has to be weighed down by a contrived love triangle.