The second episode of Arrow, “Honor Thy Father,” continues to hit the bullseye.
Season 1, Episode 2: Honor Thy Father
After last week’s premiere, its hard to imagine that the follow up could be better, but that rare state of affairs has happily befallen fans of the CW’s new superhero series. Jumping in with Arrow in full swing, the action is quicker, harder, and more exciting while continuing to tell a compelling story through present day altercations and the hardships of his past.
This time his mother and step-father are trying to push him into a leadership role at Queen Consolidated after having him legally brought back to life, but seeing that such would interfere with his plans as the hooded vigilante, he has to figure out a way to decline that his parents will accept. Meanwhile, his sister hits him hard in the heart with an emotional confession of how she dealt with the death of their father and him that prompts him make a visit to Laurel so that he can begin opening up a little, and there he begins to figure out what he needs to do to succeed in his goals. But thanks to his earlier interference with a case Laurel has taken to court, their night is cut short and we get to see Diggle in action while he gets to see Ollie in action… sorta. And finally as Ollie brings his attentions back to this week’s target, all of it leads up to a great confrontation between Arrow and China White.
The writing of this show is absolutely fantastic. Continuing its Nolan-esque take on the character, the show manages to keep you gripped even as we follow Ollie in the everyday. Its characterizations are accurate while unique, and the new people bring a certain charm that I’m not sure would exist otherwise, especially for long time Arrow fans, like myself, who are unable to know whats coming next thanks to the extended cast. I’m personally loving the relationship between Ollie and his sister, Thea, and look forward to see how it plays out over the series, and whether or not she will eventually become the “Speedy” her childish nickname suggests. I’m also interested to see how Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, deals with the realization that the Arrow vigilante is actually on his side, and fighting for the same goals he is. Its not as cut and dry as he would like to think, and while this particular angle has been seen before in other superhero shows, the relationship between him and Ollie makes it all a bit more intriguing, in my opinion.
As for the villains of the series, aside from the cardboard cut out businessmen that the Arrow has been targeting so far, we have now seen two, albeit short lived, comic book villains. In the first episode, we saw Constantine Drakon as Adam Hunt’s head of security put up an unexpected fight, catching our hero off guard. This week we get China White, a Triad drug dealer who, in the comics, played a central role on the island in Year One. On the surface, in this show, she is very much the same, but whats interesting is that we have a sort of hint that this may not be the first time Ollie and our villain have met. What I mean by this is that when she comes up behind him, rather than telling him in English to get away from her business partner, she tells him to do so in Chinese, fully expecting him to understand her, which he does. The back and forth itself doesn’t indicate much either way, and while it may have just been another way for the writer’s to point out Ollie’s bizarre education gained as a castaway, I think her doing as she did could be indicative that she, in fact, did play a role on the island as she did in the comics, and that this was actually a reunion of enemies rather than a first encounter, but we’ll have to wait and see.
As for the bigger question this episode gave us, I’d like to point to the final part of this episode’s island flashback where Ollie is shot (and seemingly killed) by a hooded man with a bow. Many people are saying this is going to be his teacher, a man who trains him on the island, but I looked at it a little differently. Yes, it could be that, but given the story of the episode in the present day, I’m thinking this may have been a metaphorical sequence indicating that Ollie died on that island, and that something else survived.
At any rate, with the show now two episodes down, I think its safe to say that this one is a true home run. We’ll have to wait for next week to see if the consistency is truly here to stay, but its looking absolutely fantastic at the moment, so here’s hoping the series continues to better itself with each new episode.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Arrow is off to a great start, and is proving the Pilot wasn’t just a fluke.||None, this show is absolutely fantastic.|