Arrow: Time of Death

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Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

Arrow’s return, “Time of Death,” did little to advance the overarching plot, except for that key final scene. Instead, the episode was more of a character study regarding Sara’s newly-found place in Starling City.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Another week, another one-off villain. This time it was a DC villain named Clock King. The incomparable Robert Knepper played the tick tock baddie. When Knepper plays a villain, you know you are going to get a delightful performance to watch and his time on Arrow was no exception. The Arrow writers gave the character William Tockman a bit more substance and an actual purpose to his crimes instead of just running around and creating chaos. It was one of the rare occasions when the writers pretty much stuck to the source material when it came to creating the background of the villain. In the comics, the Clock King took care of his sister, found out he had a rare disease, and began robbing banks to provide for her. Also, the disease, MacGregor’s Syndrome, is something Mr. Freeze’s wife and Alfred of Batman lore suffered from.

Did anyone else notice that Tockman was robbing from Kord Enterprises? The company is owned by Ted Kord, aka Blue Beetle. It also appeared in an earlier episode, “The Scientist.” Hopefully this is a way of slowly introducing Ted Kord, much like they slowly introduced Barry Allen and S.T.A.R Labs. If he does ever make an appearance, I’m excited to see the “Arrow spin” on the hero.

Again, the series keeps teasing the audience with short glimpses of present Slade Wilson. However, the last minute reveal was a perfect way to set up for the next episode, “The Promise.” By the way, that had to be the firmest handshake on TV.

Finally, someone gave Laurel a good talking to. So far her father’s help was unwelcome by her and largely dismissed. After Ollie’s rant to his ex, I’m pretty sure Arrow fans did a slow clap in appreciation.

Typically, there isn’t enough time in fast paced episodes to focus on character development which leaves monologues out of the question. So, it was to my surprise that there were actually a couple monologues in the episode, the chief among them was of course Ollie’s. Stephen Amell plays the billionaire so stoically but this time he showed the walls coming down a bit.

The Lance family continued having drama during their unsuccessful family dinner, plus Ollie. Awkwardness for the win!

Felicity had some anxiety over potentially losing her place in the Foundry to Sara. It was a relief to see her acknowledge that her problem wasn’t about Ollie and Sara being together, but rather her place on the team. It led two endearing moments, one between her and Diggle and the other between loopy Felicity and Oliver. Oh, and I adore the blooming friendship between Sara and Felicity. It’s rare on television that two women can coexist without having to be at odds with each other.

Meanwhile on the island, the trio of Slade, Ollie, and Sara tended to a pilot of a plane crash. At first it seemed random, but it was nice to see how the connection formed between Sin and Sara. Speaking of the duo, their reunion in present day was very heartwarming.

What did you think of Slade’s reveal? Do you think Slade bought those 800 shares of Queen Consolidated?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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