Arrow: League of Assassins


By Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

You know those times when watching an episode of a show or a movie where you start watching then all of a sudden it feels like 5 minutes have passed and its over? That’s when you can tell something is so well done and engaging that it goes by in a flash. Well, that happened to me with League of Assassins.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Every episode of Arrow is an origin story. This particular episode was Sara’s origin story, and it was spectacular.

For now it seems as if Sara’s post-island Arrow arc is finished as it came to a satisfying ending in League of Assassins. Sara has become an intriguing character and hopefully she doesn’t stay gone too long.

Her interactions with Lance and Oliver were the heart of the episode. It’s sad that in one episode Sara received more character development than Laurel has the entire series.

Arrow was a little too literal when they showed Sara in the water after the Queen’s Gambit crash and they pan over to display a shot of a real Canary floating on a board.

Paul Blackthorne, the actor who portrays Lance, has gotten some excellent material to work with recently and as a result has shined. His scenes with Sara were brilliantly written and acted. Lance even got in on the action during the episode’s final fight scene.

Speaking of fighting, all of the combat scenes were remarkable, espcially the first one in the Queen mansion. Watching Ollie fight in regular clothes was quite trippy. They did the League of Assassins justice. In short, a ninja makes everything better. And, it was awesome when Sara referenced Batman Begins, “You should be mindful of your surroundings.”

It looks like Shado is still alive. Sara made a remark early in the episode where she said she remembered seeing Ollie’s Arrow outfit for the first time on Shado. She continues to drop little hints of past island life which makes the island/boat storyline even more intriguing.

Season two has shocked me with how many DC characters continue to be introduced. This episode made a reference to Talia Al Ghul with the subtle line of: “The child of Ra’s Al Ghul awaits your return.” Hopefully she, along with her father, appear in the future.

Professor Anthony Ivo, who was featured in Sara’s flashback on the Amazo, was introduced. In the comics, Ivo is afraid of dying so he spends his life trying to avoid death. He built Amazo in an attempt to make a slow aging elixir but was thwarted by Green Lantern. Eventually he took an immortality potion, which came with consequences so he vowed to destroy the Justice League of America. So he built an android army, each one similar to Amazo. On Arrow he is using the ship to conduct experiments on people.

I have a nagging suspicion that the island is home to the Lazarus Pit, which is why Arrow has introduced both Professor Ivo and Ra’s Al Ghul.

Sadly, Laurel continued to be unlikable and Stephen Amell doesn’t play a convincing playboy. Fortunately he really doesn’t have to play pre-island Oliver very much. Moira Queen’s trial was the weakest part of League of Assassins and is quickly becoming stale.

What did you think of Sara’s mini-Arrow arc? Do you see the Lazarus Pit on the horizon? Did anyone catch the KGBeast reference with the Russian vodka? And the most pressing question, what was Laurel thinking wearing those hot pink pants?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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