Daddy Issues and Telling a Super Hero Melodrama: A Recap of ‘Arrow’ S3, Ep16

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Daddy Issues and Telling a Super Hero Melodrama: A Recap of ‘Arrow’ S3, Ep16

As with Flash, CW’s flagship, Arrow, returns after a month of anxiously waiting to find out what will happen next. This week’s episode, The Offer, continues with Oliver Queen (played by Canadian star Stephen Amell) and John Diggle (Dexter’s David Ramsey) at the mercy of eco-terrorist “Ra’s Al Ghul” (loosely translated, “the demon’s head”) played menacingly by Australia’s Matt Nable.

This series is guilty of its many attempts to squeeze many narrative plot points into 45 minutes. This episode follows the series tradition of lightly fleshing out small tidbits of story, in hopes of keeping a fast pace of events for all 10 of this season’s main characters. It is even more challenging to stay interested in all events considering the series toggles between past and present, thus adding a second roster of main characters to be invested in. These clips of the past would elevate the depth of the present story , if they consistently revealed a contrast of Oliver’s encounters with conflicts in the past versus the present. Although this is sometimes achieved in the series, this episode is more of a jarring experience of melodramatic moments, and a touch of exciting – but anticlimactic – fight scene choreography.

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The title of the episode refers to an unexpected request Ra’s makes of Oliver, after commending Oliver for surviving certain demise from their last encounter; a duel to the death. An additional unexpected insert in this week’s episode, was the depiction of Ra’s Al Ghul’s infamous lazarus pit. The supernatural pit of restorative waters was excluded in Christopher Nolan’s take on Ra’s Al Ghul, even though the pit itself is a significant item of Ra’s Al Ghul’s mythology from the comics. Ra’s has used the pit for various reasons, but most commonly for rejuvenating his body so that he may survive for centuries.

In addition to Oliver’s dilemma, Thea confronts Nyssa (played by Spartacus actress, Katrina Law) in an attempt to atone for unknowingly murdering Sara Lance (Nyssa’s love interest). After freeing her from captivity, Thea begs Nyssa to end her life, only to be denied by Nyssa’s tormented ideas of justice. Nyssa then swears to Thea, that Malcolm Merlyn will die for his role in Sara’s death. Though their relationship seemed unbreakable in the beginning of the season, Thea now completely resents her father, Merlyn, for deceiving and manipulating her and Oliver. Meanwhile, Laurel and her father, Captain Lance, have fallen apart after she told him she had been keeping the truth about Sara’s death secret. Upon returning home, Nyssa is outcast by her Ra’s after being outraged that he spared Oliver’s life, and offered him her birthright as the next in line to the Demon’s throne. The episode ends with Oliver turning down the offer, only to discover that it was an ultimatum posed by Ra’s. Laurel and Nyssa make an unexpected union, hinting at the possibility of Nyssa training Laurel to fight – which most fans will agree is the biggest disappointment with Katie Cassidy’s Black Canary.

If anything can be said of this series, it would be that the series is a mixture of characters dealing with their emotions and the occasional action sequence which aims to satisfy a range of audiences. Comic-book fans have openly expressed that the creators of the show have taken almost everything that is cool about Batman, and blatantly pasted it over Oliver Queen aka [Green] Arrow. While this appears to be true, it cannot be ignored that the series is gaining significant ground in bridging the DC universe together (with guest appearances by Flash and other known DC characters). With a world of potential stories and continuities to explore, Arrow is more than just a fan fuelled fire, it is a guilty pleasure to indulge in on a weekly basis!

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