Arrow: The Offer Review


By: Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

For the first time in a long time, “The Offer” brought Arrow back to basics while delving into more character moments and many daddy issues.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

“The Offer” was a relatively low key episode and in reality should have been titled “Daddy Issues.” Instead of the all-out action and twist and turns Arrow has grown accustomed to, the writers took a step back and delivered an episode focused mainly on character development. It was a welcome sight in wake of the season’s largely uneven episodes.

The series got back to basics with “The Offer,” almost to a point it felt like one of the more solid season one episodes. It featured a low end and largely forgettable villain, Lance off the Team Arrow train, and Oliver trying to figure out his life.

Ever since Oliver returned to Starling City he’s been a guy who’s looking to make a difference whether it be by following his dad’s list or vowing to no longer kill because of Tommy’s death. This episode made him come to grips with the fact that maybe he hasn’t made a difference for his city and that maybe he’s actually hurt the people closest to him. Yes, people have died but he’s made a difference in people’s lives, namely all of Team Arrow. Even though he turned Ra’s al Ghul down, The Demon won’t go down without a fight.

I love Felicity. I really do. However, I’ll be the first to admit the writers have turned the character into a whiney mess. I don’t want to say they’ve ruined her character, but they haven’t done her any favors. All of a sudden Emily Bett Rickards is doing this weird half cry, half talking, quivering nonsense and it’s just not good. Anymore, she berates him and his choices. Towards the end of the episode she started to turn it around and she seemed like the Felicity of old. Hopefully this is a move in the right direction.

Nyssa training Laurel is probably the best thing to ever happen to Laurel, except for Tommy of course. Laurel is in desperate need of a friend and someone who believes in her, especially since her relationship with Lance is not the greatest at the moment. Nyssa is also having her own father issues at the moment. The Demon did pick Oliver to be his successor instead of his own daughter. Much like Thea and Roy, Nyssa and Laurel need each other.

Even though Oliver has accepted Laurel as a part of the team, he still made a jab at her in this episode about her needing more training. I don’t think Oliver will ever be fully on board with Laurel taking up the Canary mantel.

Thea and Roy were always one of those couples that was a solid background couple. When the series broke them up I wasn’t devastated but I felt like they were their best selves when they were together. To see them reconnect after the reveal of Oliver’s secret has been a good for both of them. Especially since Thea is going through something with Malcolm.

So, they pulled Shado out of nowhere. For the first time this season, the Hong Kong flashbacks finally caught my attention. Mostly they have been uneventful and a waste of precious screen time. My only concern is that if she didn’t end up dying by Oliver’s hand on the island, the entire second season was meaningless. Really the catalyst of Slade’s revenge would be nonexistent and would take away his motivation to destroy Oliver and all he holds dear. At first I was a little skeptical, but I’ll reserve judgment on how they decide to explain her sudden rise from the dead.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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